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
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.
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Recommended Ages: All ages
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University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences/Astrobiology
Dr. Tanya Brown
University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
“Can Corals Get Sick?”
Have fun learning about what makes up a happy, healthy coral and what makes up a unhappy, sick coral. Build a happy and unhappy coral.
Dr. Kristin Anderson
University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
“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.
Dr. Eva Ma
University of Washington Tacoma, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Division of Science and Mathematics
“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.
University of Washington, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
“Write Secret Codes in DNA”
Someday we will run out of space to store all the cat videos in the world. What if we write this in DNA instead of on hard drives? Come see how we mix biology and computers, and have fun writing words in a secret code — DNA!
Dr. Eric Kunze
Northwest Research Associates
“The Influence of Polar Seas on the Global Ocean”
Why is the abyssal ocean (water depths below 1000 m) only a few degrees above freezing, even in the tropics? This hands-on interaction allows participants a chance to feel how cold most of the ocean is and to understand why. The roles of currents and mixing, and the impact on climate, are explained.
University of Washington, Department of Biochemistry
“Fun with Function”
Have fun learning about the relationship between structure and function by discussing existing tools and building new ones.
(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery at Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109