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Welcome to the Science Support Center.
We are located in Lab 1 room 2059 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
Our phone number is (360) 867-6489
Our email address is ScienceSupportCenter@evergreen.edu
Our Summer 2015 hours are as follows;
Monday through Friday
 10am – 2pm
Weeks 1 – 10 
We will be open for returns by appointment during Evaluation Weeks.
We will be closed during break weeks.
Cheers, The Management

Science Support Center Evaluation and Break week hours

Hello all,

The SSC will be open for returns from noon until 1pm, Monday through Thursday of Evaluation Week.

We will be closed Friday for graduation.

We are closed during the week between Spring and Summer quarter.

You can email ScienceSupportCenter@evergreen.edu or leave a message at 360-867-6489 and we will get back to you Week 1 of Summer quarter!

Cheers,

Kaile Adney

SSC Manager

February 2015 Science Cafe

Please bring a friend and join us for the next Olympia Science Café.

 

When: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Where:  Orca Books (509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, Phone 360.352.0123)

 

*Our February Topic Is:*

Long-term population response of Coastal Cutthroat Trout to hydrologic and other environmental fluctuations in a temperate-rainforest stream

 

In the relatively pristine Irely Creek watershed (upper Quinault River drainage) within Olympic National Park (ONP), Coastal Cutthroat Trout**(CCT, /Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii/) coexists (as a native-adfluvial run) with anadromous Coho Salmon (/O. kisutch/) and two resident (lamprey and sculpin) species. Each spring during 2001-2012, we counted cutthroat redds (nests) in mainstem and tributary habitats there. Trout redds and fry were abundant in the mainstem during 2001-2002 stream walks, particularly in its middle segment, with escapement estimates (twice the redd count) being 48-106. More recently, the adult population has declined by an order of magnitude, reflecting summer/fall dry-outs of adult habitat in Irely Lake; lowest runs (escapement estimates of four each) were seen during 2006, 2007, and 2010. Although redd counts have risen when summer/fall seasons have been wetter during 2003-2012, they haven’t reached 2001-2002 counts because of regular lake dry-outs, including two consecutive dry-outs during 2002-2003. Hence, the trout population is showing an overall downward trend with some smaller-scale oscillations associated with fuller lake levels in wet summers; cutthroat-escapement estimates during 2003-2012 were in the range of 4-32. During 2002-2003, the population also spawned in a headwater tributary, but (a) log-created waterfalls in the upper mainstem and/or (b) reduced run size hindered tributary spawning in other years. But cutthroat fry and juveniles have been consistently present in Irely Creek during our 12-year study, as assessed by stream-walk, netting, and snorkeling observations. Recent (2010-2011) upsurges in (a) Irely Lake water levels with wetter conditions and (b) the coho run (marine-derived nutrients)were associated with the cutthroat’s partial run recovery during 2011-2012, the first population increase for two consecutive years. Correlation, multiple-regression, and multivariate analyses for this ‘natural experiment’ showed that spring reproductive-season flows, incubation-scour floods, and the location of hydraulic-drop (HD) barriers weren’t important predictors of trout escapement. But fish-environmental relations were complicated by time lags, so past-year conditions appeared to be more important for trout-run success than same-year bioticand physical conditions. Hence, cumulative-year hydrologic indices were often-better predictors of trout-run size than were single-year environmental variables and flood-scour indices. Complication for biotic parameters were curvilinear responses, likely due in part to density dependence for the highest trout-escapement year (2002), but quadratic terms didn’t improve predictive ability. The mechanistically valuable variables for our best monotonic and quadratic regression models included (a) cross-year conditions for lake level (that assumed good biotic and physical recovery after past dry-outs) and peak-spawning temperatures (given the trout’s coldwater preferences); and (b) past-year cutthroat escapement and coho-carcass counts (as a proxy index of nutrient/food abundance). Hence, both biotic (stock/trophic) and physical factors appeared to be important for cutthroat productivity, in positive vs. negative ways, respectively. Soour best monotonic-regression modelcan realistically predict future trout escapements, based on changing environmental conditions from natural and human impacts.

 

 

Robert Vadas holds a B.A. in zoology/botany (Ohio Wesleyan University), M.Sc. in stream-fish ecology (University of Maryland), and Ph.D. on fish instream-flow issues (Virginia Tech). He has since worked for two consulting companies in Alberta and has completed two postdoctoral projects in British Columbia and California on fish-habitat and other issues, with collective focus on riparian and instream-flow impacts to freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. He has recently worked as a state-agency biologist, including past estuarine fish-habitat work with the Florida Marine Research Institute and present freshwater (especially

salmonid) work with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He focus has been on hydrologic, habitat, and dietary needs of fishes, using field sampling, statistical analysis, and ecological synthesis. Formal instream-flow training includes a postgraduate course at Virginia Tech in stream-hydraulic modeling, USFWS courses on field and modeling techniques for PHABSIM, and USGS courses on 2-D hydrodynamic modeling and natural-resource negotiations.

