World Science Festival 2015

New York City
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015
The 2015 Festival will feature more than fifty engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world's top scientists discuss big ideas, a special series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, youth and family offerings like Cool Jobs and apprenticeships, and perennial favorites like Stargazing and the Flame Challenge, in which scientists attempt to answer big questions for an audience of eleven-year-olds. (This year's challenge is: "What is sleep?") It all culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor extravaganza taking over Washington Square Park and the surrounding area on Sunday, May 31.

Staying Sharp: The Story of Music and Memory

The Royal Society, London, UK
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Dr. Victoria Williamson, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow in Music Psychology at The University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London explores our special relationship between music and memory. What happens when music takes you back to a special memory? What are earworms; how might we combat them (music memories on the brain)? How do musicians perform for hours from memory? In what ways can music boost our everyday memory performance? Why does musical memory survive so well in dementia? The story of music and memory helps explain why music is so important to so many of us.

Learning from Cancer to Advance Neurodegeneration Drug Discovery and Development

The New York Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Does having cancer decrease your risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases? Why do many cancer drug targets overlap with targets for neurodegeneration? This interdisciplinary meeting seeks to answer these questions and help attendees learn from the mechanistic insight and years of research on cancer biology to advance new therapeutic development for neurodegenerative diseases. Speakers will address how their research relates to both cancer and neurodegeneration and what we can learn about cell biology and function from these seemingly disparate diseases. Talks will also discuss cancer drug repurposing opportunities for Alzheimer's and related dementias.  Poster Abstract Deadline:  May 01, 2015.

Staying Sharp in Kansas

Overland Park, KS
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Questions about how memory works?  Want to learn how to lead a brain healthy life? Join AARP and the Dana Foundation for a FREE discussion and Q&A on the again brain, memory, and brain health issues. Call (877) 926-8300 to register or sign up online.

Neuroscience and Society Series: Infant Development

AAAS, Washington, DC
Thursday, June 18, 2015
From birth to two years old is marked by great cognitive, emotional, social and physical development in children, and the brain is growing at a rapid pace.  Research has enabled professionals and parents to identify developmental milestones for assessing a child’s progress across time. Although children develop according to a predictable sequence of steps, they do not necessarily proceed through them in the same way or at the same time. Every child’s development is unique, influenced by genetics, prenatal development, the care he/she receives after birth, and the experiences prompted by his or her environment. So there is a wide range of what may be considered 'normal' development. Leading scientists will review both basic and clinical research and discuss  factors that influence child development from birth to two-years old, helping us understand what to look for, how to interpret what we observe, and what, if anything, can be done to intervene if something goes “wrong.” The event, presented by AAAS and the Dana Foundation, is free, but registration is required.