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  • Past Events

    Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    HIV 2016: HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases — Opportunities and Challenges

    Featured Speaker: Peter Godfrey-Faussett (UNAIDS)

    This event will address the incidence of non-communicable diseases among people living with HIV, describe morbidity and mortality, and explore interactions among HIV, antiretroviral drugs and behavioral factors influencing development and treatment.

    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, 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 18, 2016 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Arrested Development: The Teenage Brain and Substance Abuse

    Moderator: Claudia Wallis (Scientific American Mind)
    Panelists: Jeremy Waletzky (The George Washington University), Nora D. Volkow (NIH), Cheryl Healton (College of Global Public Health, New York University), and Honorable Gregory P. Canova, JD

    1.3 million adolescents in the US have substance use disorder and marijuana use among teens now exceeds cigarette smoking. Join us for a public panel discussion on how neuroscience intersects with policy to improve lives of teens with addiction.

    May 18 - 20, 2016

    The Addicted Brain and New Treatment Frontiers: Sixth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speakers: Nora D. Volkow (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. National Institutes of Health), George F. Koob (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. National Institutes of Health), and The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy (Former United States Representative, Rhode Island; Co-Founder, One Mind; and Founder, Kennedy Forum)

    Discover from leading experts, including NIAAA and NIDA directors, the latest on neurobiology of addiction; susceptibility of the teen brain; new treatment strategies; and social, economic, political, and legislative aspects of this disease.

    Monday, May 16, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Exposing Vulnerabilities in Cancer Metabolism: New Discoveries

    Speakers: Kivanc Birsoy (The Rockefeller University), David A. Foster (Hunter College of the City University of New York), Steven S. Gross (Weill Cornell Medical College), Marcia Haigis (Harvard Medical School), Kayvan R. Keshari (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Brendan D. Manning (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Joshua Rabinowitz (Princeton University), David M. Sabatini (Whitehead Institute), and Eileen White (Rutgers University)

    This symposium will highlight insights into tumor metabolism from leaders in the field and explore how this information is being used to design safe and effective, metabolism-targeted therapies.

    Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    MGSN Career Fair 2016

    Keynote Speaker: Gilda A. Barabino (The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York)

    Join the Minority Graduate Student Network (MGSN) and the Science Alliance for the MGSN Career Fair 2016, an event connecting top graduate students and postdoctoral associates in STEM with ready-to-hire employers.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Graduate Student and Postdoc Career Symposium at the NewYorkBio Conference

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) graduate students and postdocs have many career options, but it can be difficult to find resources and information on the job exploration process.

    May 10 - 12, 2016 | United Kingdom

    Food-Microbiome Interaction: Implications for Health & Disease

    Keynote Speakers: John Bienenstock (McMaster University) and Jeffrey Gordon (Washington University in St. Louis – via Skype)

    The human body is colonized by a vast number of commensal organisms, collectively termed the microbiome. Importantly, dysbiosis — dyregulation of this endemic microbiome — has been implicated in a myriad of human diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel disease, to depression.

    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 2, 2016 | 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Lyceum Society May 2016 Meeting

    The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Bioenergetics and Brain Health Basics: Diet, Exercise, and Taking Out the Trash

    Speakers: Gary E. Gibson (Burke Rehabilitation Center), Kirk I. Erickson (University of Pittsburgh), and Mony J. de Leon (NYU Langone Medical Center)

    Psychology Section joint meeting with the New York Neuropsychology Group.

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Epigenetics: Cancer and Beyond

    Keynote Speaker: Craig B. Thompson (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
    Speakers: Michael Elowitz (California Institute of Technology), Eric Campeau (Zenith Epigenetics), Ewelina Kulikowski (Resverlogix Corp), Keiko Ozato (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), Roberto Pili (Indiana University School of Medicine), Patrick Trojer (Constellation), Christopher Vakoc (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Daniel Vitt (4SC AG)

    Epigenetic abnormalities are a recognized contributing factor in tumorigenesis and other diseases. This symposium describes recent progress in validating the therapeutic potential of small molecule inhibitors targeting epigenetics marks.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Science and Art in China: Li Matou (Matteo Ricci), Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione), and the Influence of Western Geometry and Mathematical Perspective on Early Qing Dynasty Mathematicians and Artists

    Featuring: Joseph Dauben (The City University of New York)

    Presented by the History & Philosophy of Science Section of The New York Academy of Sciences.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Solute Carrier Proteins: Unlocking the Gene-Family for Effective Therapies

    Speakers: Dax Fu (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), Kathleen M. Giacomini (University of California, San Francisco), Matthias A. Hediger (University of Bern), Avner Schlessinger (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Giulio Superti-Furga (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Ming Zhou (Baylor College of Medicine), and Kim Huard (Pfizer Inc.)

    Solute Carrier Proteins are an untapped resource for drug discovery. This event will discuss breakthroughs in structural biology, cell engineering and metabolomics that hold the promise of "unlocking" this gene family.

    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?

    Monday, April 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Mummified Baboons and the Biology of Apotheosis

    Speaker: Nathaniel J. Dominy (Dartmouth College)

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

    April 13 - 14, 2016

    Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit

    Keynote Speakers: Richard Hodes (National Institute on Aging and National Institutes of Health), Felipe Sierra (National Institute on Aging and National Institutes of Health), Steven Austad (University of Alabama at Birmingham), and Elissa Epel (University of California, San Francisco)

    Explore how chronic diseases — specifically HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cancer — can affect the seven mechanistic pillars of aging.

    Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Career Fair for Scientists in Collaboration with INet NYC

    Join INet NYC, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) for the INet NYC Career Fair on April 9th, 2016.

    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.