The Program for Science & Society at Emory University and the Emory Journalism Program invited Science FIction Writer Greg Bear to Emory in September 2006. Bear served as a visiting Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor in Science & Society while at Emory. He helped to launch a new graduate and undergraduate science writing program, visiting with faculty and students and presenting a public lecture.
The Program for Science & Society at Emory University and the Emory Tibet Partnership sponsored a panel discussion on March 29, 2006, featuring science historian Dr. Anne Harrington of Harvard University, Dr. Charles Raison of Emory University School of Medicine, and Dr. Pema Dorjee, a well-known traditional Tibetan physician, for a discussion on the future of the fascinating research being done on mind-body connections and how these new discoveries will change the way we view the connections between the spirit and the mind.
The Program for Science & Society at Emory University sponsored a reading and discussion of the play, Copenhagen, on February 23, 2006.
The Program for Science & Society at Emory University offered a two-day symposium "Water in Our Lives" in Cox Hall on March 31 and April 1, 2005.
Science & Society was proud to welcome Dr. David Suzuki, noted scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster to Emory University as a Nat Robertson Distinguished Professor. Dr. Suzuki will delivered a major presentation on April 7, 2004, and the keynote at a symposium on genetically modified organisms on April 9, 2004,that sought to investigate GM technology from scientific, ethical, economic, and moral perspectives.
This semester, the Program in Science & Society is sponsoring a series of informal coffee talks about bioethics and other science & society topics. In these coffee talks, a professor or field expert will choose a topic of personal interest, five to ten students will sign up in advance, and then the group will meet for coffee and discussion. Best of all, the fun doesn't end with the fun doesn't end with the caffeine buzz. On this web page, we will provide summaries of the coffee talks!
Science in Your Life: On the Radio, On the Web
We are surrounded by questions in which science plays a role. What will be the impact of the Human Genome Project on society? What are the best ways to spend our tax dollars in developing new, more efficient modes of transportation? How will we deal with new emerging diseases and with ones like AID Sand cancer that we already have, but have yet to cure? Can we prevent global warming and better predict weather patterns? Or uncover a Unified Theory that connects all physical laws? Should we continue to explore the universe to search for new worlds to inhabit and for extraterrestrial life? Experts from across Georgia and the nation will explore and investigate issues from diverse perspectives that help us realize the degree to which science influences the big picture. Any sparked interests can then be explored in-depth at the project web site. This project was edited and produced by WABE, interviews by Ted Vigodsky; the webmaster was Ajay Pillarisetti, and the project was coordinated and underwritten by the Emory Program in Science & Society and the Provost's Office.
The Piedmont Project
How can we at Emoryand higher education writ largebecome more serious about the intellectual issues and moral imperatives of having responsibility for the earth? Atlantas local challenges powerfully echo global processesrapidly deteriorating air and water quality, urban sprawl, acid rain, road rage, loss of half of Atlantas tree cover, a ten degree urban heat island, over-concentration of toxic dumps in African-American neighborhoods, persistent poverty and homelessness, increased incidence of asthma, and loss of biodiversity.
Hybrid Vigor: In Print, On the Web
Hybrid Vigor aims to move beyond viewing science from a one-sided perspective. Examining current issues from a broad spectrum of disciplines illuminates the convergence of science & society and offers valuable insights into the effects of science on the social realm and vice-versa. Biology, anthropology, the theater, ethics, sociology, chemistry, history, and physics meld together in this unique print & web venture that seeks to bring Science & Society issues to the forefront.
Hybrid Vigor is available on the web and as a print magazine.
Past Faculty Seminars
- Science & Religion: Science & Religion is a discussion group on -- what else? -- science and religion. The group seeks to bridge the gap between the two conflicting views and concentrate on seeking common ground within the two bodies of knowledge.
- Bioethics 2001: In October 2001, Emory University hosted the Fourth National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. The purpose of this conference was to create a nationwide forum for students to examine current issues in bioethics from the often differing perspectives of renowned scientists and ethicists and to encourage interactions between undergraduates and these experts, and to foster intercollegiate collaborations.
- New Perspectives on Health and Healing: Can Science & Religion Work Together? "New Perspectives on Health and Healing: Can Science and Religion Work Together?" was held on April 11 and 12, 2003 in the Winship Ballroom of the Emory Dobbs University Center. The featured guests were Dr. Lori Alvord, surgeon and author of The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing, Dr. Richard Selzer, surgeon and author of The Doctor Stories and The Exact Location of the Soul, and Dr. Sherwin Nuland, surgeon, medical historian and author of How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter and the memoir, Lost in America: A Journey with My Father, Thomas Thangaraj from Emory's Candler School of Theology and Joyce Flueckiger from Emory's Department of Religion, author of Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India. Claire Sterk from the Rollins School of Public Health served as synthesizer.