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  • Physical Sciences & Engineering

  • Events 

    Monday, May 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 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!

    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.

    Thursday, July 31, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Fifty Years of the Genetic Code:
    A Symposium to Honor the Legacy of Marshall Nirenberg

    Speakers: C. Thomas Caskey (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA), Jason Chin (University of Cambridge, UK), Gregory A. Petsko (Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA), Frank Portugal (The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA), Venki Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK), Jonathan Weissman (University of California - San Francisco, California, CA, USA), Lei Wang (The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, USA), Huanming Yang (BGI, Shenzhen, China)

    The identification of the genetic code has offered many opportunities in scientific, medical and biological discovery. This symposium honors Nobel Laureate Marshall Nirenberg and showcases research in a range of therapeutic areas.

  • 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.

    Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Systems Biology Approaches to Secondary Metabolites and Metabonomics

    Speaker: Sean F. Brady (The Rockefeller University), Steven Edgar (MIT), Justin Nodwell (University of Toronto), Kang Zhou (MIT)

    Secondary metabolites or idiolites play many roles in biological systems, including communication, defense and signaling. This symposium takes a systems biology approach to explore their biological effects and potential benefits for human health.

    Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    How to Make Eggs in Space

    Speakers: Charles Camarda (NASA), Dave Mosher (Popular Science), Sara Zwart (NASA)

    Going to space is the ultimate adventure, the tiniest margin of error can determine if a mission is a success or a failure. But other concerns, like what to eat for dinner, are also important to those who venture into the final frontier.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Antibody-Drug Conjugates: An Emerging Modality for the Treatment of Cancer

    Speakers: Nahor Haddish-Berhane (Pfizer), Sara Hurvitz (UCLA Medical Center), Omar Kabbarah (Genentech Inc.), Peter D. Senter (Seattle Genetics, Inc.), Dhaval K. Shah (The State University of New York at Buffalo), Stacey S. Shord (Food and Drug Administration), Melissa M. Schutten (Genentech Inc.), and Puja Sapra (Pfizer), Alan Wahl (Ambrx)

    Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) promise safer, more effective therapies than standard anti-cancer drugs. This symposium highlights linker-payload and coupling chemistries, ADC development, biomarker and patient selection, and regulatory perspectives.

  • Publications 

    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.

    eBriefing

    Accelerating Translational Neurotechnology: Fourth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speaker: Robert J. Greenberg (Alfred E. Mann Foundation)

    This eBriefing explores the translation of neurotechnologies into new treatment options for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

    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

    Nanotechnologies in Cancer Diagnosis, Therapy, and Prevention

    Keynote Speakers: Omid Farokhzad (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School) and Ralph Weissleder (Massachusetts General Hospital)

    This eBriefing discusses nanoparticles, which have recently emerged at the forefront of cancer therapies, highlighting their uses in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

  • 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.