Smart Sperm and Smart Helmets
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Smart Sperm and Smart Helmets

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How do you prevent brain injuries in sports? How do you more effectively get sperm to go to the egg? Come and learn more from the experts in the field!

Join us at our favorite bar to find out more! 

$5 in advance / $7 at the door

Food and drinks available for purchase.

Family friendly, bring your kid! 

 

Smart sperm: search strategies on the microscale

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Justus Kromer

Postdoc, Stanford University

Sperm cells follow highly dilute chemical signal with a single objective: to find the egg. As cells can only get a rough estimate of the actual concentration of chemoattractant molecules, nature had to come up search strategies that perform robust in the presence of unreliable information on the target location. We apply game theoretical methods to understand search strategies on the microscale.

 

Shock absorbers for preventing traumatic brain injury

Michael Fanton

Graduate Student, Stanford University

Sports account for up to 38 million concussions per year, with the majority from helmeted activities such as bicycling or football. Most helmets use stiff foams designed to be able to withstand a “worst-case scenario” impact, making them too stiff to optimally protect the brain in typical lower-severity impacts that can still cause mild TBI. In my research, I develop soft, collapsible shock absorbers which passively adapt to exert the minimum force needed to absorb the energy of an impact.

 
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Bacteria and Balloons
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Bacteria and Balloons

 
 

Bacteria and Balloons

Doors open at 7:00pm, talks start at 7:30pm

$5 in advance / $7 at the door

Food and drinks available for purchase.

21+ event. 

 
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Learning from Global Gut Microbiomes

Rebecca Gellman

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Our guts are home to trillions of bacteria, and we're only beginning to understand how they interact with our bodies and each other. I'm studying how our gut microbiome has changed over time by looking at gut bacteria from different populations around the world. Specifically, I'll be talking about the gut microbiota of a hunter gatherer population in Tanzania, and how studying these bacteria can help us understand more about how gut microbes contribute to human health.



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Balloons: Can they do the job of satellites?

Dan Bowen

LONG-DURATION STRATOSPHERIC BALLOON CONSULTANT

Long-lived stratospheric balloons - What can they do? What are their limitations? Can you really steer them? Recent advances in solar power, battery density, and satellite communications have recently put balloons back in the running for use in communications, remote sensing, aerial imaging, drone delivery, and materials science research.

 
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Human genome and travel to MARS!
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Human genome and travel to MARS!

 
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Are you curious to know what happens to our human body when one goes to MARS? What can your genome tell you about yourself? Come and learn more from the expert in the field!

Join us at our favorite bar to find out more! 

$5 in advance / $7 at the door

Food and drinks available for purchase.

Family friendly, bring your kid! 

 

Checklist for Mars: how to get humans there and back again, in one piece?

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Dr. Egle Cekanaviciute

Scientist, Universities Space Research Association

Contractor, NASA Ames Research Center

What happens to the human body in space, especially, on a three-year round trip to Mars, and what are we doing to avoid it? I will give a brief overview of some of the risks of spaceflight, especially, space radiation, and the research to understand and mitigate them.

 

What does your genome tell you about yourself?

Dr. Catherine Tcheandijeu

Postdoc at Stanford

Since the human genome was sequenced, a tremendous amount of information about humans, our ancestry, our genetic predisposition for diseases, traits or behavior, has been made accessible. We know much more about us today than 15 years ago! How was this made possible and how can we use our genome to better understand ourselves?

 
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Brain health and Diabetes
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Brain health and Diabetes

 
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Did you know that big data is now used in healthcare development too? Learn from the expert about it!

Doors open at 7:00pm, talks start at 7:30pm

$5 in advance / $7 at the door

Food and drinks available for purchase.

21+ event. 

 

How Big Data can Inform Effective Treatments in Diabetes

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Rohit Vashisht

RESEARCH DATA SCIENTIST, MED/BMIR-ITI INSTITUTE

It's been said that big data is new oil, tofu etc. In this talk, we'll interact over pint(s) to understand how big data in healthcare can be utilized to investigate the effectiveness of treatments in Type-2 Diabetes. We'll discuss the oppurtunities, challenges and limitations of big observational data analytics in healthcare.



