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:
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.