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Friday, September 30, 2016
The Social Role of Mathematical Proofs
Time and Place: 206 Eaton Hall, 4pm
Speaker: Kenny Easwaran (Philosophy, Texas A&M)
Respondents: Jody Azzouni (Philosophy, Tufts) and Moon Duchin (Math, Tufts)
Reception to follow in Miner Hall
Sponsors: STS, Philosophy, Math

Friday, May 6, 2016
Creative Careers: Fusing Art and Science
Time and Place: 574 Boston Ave, Room 401, 12-2pm (lunch provided)
Dean Nancy Bauer moderates a conversation with six panelists who represent a range of careers at the interface of the arts with science and technology. Do you ever wonder if there are jobs out there that value both artistic and scientific thinking? Do you wonder how to maintain your passion for learning and your artistic creativity if you have a desk job? Join the conversation!
Sponsors: Student Life Fund, STS

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Environmental Studies "Lunch & Learn": The Social Lives of Computer Models in Forestry Research
Time and Place: Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 12pm
Speaker: Tom Özden-Schilling (Tufts/MIT)
Abstract: What can a long-simmering technical dispute between two groups of tree growth modelers tell us about the relationship between expertise and environmental governance in the twenty-first century? Drawing on over a year of ethnographic work, this talk will explore how the professional goals and social attachments of different forestry scientists have shaped the kinds of stories that computer simulations tell about the future of forests – and of forestry science – in British Columbia. Sponsors: Environmental Studies
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Canonical Forms: The mathematical structure of musical canons
Speaker: Noam Elkies (Harvard)
Abstract: To write a musical canon—be it "Three Blind Mice" or the climax of a Bach fugue—one constructs a melody that can act as its own harmony. Thinking about this task leads us to look at musical structure from points of view usually associated with science and mathematics, not the arts. The lecture will be illustrated with diagrams as well as musical examples from various eras and genres (including at least one improvised on the spot), and will require no technical background in either music or mathematics
Sponsors: Mathematics, Music

Monday April 4, 2016
Escaping Melodramas: How do we think about the infamous studies in Tuskegee and Guatemala?
Speaker: Susan Reverby (Wellesley)
Abstract: The infamous "Tuskegee study" was a four-decades-long (1932-72) project of the U.S. Public Health Service in which African American men were deceived into believing they were being treated for syphilis, while in fact they were only being monitored. In the course of researching Tuskegee, Susan Reverby found unpublished papers from another U.S. government study, this time conducted in Guatemala (1946-48), in which scientists actually infected men and women with sexually transmitted diseases in a prison, an army barracks, and a mental hospital. What are the opportunities and responsibilities for scholarly work on such deeply problematic historical events?
Sponsors: Sociology, Community Health, STS

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