Welcome back to Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly roundup of science events happening around campus. As always, email science@bwog.com if you want your event featured.

Emily LimanHybrid Seminar

  • Monday, April 11, 2022. 12:00pm
  • 601 Fairchild or Online. Email biology@columbia.edu for the link.
  • “How we taste sour: function and structure of the proton channel OTOP1”…“over the last fifty years, sensory receptors have been identified for each of the major sensory systems while the receptor for the taste of acids (sour taste) remained elusive.”…”Current work is aimed at understanding the structural basis for proton permeation and gating of OTOP channels and the contribution of OTOP channels to diverse physiological processes.” More information here.

Sandy Isenstadt – Manufacturing Vision: Electric Lighting and Efficient Labor

  • Monday, April 11, 2022. 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • Schermerhorn 807. Registration required.
  • “Steady, bright light is conducive to work. At first glance, it is hard to see this claim as anything more than common sense based on ordinary experience. Upon closer examination, the truism turns out to have a history. It was formulated by capitalist reason in factories as a product of lighting innovations, first gas in the early nineteenth century and then electric in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.” More information here.

A Crisis of Caring: The Humanities and Our Health

  • Monday, April 11 to Thursday, April 14, 2022.
  • Online. Registration required.
  • “Recognizing that healthcare is predicated on human beings caring for other human beings, A Crisis of Caring: The Humanities and Our Health will explore how humanistic approaches can help identify the symptoms and causes of our malaise while guiding us toward a healthier, more caring future.” More information here and here.

Spring 2022 WiMS Inaugural Panel of Emerging Leaders. Finding Strength in the Numbers: Growing Up Stories

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022. 4 to 6 pm.
  • Pulitzer Hall.
  • “Our speakers will share their STEM journey and how they are making their mark in their fields. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13 4-6pm at the Brown Institute located on the entry floor of Pulitzer Hall (Journalism School) on Columbia’s Morningside campus. Once you enter Pulitzer Hall, the Brown Institute is located in the east wing behind a glass door. A campus map is located here.” More information here.

Savannah Thais – Machine Learning for Science and Society

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022. 11 am to 12 pm.
  • Online. Registration required.
  • “Powerful tools for scientific research, ML and AI are now ubiquitous in nearly all facets of society, from healthcare to criminal justice, from education to transportation. These applications have the potential to address critical community needs and improve educational, health, financial, and safety outcomes; however, they also have the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities and raise concerns about privacy, surveillance, and data ownership.” More information here.

Janelle Knox-Hayes – The Equitable Resilience Framework

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022. 4 to 6 pm.  
  • Garden Room, Faculty House. Registration required.
  • A look into ERF: “The Equitable Resilience Framework (ERF) provides analysis and tools to make strategies of climate mitigation and adaptation a more equitable, just, and effective. The framework strives to generate long-term economic, social, cultural, and environmental transformations.” More information here

SPARK with Dr. Marishka K. Brown: On Sleep as a Health Equity Issue

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022. 6 to 7:30 pm.
  • Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor, Barnard Hall.
  • “What would our cities look like if they centered our biological needs? We’ll explore all that and more in this conversation with Dr. Marishka Brown, Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorder Research (NCSDR), hosted by neuroscientist Maria de la Paz Fernandez and urban ecologist Elizabeth Cook, both members of Barnard’s faculty.” More information here.

Sustainability Showcase

  • Friday, April 15, 2022. 10 am to 12 pm.
  • 2nd Floor Ballroom, Faculty House. Registration required
  • “This event showcase of operational achievements and student research focused on campus sustainability and climate. Join this open house-style event where campus sustainability stakeholders will speak on the university’s ten-year sustainability plan, Plan 2030, alongside students from the Climate School’s Earth Institute, who will showcase their research from this semester.” More information here.

Environmental Justice Summit

  • Friday, April 15, 2022. 1 to 4 pm.
  • 555 Lerner Hall. Registration required.
  • “Building upon the past 12 Columbia Climate Conversations focused on climate and social justice, this in-person event invites individuals to learn more about representation and inclusivity. A keynote address will be followed by a panel featuring environmental justice organizers, grassroots activists, and NYC nonprofits to dive deeper into housing injustice, bottom-up climate action, and systemic inequity. The summit will conclude with a creative workshop and mixer.” More information here.

Creative Circuits with Ana Mengote Baluca

  • Friday, April 15, 2022. 2 to 4 pm.
  • 104 Milstein Hall.
  • “The aesthetics of circuits are not usually its most appealing feature, which is why they are often traditionally hidden, but with the advent of new conductive materials, it is now easier to create beautiful circuits that you can display and even wear!” More information here.

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