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  • Events 

    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?

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

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

    Featuring: Marcelo Gleiser (Dartmouth College), Lee Smolin (The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics), 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 Marcelo Gleiser, Lee Smolin, and Max Tegmark debate whether there are scientific and human limits on what can be ultimately known.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Transcending Matter: Physics and Ultimate Meaning

    Featuring: Adam Frank (University of Rochester), David Kaiser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tim Maudlin (New York University)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Astrophysicist and blogger Adam Frank, historian of science David Kaiser, and philosopher of physics Tim Maudlin share their thoughts on what contemporary physics can offer in the quest to understand our place in the universe.

  • Past Events

    Friday, March 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    8th Annual Machine Learning Symposium

    Keynote Speakers: Rayid Ghani (University of Chicago), Brian Kingsbury (IBM), Jorge Nocedal (Northwestern University)

    Chief Data Scientist for the 'Obama for America' 2012 re-election campaign, and other experts, explore the latest innovations in harnessing the power of big data through machine learning.

    Friday, November 16, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    The 8th Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting: Tapping NYC's Science and Engineering Talent

    Keynote Speakers: KC Huang (Stanford University), Amir Yacoby (Harvard University)
    Speakers: Yanan Geng (Rutgers University), Matt Lohr (The University of Pennsylvania), Siarhei Samsonau (College of Staten Island), Carl Schreck (Yale University), Heli Vora (Stony Brook University), Scott Dietrich (City College of New York)
    Moderator and Panelists: Seth Pinsky (NYC Economic Development Corporation), Shelley A. Harrison (Executive-in-Residence, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress), Kathleen R. McKeown (Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Columbia University), Michael O'Boyle (IBM)

    This biannual condensed matter physics conference features keynote talks in hard matter and soft matter as well as a series of student presentations. There will also be a special panel discussion, "Generation Tech: Tapping NYC's Science & Engineering Talent," moderated by Seth Pinsky, President of the NYC Economic Development Corp, and featuring representatives of the new engineering and applied science institutions that are being created in the city.

    Friday, October 19, 2012 | 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    7th Annual Machine Learning Symposium

    Peter Bartlett (University of California, Berkeley), William Freeman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Vladimir Vapnik (Columbia University and NEC-labs)

    This symposium features keynote speakers in applied and theoretical machine learning as well as "spotlight" talks selected from poster abstract submissions.

    Thursday, October 11, 2012 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Dynamics of Immune Cell Communication Networks

    Speakers: Debashis Barik (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Christine Grimaldi (Boehringer-Ingelheim), Nir Hacohen (Massachusetts General Hospital, Broad Institute and Harvard Medical School)

    The immune response deters dangerous intruders, but when it fails, can lead to autoimmune ailments, ineffective immunotherapies and adverse reactions to biological therapies. This symposium examines the behavior of this complex, dynamic network.

  • Publications 

    Annals

    The Implications of a Data Driven–Built Environment

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    This Annals issue explores how large data sets can be harnessed to improve energy management in the built environment.

    Volume 1295

    eBriefing

    The 8th Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting: Tapping NYC's Science and Engineering Talent

    Keynote Speakers: KC Huang (Stanford University) and Amir Yacoby (Harvard University)
    Panel Moderator: Seth Pinsky (NYC Economic Development Corporation)

    This eBriefing documents the 8th condensed matter physics conference featuring keynote talks in hard matter and soft matter as well as a special panel discussion, "Generation Tech: Tapping NYC's Science & Engineering Talent," featuring representatives of the new engineering and applied science institutions that are being created in the city.

    eBriefing

    Single-Cell Level Systems Biology

    Speakers: Grégoire Altan-Bonnet (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Narendra Maheshri (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Johan Paulsson (Harvard Medical School), and Chris Wiggins (Columbia University)
    Organizers: Andrea Califano (Columbia University), Manuel Duval (Network Therapeutics Inc.), Aris Economides (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals), Gustavo Stolovitzky (IBM Research), and Jennifer Henry (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    Fluorescence microscopy advances have opened new avenues in the study of molecular dynamics in single cells. This eBriefing features systems biologists working on the elucidation of the effects of noise in mathematical and experimental methods analyzing single cells.

    eBriefing

    From Colloids and Clusters to Topological Insulators: 6th Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting 2011

    Keynote Speakers: Vinothan N. Manoharan (Harvard University) and Shoucheng Zhang (Stanford University)

    The eBriefing of the Sixth Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting features keynote speakers in hard and soft condensed matter physics, student talks highlighting current research, and a panel discussion.

  • Podcasts

    Podcast
    July 16, 2010

    Moon, Mars, and Beyond

    Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the 2010 Isaac Asimov debate at the Hayden Planetarium. He and five panelists debate whether NASA should bother going back to the moon, or just focus on Mars instead.

    Download (56 MB, 01:26:29)
    Podcast
    May 21, 2010

    What Time Is It?

    Famed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and theoretical physicist Brian Greene dissect time as we know it. What is the smallest unit of time, and what does it look like? For starters, you should stop looking at the clock, and start looking at the universe.

    Download (32 MB, 00:49:41)
    Podcast
    May 7, 2010

    How the Universe Got Its Spots

    Physicist Janna Levin and artist Laurie Anderson (NASA's first artist in residence) tackle the origins of our universe.

    Download (30 MB, 00:46:58)
    Podcast
    April 16, 2010

    Does Chaos Have Meaning?

    Award-winning filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and astrophysicist Piet Hut discuss what chaos is and what it means when it comes to the universe.

    Download (21 MB, 00:31:53)
  • Translational Medicine Initiative

    Macy FoundationThe Translational Medicine Initiative represents a three-year partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to support the translation of basic science research into clinical applications.

    Learn more at www.nyas.org/TransMed.