Message in a bottle - What we can learn from the blood about the brain’s health?

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Elena Miñones-Moyano PhD

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST AT SYSTEM BIOSCIENCES

Cells communicate with each other in many different ways, one of them involves extracellular vesicles, a sort of message in a bottle that can travel through your body.

This talk will discuss how these tiny messenger-vesicles can encapsulate different types of messages, their potential use as biomarkers of disease, particularly neurodegenerative diseases and the challenges and opportunities in the diagnostic field.

 
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Brain mapping and public health
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Brain mapping and public health

 
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Did you know technological innovation is rapidly changing the challenges and opportunities of public health? Researchers are mapping brain connections to improve diagnosis and treatment of depression and anxiety. Come and learn more from the experts in the field!

Join us at our favorite bar to find out more! 

$5 in advance / $7 at the door

Food and drinks available for purchase.

Family friendly, bring your kid! 

 

Pathogen genomics and public health

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Duncan MacCannell

Chief Science Officer, CDC’s Office of Advanced Molecular Detection (OAMD)

Technological innovation is rapidly changing how we approach surveillance, diagnosis and response to infectious diseases. This talk will discuss how technologies such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) and mass spectrometry are being used for applied research and outbreak response, and the challenges and opportunities for public health on the road ahead.



 

Mapping brain connections to improve treatment of mental illness

Dr. Leonardo Tozzi

Postdoc at Stanford

Depression and anxiety affect over 400 million people globally and are leading causes of disability. At present, diagnoses of these disorders don’t take into account the biology of the brain and there is no way to predict if a treatment is going to be effective for an individual patient. In my research, I leverage data from the Human Connectome Project, a large effort to map connections between areas of the brain, to improve diagnosis and treatment of depression and anxiety.

 
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Science of taste and finding E.T.
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Science of taste and finding E.T.

 
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How are we going to find E.T? How do you develop good taste and what are the underlying forces that can shape your quality of life?

Doors open at 7:00pm, talks start at 7:30pm

$5 in advance / $7 at the door

Food and drinks available for purchase.

21+ event. 

 

Power Your Taste with Super Sonics

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Wan-Jin Lu

Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University

Discovery your good taste and what are the underlying forces that can shape your quality of life.

Finding E.T.: How to detect extraterrestrial life on planets and moons

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Bjorn Harink

How are we going to find E.T? Are we even looking for E.T. and what would E.T. look like? This talk is about what the space science community is looking for and how to see, or better, detect life on other planets and moons in our solar system, using microtechnologies.

 
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Sexist immune system and Icy planetary bodies
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Sexist immune system and Icy planetary bodies

You missed an awesome festival? Don't worry, nothing stops after these great events! Join us again this month for a fun science evening and enjoy some drinks with your friends.

This month, you will learn how to study the interior of ice and find out who of the man or the woman is the strongest in disease fighting! 

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Speed Dating with Scientists
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Speed Dating with Scientists

  • Magicians have been exploiting the limitations of our brain to entertain and enthrall us for centuries. Find out how do they do it.
  • 23andMe has built the world's largest genotypic database. What are some of the discoveries that have resulted?
  • Learn about the cutting edge research in adaptive immunotherapy 
  • Two more scientists coming soon.

We've got you covered on all those questions in a fun format - speed dating with scientists!

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Gravitational Waves
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Gravitational Waves

On Wednesday evening we are excited to show Kai Staats' LIGO detection movie, followed with a talk by Riccardo Bassiri, Kai's associate at Stanford. Kai can't make it in person, but will join in on Skype to answer questions about the movie and related research.

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Science Improv
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Science Improv

Our team of wonderful improvisers will put together a show for you, on YOUR favorite science topics. Come with a head full of ideas and watch them get transformed into an act. If you ever wanted to go on stage, you might even get an opportunity to star in your own show!

Kids friendly.

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A hike into microworld
Apr
22
2:30 PM14:30

A hike into microworld

  • Freewheel Brewing Company followed by Bedwell Bayfront Park (map)
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Say hi to your micro-neighbors!

Have you ever wondered what happens around you in the small micro-world? Put on your explorer's outfit, assemble your your own microscope with us and come take a hike with our experts to discover a hidden world. 

Kids Friendly!

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