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Tue, Dec 13

Periodic Tables: Car crashes! Death! Cancer! Crime! Things We Fear and How Science Can Help

MotorCo, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701     7:00 PM

Fear continues to consume our daily lives: Fear of cancer, fear of crime, and other different pathways that ultimately lead us to death. How do we minimize its looming presence? And how do we do it with science?

Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang, MD, of Duke Health, Amber Beckley, PhD, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke, Nrupen Bhavsar, PhD, MPH, of Duke University School of Medicine, and Michael Clamann, PhD, of Duke Robotics and Science & Society’s Science Policy Tracking Program will discuss different ways science can alleviate the things we fear.


  • “Big Answers From Little Biopsies:” A pathologist explores how we can do more with less when it comes to getting information about cancer.
  • “A Heavy Burden?”: How does childhood lead exposure affect the propensity to commit crime?
  • “Finding a beautiful death:” How should we approach health at the end of life?
  • “Look Both Ways: Pedestrian Safety in a Driverless Future:” Every 10 minutes, a pedestrian in the U.S. is injured or killed by a motor vehicle. How will this change when we have driverless cars?
    • By Michael Clamann, PhD, Senior Research Scientist in Duke Robotics and the Lead Editor for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Science & Society’s Science Policy Tracking Program.



Presented by 2015 Duke SciComm Fellows 

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