Exhibits & Programs

Meet A Scientist (formerly known as Scientist Spotlight)

Discover how science works alongside the pros at Meet A Scientist. This program is free with admission and happens nearly every month (always on first Saturdays). Meet A Scientist features two rounds (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m.) of local scientists who share 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.

Entry to Meet A Scientist is included with the price of general admission – FREE for Pacific Science Center Members. Contact Marley Jarvis at mjarvis@pacsci.org or (206) 269-5768 for more information.

Upcoming Dates for Meet a Scientist:

  • June 4, 2016
  • July 2, 2016
  • August 6, 2016

June Meet A Scientist: Scientist Preview

June 4: 11 a.m - 2p.m

Scientist Preview


Location: Ackerley Gallery

Stephanie Bucks, Ph.D
Postdoctoral fellow in Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery)
Field of Study: Neuroscience
A Balancing Act: Your Inner Ear and You
Activity description: Using flashcards and a simple balance activity, we will discuss what parts of your body help you keep your balance.  Visitors can interact with a styrofoam head that helps illustrate the gravity sensors we have deep in our inner ears.

Sarah Waldherr
Graduate Student in Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of Washington
Field of Study: Neuroscience
Attack of the Mutant Proteins: Coming to a Neuron Near You (And How to Stop Them!)
Activity description: Learn how proteins are assembled, allowing neurons to properly function, and the detrimental consequences when a protein is incorrectly assembled and becomes mutant! 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.

Donna Shows
Research Technician at Benaroya Research Institute
Field of Study: Mucosal Biology
Gut Guardians
Activity description: See how researchers study intestinal diseases and dissect our guts to figure out which is sick or healthy.

Susan Fung
Postdoctoral fellow in Neurology at University of Washington
When Good Cells Go Bad:  When Your Immune Cells Help Tumors Grow
Activity description: Microglia model that can “gobble up” things that are not supposed to be in the brain.

Jenna Sullivan

Marilyn Roberts

Chris Plaisier


Location: Cancer@Studio

Josh Russel

Emily Wing

Kristen Haberthur


June 4: 2 - 5 p.m.

Scientist Preview


Where: Ackerley Gallery

Brittany Whitely
Ph.D student in Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of Washington
Field of Study: Mitochondrial Dynamics
Two mitochondria are better than one: How mitochondria work together to power our cells
Activity description:  From playing outside to sleeping, everything we do uses energy, which we get from tiny factories inside our cells called mitochondria. Come learn how mitochondria uses teamwork by linking up inside cells to make and share energy-making pieces.

Adam Lesiak
Postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington
Field of Study: Neuroscience
Talk to a Brain Cell
Activity description: Have fun learning the language of the brain. Interact with a model brain cell to learn how brain cells communicate and change. See how brain cell activity and shape are affected by disease.

Orr Ashenberg

James Wu

Alexandra Kazaks

Justine Levan

Mitchell Lee

Brittany Weldon


Where: Cancer @ Studio

Kristen Mittelsteadt
Ph.D Graduate Student at University of Washington/Benaroya Research Institute
Field of Study: Immunology
A sticky situation: How immune cells reach their destination
Activity Description: The immune system is made up of billions of white blood cells that circulate through the bloodstream and help protect us from getting sick. Whether you get a cut on your hand or catch a cold virus in your lungs, white blood cells need to be able to exit blood vessels and go into those locations to fight off infections and start the healing process. But how do these cells know when they’ve reached their destination? Come find out!

Zina Rutnam

Joseph Zhou