Our Complex Brains
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Our Complex Brains

Our final night will highlight complex processes regulated by our brains. First, we will learn about a novel technique, optogenetics, which uses light to control cells and how this has potential to cure diseases like chronic pain. Concussions, an underestimated epidemic, will be addressed from all angles including symptoms, sex differences, and what to do about them. Also, we will learn how climate change affects our genetics, all the way up to influencing our behaviors. Finally, we will wrap up our last night looking at how dopamine affects HIV infection.

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Surveying the ocean floor, exploring influenza, and snow melting concrete!
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Surveying the ocean floor, exploring influenza, and snow melting concrete!

Come learn about how oceanographers explore the bottom of the ocean and what it's like to live on a research vessel. Next, understand why flu vaccines are not perfect but are still important to receive each year. Then you will be guided through the design and development of snow melting concrete from an engineering perspective.

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Macro to microenvironments: From planets to microbes and molecules
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Macro to microenvironments: From planets to microbes and molecules

Environments have a large impact on our everyday lives, even if we don't realize it. We also shape the environments around us, be it locally or globally, or on a macro or micro level. For our opening night, scientists will discuss research on changing water patterns in Mongolia, how infectious diseases spread, body odor as a meter to detect idenity and health, and the microbiome! Come out and learn about these diverse enviroments!

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Drones, dinosaurs, and more!
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Drones, dinosaurs, and more!

Curious about science, but not sure where to start? On this night, we will feature a smorgasbord of talks ranging from the history of dinosaurs, tiny drones, and how we talk to computers, to how to harness the power of a specific type of cell for treatment in nervous system injury. 

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Exploring galaxies near and far...
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Exploring galaxies near and far...

Want to kick back, have a beer, and ponder what it all means? For our opening night, we will tackle questions about the cosmos, and hear from two speakers who will explore issues like whether the universe is expanding and how galaxies are formed. Then, we'll bring it back home to our own backyard, and learn about the changing face of our neighborhoods right here in Philadelphia. 

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