Meet A Scientist – December 2, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 1-4 p.m.
In the Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery:

Dr. Amy Stone
University of Washington Department of Immunology
“Molly the Macrophage”
Help Molly the Macrophage figure out what to do with the pieces of debris she found while patrolling the body.

Dr. Eva Ma
University of Washington Bothell
“Gene Hacking: Changing DNA with CRISPR”
How can changes in DNA help scientists study how cells work? What is gene editing and how is it done? Come help us “fix” a gene and learn about the gene-editing technology CRISPR that is revolutionizing biology.

Dr. Liz Kwan
University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences

Dr. Sarah Morgan
University of Washington Department of Microbiology

Dr. Ruth Thomas
University of Washington Department of Microbiology

Exhibits Closed/IMAX Theater Open

Please note we will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) with the exception of our Boeing IMAX Theater, which will show Justice League: The IMAX Experience at 4, 7 and 10 p.m.

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Amazon Adventure Week

Explore the biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest during Amazon Adventure Week, November 20-26*. Looking for things to do in Seattle with the family over the week of Thanksgiving? See our newest IMAX documentary Amazon Adventure 3D then discover activities related to the movie. Members experience Amazon Adventure Week for free! Plus prizes given away daily, activities throughout Pacific Science Center, and much more.

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*Pacific Science Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day and will not be offering Amazon Adventure Week activities.

Meet A Scientist – November 25, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017 – 1-4 p.m.
In the Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery:

Brittany Whitley
University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
“Two Mitochondria are Better Than One: How Mitochondria Work”
Everything we do from playing outside to sleeping uses energy, which we get from tiny factories inside our cells called mitochondria. Come learn how mitochondria can use teamwork by linking up inside cells to make and share energy-making pieces.

Dr. Parisa Hosseinzadeh
University of Washington Department of Biochemistry
“Let’s Design a Medicine”
Come learn about how medicine works and design your own medicine to fight diseases.

Joshua Krissansen-Totton
University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences Astrobiology Program
“Looking for Life on Far Away Worlds!”
Astronomers have found thousands of planets around distant stars. Learn how we will search for life on those planets in the very near future!

Dr. Delwin Elder
University of Washington Department of Chemistry
Almost everything that we interact with is made from molecules – from the air we breathe and the food we eat, to clothes, medicines, toys, and even everything inside of us. Come learn about some of these amazing molecules and the chemistry principles that give them different and unique properties and uses. You will get to build a famous molecule or invent your own.

Dr. Christina Yacoob
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
“Training Our Body’s Superheroes to Fight Villainous Viruses”
Antibodies are our body’s superhero team. HIV is a villainous virus that is hard to defeat and can harm us. Using HIV Vaccines, we are able to train our antibodies (our body’s superheroes) on the villain virus weak points. Then our body’s superhero team of antibodies can defeat HIV viruses quickly before they can harm us.

At Science On a Sphere:

Moosh Styczinski
University of Washington Department of Physics and Astrobiology
“Magnets-IN SPACE!”
Magnets have amazed us for thousands of years, and they have many wonderful properties. Find out how our spacecraft use magnets to peer beneath the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa.

Planetarium: Mars!

40 Minutes. No movies in the Willard Smith Planetarium, all our shows are live! In Mars, we’ll explore all that makes the red planet fascinating, from mountains bigger than Washington state, to valleys larger than the Grand Canyon – Mars is an interesting landscape to explore. This show is only being presented on November 28th – Red Planet Day – the anniversary of the Mariner 4 Launch to Mars.

No two presentations are the same. Feature content is chosen at staff discretion and focuses on news, new science and NASA discoveries. No Age Restrictions. Due to the dark environment inside the Planetarium and the scientific content, this show is recommended for ages 5 and above.

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