august, 2019

24aug1:00 pm4:00 pmMeet A Scientist - August 24, 20191:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet A Scientist

Event Details

Discover current research from leading local organizations and the scientists themselves at Meet a Scientist. Meet a Scientist features local scientists who share their work with you through hands-on activities and conversation.

Cost: Free for members / Included with admission

Recommended Ages: All ages

Members receive program and event discounts and free admission. Become a PacSci Member

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 1-4 p.m.

In the Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery:

Emily Norton
University of Washington, Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean
“CSI: Puget Sound”
Animals (including us!) leave DNA behind everywhere we go! Join me to fish for environmental DNA and play a matching game to figure out which organisms live in this marine habitat.

Dr. Jessica Fagerstrom
Northwest Medical Physics Center
“Bananas, Superheroes, and Radiation!”
You might know that superheroes like Spiderman, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four got their powers from radiation, but what exactly is radiation and why does it matter to us in everyday life? At this activity station, we’ll learn how radiation can be a tool to help keep us safe and healthy.

Dr. Kristin Anderson
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington
“T Cell Boot Camp: Teaching T Cells to Kill Cancer”
Immunotherapy has revolutionized cancer treatment, but what is it? In this activity, we will explore how a person’s immune system can be engineered to fight cancer.

Maria Viitaniemi
University of Washington, Department of Physics
“A Physicist’s Toolbox”
You will explore some of the tools that an experimental laser physicist uses to study new materials. With emphasis on my favorite tool (light!), you will solve various problems including mystery black boxes and new material samples. Come see how light can be used to study the quantum mechanical properties of materials!

Melissa MacEwen
University of Washington, Department of Pharmacology
“Cell-o-phone: How Do Different Parts of the Cell Talk to Each Other?”
Have fun learning about communication between different parts of the cell by playing a rousing game of “cell-o-phone!” Your mission to send a message across the cell is simple, but how will you accomplish it without being able to move? This activity will teach you a little bit about cell signaling, and will discuss why flawed cell signaling is a component of many human diseases.

Zack Cohen
University of Washington, Department of Chemistry/Astrobiology Program
“Where Does Life Come From?”
Cells come from other cells, but where did the first cells come from? See how science helps us learn about the origin of cells and life on Earth!


(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery at Pacific Science Center

200 Second Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109