Calling all genetics geeks and apocalypse fanatics! #ATLSciFest 2017 will be full of events related to the science of humans. Escape a zombie apocalypse, investigate our human past, discuss the intersections between science and spirituality, and much more.
Disease Detectives: Science and Society
A killer has swept through the streets of London; hundreds are dead! Would you believe that an accomplice to this terrible crime is something you use everyday? Through a series of clues, you'll get to solve a mystery to discover that water can also produce negative effects for people. You will get to learn about investigative methods used by epidemiologists to trace the source of contagious diseases and discuss the issue of global access to clean water. More info!
Zombie Outbreak Game
Zombies are roaming Emory's campus, and you must stop the spread of the disease before it's too late. Investigate a mock zombie outbreak at Emory, using real-world tools employed by Emory and CDC scientists. Players will study the environment, perform a lab test, interview mock patients and investigate vaccine and drug development to get to the bottom of this mysterious outbreak. Get your team together and register online! More info!
Investigating Our Human Past
We can't go back in time and directly observe the process of human evolution, but thankfully, scientists keep finding more and more ways to investigate our past. We find clues in footprints preserved in volcanic ash. We use cutting-edge imaging techniques to understand how the human brain evolved. Join members of Emory’s Anthropology Department to discuss recent discoveries, and examine a cast collection of fossilized skulls of our human ancestors. More info!
Science & Spirituality
What are the intersections and shared pathways of science and spirituality, of physics and faith, of biology and belief? Belief in a loving God may be nice if you have it, but what if you aren't wired that way? What if your main mode of being is by thinking, wondering, and questioning? Who says the only way to encounter the holy is through faith? Can people connect via the mind, or intellectualism, or reasoning? A panel of local scientists and theologians, including Dr. Arri Eisen from Emory's Center for Ethics and Pastor James Brewer-Calvert from First Christian Church of Decatur, will explore and offer a wide range of insights and offerings in a safe space for open dialogue. More info!
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