Year of Science Events

Year of Science Events

From special lectures and panels to exciting exhibitions, discover Year of Science events. 

November 18, 2021

Developing Alternatives to Oil as Feedstocks for our Chemical and Liquid Fuels

Barnard Trustee Dr. Karen Goldberg '83 P'22, Vagelos Professor of Energy  Research at University of Pennsylvania speaks about the call for reducing CO2 emissions and moving to renewable energy sources has never been louder than it is today. But as society moves away from oil as a primary energy source, we need to develop other sustainable sources for our liquid fuels. In this presentation, Dr. Goldberg will describe how we arrived at our current energy landscape, projections on where we are going, and some of the exciting strategies that scientists are pursuing to allow us to use natural gas and carbon dioxide to prepare our chemicals and fuels in the future.

December 14, 2021

Grey Matter: Parenting and the Science Behind the Teenage Brain

Focusing on the teenage brain and how the past year has impacted children’s ability to remain resilient, this program examines how to not “choke” under the pressure as children return to school and maintaining a high level of achievement.

Featuring Professor Tovah Klein of the Barnard Toddler Center, President Sian Beilock, incoming Professor BJ Casey, Adriana Galvan ’01, Professor Russell Romeo, and Marina Catallozzi, Vice President of Health & Wellness.

March 22, 2022

Women, Water, Energy

This day-long event will feature student and faculty research presentations/workshops during the day, culminating with a conversation with Cynthia Barnett, award-winning environmental journalist.

Keynote Lectures & Panels

September 29, 2021
Distinguished Lecture in Computer Science with Professor Ayanna Howard,
Dean of Engineering and Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean's Chair, The Ohio State University

October 13, 2021
Neuroscience & Behavior panel (see recording) featuring President Sian Beilock, incoming Professor BJ Casey, and Professor Alex White. 

November 18, 2021
A lecture on our energy landscape with Trustee Dr. Karen Goldberg ’83, Vagelos Professor of Energy Research at University of Pennsylvania.

February 24-25, 2022
Dr. Neta A. Bahcall, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University, will give the inaugural Alexander Science Lecture, donated by The Norman E. Alexander Family G Foundation, Gail Alexander Binderman ’62, president.

May/June 2022
Professor Yvette Christiansë’s chamber opera centered on a dinner between Darwin and Herschel will be highlighted as the convergence of arts and sciences.

June 27-28, 2022
Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, research fellow and the scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis Team at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center.

Weecha Exhibit

Barnard has engaged sculpture artist Henry Richardson on an outdoor art installation he created in tribute to his mentor, American geologist/petrologist, and MacArthur Fellow, Maria Luisa (Weecha)