It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: flu season! Well, maybe not everyone looks forward to flu season, but this event will feature talks from scientists who just might. Jeffrey Shaman will discuss how statistical models can be used to forecast the spread of infectious diseases, including influenza, using environmental data. Some of his work has focused specifically on predicting the spread of respiratory viral infections right here in NYC. We’ll also hear from a microbiologist Nicole Bouvier about the biology of the flu virus itself.
Thanksgiving dinner is everybody's favorite meal of the year. But more than the food we guzzle down, it is the aromas of that day and the memories they provoke that endures. For some, it's the scent of the turkey cooking in the oven, while for others it's the mouthwatering smell of toasted marshmallow and candied sweet potato casserole. But how do humans perceive odor? And how does odor become wired into our brains and memories?
From carving scary faces in pumpkins to watching fear-inducing films, Halloween conjures up an obsession with all things horror. While we know that many of the creatures portrayed during this holiday are purely fictional, we still seem to be frightened by the idea of ghosts and zombies. Is there any rational explanation to why we are afraid of these horrific creatures? Or is it purely a biological response to a disturbing stimuli?