Redefining secular ethics…or not

LAMP Symposium

Last month, I attended the Fourth Annual LAMP Symposium, “Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Future of Life” at Emory University (LAMP is the Georgia Tech/Emory Leadership and Multifaith Program). The talks were an interesting mix, including some straight-up science, some thoughtful discussions of the interactions between science and religion, and a bit of absolute pseudo-profound bullshit.

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Volvox 2019 dates and location

The Fifth International Volvox Conference will be held at the University of Tokyo July 26-29, 2019, hosted by Professor Hisayoshi Nozaki. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday 26 July 2019
Registration and welcoming reception and poster set up.

Saturday 27 July 2019
Oral session and Poster session
Mixer

Sunday 28 July 2019
Oral session
Dinner party

Monday 29 July 2019
One day and/or half day trips to Volvox-field collection/algal culture collection at NIES etc. (not determined).

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AbGradCon 2018

AbGradCon 2018

AbGradCon is an astrobiology conference for graduate students and other early-career researchers. It is intended to provide

a unique setting for astrobiologically-inclined graduate students and early career researchers to come together to share their research, collaborate, and network,

and it’s coming to Georgia Tech next year.

AbGradCon 2018 will be hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. The conference venue and attendee lodging will be at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. The Technical Program for AbGradCon 2018 runs from June 4-8, while the Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR) will be held on June 1-4.

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Volvox 2017 pictures

The Fourth International Volvox Meeting in St. Louis was everything I hoped. It was well organized, small enough to talk to everyone, and full of great talks. David Kirk was indeed there, briefly, though I failed to get a photo, and so was David Queller.

I thought I was pretty connected in the (relatively small) Volvox world, but there were several people there I’d never met and lots of research that was news to me. I’ll be blogging more about some of that research, but for now I’ll just share a few photos from the meeting.

Danforth Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is the perfect setting for a movie with scientist working on super high-tech stuff.

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