 

Vadas’ Washington work has included much field work (including snorkeling) on spawning and rearing habitat use of cutthroat and coho, laboratory gut analyses on coho and prickly sculpins, some spawning and rearing habitat work on Chinook salmon and bull trout, and spawning work on pink, chum, and sockeye salmon and steelhead. His British Columbia work, which had a riparian focus, included much field/lab work on habitat and food use by Chinook, steelhead, mountain whitefish, and various other fishes.

 

He’s also an active member of several environmental organizations in Olympia, often acting as a scientific advisor for them.He enjoy music and sports, including active roles, and regularly likes to express his odd sense of humor.

 

 

Sincerely,

Dharshi Bopegedera,  Ph.D.

Member of the Faculty (Chemistry)

The Evergreen State College

Lab I, Room 2006

Olympia, WA 98505

 

email: bopegedd@evergreen.edu

voice: (360) 867-6620

fax: (360) 867-5430

 

 

 

 

Next Month: TBA

 

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Science Café of Olympia meets each month on the second Tuesday. It provides an informal atmosphere where people with and without scientific background can meet to deepen their understanding of interesting topics in science and technology. After a presentation by an expert in the field, the meetings are opened for discussion. Science Cafés are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.-based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science.

 

Some of the organizers of Science Café of Olympia are affiliated with the Puget Sound Chapter of The American Chemical Society.

 

Send us your comments and suggestions on topics, speakers and how we can improve our meetings. Feel free to pass this notice on to like-minded friends.

 

 

— John W. Weiss

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| Assistant Professor of Physics | Dept of Physics         |

| jweiss@stmartin.edu            | St Martin’s University  |

| http://moonlets.org            | 5000 Abbey Way SE       |

| (360)-412-6102                 | Lacey, WA 98503         |

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“You’re an officer of the law, not a soldier of the government.”

— (Terry Pratchett, “The Night Watch”)

 

Weekend Science Fun!

Hello All!

We’ve helped quite a few people get started on their projects this week which is great! However, if you don’t have a project lined up but still might want to get up to some science fun this weekend here’s a little experiment for you.

SCIENCEFAX 1

SCIENCEFAX 2

Cheers!

The SSC

PLATO Lecture Series 2015

PLATO Lecture Series 2015

Computer-aided Environmental Science; Fridays 12-1 pm in Lecture Hall 2

“Integrating Social Evolution and High Throughput Genomics to Understand how Ecosystems Evolve”

Friday January 16, 2015: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Bailey is an evolutionary ecologist broadly interested in how species interactions link genes and ecosystems, how natural selection operates in a community context, and how these processes scale geographically and with genetic resolution (i.e., small molecular differences to sub-population structure). He takes an integrative view of natural systems and has worked with native and introduced plants and herbivores, from microbes to mammals, linking genes to ecosystems. His talk will discuss high-throughput genomic methods and big data analysis to explore the interconnections between plants and microbial symbionts to affect ecosystem function. For further information, please see Dr. Bailey’s website: http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/peopletwo/joseph-bailey/

Olympia Science Cafe January 2015

This month’s Olympia Science Cafe is tomorrow!

 

Our January topic is: “The Shades of White and the Birth of Blue”
Details: “Modern color terms flow from the blacksmith’s forge, Newton’s prisms,
17th century art and movies like “Gone With the Wind”. We
will follow the trails of human perception and scientific measurement
of light as they converge into everyday terms used for selecting LED
light bulbs. The first practical diodes that generated radiation
came in 1953. We at Pacific Mercury Television saw the possibility,
of using IR LEDs to activate remote control volume and change
channels. Costs would be high, and color television took priority.
These hands on (eyes on) experiences will start our trek thought the
development of colored LEDs, and solve the “450 Lumens vs 800 Lumens”
reading lamp. We will also examine the implications of the
psychological perception of light and color and Dr. Mariana Figueiro’s
recent paper, “The Light Therapeutic”. (Most of us assume this
is just part of getting old. Not Figueiro. She reckons more exposure
to bright light by day could help keep the doctor away.)”

