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  • Past Events

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Unification of Physics: The Quest for a Theory of Everything

    This event is sold out
    Featuring: Katherine Freese (Nordita and University of Michigan), Marcelo Gleiser (Dartmouth College), Max Tegmark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    A "theory of everything" has thus far eluded physicists seeking to unify the laws of the universe. Physicists Katherine Freese, Marcelo Gleiser, and Max Tegmark debate whether there are scientific and human limits on what can be ultimately known.

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Diabetic Kidney Disease: Drug Discovery and Clinical Development Challenges

    Speakers: Matthew D. Breyer (Eli Lilly and Company), Frank C. Brosius (University of Michigan Medical School), Benjamin D. Humphreys (Brigham and Women's Hospital), Matthias Meier (F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd), Shahnaz Shahinfar (S. Shahinfar Consulting, Inc. and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), Katalin Susztak (University of Pennsylvania), Aliza Thompson (Food and Drug Administration)

    Identifying and prosecuting drug targets is challenging due to a poor understanding of pathogenesis and few biomarkers. This symposium identifies targets for preventive or therapeutic interventions and discusses challenges in clinical development.

    Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Networking and IDPs Workshop (An MGSN Event)

    Speakers: Tom Magaldi (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Christina Medina-Ramirez (Hunter College)

    Join us in this interactive two-part workshop to learn strategies for building a professional network, and guidelines for creating an effective professional development plan.

    Monday, December 1, 2014 | 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Genome Integrity Discussion Group Meeting

    Speakers: Sevinc Ercan (NYU), Laura Landweber (Princeton University), Susan Smith (NYU Langone Medical Center), Renjing Wang (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), David J. Wynne (Laboratory of Chromosome and Cell Biology, The Rockefeller University), Xiaolan Zhao (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

    The Genome Integrity Discussion Group provides a forum for interactions between basic and clinical research groups working on chromosome biology and function, and at the interface between chromosome integrity and onset and progression of malignancy.

    Monday, December 1, 2014 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Lyceum Society: Annual Holiday Luncheon

    Review and discussion of 2014 Nobel Awards

    The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members.
    Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

    Monday, November 17, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Immigration & Activism Panel

    Speakers: Alyshia Gálvez (Lehman College, CUNY), Daniel Goldstein (Rutgers University)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropologists in the greater New York area.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Risky Business – A Pharmaceutical Industry Strategy Workshop

    Moderator: Jan-Philipp Kruse (Catenion)

    This course gives professionals from inside and outside the pharmaceutical industry—including students and postdocs—a much better understanding of how the R&D and business development and licensing processes operate.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Baby Talk: Closing the Achievement Gap, Word by Word

    Moderator: Michael H. Levine (Executive Director, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)
    Panelists: Patricia K. Kuhl (Co-Director, Institute for Learning and Behavioral Sciences (ILABS), University of Washington; Co-author, "The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind."), Patti Miller (Director, Too Small to Fail Initiative for the Clinton Foundation), Dana Suskind (Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago and Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative)

    By the time they are 3, children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than their high-income peers. Join us for a public panel discussion on early childhood development and strategies to boost school readiness for all children.

    November 11 - 13, 2014

    Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal through Early Childhood
    Fifth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speaker:Thomas R. Insel (National Institute of Mental Health)
    Speakers: Tracy L. Bale (University of Pennsylvania), Jay Belsky (University of California, Davis), Maureen Black (University of Maryland), Pia Britto (UNICEF), Serena Counsell (King's College London), Martha Farah (University of Pennsylvania), Edward Frongillo (University of South Carolina), Michael Georgieff (University of Minnesota), Takao Hensch (Harvard University), Sharon Lynn Kagan (Columbia University), Patricia Kuhl (Washington University), Ed Lein (Allen Institute for Brain Science), Betsy Lozoff (University of Michigan), Linda Mayes (Yale School of Medicine), Andrew N. Meltzoff (Washington University), Charles A. Nelson (Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital), Joseph Piven (UNC School of Medicine, CIDD), Dana Suskind (University of Chicago), Nim Tottenham (UCLA)

    Discover the latest cognitive neuroscience research on infant and early childhood development; social, family, and nutritional factors that cause lasting changes to the brain; and intervention, education, and policy to help at-risk children.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    How to Turn Your Science Project into a Product: A Creative Thinking Workshop by The Solution Lab

    Keynote Speaker: Kristina Drury (TYTHE-Design)
    Speakers:Dan Aisen (IEX), Dan Seewald (Pfizer), Benjamin Small (IEX)

    Looking to take your thesis or postdoc project into more creative directions?? Interested in developing a novel scientific concept into a revolutionary product? Then, tap into your imagination and learn how to mine new insights from your research.

