Co-sponsored by Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Graduate School and Duke Initiative for Science and Society About three-quarters of Americans express trust in scientists to [...]
Co-sponsored by Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Graduate School and Duke Initiative for Science and Society
About three-quarters of Americans express trust in scientists to act in the public interest, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. However, there are still significant challenges in communicating science clearly and effectively to the public. Duke DC, with support from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Graduate School alumni groups, invites you to a panel discussion on best practices and innovative ways to communicate science for various audiences. Panelists from the fields of science, journalism, and policy will share their insight into “what works,” how scientists can be effective communicators of their research, and the role of a humanities education in communicating complex scientific topics. The panel will be moderated by Buz Waitzkin, Deputy Director of Duke’s Science and Society Initiative, and will be followed by audience questions.
Registration fees include the program, light appetizers, open bar during networking time prior to program.
(Monday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke in DC Office
1201 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Suite 500, Washington, District of Columbia 20004
Mind Over Matters: How Habits Change the Brain Habits have many upsides, though old habits—and often, bad habits—die hard. Duke Neurologist Nicole Calakos will discuss the [...]
Mind Over Matters: How Habits Change the Brain
Habits have many upsides, though old habits—and often, bad habits—die hard. Duke Neurologist Nicole Calakos will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of habits and what changes in our brain when we develop them.
Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology at Duke University. Her laboratory studies how parts of the brain undergo long-lasting changes in response to experience and how diseases disrupt this process.
Admission is $5. All ticket sales go toward supporting the program. Pre-order your tickets at MotorcoMusic.com.
Periodic Tables is an informal science gathering during which invited speakers share interesting, relevant science to the general public in an engaging and interactive way. See this page for information about the program.
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MotorCo, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
We invite potential students and advisors to learn more about the Duke Masters in Bioethics & Science Policy from Professor Michael Waitzkin. This interactive session offers insights about our unique [...]
We invite potential students and advisors to learn more about the Duke Masters in Bioethics & Science Policy from Professor Michael Waitzkin. This interactive session offers insights about our unique curriculum and student experience. Participants should leave with a better understanding of whether the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy is a fit for them.
This session will cover:
(Friday) 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Scientists are using a new method to grow mini-brains from human cells. These “brain organoids” - pea-sized three-dimensional brain proxies grown in petri dishes - [...]
Scientists are using a new method to grow mini-brains from human cells. These “brain organoids” – pea-sized three-dimensional brain proxies grown in petri dishes – could fundamentally change basic brain research, disease modeling, and personalized medicine. But brain organoids have broad ethical and legal implications as well. Are there emergent properties of the human brain — like consciousness, or memories — that organoids may have? What kind of research is ethical on brain organoids? What are the implications for concepts like brain death in law and medicine?
Lunch will be served.
Albert Keung is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His group is interested in the complex gene regulatory behaviors that are encoded by the epigenome and chromatin systems. These include the properties of gene expression memory, genetic imprinting, and dynamic signal processing. To study these properties, his group develops synthetic biology and molecular approaches to interface with and perturb the epigenome of cells. In addition, they are applying these tools to understand disease mechanisms, particularly in neural systems. Ongoing projects in the group are related to: cerebral organoid engineering; Autism, Angelman Syndrome, and Addiction; basic chromatin mechanisms in yeast; and exploiting DNA as a potential extreme-density storage medium for digital information.
Nita Farahany is the director of Duke Science & Society, the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, and Professor of Law & Philosophy. She is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and served until 2017.
(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Science & Society Classroom, North Building 232
304 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Join SciPol for Science Policy Happy Hour at TRU in Chapel Hill! The monthly Science Policy Happy Hours are for individuals interested or already engaged in science policy. They are informal [...]
Join SciPol for Science Policy Happy Hour at TRU in Chapel Hill!
The monthly Science Policy Happy Hours are for individuals interested or already engaged in science policy. They are informal networking and engagement opportunities for professionals, students, academics, and enthusiasts—at all career levels—who share an interest in science policy and communication. Come have a drink and grow your science policy network!
This event is sponsored in partnership with The Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition.
(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
TRU 114 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
114 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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