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  • Physical Sciences & Engineering

  • 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, September 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Click Chemistry in Biology and Medicine: New Developments and Strategies

    Keynote Speakers: Jim Paulson (The Scripps Research Institute), K. Barry Sharpless (The Scripps Research Institute)
    Speakers: Yimon Aye (Cornell University), David A. Spiegel (Yale University), Mingxuan Wu (Princeton University), Peng Wu (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

    Click chemistry offers a reliable method for discovering chemical connectivity, with great potential in drug discovery and biomedical research. This symposium explores recent developments that offer new technologies for disease diagnosis and therapy.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Keynote Speaker: Michael Marletta (The Scripps Research Institute)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. The year-end meeting features keynote speaker Michael Marletta of the Scripps Research Institute and a poster session.

    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.

  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    Systems Biology Approaches to Secondary Metabolites and Metabonomics

    Organizers: Manuel X. Duval (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals; University of New Haven), Thomas B. Freeman (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals), and Jennifer Henry (The New York Academy of Sciences)
    Speakers: Sean F. Brady (The Rockefeller University), Steven Edgar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Justin Nodwell (University of Toronto, Canada), and Kang Zhou (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    This eBriefing explores a systems biology approach to secondary metabolites and their networks, looking at their biological effects and potential benefits for human health.

    Annals

    Annals Reports

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

    This Annals volume presents four reports: (1) Alzheimer's Disease Research and Development: a Call for a New Research Roadmap; (2) Economic Analysis of Opportunities to Accelerate Alzheimer's Disease Research and Development; (3) Nanomedicines: Addressing the Scientific and Regulatory Gap; and (4) The Science and Policy of Critical Loads of Pollutant Deposition to Protect Ecosystems in New York.

    Volume 1313

    eBriefing

    How to Make Eggs in Space

    Moderator: Dave Mosher (Popular Science)
    Panelists: Charles Camarda (NASA) and Sara Zwart (NASA)

    The first event of the Academy's Mis/Adventures in Science series offered an insider's perspective on some of the less discussed challenges of life in space, such as what to eat for dinner and how to eat it in zero gravity.

    eBriefing

    Nanomedicines: Addressing the Scientific and Regulatory Gap

    Organizers: Raj Bawa (Bawa Biotech LLC; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Scott E. McNeil (Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory – Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research), Stefan Mühlebach (Vifor Pharma Ltd.; University of Basel, Switzerland), Melanie Brickman Stynes (The New York Academy of Sciences), and Melinda Miller (The New York Academy of Sciences)
    Keynote Speaker: Sally Tinkle (Science and Technology Policy Institute, IDA)

    This eBriefing explores regulatory challenges in the nascent field of nanomedicines.

  • 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)
  • Webinar Archives

    Webinar Archive
    November 21, 2009

    Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting

    Graduate students from around the New York metropolitan area recently organized a symposium spotlighting some of the most exciting local work in soft and hard condensed matter physics. This webinar archive collects all the presentations.

    Webinar Archive
    April 28, 2009

    Protein Kinases: Structure-Guided Drug Discovery

    Protein kinases play a key role in almost every major pathway in eukaryotic cells. Structural approaches, including a new method called fragment-based drug design, are identifying potential targets against diseases including cancer.

    Webinar Archive
    April 22, 2009

    Zero Net Energy Buildings: Reality or Fiction?: Recommendations from the WBCSD Report

    Green architects and engineers are working to balance energy consumption and generation at the level of individual buildings. But how do we define "zero" energy, and how can we reach this goal?

  • 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.