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The Microbe Hunter and the Nuclear Detective

  • Spats 1974 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

From friendly bacteria to the mysteries of radioactivity, join our scientists to learn more about the world we can't see with the naked eye.

Food and drinks available on purchase.

21+ event.

Radiochemistry, Nuclear Forensics, and Nonproliferation Policy

Kathy Shield

PhD student in the Nuclear Engineering department at UC Berkeley

Research in nuclear and radiochemistry can be frustrating, dealing with radioactive materials that are hard to obtain and even harder to handle, but the research has direct impacts on issues of nuclear and national security.

This talk will cover the basics of identifying the origin of nuclear material, what ongoing (unclassified) research is being pursued, and why these questions are even more important in today’s political landscape.

The human microbiome: our friends for life


Elisabeth Bik

Scientific Editorial Director at uBiome

The human body is host to large communities of bacteria and other microbes, collectively called the human microbiome. Most of these live in our gut, where they help us digest our food and make small molecules than can affect organs and tissues in the rest of our bodies. This talk will given an overview of this previously invisible world, with a focus on how these microbes differ from person to person, some of their functions, and their impact on health and disease.

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