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Science in the City

Science in the City Lectures
Science is everywhere in Seattle, there’s no question about that. Keep up with the latest scientific trends, topics and research happening literally in our backyard at Pacific Science Center’s new lecture series, Science in the City Lectures.

Each month, join Pacific Science Center for a discussion on current science topics and research from leading, local organizations that dives into topics that affect our community. At the Science in the City Lectures, seize the opportunity to join lively conversation with scientists and researchers in Pacific Science Center’s Science Communication Fellowship Program. Each lecture will include a short presentation and moderated question and answer. Periodically, lectures will include special presentations of IMAX documentaries and hands-on activities; be sure to check back for upcoming topics.

Pacific Science Center also offers teen-only programs similar to our Science in the City events. Check out Teen Science Cafés.

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Tuesday, February 28
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:40 p.m.) | Price: $5 (Free for Members)
Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR Theater
“One Pathogen At A Time: The Development Of A 10-Minute Test For Infectious Diseases”
Charlie Corredor, Co-founder at Phoresa

An instrument that gives diagnostic results in less than 10 minutes at the doctor’s office? Researcher Charlie Corredor will be discussing nanotechnology and the development of a system that will allow clinicians to diagnose and treat patients with confidence in a single visit.

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Tuesday, March 14
Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR Theater
7 p.m.(Doors open at 6:40 p.m.)|$5 (Free for Members)
“Cook and the Northwest Passage”
Harry Stern, Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

The purpose of Captain James Cook’s third voyage was to discover a Northwest Passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In summer 1778 he sailed along the unexplored coast of Alaska, finally reaching Bering Strait on August 11. Continuing north, his quest was halted a week later by “ice which was as compact as a wall and seemed to be ten or twelve feet high at least.” Cook’s explorations in the South Pacific have been well documented, but his contribution in the North is lesser known. How close was Cook to discovering the Northwest Passage, and what would he have found today? We look at historical sea-ice conditions as depicted in maps from 1778 to 2016 to find out. As in Cook’s day, the Bering Strait region holds strategic significance as issues of navigation, sovereignty, and natural resources still occupy the attention of world powers.

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