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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 Lecture.

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 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 to see for upcoming topics.

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“Fighting Fire With Fire: Using Genetically Weakened Malaria Parasites As A Vaccine To Eliminate One Of Humanity’s Oldest Diseases”
Brandon Sack, PhD, Center for Infectious Disease Research

Almost half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria, and yet no vaccine exists to combat this deadly and incredibly complex disease. The very first vaccine to combat smallpox used the idea of infecting people with a weakened version of the virus to train the immune system to fight the real thing. Learn how scientists at CIDR are applying cutting edge genetic tools to make pinpointed deletions in the malaria parasite’s genes in order to create the first successful vaccine for malaria.


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Tuesday, December 6
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:40 p.m.) | $5 general (Free for Members)
“Sherlock Holmes: Where Literature Meets Science”
Dr. Molly Clark Hillard, Associate Professor of English at Seattle University

Detective fiction, like the detectives themselves, grew out of the nineteenth century. Victorian detective stories are often sensational, including murderous monkeys, cursed diamonds, drug addiction, bigamy, wicked half-brothers and step-mothers, satanic hellhounds, and more. In spite of its often Gothic tone, the genre developed from Victorian novelists’ rising interest in the police profession as well as in the process of scientific investigation. Detection itself—solving puzzles, uncovering crimes, revealing secrets—is no bad description of the work that novels and novelists themselves do. Join Molly Clark Hillard, professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at Seattle University, to investigate some of the exciting convergences between science and literature in the Victorian period.

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Tuesday, December 13
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:40 p.m.) | Price: $5 (Free for Members)
Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR Theater
“Play to Grow: The Power of Play”
Amelia Bachleda, Ph.D, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at University of Washington

Children love to play, whether it is make-believe, or just being silly; “play” is an important part of child development even though we often associate “play” with fun and games. Children build fundamental language, reasoning and social skills by using “play” to understand the world around them. Dr. Bachleda will discuss the ways children play, how playing changes during childhood, and how it helps children learn.

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Wednesday, January 11
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:40 p.m.) | Price: $5 (Free for Members)
Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR Theater
Topic: Anthropocene
Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at Planetary Science Institute

Sponsored by Seattle Children’s Research Institute