Monthly Archives: December 2016

Faith Healers and Pollsters! Jerry’s Picks 16.32 December 5 – 17

Faith healers, pollsters, tool users, a dead star and Saint-Saëns’ animals – all this and more in our last Picks of the fall semester. See you in 2017!

In the meantime, pick your own using the University events calendar, including the Other Calendars list, and our Jerry’s Picks DIY Sources.


December 6: #BringBackOurGirls
December 8: (Don’t) Take a Deep Breath: Air Pollution and Chronic Disease


December 5
4 5:30 p.m.
Global Mental Health Program
Faith Healers and Western Medicine in Global Mental Health: Points of Conflict and Consensus
A Global Mental Health University Seminar with Ezra Susser, director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, and Megan Campbell (University of Cape Town). New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Room 6601. (Global)

December 6
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Data Science Institute | Data and Society Taskforce
Data, Polling, the Media, and Democracy
A panel discussion on the 2016 US election featuring Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight; Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; Robert Shapiro, Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government; and Ester Fuchs, director of the Urban and Social Policy Concentration and United States Specialization, will moderate. Registration required here to join the waitlist. Low Library, Rotunda. (Data and Society)

December 7
7 –  9 p.m.
The Center for Science and Society | Ligo Project
Science (as) Culture: Microbiome – The 1000-year View and How to Get There (Part 3)
The final installation of a series of conversations defining the microbiome and redefining what it means to be human. An interdisciplinary discussion on the microorganisms that live in and on all of us. Includes Jennifer Wolkin, clinical health psychologist, neuropsychologist, and mindfulness-meditation practitioner; Rosamond Rhodes, director of Bioethics Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Camille Delebecque, co-founder and CEO of Afineur. 388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, The Commons Cafe. (The Future of Neuroscience)

December 12
4 – 6 p.m.
Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
The Transmission of Knowledge: Tool Use and Cognition
Discussants include Nicola Clayton, professor of comparative cognition at Cambridge University; Alex Martin, chief of the Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health; and Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History. Moderated by David Barack, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience. Faculty House. (The Future of Neuroscience)

December 13
7 – 8 p.m.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
Illuminating Touch: The Body-Brain Connection
Peripheral sensory neurons provide the inputs to brain circuits that process information about the external environment. Ellen Lumpkin, co-director of the Thompson Family Foundation Initiative in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Sensory Neuroscience, will present how the tools of modern brain science are being harnessed to discover peripheral mechanisms that capture unique features of our tactile world. Reception begins at 6 p.m. Registration required here. 37 East 64th Street at Madison Ave., The Hotel Plaza Athénée. (The Future of Neuroscience)

December 15
5 6:30 p.m.
CUMC and others
Global is Local: The Zika Epidemic
Panel discussion with Theresa McGovern, interim chair and professor of Population and Family Health; Aileen Langston, division of Family and Child Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Vincent R. Racaniello, Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; and Kiran T. Thakur, assistant professor of neurology. Keynote speaker Howard Zucker, commissioner of health for New York State. Reception to follow. Roy And Diana Vagelos Education Center. (Global)

December 16
7 – 9 p.m.
Astronomy Department
How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hand
For the first time, researchers have been able to create a 3D reconstruction of one particular supernova remnant in our galaxy: Cassiopeia A. Kimberly Arcand, visualization lead and production coordinator for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, will discuss the process of how we collect the astronomical data, use brain imaging software to visualize the third dimension, and eventually print out copies so we can hold a dead star in our hand. Pupin Hall.

December 17
2 p.m.
Miller Theatre
Carnival of the Animals
Miller Theatre’s annual holiday tradition – a playful production that brings to life the 19th century French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ musical The Carnival of the Animals with poetry by the late Ogden Nash. With Lake Simons, designer and director, and Laura Barger, music director and pianist. Purchase tickets here. Miller Theatre.

For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links. We always appreciate hearing from you about future events.