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New and Upcoming Events - February 18, 2013 Edition

From: Marc M.
Sent on: Monday, February 18, 2013 8:45 AM

Still lots for you to do in the short month of February in our great science city. Remember, you can follow us @sciencetavern on Twitter and on our Facebook page and that you can catch up with podcasts of select past meetups on our iTunes library.

See you at the Tavern and all around town,
Marc


Featured meetup
Saturday, 7:00p
Solar Astronomy and Solar Astronomy Outreach - A Fundraiser *
Believe it or not, thanks to Stephen Ramsden, Atlanta is home to the world's largest solar astronomy outreach program, the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. Come hear Stephen tell us about sharing the fiery, magnetized plasma structures on our nearest star with more than 50,000 adults and students with over 70 appearances each year. If you care about innovative science education please attend and support this worthwhile cause.


New
Tue, Mar 12, 11:00a
How To Put Your Brain On The Internet: Lessons From A Cyborg
In this provocative and entertaining talk, author Michael Chorost will show emerging technologies that allow brain activity to be read and altered in unprecedented detail. He'll outline what a future "World Wide Mind" could look like and ask: Would you want to be part of it?

Sun, Mar 24, 2:30p
"Tracking Exotic Mammals on the Georgia Coast" at Fernbank Museum
Take in the new Extreme Mammals exhibit and join Emory environmental scientist and paleontologist Tony Martin for a lively presentation about how to recognize the tracks and signs of feral hogs, cattle, horses and cats, and explore the effects these animals have on the ecosystems of the Georgia coast.


This week
Tuesday, 6:00p
Manipulating Light: From Design to Application
Join us for this Blended Research @ The Library panel discussion to learn how Georgia Tech researchers are synthesizing the materials that enable photonic devices (a combination of organic and inorganic nanomaterials) and fabricating the devices themselves, and see where these new devices are being applied.

Wednesday, 7:00p
Optogenetics: Controlling Neurons and Manipulating Behavior with Light *
Optogenetics is a new technique that is fundamentally changing what is possible in the field of neuroscience. Join us at Java Vino to hear Emory graduate student Kenneth McCullough discuss this revolutionary technology.

Wednesday, 7:00p
Morals without God?
Join The Veritas Forum of Emory University for an in-depth conversation on evolution, morality, and religion between two experts, Professors Frans de Waal and Jeff Schloss. Note: they are expecting a full house for this event and priority seating will be given to Emory students.

Thursday, 6:30p
I Like the Way You Move: Locomotion in Sharks, Skates and Rays - Science on Tap at the Georgia Aquarium $
In this talk at the Georgia Aquarium, Laura Macesic Ekstrom, a biologist at Wheaton College, will explore how these graceful animals navigate their environments and what we've gained from understanding their ways - from sharkskin swimsuits to stingray robots and more.


Next week
Wed, Feb 27, 7:00p
"Origins of Biomolecules" at the University of Georgia
In this lecture, part of the Origins Lecture Series at UGA presented by the Division of Biological Sciences, Professor Claiborne Glover will explore the physical and chemical origins of biomolecules prior to the origin of life. Feel free to use the comment section on the meetup page to arrange for carpools and social activities.


In March
Tue, Mar 12, 4:00p
The Search for Human “Fingerprints” in Observed Records of Climate Change
Benjamin Santer, geoscientist who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to “build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change,” a member of the National Academy of Science and a MacArthur Fellow, will be the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Year Plummer Lecturer.


Shout-out
At noon Monday, February 25 the Morehouse School of Medicine will present a Tech Talk, a forum intended to connect emerging research with investors, business executives, entrepreneurs and researchers. It will feature novel technologies used to diagnose and treat stroke and cerebral malaria developed by faculty working to alleviate the suffering brought about by neurological disorders.


* Denotes an event which is an exclusive production of the Atlanta Science Tavern.
$ Indicates that an admission fee may be required for attendance.

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