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions

    Keynote Speakers: Robert E. Brackett (Illinois Institute of Technology), Frank Yiannas (Walmart)
    Speakers: Carol Byrd-Bredbenner (Rutgers University), Benjamin Chapman (North Carolina State University), Marjorie Nolan Cohn (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), Jeff Farber (Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada), Linda J. Harris (UC Davis), Tanya Roberts (Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention), Victoria Salin (Texas A&M University), Manpreet Singh (Purdue University), William Sperber (The Friendly Microbiologist LLC)

    This conference will discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety.

    Monday, November 3, 2014 | 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    The Unreasonable Success of Science: How Ignorance, Failure, Uncertainty and Doubt Fuel Scientific Progress

    Speakers: Stuart Firestein and Joel Kirman

    The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

    Monday, November 3, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Gene Network Changes in Alzheimer's Disease: Potential Points for Therapeutic Intervention

    Speakers: Kwame O. Affram (Uniformed Services University), Erik H.W.G.M. Boddeke (University Medical Center Groningen), Oleg Butovsky (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Philip L. De Jager (Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital), Joseph El Khoury (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Miriam Merad (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Michael C. Oldham (University of California, San Francisco), Vishal Sahni (Eisai Inc), Bin Zhang (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

    Next generation sequencing of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression reveals gene networks within microglial pathways. This symposium focuses on microglia biology, molecular signatures specific to microglial phenotypes, and phenotype modulation.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Clean, Limitless, Classified: The Secret Histories of Laser Fusion

    Featuring: Alex Wellerstein, Stevens Institute of Technology

    The History and Philosophy of Science Section of the New York Academy of Sciences holds multiple meetings covering a wide range of topics within the field.

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Pharmacologic Resolution of Inflammation as a Novel Therapeutic Approach

    Speaker: Michael S. Conte (University of California-San Francisco), Milan Fiala (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA), Gabrielle Fredman (Columbia University), Bruce Levy (Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital), Dipak Panigrahy (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School), Mauro Perretti (Queen Mary University of London), Charles N. Serhan (Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School), Patricia J. Sime (University of Rochester School of Medicine), Rudolph E. Tanzi (Massachusetts General Hospital)

    Uncontrolled, chronic inflammation plays a key role in the progression of many diseases, and elucidation of biochemical pathways provides novel targets. This symposium reviews discoveries, approaches and opportunities for treatment and prevention.

    Monday, October 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Is Clovis Still First?

    Speaker: Stuart J. Fiedel (The Louis Berger Group, "Is Clovis Still First?")
    Discussant: Peter Siegel (Montclair State University)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropologists in the greater New York area.

    Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Conflict Resolution Skills:
    In and Out of the Lab

    Instructors: Jane Bliss Birk, Matthias Birk

    In this weekend workshop you will learn critical skills and tools to cultivate more fulfilling and productive working relationships.

    October 21 - December 13, 2014

    From Scientist to CSO: Experiencing the Scientific Method as your Guide to Career Success

    Course Instructors: Larry Petcovic (Human Workflows), Randall Ribaudo (Human Workflows)

    Enhance your communication, leadership, and teambuilding skills that all employers value by taking From Scientist to CSO, one of the most popular courses offered at the New York Academy of Sciences.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Origins of the Universe: Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing?

    Featuring: David Z. Albert (Columbia University), Jim Holt (Author of Why Does the World Exist?), Neil Turok (The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Great mysteries still surround the origins and existence of the universe. Physicist Neil Turok, philosopher of physics David Albert, and writer and philosopher Jim Holt discuss the most basic existential question of all: Why are we here?

    Friday, October 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM

    New Frontiers in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness

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    Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
    Former United States Representative, Rhode Island; One Mind for Research; Kennedy Forum

    This conference will explore the translation of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience into therapies for the more than twenty-five percent of Americans suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, fear and anxiety disorders, autism, and other psychiatric disorders. A keynote lecture by The Honorable Patrick J Kennedy will address strategies to simultaneously abolish the stigma surrounding mental illness in order to fully realize the potential of these new treatments to improve mental health.