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Vol. 6, Issue 23

Seed Grant Spotlight: What Do We Know? Podcast

Each year, the Center for Science and Society awards Seed Grants to innovative interdisciplinary projects from students, postdocs, and faculty to support collaborative research and programming. Podcasts have exploded in popularity over the past decade as an easy way to learn or laugh while on the go. During your next (socially distanced) walk, we encourage you to listen to the new podcast, What Do We Know? Columbia student creators Kate Steiner (a senior majoring in astrophysics) and Ben Wolman (a senior majoring in earth and environmental sciences) use unique examples to explore connections and questions across science and society. Learn more about the series from Kate and Ben and their first episode, Invisible Dangers on our website.

This project is sponsored by a 2020 CSS Seed Grant focusing on our fifth-year anniversary theme of “Knowledge and Access.” Applications are open for 2021 CSS Seed Grants, Deadline: December 15.

Featured Events:

Our online calendar of events includes virtual events.

Accidents of Geography: Historicizing Genetic Cartographies of the Middle East

November 18 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM ET
Elise Burton discusses how genetic geography imagery paints the Middle East as both the “crossroads” of human migration and the birthplace of distinct gene sequences. Free and open to the public; registration required.
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Comparing Domains of Improvisation

November 20 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Lucy Suchman joins the Comparing Domains of Improvisation Discussion Group to share her work on improvisation and machines, computers, and artificial intelligence. Free and open to the public; registration required. 

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Public Health, Leadership, and Public Trust in India: Discussing Pandemics and their Aftermath

November 30 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET

How has the political and public health leadership in India projected pandemic-related interventions, and what are the borders between public health facts, lived experiences and media propaganda? Free and open to the public; registration required. 

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Enduring Cancer: Life, Death, and Diagnosis in Delhi

November 30 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Dwaipayan Banerjee explores the efforts of Delhi's urban poor to create a livable life with cancer as patients and families negotiate an overextended health system unequipped to respond to the disease. Free and open to the public; registration required. 

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What Can Artificial Intelligence Teach Us About the Brain?

December 1 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM ET
We’re in the midst of an AI revolution as biologically-inspired deep neural networks create an array of engineering feats. This seminar uses AI, neuroscience, and philosophy to ask if these networks can tell us something about how our brains work.
Sponsored by Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program. Free and open to the public; registration required. 
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Featured Deadline: 

For a complete listing of upcoming deadlines, please visit our website.

2021 Center for Science and Society Seed Grants

Due December 15, 2020. Grants are available to support interdisciplinary research projects and programming. Open to Columbia and Barnard students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Proposals that connect to our year-long theme of Knowledge and Access and/or focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in policies, systems, and spaces in science and society will be prioritized.

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