Category Archives: Science

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now
Emily Davis: Can Wildfires Rejuvenate Streams?
Brooke Cassell: Fighting Fire with Fire

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

Wildfire
Science

These graduate students have fire on the brain. Davis, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, will change the way you think about wildfires. Cassell, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, shares how controlled fires create healthier forests.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

E.G. Vallianatos
The EPA’s Hidden Secret

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Oil barrels
Science

A former EPA employee, Vallianatos’ breakthrough new book Poison Spring traces the vein of corruption, political pressures, and corporate interests that have transformed the great protector into an environmental failure.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now
Megan Cartwright: The Perils and Promises of Carbon Nanotubes
Jane Stieber: The Truth About Teething Gels

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

carbon nanotube
Science

Toxicology PhD student Cartwright will share the lung-damaging possibilities and positives of carbon nanotubes. Dentistry and Public Health graduate student Stieber shares a potentially deadly effect of teething gels.

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Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30pm

UW Science Now
Christina Jones: How Cells Decide Who to Be
Jesse Macadangdang: Building a Heart in a Dish

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

biology cells
Science

Jones, UW PhD candidate in Pharmacology, explains how stem cells use signals to communicate. Bioengineering graduate student Macadangdang shares his quest to better understand heart disease.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

**SOLD OUT**
Jared Diamond
The Future of the ‘Third Chimpanzee’

Presented offsite at University of Washington’s Kane Hall, room 130. $5.

jared diamond2
Science

Advance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. Chimpanzees share 99% of human DNA, making us what Diamond calls “the third chimpanzee.” His newly-adapted book for adolescents looks at human traits of violence and intervention, asking whether or not there’s hope for the future of the human race.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now
Ian Johnson: Tiny Rockets For Small Satellites
Michael Hutchins: Finding Lightning

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

Lightning strike
Science

Johnson, a graduate student in UW’s Dept of Aeronautics and Astronautics, shares research which would extend the length of satellite missions. Hutchins, PhD candidate in the Earth and Space Sciences Dept, looks at the causes of lightning around the world.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Systems Biology and Cancers
Big Data to Personalized Treatment

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Leroy Hood web
Science

Explore the cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach of systems biology and how it’s applied to cancer research at the Institute for Systems Biology. Hear from area experts in this moderated forum about the impact systems biology has on medicine, individual patients, and the community at large.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Svante Paabo
The Human-Neanderthal Connection

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Svante Paabo
Media Library, Science

Through analyzing ancient strands of DNA, Paabo has been able to determine the connection between early humans and neanderthals — they once mated. In Neanderthal Man, he’ll answer the fundamental question of why Homo sapiens survived, but neanderthals died off.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Nicholas Epley
Understanding the Minds of Others

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Epley web
Media Library, Science

If we knew what people were thinking, life would be easier. Social psychologist Epley looks at common mistakes made when anticipating the minds of others, the tendency to dehumanize, and the act of figuring out what other people want, ultimately asking how well we really know what others are thinking.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Jennifer Ouellette
Mapping the Journey of Self-Identity

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Jennifer O web
Science

The concept of self-identity has been largely unanswered–until now. In Me, Myself & Why, Ouellette explores the root causes of human behavior, personality testing and even online avatars in her search for self. Is a person defined by nature, nurture or something else entirely? Ouellette has the answers.

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