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  • Science, Society & Culture

  • Events 

    Monday, May 2, 2016 | 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Lyceum Society May 2016 Meeting

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

    Monday, May 9, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Complexity: A Science of the Future?

    Featuring: Bernard Chazelle (The Discrepancy Method: Randomness and Complexity), Marcelo Gleiser (A Tear at the Edge of Creation), and Geoffrey West (Santa Fe Institute).
    Moderator: George Musser (Spooky Action at a Distance)

    The advent of sophisticated computer technology has allowed studies of complex systems such as cell colonies, neurons in the brain, the immune system, economic markets, and social groups. In complex systems, simple, nonlinear interactions are iterated over time and give rise to self-organization, evolution, learning, and adaptation—phenomena that eluded explanation until now. This panel, including selected physicists, will explore whether studies of complexity complement traditional physics or may upend science as we know it.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Arrested Development: The Teenage Brain and Substance Abuse

    Moderator: Claudia Wallis (Scientific American Mind)
    Panelists: Jeremy Waletzky (The George Washington University), Nora D. Volkow (NIH), and Honorable Gregory P. Canova, JD; additional panelist to be announced

    1.3 million adolescents in the US have substance use disorder and marijuana use among teens now exceeds cigarette smoking. Join us for a public panel discussion on how neuroscience intersects with policy to improve lives of teens with addiction.

    Monday, May 23, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Rise of Human Consciousness

    Featuring: David Chalmers (Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness, New York University), Michael Graziano (Princeton University), Hod Lipson (Columbia University) and Max Tegmark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
    Moderator: George Musser (Spooky Action at a Distance)

    Advances in physical and information sciences, biology, and neuroscience have dramatically enhanced our knowledge of the human species. But can physical sciences solve the biggest mystery—the emergence of human consciousness? Join our panel to explore this question and its implications.

    Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    HIV 2016: HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases — Opportunities and Challenges

    Featured Speaker: Luiz Loures (UNAIDS)

    This event will address the incidence of non-communicable diseases among people living with HIV, describe morbidity and mortality, and explore interactions among HIV, antiretroviral drugs and behavioral factors influencing development and treatment.

  • Past Events

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Science and Art in China: Li Matou (Matteo Ricci), Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione), and the Influence of Western Geometry and Mathematical Perspective on Early Qing Dynasty Mathematicians and Artists

    Featuring: Joseph Dauben (The City University of New York)

    Presented by the History & Philosophy of Science Section of The New York Academy of Sciences.

    Monday, April 25, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Where Do Physics and Philosophy Intersect?

    Featuring: David Z. Albert (Columbia University), Hans Halvorson (Princeton University), and Jim Holt (Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story)
    Moderator: Kate Becker (The Visible Universe)

    At its core, physics addresses the fundamental problems that shape our philosophical outlook. Join our distinguished panel including writer Jim Holt, philosopher David Z. Albert, and science writer Kate Becker in a dialogue that explores the philosophical meaning of the theories of modern physics—including quantum field theory, cosmology, and quantum gravity—and considers the ability of physics as a scientific discipline to answer the question: how can it be like that?

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    What Does the Future Hold for Physics: Is There a Limit to Human Knowledge?

    Featuring: Neal Weiner (Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, New York University), Eva Silverstein (Stanford University), and Vijay Balasubramanian (University of Pennsylvania)
    Moderator: Jill North (Rutgers University)

    Modern physics has been remarkably successful in describing the dynamical history of our universe and producing new data that extends our knowledge of the world. Nevertheless, our understanding of some key concepts that seek to explain our universe remains unresolved. Cosmologist Neil Weiner, physicist Vijay Balasubramanian and selected other speakers will explore the limits on our ability to learn about the universe and their significance for our worldview and the notion of divine intervention.

    Monday, April 4, 2016 | 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Lyceum Society April 2016 Meeting

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

  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome

    Keynote Speakers: Jo Handelsman (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), W. Ian Lipkin (Columbia University), Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and Coby Schal (North Carolina State University)

    This eBriefing reviews work to map the urban metagenome to probe the microbial communities in the buildings and subways, soil and sewers in our cities.

    Annals

    Special Issue: Respiratory Science

    Edited by Markus Lambertz and Steven F. Perry (University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany)

    Papers in this special issue of Annals discuss interdisciplinary topics in respiratory science

    eBriefing

    Toward Evidence-based Nutrition Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality

    Keynote Speakers: Sonia Angell (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) and Rogan Kersh (Wake Forest University)

    This eBriefing looks at current evidence in nutrition policy making, including assessments of recent public policy interventions intended to improve nutrition and reduce obesity.

    eBriefing

    Pre-Approval Access: Can Compassion, Business, and Medicine Coexist?

    Organizers: Alison Bateman-House (NYU School of Medicine), Melanie Brickman Stynes (The New York Academy of Sciences), Arthur Caplan (NYU School of Medicine), Brooke Grindlinger (The New York Academy of Sciences), and Erick Tatro (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    This eBriefing explores pre-approval access to investigational medicines, the prospective benefits of which may outweigh the potential risks for critically ill patients.