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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: Katherine Freese (Nordita and University of Michigan), 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 Katherine Freese, 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), Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Astrophysicists Adam Frank and Priyamvada Natarajan, 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

    Monday, May 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    What Can Robots and Economics Teach Us About Humanity?

    Keynote Speakers: Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich), Rolf Pfeifer (University of Zurich)

    While we may think of our intelligence and ability to make choices as properties of the human brain, insights from the fields of artificial intelligence and economics paint a more complicated picture. Join two experts in the field to learn more!

    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.

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Visualizing Scientific Data on the Big Screen

    Moderator: Carl Zimmer (Science Writer)
    Speakers: Amy Lee Robinson (Eyewire), Jonathan Fisher (Rockefeller University, Blavatnik Award Winner), Oliver Medvedik (GenSpace)

    Join the Academy and the Imagine Science Film Festival for a discussion that explores how data—from the huge data sets generated by genomics to a map of the brain—can be uniquely captured in the medium of film.

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM

    Bionic Skeletons and Beyond: Emerging Technologies for Spinal Cord Injury

    Moderator: Orla M. Smith (Science Translational Medicine)
    Panelists: Amanda Boxtel (Ekso Bionics), Grégoire Courtine (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL), Nathan Harding (Ekso Bionics)

    Join us for a discussion of cutting-edge technologies that may revolutionize spinal cord injury rehabilitation and treatment. Included in the discussion is a live demonstration of a wearable robot (or exoskeleton) that enables people with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. We will present perspectives from an innovator, a researcher, and a patient, who will share their insights on how these new technologies benefit the public now and in the future to come.

  • Publications 

    Annals

    Annals Reports: (1) Evolutionary Dynamics and Information Hierarchies in Biological Systems: Aspen Center for Physics Workshop and (2) Cracking the Neural Code: Third Annual Aspen Brain Forum

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

    This Annals volume presents a collection of papers stemming from two conferences: (1) Evolutionary Dynamics and Information Hierarchies in Biological Systems: Aspen Center for Physics workshop; and (2) Cracking the Neural Code: Third Annual Aspen Brain Forum.

    Volume 1305

    eBriefing

    Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care

    Organizers: Johanne Morne (New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute), Sonja Noring (New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute), Cheryl Smith (New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute), AIDS Institute Social Media Workgroup (New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute), Brooke Grindlinger (The New York Academy of Sciences), and Kerstin Hofmeyer (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    This eBriefing looks at the impact of digital technologies on clinical care, especially for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, exploring eHealth strategies for patient-centered care and clinical decision support.

    eBriefing

    Finding the Needle in the Data Haystack: The Implications of a Data-driven Built Environment

    Speakers: Chris Garvin (Terrapin Bright Green), Cliff Majersik (Institute for Market Transformation), and Chris Pyke (U.S. Green Building Council)

    There is an increasing focus on policy, standards, and interoperability of building data. Without the proper tools, the virtual tsunami of building data can overwhelm potential users. This eBriefing focuses on refining the data stream to drive green building innovation.

    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.

  • 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
    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)
    Podcast
    December 18, 2009

    No Small Matter

    We sit down with science photographer Felice Frankel and nanotechnology pioneer and Harvard chemist George Whitesides to hear about their new book on nanoscience, No Small Matter.

    Download (11 MB, 00:18:04)
  • 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.