Right, so, after the wild and multi-national success of the first two installations of this feature, I had to scale back my frequenting of these exciting events to do things like go to class (!) and do work (!!!!!). Luckily, I was still able to squeeze in a couple choice outings to some of the best events yet. Here they are.
Event: Biostatics/Lectureship Seminar: “Observational Studies in Health Care: Are They Any Good?”
Food: Cute chocolate-M&M cookies and coffee
Summary: Here’s a fun fact: the Public Health department is in, like, Warwick. OK, maybe not that far, but you can see water from the entrance to the building. In any case, their lecture–by the chair of the Columbia Statistics Department, who has a sick British accent–was doooooooope. Seriously, I loved it. Super interesting. You should check out his study here. Basically, they found that academic medical research on drug effects is very often discreditable, but can be optimized to be kind of worthwhile. Sorry, you’re bored now. But it was interesting, I swear. And cookies!
Grade: A Continue Reading
For the column description, see last week’s post. I had family in town Monday so I skipped events for the day. Sue me.
Event: Innovations in Global Giving with Rockefeller Institute CEO Melissa Berman
Summary: The combination of having a terrible headache, a lot of unplayed games of Scramble with Friends, and a disappointing lack of food offerings made for a whole lot of not paying attention. From the parts I listened to I picked up that people tend to donate their money to charity to make themselves look good, and that there are ways to be strategic in one’s philanthropy. Kind of interesting I guess but not exactly earth-shaking news. Also, did I mention no food? I left early.
Event: Queering Anti-Imperalism
Summary: I’m not sure what the conspiracy to not offer food at these events is all about, but I’m not feeling it. “Queering Anti-Imperialism,” hosted by student advocates from the New School, is exactly what it sounds like–a little bit off the beaten path, if you catch my drift. Let’s just say I’m guessing there wasn’t a whole lot of overlap in the attendance of this event and Brown Republicans meetings. I didn’t understand more than one in every three words they said, because most of it was about homoeroticism in developing blah blah blah blah oh my god it was amazing. I’m having trouble conveying the spirit of the event, but you should’ve been there.
Grade: A+ or F, I can’t decide.
Having recently decided that I wasn’t really getting all that much marginal benefit out of slogging through MCM readings on film as a metaphor for Freudian subconscious sex desire (or something), I dropped my fourth class, leaving me with more free time than I’ve had at any time since I was, like, three years old. I needed something to fill my time, something that would be both productive and enjoyable at the same time in a way that watching twelve hours of YouTube videos isn’t. Morning Mail (slogan: “Reminding Brown students that if you’re reading this it’s time for bed”), held the key. How many intriguing offerings are there in Morning Mail every day that you never bother to check out in more depth? OK, not that many. But some. So, armed only with an insatiable hunger for
free food knowledge, I set out to attend one of these events each day.
Event: Slicing Up Space–Exploring Combinational Theory
Food: Samosas and soft drinks
Summary: A lecture hosted by the Math and Applied Math DUG’s about how to cut space to create the most possible regions…Yeah, I’m already bored, too. I didn’t even get to try a samosa. But did you know you can cut a cake in 11 pieces with only four slices????