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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!
Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh November Meeting – How Stars Helped to Build Human Civilizations
Join us virtually Thurs., Nov. 4 for an evening of conversation with Biprateep Dey, Ph.D. student at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Pittsburgh. From keeping track of time to navigating long distances, stars have guided human civilizations to flourish. In this talk we shall explore the human connection to the night sky and how various cultures throughout history observed patterns in the night sky and used it to their benefits. We will also talk how systematic observations of the night sky laid the foundations of modern day scientific methods.
Register in advance for the meeting here. The Zoom meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. (EST), 3 p.m. (PST). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Meet the Speaker
Biprateep Dey is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Pittsburgh. His research involves making the largest maps of the Universe which in turn are used to study how the Universe and the galaxies in it formed and evolved over time. He grew up in the beautiful Indian city of Agartala and lived in Bhubaneswar for a few years before moving to Pittsburgh.
Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please use this link.
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Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities.
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact
What Is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.
Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff