The second season of UW Science Now, which trains University of Washington graduate students to communicate their research to the general public and introduces that public to cutting-edge research in our own backyard, kicks off with a look at how viruses adapt to their environments. We often think of evolution as a process that occurred exclusively in the past, over millions of years. But in reality, says Sonia Singhal, a Ph.D. student in UW’s Department of Biology, evolution is just as prominent a force in the present. And now, we don’t even need to wait centuries to see its results: With bacteria and viruses, we have the powerful ability to watch evolution happen before our eyes in a matter of days. The evolution of these microorganisms can teach us not only about how they change but also about how all living things on the planet change—and we can use the same processes to advance technology and defend ourselves against the flu, the common cold, and even computer viruses. Presented by Town Hall and UW’s Engage: The Science Speaker Series as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, with the University of Washington, Pacific Science Center and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Advance tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 5:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating. The Pub at Town Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. Double feature! Your ticket to this event also gains entry to Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman: The Science of Competition at 7:30 pm.
Other Science Events
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5. Double Feature!
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.