June 7th Free Green Roof Conference

Join the NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance to learn about and discuss cutting-edge green roof research, curriculum, and policy at “The State of Green Roofs in New York City,” Thursday, June 7, at The New School. This is the first-ever forum on the emerging fields of green roof science, policy, and education.
The Green Roof Researchers Alliance is a consortium of over 50 researchers, educators, and policy makers from 17 New York City and State institutions. It is investigating the potential benefits of green roofs, developing a comprehensive overview of green roofs in New York City, and working to expand them across the cityscape.

The conference will open with a keynote by Alan Steel, CEO and President of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Topics to be covered include the development of a map and database of New York City green roofs, wildlife use of green roofs, the benefits of green roofs for stormwater retention and energy use, the role of green roofs in education, and ways we can change NYC policy to promote green roofs.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited—pre-register at http://bit.ly/GreenRoofsNYC.

The event is co-sponsored by the Urban Systems Lab, NYC Audubon, the Lang Civic Liberal Arts Program, and Environmental Studies program at The New School.



End of Year Events: Professional Development, Graduation Reception, Enhanced Human, Genetic Counseling

Professional Development for Summer Internships and Research Experiences
Tuesday May 15
4:00pm- 6:30pm
Room 465, 65 West 11th Street
Katayoun will be provide feedback from prior supervisors and directors of our Lang fellows and helpful resources to help you organize your time, your work flow, and manage expectations in these transitional pre-professional settings. Additionally a slide set from Student Success of “Dos and Don’ts” will be showcased as well as a google drive of resources for resumes, CV, Thank you letters, letter of rec etc. This session is primarily for Mohn Family Science & Social  Justice Fellows, but all students are welcome to join as the material is useful for REUs, and other research oriented sites.  Last year students who were not Fellows attended and found the session useful for their summer experiences. Workflow products like Basecamp and other tools will be shared by fellows as well. 
Interdisciplinary Science Graduation Reception & Poster Session
Wednesday May 16
3:30pm- 5:00pm
4th Floor Lang Lounge (65 West 11th Street)
Please join us as we celebrate our graduating seniors and learn about an experience that has been transformative for them via posters.  Light refreshments will be served. 
The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities (Link to Program
Monday May 21
NYAS (World Trade Center 7)
6:00pm- 9:30pm ( reception time included)
Cost covered by the department, but you must RSVP here  and then Kc will register you in bulk


Genetic Counseling Career Day  (Link to Program
Monday June 11
Sarah Lawrence College ( train ride)
9am- 4:00pm
Cost covered by the department, but you must RSVP here  and then Kc will register you in bulk

May 21 The Enhanced Human- Department will cover costs if you want to attend/ or watch Livestream

The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities

The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities
Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:25 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

If you want to attend and need to have the registration cost of $8 or $10 covered, please contact chamanyk@newschool.edu.  Katayoun will be attending this event and would love your company and conversation

Enhanced humans walk among us. Over the course of human history, people have sought to alter their bodies not only to restore their health, but also to augment their abilities. Some enhancements have been commonplace for centuries, like a simple cup of coffee to remain alert or eyeglasses to improve sight. More recent developments are ever more complex, from prosthetic devices to restore lost functions, like robotic limbs or cochlear implants, to the DIY biohackers movement to create cognitive and body enhancers. As we move deeper into the 21st century, human enhancement technologies are being developed at an increasingly rapid pace.

Efforts to temporarily or permanently overcome limitations of the human body and mind now include bionic and prosthetic technologies, brain-computer interfaces, neurotechnologies, and nootropics. Advances in artificial intelligence are breathtaking. Another dramatic development in the last decade is gene editing with CRISPR/Cas9, enabling us to not only manipulate human biology, but also to potentially dictate our evolutionary future.

The prospect of human enhancement elicits enthusiasm due to the vast opportunities to redesign ourselves, yet skepticism about how far the science can really take us and bioethical concerns are also prevalent. Many have expressed a need for caution due to the myriad unanswered questions and unknowns regarding how these technologies should be used, to what ends, and who should make these decisions. For example, gene editing has the capacity to cure disease, but can we draw a line between appropriate applications and misuse when it comes to complex issues such as trait selection and editing the human genome in ways that will be permanent? How will enhancements impact human identity and human relationships? Who will be able to access human enhancement technologies, and will societal inequalities be exacerbated? How do we identify and minimize the risks and weigh them against any benefits?  As we navigate through new territories in self-customization, what kinds of regulations can and should be put in place?

To explore these questions, the New York Academy of Sciences, together with the Aspen Brain Institute, and The Hastings Center, will bring together scientists, ethicists, philosophers, historians, and other experts, for an evening public eventThe Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunitieswill examine existing and emerging enhancement technologies, with a special focus on gene editing and artificial intelligence, as examples of technologies with broad capabilities and ethical concerns. Panelists will provide an historical perspective, scientific background, and will delve into the ethical and social questions still to be addressed.


This event will be available via Livestream, and archived in perpetuity on the Academy’s Livestream Channel. For full details, and to view the Livestream, please follow the link below:



Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9th
8:00am to 2:00pm
Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center

Design, Justice & Zero Waste:

Exploring Pathways to the Circular Economy

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The Tishman Environment and Design Center and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) invite you to join us at Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to a Circular Economyconference and research collaborative. You will be part of a discussion with a global audience of innovative and creative eco-minded collaborators including practitioners, researchers, advocates and activists.

May 3 Food Studies Job Talk and LUNCH Christy Spackman “In Smell’s Shadow: Materials and Politics at the Edge of Perception”

“In Smell’s Shadow: Materials and
Politics at the Edge of Perception”
Christy Spackman, PhD
Thursday, May 3rd
10:00 am to 11:00 am
LOCATION: 66 West 12th Street, Room 712

Lunch with Faculty and Students
66 West 12th Street, 914

Please RSVP for Lunch to Alexandra Brown brownae@newschool.edu

Christy Spackman has a doctorate in Food Studies from New York University. She is
the 2015-2018 Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellow in Science, Technology, and Society
at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Her academic work focuses on how
the sensory experiences of making, consuming, and disposing of food influence and
are influenced by “technologies of taste,” her term for the oft-overlooked technologies
and practices used to manage the sensory aspects of foods during production. Her
current book project uses this framework to examine how scientific and technological
innovation have changed the taste of bottled and municipal water throughout the
twentieth-century in the United States and France. Using a historical and
anthropological approach, she shows that these technologies of taste have not only
changed the molecular makeup, and by extension the taste of water, they have also
changed how consumers and regulators across multiple cultural landscapes evaluate
the potability of water. Finding taste is a difficult thing. It does not leave obvious
traceable trails in archives, nor does it leave tangible artifacts. To get at taste, she
trawls through government documents, letters between producers and regulators,
scientific papers, advertising ephemera, and oral histories to get at the moments
where taste is shaped and changed. She talks with scientists and communications
teams to learn how they manipulate and manage the minerals and molecules that
give flavor and odor to the things we interact with. Additional training in molecular
biology, food chemistry, and the culinary arts has allowed her to bridge disciplinary
divides in both teaching and research as she examines the relationships between food
science and technology, government regulations, public understandings of science,
and taste.