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  • Physical Sciences & Engineering

  • Events 

    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.

    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.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Speakers: Philip A. Cole (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Kenneth W. Duncan (Epizyme, Inc.)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. In 2016, the annual year-end meeting features keynote speakers Dr Philip Cole and Dr Kenneth Duncan.

    Monday, June 13, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    2016 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine: Resolution of Inflammation

    Speakers: Ruslan M. Medzhitov (Yale School of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Mauro Perretti (The William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London), Charles N. Serhan (Brigham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School), Lars Klareskog (Karolinska Institutet), and Kevin J. Tracey (The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research)

    This symposium will honor Dr. Charles N. Serhan, the recipient of the 2016 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine, for his important discoveries in identifying bioactive mediators and cellular pathways critical in the resolution of inflammatory diseases.

    Monday, June 13, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Are We Alone in the Universe?

    Featuring: Adam Frank (University of Rochester), Louisa Preston (astrobiologist and author), and Stephen M. Gardiner (University of Washington)
    Moderator: Ira Flatow (Talk of The Nation: Science Friday®)

    The Fermi Paradox—the apparent contradiction between the high probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of contact with such civilizations—continues to captivate our minds. Join our panel of leading physicists and philosophers as they explore the question: "Where is everybody?" as well as other questions: How does scientific knowledge direct our future scientific and technological pursuits on Earth and in space? How does science inform human ethics? Does science make us better citizens of the universe?

  • Past Events

    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.

    Friday, March 4, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    10th Annual Machine Learning Symposium

    Keynote Speakers: Sébastien Bubeck (Microsoft Research), Alex Graves (Google Research), Alexander Rakhlin (University of Pennsylvania), Ambuj Tewari (University of Michigan)

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

    February 5 - 6, 2016

    Learn Basic Computing Skills to Be More Effective in the Lab

    This is an event that will teach graduate students and postdocs basic computer programming techniques that will help them automate repetitive tasks and data analysis in the lab.

  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    Mobile Health: The Power of Wearables, Sensors, and Apps to Transform Clinical Trials

    Organizers: Glen de Vries (Medidata Solutions), John J. Mastrototaro (Medtronic), Bernard Munos (FasterCures), Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University), Leonard Sacks (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), Melanie Brickman Stynes (The New York Academy of Sciences), Brooke Grindlinger (The New York Academy of Sciences), and Daniel Radiloff (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    This eBriefing considers the use of data from wearable sensors and mobile devices in medical care and clinical trials and looks at security and regulatory issues for health data.

    Annals

    Beyond the Big Bang: Searching for Meaning in Contemporary Physics

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

    This Annals volume presents papers from a three-part series, in collaboration with the Nour Foundation, on the relevance of modern-day physics to perennial questions confronting human existence.

    Volume 1361

    Annals

    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

    Annals

    Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resiliency: New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report

    Cynthia Rosenzweig and William Solecki, Editors

    Increasing resiliency of New York City to a range of climate risks in the coming decades