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 July 5, 2014

11 a.m.–2 p.m.:

In Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery:

Jens von der Linden, "Tying Plasma Knots on the Surface of the Sun"
Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
Explore how magnetic fields can twist, control, and tie knots in plasma streams like those found in solar flares.

Brad Dickerson, "Lessons in Flight"
University of Washington, Department of Biology
How does movement help us sense the world around us? Explore how insects sense their environment during flight.

Corey Snelson, "What's in a Neuron?"
University of Washington, Department of Biology
How does our brain know what we physically sense in other parts of our body? What types of neurons are involved in relaying that message?

Ross Maddox, "Say What?"
University of Washington
How does your brain know how to focus on specific sounds – the sound of someone talking, the sound of your name – from all that background noise?

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!

Soyeon Lippman, "What Tools do Bacteria Need to Survive?"
Washington State Department of Health/University of Washington

Ivonne Ortiz, "Who Eats Who in the Bering Sea?"
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington/Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
Food webs are made up of so many different creatures, but how can you know which ones are the most important? How do changes in the ocean change the food web?

Yeung Tutterow, "What Happenes After I Get A Vaccine Shot?"
Infectious Disease Research Institute

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.