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.

“Intersexion”: Investigating the Medicalization of Gender and Sex

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022. 4:30 to 6 pm.
  • Online registration required.
  • “A discussion of the documentary, “Intersexion,” which details the lived experience and histories of intersex individuals navigating the medical gaze fraught with assumptions, interventions, and structural violence implicit within the binary construct of sex and gender.” More information here and here

Destenie Nock – An Equitable Energy Transition and Considerations for Planning

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022. 6 to 7 pm.
  • Faculty House and online. Registration required.
  • “This discussion will be focused on themes related to energy poverty and sustainability including methods to leverage data to reach an equitable and just energy future.” More information here.

Heather Davis – Plastic Matter

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022. 6 to 7 pm.
  • Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room and online. Registration required.
  • “Plastic Matter traces plastic’s relations to geology, media, biology, and race to show how matter itself has come to be understood as pliable, disposable, and consumable. Davis charts these relations to matter by mapping the queer multispecies relationships between humans and plastic-eating bacteria and analyzing photography that documents the racialized environmental violence of plastic production. In so doing, Davis provokes readers to reexamine their relationships to matter and life in light of plastic’s saturation.” More information here and here.

Noga Arikha – The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 2 to 3:30 pm.
  • Online registration required.
  • “Noga Arikha is a philosopher and historian of ideas. She works as a science humanist, fostering dialogues between neuroscientists, psychologists, clinicians, social scientists and humanists in order to bring to a general audience accessible accounts that analyze the origins of our deepest concerns about our embodied selves. Her latest book, The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind, is an exploration of brain, self, dementia and medicine based on the stories of neuropsychiatric patients.”  More information here.

The Practice and Politics of Genome Editing

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 4 to 5:30 pm.
  • Jerome L. Greene Science Center, L5-084 and online. Registration required.
  • “This talk reframes concerns over the ethics and governance of genome editing as a problem of institutionalization: How is the idea and discourse of genome editing rendered into a durable set of practices that become routine, legitimated and, ultimately, taken for granted?” More information here.

Technology Focus: An Interdisciplinary Discussion about Ethics and/in Tech

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022. 5 to 6:15 pm.
  • McCagg Gallery, Diana Center, 4th floor.
  • “Join a distinguished panel of Barnard alums working at the intersection of tech and ethics, moderated by Saima Akhtar, Associate Director of the Vagelos Computational Science Center. We’ll talk about ethics, technology, career paths, and your questions!” More information here.

Leah Aronowsky – A History of Decarbonization

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022. 12:15 to 1:45 pm.
  • Online registration required.
  • “This talk tells the story of how scientists, policymakers, and corporations have grappled with decarbonization as a policy response to climate change. Over the course of the 1970s and 1980s, decarbonization advocates struggled to garner political support for the idea; they ultimately lost out to economists who championed a program of adapting to climate change’s consequences rather than combatting its causes. The talk situates the history of decarbonization as part of a broader story about the shifting boundaries of political possibility in the history of climate politics.” More information here and here.

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