Ralph Dodds has a degree in Engineering/Electronics from California State
University -Los Angeles, with further training in patent and purchasing law,
operations research, and education. Over his career, he has worked in
a variety of areas of engineering from circuits and hardware design
to project management and patent issues. Now retired and living with his
wife, Beatty, in Panorama, he still tries to keep up with trends in
science and technology.
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Science Café of Olympia meets each month on the second Tuesday. It provides an informal atmosphere where people with and without scientific background can meet to deepen their understanding of interesting topics in science and technology. After a presentation by an expert in the field, the meetings are opened for discussion. Science Cafés are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.-based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science.

Event date:
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 7:00pm
Event address:
509 E 4th Ave
OlympiaWA 98501

 

Welcome to Winter Quarter 2015!

All of us here at the SSC hope that you had a wonderful break whether you traveled far or stayed near.

We are looking forward to seeing what kinds of projects start rolling in and as always we are here to help you with all of your science needs.

Happy Winter Quarter!

-The folks at the SSC

Nice Ash

Science Cafe October 14th 2014

Please bring a friend and join us for the next Olympia Science Café.

 

When:     7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Where:    Orca Books      509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia      Phone 360.352.0123

 

Our  October topic is Astrobiology: Life in its Cosmic Context

Space missions have given us hints of planets and moons in the Solar System that may have once been inhabited or perhaps possess life today. At the same time, recent astronomical data show that most stars have planets around them. Closer to home, we’re learning more about the vast range of habitats for microbes on Earth and signs of life in Earth’s earliest rocks from billions of years ago. Given these findings, the new interdisciplinary science of astrobiology asks: How did life originate and evolve on Earth? Are we alone in the universe? And how should we look for life beyond Earth?

In this talk, David Catling will explain highlights from the latest scientific research in astrobiology. Dr. Catling is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the cross-campus Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. He participates in research for NASA’s Astrobiology Institute and was part of NASA’s science team for the Phoenix Lander that successfully landed in the arctic of Mars in 2008. He’s the author of Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction published in 2014 by Oxford University Press, which explains astrobiology for a general audience.

November Topic and Speaker:  To Be Announced

Science Café of Olympia meets each month on the second Tuesday. It provides an informal atmosphere where people with and without scientific background can meet to deepen their understanding of interesting topics in science and technology. After a presentation by an expert in the field, the meetings are opened for discussion. Science Cafés are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.-based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science.

Some of the organizers of Science Café of Olympia are affiliated with the Puget Sound Chapter of The American Chemical Society.

 

Welcome back!

Hello wonderful people! I hope you enjoyed your summer.

We’ve been having little work parties here this week, training our new employees and getting things organized for the 2014/2015 academic year.

A few important changes you should note are happening here this year –

Safety goggle rentals to students will now be $3 a day. Week 1 of each quarter will be a grace period.

Students will now be charged late fines – unfortunately we had a few folks who were abusing the system last year and we need to change our policies accordingly. So, remember to call or email us when you need to renew equipment, in order to avoid late fees.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you this fall.

Cheers!

Happy Summer!

It’s Week 1 of Summer Quarter and we’re shifting in to summer hours.

We’ll be open Week 1 through Week 10, Monday through Friday from

10 am until noon

and

1pm until 3 pm.

Cheers,

The Management

Olympia Science Cafe

Please bring a friend and join us for the next Olympia Science Cafe.

When:     7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Where:    Orca Books      509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia      Phone 360.352.0123

 

Our March topic is Mercury cycling at the Earth’s surface: Working to distinguish between natural and anthropogenic sources.

Mercury (Hg) is a globally distributed toxic metal that is ubiquitous in the environment. Atmospheric mercury that is deposited to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can be converted to methylmercury, which is a potent neurotoxin that is bioaccumulated in food webs. Importantly, anthropogenic activities have increased the amount of mercury actively cycling at the Earth’s surface by approximately 3-fold, stimulating interest in this pollutant. Recent analytical advancements have allowed the use of mercury isotopic compositions to distinguish between specific natural and anthropogenic sources and offer an important tool to improve our understanding of global mercury cycling.

Our speaker this month is Dr.  Abir Biswas, Professor of Geology/Chemistry at The Evergreen State College.
 

April 2014 Speaker:

Dr. Tara W. Hudiburg
Energy Biosciences Institute
University of Illinois, Urbana

 

 

Sincerely,

Dharshi Bopegedera,  Ph.D.

Member of the Faculty (Chemistry)

The Evergreen State College

Lab I, Room 2006

Olympia, WA 98505

 

email: bopegedd@evergreen.edu

voice: (360) 867-6620

fax: (360) 867-5430