Join taste of science at the Franklin Institute for science after hours Tuesday, March 26th! The theme of the night is speakeasy and we will be performing a fruity experiment to isolate strawberry DNA using a refreshing cocktail (hint: we can’t skimp on the alcohol because it’s required for DNA precipitation!). Come experience getting buzzy with DNA.
Meet the Speakers
CRISPR Genome Editing: The Musical
This great talk will be all about CRISPR, from its history to how it’s a winner. But there’s a twist! The whole time will be spent in song or in rhyme. CRISPR genome editing took the field by storm, infiltrated labs making the field transform. Adding to the science we loved it, we were grinning. We saw its brilliance and the field is now winning. There’s a lot more in store for all who like beer and are science-y.
How Do You Measure Clouds on Mars to inform Climate Models?
One of the major open areas of climate modeling is the net effect of clouds. Clouds are very good at moving energy around and affect local temperatures—during the day they make it cooler but at night they make it warmer.
The work I do uses images created from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) and sophisticated math to locate and measure the amount of water in martian clouds over an entire martian year.
Gravitational Waves: A New Window to the Universe
Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time. They originate from the most extreme events in the cosmos—black holes merging, stars colliding, and the Universe when it was less than a nanosecond old.
I will tell you what they are, how we measure them, and what we can learn by studying them. I will show you some of the amazing new discoveries we have already made, and the amazing things we are going to learn in the future.
Expect lots of movies and cool animations!
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.
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.
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!
We realize now more than ever how each decision we make affects our environment for us and the generations to come. On our final night, we'll hear about climate change, ways to go green, how our actions alter science, and a major breakthrough to reduce our carbon footprint that is just around the corner.
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.
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.