Linus Pauling Symposium
Saturday Nov. 7
Today was the deadline to submit the form and $15 for dinner. If you were not able to make it to the meeting, submit forms and money to our mailbox in the S&A Office (3rd floor of Sem 1) by tomorrow. The list of people that we have going is: Julie, Hans, Floral, Brenden, Frankie, Isha (unpaid), Dan (unpaid), Eli (unpaid), Kate (unpaid), and Kyobi (unpaid). Please get money to us ASAP.
Science on Tap Seattle Nov. 30th
We would really like to go, but unfortunately many people have finals that week. We’ll try to make it to a Science on Tap in January, and we’ll update you on what topics are coming up once they post them on their website.
The event is not working out how we hoped; some of the kinks have to be worked out. The exhibit runs through March 2010, so we’ll hopefully get up there during winter quarter.
Contact has been made, and we are trying to figure out what days work best for everyone. We’re looking into doing it this quarter during Week 8, or more likely in winter quarter.
Science Café of Olympia
Organizer Don Lyman emailed us some speakers/topics that he is considering, see the bottom of this email for his ideas, and reply to the email to vote for which speakers you want to see at the Science Café, or potentially at Evergreen.
We’re having one tomorrow night at the Contra Dance (7:30 pm, back bay of the gym). We need more bakers and tablers during the week!
For next week-
Bakers (bring stuff Monday morning!!!)- Kate, Kelsey, Julie, Brenden, maybe Kyobi
Tablers- Monday: Kelsey/// Tuesday: Dan and Hans///Thursday: Kate
Other fundraising ideas: Science Calendar- sold in bookstore? Coffee in the CAL?
Science Cafe of Olympia: Don Lyman would like our input on his ideas for talks within the next year. Here is his list of possible topics:
1. Bacteriophage. Betty Kutter (TESC ). Could give a talk in February or May.
2. Water. This can cover many areas. Water pollution. Pharmaceuticals in our water. Dead zones. Findings that there are more anti-biotic resistant bacteria in tap water than in original wells and finished water (Treatment facility output). Bottled water vs. tap water. Possible speakers: Stuart (Stewart?) Glasoe. Joel Baker, UW-Tacoma (water quality).
3. Genetically engineered foods and genetically modified plants and food. What do they do? When can it be good? How well are they tested?
4. Alternate sources of energy. There promise and potential problems that should be considered. Wind – Kills birds. Nuclear – toxic waste, water pollution. Biofuels – need for too much fertilizer for corn but not hemp or grasses, water pollution. Using algae.
5. Radiation Health Physicist Mike Brennen (degree in nuclear engineering). He suggested he could talk on some aspects of radiation. One possibility would be Irradiation of food to lessen disease.
6. Bio-Astronomy. (Exobiology?) Peter Ward, UW on the NASA search for alien life or other topics.
7. The Hubble Space Telescope. Bruce Balick, UW. Dept. of Astronomy.
8. Fish farming. Ways to do it. Problems with waste, infection, and cross-breeding.
9. Forensic Science. Reality vs TV.
10. Nanotechnology Its promise and problems. George Whitesides (nanotechnology in its adolescence). James Hutchison (greener nanoscience). Vicki Colvin (nanotechnology in the environment: safety by design).
11. The use of microban fibers and other chemicals into bedding, clothing, etc., and go over the problems and contrast with the so called benefits. For example, washing hands with just soap and water compared to using antibacterial soap. Must define chemical and show that it’s not the chemical is bad, but the use of the chemical for a stated purpose when there are simpler and better methods (such as just washing, using chlorox, etc).
13. Frogs. Loss of frogs and what it means.
14. How plants communicate with each other. Also plants to bugs.
15. How stress affects the brain. John Medina, UW Dept of Bioeng..
16. Implants and artificial organs.
A. The artificial kidney and its ties to the Western Washington area. The interaction of many scientific disciplines in the development of the artificial kidney, medical problems, and the ‘Who shall live’ committee.
B. Tissue engineering. Would Buddy Ratner come down and give a talk?
17. New medical technologies. Hair as a diagnostic tool for breast cancer.
18. Fluxes of carbon from old growth forests: a view from the Wind River Crane. Nalini Nadkarini (TESC).
19. Carbon losses and gains in coastal wetlands. Doug Meyers (People for Puget Sound).
20. Impact of dams removed on stream biogeochemistry. Greg Stewart, TESC.
21. Space probes and what they tell us about Mars. The chemistry of testing.
22. The science of beer. Speaker from Fish Tale Ale.
23. Chocolate. The food of the gods. Andy McShea, Theo chocolate Factory in Fremont. This would be a repeat talk.
24. Hyporrheic zones in PNW streams (Tracer eperimnts to identify action zones on the stream beds). Steve Wondzell , USFS.
25. Fuel Cells (have a Nova film clip. Would need a speaker, discussion leader.)
27. Computer storage file stability. How good and safe are our new libraries of data.
28. The weather. Cliff Mass.
29. Solar electric and hot water systems. Steven “SolarBoy” Reeves. He suggested himself.