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Lyceum Society February 2019


for Members

Lyceum Society February 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By


Established in 1993, The Lyceum Society is comprised of the Academy’s retired and semi-retired Members. These Members are from diverse backgrounds, have different areas of scientific interest and expertise, and have practiced many professions. Their disciplines include Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Information Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, and many others.

The Society hosts convivial monthly meetings at the Academy. These meetings feature lectures and discussions with scientists from around the world, and also provide participating Members with the opportunity to give self-directed presentations and seminars based on their own specialties or new research interests. All Academy Members are welcome.

All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.


Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow



February 04, 2019

11:30 AM

Brown Bag Lunch

12:45 PM

Conjecturing a Climate


Marilyn Gaull, PhD, Literary Studies

“Conjecturing a Climate,” a poem by Emily Dickinson, was written in the 1850’s, when it was first possible technically to observe, measure, record, and consider predicting the weather/climate. In spite of advances in meteorology and the discrepancies between what is known and what is believed, weather-lore and climate mythology survive. To this day, weather and climate are both nature and culture, both science and art, both statistics and poetry, both fact and fiction. I shall illustrate that discrepancy and conjecture some sources, reasons, and benefits for this discrepancy by surveying representations of weather in the art and letters of early America and the surviving factual or at least observational knowledge.

1:15 PM

Retrospective Data Mining of Biomedical Informatics


George Hripcsak, MD, MS
Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics

Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) is multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary, international collaborative with a coordinating center at Columbia University. Its mission is to improve health by empowering a community to collaboratively generate the evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care. With 200 researchers from 25 countries and half a billion unique patients, OHDSI carries out federated studies at sufficient scale to answer questions about diagnosis and treatment. Initial studies provided insights on treatment pathways for chronic diseases around the world. Current work addresses the bias inherent in the medical literature by carrying out research at large scale, automating the analysis, correcting for confounding, and calibrating on residual confounding. OHDSI is producing evidence to inform the US and the European hypertension guidelines, running over half a million hypotheses related to hypertension treatment.