The Bio Buzz series was made possible through a five-year Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health. This program will give students and the general public a glimpse into the human body, its parts and processes, and new advances in biomedical research and technology.
Join us for all these upcoming events:
October 19, 2013
Speaker: Conrad Storad, author
Title: More Than Just the Facts - Writing about Science is FUN!
Summary: Conrad Storad, longtime author and friend of Arizona Science Center, will share his adventures in science storytelling and how his love for science - and inspiring others about science - led to a fulfilling career as a children's author, science and medical writer, and NIH communications officer. He will share his brand new book "My Circulatory System" and what he had to do to write about the human body for kids. He will raffle off several autographed copies of some of his books at the end of the session. His professional journey makes a great story in itself; demonstrating an unusual science career that brings together many fields and inspires people to look at the world in a unique way.
November 16, 2013
Speaker: Kristin Mollner RD, Community Nutritionist, Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health Community Nutrition Programs
Title: Nutrition: Your Body. Your Health. Your Future.
Summary: What we eat plays a huge role in our health. Eating a balance of healthy foods each day plays a huge role on our body’s ability to work properly. A body that is properly nourished works better and is less likely to develop certain diseases. Nutrition is also very important for kids so that they can grow up to be healthy adults. Today’s presentation will explore different foods and how they contribute to our overall health and wellbeing.
January 18, 2014
Speaker: Justin Ryan, PhD Candidate, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU
Title: Art and Science in Medicine? A virtual and physical tour of the heart
Summary: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are said to be the key for future innovations in healthcare. Scientist Justin Ryan believes a crucial component to success is currently missing from STEM: Art! The combination of art and science can lead to novel techniques and technologies in medicine. Mr. Ryan will discuss an ongoing research initiative at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The presentation will cover the dual role of art and science in medical images, the incorporation of 3D printing into the hospital, and the near-future role of virtual healthcare.
Topic: 3D printing, bioengineering, modeling, inspire your heart with art
February 15, 2014
Speaker: Prasad Boradkar PhD, Coordinator and Associate Professor, Industrial Design
The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University
Title: Nature-Inspired Design
Summary: If we open our eyes and look around carefully, we will see that plants and animals (including humans) are excellent designers! They are able to adapt to the environments in which they live and survive in the most difficult conditions. Can we learn from these organisms and improve the way we design products? Join us for an exciting presentation on the emerging field of biomimicry—design inspired by nature.
March 15, 2014
Speaker: Susana Martinez-Conde PhD Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience and Stephen Macknik PhD, Division of Neurobiology at Barrow Neurological Institute
Topic: the neuroscience of magic
April 19, 2014
Speaker: Hansa Y. Done, Biological Design PhD Student
Center for Environmental Security, Supervisor: Rolf Halden PhD
Security and Systems Defense Initiatiative
The BioDesign Institute, Arizona State University
Title: Is it Time to be Anti-Antimicrobials?
Summary: Antimicrobials are part of our daily lives, from the liquid soap that we use to the toothpaste in our bathroom. But do they really work as advertised? Perhaps it's time to reexamine our chemical-laden society and become anti-antimicrobials instead.
May 17, 2014
Speaker: Mariah Patton, Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation located at the ASU Polytechnic Campus (Mentor, Dr. Thomas A. Dempster, Associate Research Professor, AzCATI/ATP3)
Title: Ammmmmmmmmazing Algae
Summary: Come see the many ways that algae and cyanobacteria impact your life everyday...from food to fuels, make-up to ice cream. Scientists know how to turn green slime into fuel for automobiles, tanks and jets, make foods, drinks and cosmetics and even use algae to inspire art! Mariah Patton, an applied biological science student and lab assistant at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation located at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus will explain the exciting research going on and let you investigate algae samples, destined for useful products like renewable energy, biofertilizer, animal feeds and human nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. You’ll have a chance to see, smell, touch and maybe even taste some algae-based products, and maybe take away a sample to remember your day. Women in Science and Engineering members will also be present to talk about their majors and career aspirations.