Humans share 98.8 percent of their DNA – as well as tool use and systems of communication – with bonobos and chimpanzees. Yet human activity threatens these “next of kin” great apes with extinction. In “Apes and Sustainability,” a forum on Nov. 15, activists, scholars, scientists and humanists will explore new perspectives on preserving nonhuman great apes in sustainable ways. The event will be held in the A.D. White House’s Guerlac Room 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a reception.
When the tantalizing scent of chocolate chip cookies wafts by, how does your mind know what it means? Nobel laureate Richard Axel will explain in his talk, “Scents and Sensibility: Representations of the Olfactory World in the Brain,” in Cornell’s annual Ef Racker Lecture in Biology and Medicine Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall. A reception will follow in Kennedy Atrium. The talk is free and open to the public.
A wave of democratization swept over the African continent in the 1990s. Has it made a difference in the welfare of individuals in sub-Saharan African nations? And why hasn’t the shift to multiparty elections led to profound change in African governance, given the region’s rapidly changing economics and urbanization?
Alison Van Dyke, retired senior lecturer of performing and media arts and an integral part of the Cornell Prison Education Program, died in London on Oct. 5, while on a trip to Spain, France and England.
Sabrina Karim, assistant professor of government, and her co-author Kyle Beardsley, Duke University, have been awarded the 2018 Conflict Processes Section Best Book Award from the American Political Sciences Association for their book, “Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States.”
The mysteries of quantum computing will be explained by physicist Shoucheng Zhang, a lead researcher in the field, in the fall Hans Bethe Lecture on Wed., Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.