Exhibits & Programs

Meet a Scientist

Meet a Scientist

Discover current research from leading local organizations and the scientists themselves at Meet a Scientist. Meet a Scientist features local scientists from 1 – 4 p.m. who shares their work with you through hands-on activities and conversation. The program welcomes guests of all ages to interact with the scientists, who are more than happy to answer all sorts of questions relating to their current research. You might learn how scientists detect cancer-causing genes, how bugs fly, or how our brains remember what we’ve seen. Come back for new scientist guests each month.

This program exclusively features Pacific Science Center Science Communication Fellows. Fellows are local science-based professionals trained in communication and committed to sharing their love of science with you.

This July and August Pacific Science Center brings Meet a Scientist  to guests (almost) every Saturday.  Guests will get the opportunity to interact with scientists through hands-on activities and conversations from 1 – 4 p.m. in Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery.

Upcoming Dates for
Meet a Scientist:

  • July 30, 2016
  • August 6, 2016
  • August 20, 2016
  • August 27, 2016
  • September 3, 2016
  • October 1, 2016
  • December 3, 2016
Scientist Preview - July 30

Kristin Anderson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Washington (Immunology and Oncology) and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Greenberg Lab
Field of Study: Immunology and Cancer Biology
T-cell Boot Camp: Teaching T-cells to Kill Cancer
Activity Description:At T cell boot camp, visitors will learn how scientists are modifying a critical cell of the immune system to specifically target and kill cancer cells. We will explore how T cells recognize cancer cells, evade the defense mechanisms of the tumor, and kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells. Visitors will pretend to be a T cell and face off against cancer!


Tammy Stawicki
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Washington in Biological Structure
Field of Study Neuroscience
Save a Hair cell, Save Your Hearing
Activity Description: The death of the sensory hair cells in our inner ear is a major cause of hearing loss. I use the zebrafish to help better understand how these cells die in response to certain therapeutic medications. The hope is that we can use these findings to help prevent hearing loss.


Molly Gasperini
Graduate student at University of Washington in Neuroscience
Field of Study Human Genetics
The Genetics of Puppy Fur
Activity Description: Come pet some stuffed animals and learn about how they inherit their fur from their mom and their dad!


Cecilia Noecker
Ph.D. Student at University of Washington in the Department of Genome Sciences
Field of Study: Genome Sciences, Computational Biology and Microbiome
There’s a factory in your intestines!
Activity Description: What’s happening in your gut? Investigate what colorful creatures can be found inside of an intestine and what they’re making out of your food.


Scientist Preview - August 6

Lisa Voelker
Ph.D. Student in Molecular Cellular Biology Program at University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Field of Study: Cellular Neuroscience
Communication Styles: Engineering the Neural Conversation
This activity allows you to use marbles to understand different ways brain cells communicate with each other. Once you master these skills, use them to change the activity of a neural circuit.


Andrew Mathewson
Ph.D. Student at University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Field of Study: Nero-development, Cellular & Molecular Biology
Feeling the Way: Cell Migration in the Developing Brain
For proper brain development, neurons need to accurately migrate from where they divide to where they will carry out their mature functions. Come find out how these “blind” cells correctly navigate the complexity of the brain with a hands-on puzzle challenge!


Mitchell Lee
Ph.D. Student at University of Washington
Field of Study: Pathology


Additional Scientist:
Agata Budzillo
Chris Monson
Jamie Goodson
Katie Fellows

Previous Scientist Preview

Scientist Preview - July 23

Dr. Pete Amos
Scientific Adviser at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Field of Study Biomedical Engineering
Help! Microglia: The Brain’s First Responders
Activity Description: Who protects the brain from invaders and disease? Take on the role of a microglial cell and save the brain from certain destruction!


Cecilia Noecker
Ph.D. Student at University of Washington in the Department of Genome Sciences
Field of Study: Genome Sciences, Computational Biology and Microbiome
There’s a factory in your intestines!
Activity Description: What’s happening in your gut? Investigate what colorful creatures can be found inside of an intestine and what they’re making out of your food.

Scientist Preview - July 16

Andrea Lim
Graduate student at University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson
Field of Study: Cancer Biology
Seeing is Believing: Searching for Cancer Cells in the Dark
Activity Description:  Cancer cells can be hard to find, but what if we could make them light up? See how scientists use glow-in-the-dark antibodies to look for different types of cells. How many cancer cells can you find?


Joseph Zhou
Reasearch Scientist at Institute for Systems Biology
Field of Study:  Systems Cancer Biology
Taming Adaptivity to Treat Cancer
Activity Description: Why cancer is notoriously difficult to cure is due to its ability to adapt and change under the standard cancer therapies. Our research reveal the secret how cancer survive and grow back after chemotherapeutic treatment. We further find the drugs to inhibit the adaptivity of cancer as a new treatment from a large drug screening.

Scientist Preview - July 9

Dr. Pete Amos
Scientific Adviser at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Field of Study Biomedical Engineering
Help! Microglia: The Brain’s First Responders
Activity Description: Who protects the brain from invaders and disease? Take on the role of a microglial cell and save the brain from certain destruction!


Kaitlyn Casimo
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Washington Immunology Department
Field of Study Immunology
Sensing Infection: How do our bodies know we’re sick?
Activity Description: I have a very excited brain that is waiting for you to come teach it how to ride a bike, play a musical instrument, and more! Come hear about how your brain learns new skills and what’s happening under the surface of your thoughts every day.


Sarah Waldherr
Ph.D student at University of Washington in Neuroscience
Field of Study Neuroscience
Brain Paths
Activity Description: Step right up and help your brain cells, or neurons, combat those pesky mutant proteins. Proteins are the workhorses in every cell of every living thing and are involved in almost all of the processes going on inside your body, including your brain. Learn how proteins are assembled, allowing neurons to properly function, and the detrimental consequences when a protein is incorrectly assembled and becomes mutant!


Dr. Emily Hemann
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Washington Immunology Department
Field of Study Immunology
Sensing Infection: How do our bodies know we’re sick?
Activity Description: Did you know nearly every cell in your body can tell when they have been infected with germs like influenza virus (the flu) before you even feel sick? Come discover how cells detect invaders like the flu, and race to see how quickly you can stop a flu infection!


Danielle Lozier
Research Assistant at University of Washington Harborview Medical Center
Field of Study Neuroscience, traumatic brain injuries, and anesthesia.
Grow a Second Brain!
Activity Description: First, learn how to grow a second brain! Then, use your first brain and your second brain together to see the “invisible!”


Price: General Admission
to enter Meet a Scientist
No Registration required.

FREE for Pacific Science
Center Members.

Contact Marley Jarvis at mjarvis@pacsci.org or (206) 269-5768 for more information.

Location:
Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery