• Social Sciences

  • Events 

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    A New Science of Happiness: The Paradox of Pleasure

    Featuring: Kim Azzarelli (Cornell Law School), Darrin McMahon (Dartmouth College), and Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore College)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    How does the relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? Attorney Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and psychologist Barry Schwartz discuss their research on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life.

    Friday, October 16, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

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

    Keynote Speakers: Sonia Angell (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Rogan Kersh (Wake Forest University)
    Speakers: Eliza Barclay (NPR), Sanjay Basu (Stanford University), Julia Belluz (, Jason P. Block (Harvard Medical School), Juan Angel Rivera Dommarco (National Institute of Public Health, Mexico), Helena Bottemiller Evich (Politico), Matthew Harding (Duke University), Terry Huang (CUNY School of Public Health), Nancy Huehnergarth (Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting), Barbara Laraia (University of California Berkeley), Jeff Niederdeppe (Cornell University)

    Well-informed nutrition policy decisions which consider scientific evidence should strive for effective policies that improve health outcomes on a large scale. This one-day conference will focus on emerging research methodology, how to interpret research outcomes and how these can be used to inform policy.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges

    Speakers: Seth Adu-Afarwuah (University of Ghana), Vincent Amanor-Boadu (Kansas State University), Richard Black (PepsiCo), Laurette Dubé (McGill University), Corinna Hawkes (City University London), Allan Hruska (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization), PK Joshi (International Food Policy Research Institute), Mark J Manary (Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis), Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Sonny Ramaswamy (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture), John L. Sievenpiper (University of Toronto), Joanne Slavin (University of Minnesota)

    This inaugural conference will look at the role of pulses in healthy and sustainable diets, examine how pulses can make critical contributions to public health, and explore opportunities for enhancing these benefits broadly through food system innovations.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice & Human Nature

    Featuring: Christian Miller (Wake Forest University), Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum), Michael Shermer (Chapman University), and Simone Schnall (University of Cambridge)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Is a basic model of human nature necessary to navigate the good life? Philosophers Susan Neiman and Christian Miller join forces with social psychologist Simone Schnall and science writer Michael Shermer to take a closer look at our moral ecology and its influence on our underlying assumptions about human nature.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cultivating Character: The Art of Living

    Featuring: Lisa Feldman Barrett (Northeastern University), Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher joins Humean philosopher Valerie Tiberius and distinguished psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett to explore the role of wisdom in the interplay between positive emotions, virtues, and character.

  • Past Events

    Monday, September 28, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    "We are Not Red Indians" (We Might all Be Red Indians): Anticolonial Sovereignty Across the Borders of Time, Place and Sentiment

    Featuring: Professor Audra Simpson (Department of Anthropology, Columbia University)

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

    Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM

    23rd Annual Pace University Psychology Conference

    To submit for a poster or oral presentation, go to Then, click on the link called Proposal Submission.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Life in Past and Coming Ruins: On living in the Anthropocene

    Speaker: Anna Tsing, University of California Santa Cruz

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

    Monday, March 23, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Living in the Anthropocene: Long Term Human Ecodynamics in Barbuda, WI

    Speaker: Sophia Perdikaris, PhD, Brooklyn College CUNY
    Discussant: Pam Crabtree, New York University

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

  • Publications 


    Annals Reports

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

    This Annals volume presents discussions ofnutrition and the science of disease prevention; designing optogenetically controlled RNA for regulating biological systems; and how ion channels sense mechanical force

    Volume 1352


    Neuroimmunomodulation in Health and Disease: 9th Congress of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation

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

    This Annals volume discusses recent research on interactions between nervous, endocrine, and immune systems in both health and disease.

    Volume 1351


    Addiction Reviews

    Edited by George R. Uhl (National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, Maryland)

    The seventh installment of this annual review series on addiction.


    Affective Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury: Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference

    Edited by Matthew E. Fink (Weill Cornell Medical College), Jack D. Barchas (Weill Cornell Medical College), and Javaid I. Sheikh (Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar)

    Discussions of the latest translational research, advanced brain imaging, & novel diagnostics

  • Podcasts

    Understanding nutrition's impact on health requires an intricate knowledge of all the different systems within the human body. Learn how a systems approach to nutrition could change the field.

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    A recent conference held at the Academy asked a downright outrageous question: Can dementia be prevented by making changes to your diet? In this podcast we look at what the answers might be.

    Download (87 MB, 38:11)

    In the second of a two-part series, experts look at the links between health and nutrition. They examine everything from how nutrition impacts hospital stays, to cancer and aging, to developing food science innovations, and improving diet.

    Download (45 MB, 19:56)