Scientist Spotlight


Discover how science works alongside the pros at Scientist Spotlight. This program, always held on the first Saturday most months and at other times when we can, features local scientists who will share their work with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Learn how scientists detect cancer-causing genes, estimate fish populations, investigate the geology of Mars, and more.

Scientist Spotlight for May 3, 2014

Morning (11 a.m.–2 p.m.):

In Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery:

Mike Canino, "DNA-Based Identification of Food Items in the Diets of Marine Fishes"
Can your genes show what you eat? Come see how studying fishes' diets can give us the answer!

Christina Owen, "The Birds and the Bees"
formerly with the Department of Biology, University of Washington
Plants have evolved special shapes and colorings to attract different pollinators. Be a scientist and find out how flowers attract birds or bees.

Eric Kunze, "The Influence of Polar Seas on the Global Ocean"
Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington
Challenge your understanding of the deep oceans by exploring how temperature and salt influence ocean circulation. Where does the water in the deep ocean come from?

Siva Kasinathan, "DNA Wrapping"
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/UW Medicine
Discover how cells manage to store long strings of genetic information without ending up with a tangled mess.

Salwa al-Noori, "Balancing Acts in Health & Disease"
UW School of Dentistry, Dept. of Oral Health
Discover how your body keeps you in balance, and how even small changes can affect whether you get sick or stay healthy.

In The Studio:

Nick Weber, "Be A Scientist! How Would You Stop Disease?"
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Explore how scientists are designing new ways to stop a virus from getting you sick. How would you create a strategy to stop disease?

Traci Mikasa & Kimmie Hofmeyer, "Vaccines: Keeping You & Everyone Else Safe"
Infectious Disease Research Institute
Discover how vaccines help your immune system detect diseases, and explore the challenges that researchers face when designing new vaccines.

Anja Ollodart, "Drug Discovery: Not For Wimps!"
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
Come explore how scientists develop new drugs to fight disease and keep us healthy.

Afternoon (2–5 p.m.):

In Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery:

Marcela Ewert, "Below Freezing: Looking for Life in the Coldest Places"
Department of Oceanography, University of Washington
If life on Earth can survive in the freezing temperatures of Arctic ice, where else in the solar system might we find life?

Esra Camci, "About Face! Building the Human Skull"
UW Dept. of Oral Health Sciences

Bish Paul: "Gene Therapy: Using Viruses to CURE Disease!"
Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Washington
How can we use viruses to CURE disease? Come learn how gene therapy might provide an answer!

In The Studio:

Laura Martinez, "Life Inside the Stomach: How Can Bacteria Survive Inside the Human Stomach?"
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Most of the cells in your body are not your own; nor are they even human. Discover what happens when bacteria infects your stomach.

Carly Holstein, "How to Catch the Flu… On Purpose!"
University of Washington, Public Health Genetics
Design and test a way to detect which virus is making you sick. How do engineers create the cheapest and most accurate test?

This program exclusively features Pacific Science Center Science Communication Fellows. Fellows are local science-based professionals who are trained in communication and committed to sharing their love of science with you.

Entry to Scientist Spotlight is included with the price of general admission - FREE for Pacific Science Center members.

Contact Stephanie Arduini, Portal to the Public Program Manager at (206) 443-2886 or for more information.