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November Events in Q?rius: 3D Printing, Hydrothermal Vents, Slime, and More

by Jasmine Utsey -- Oct 31, 2014
Jasmine Utsey, Learning Program Assistant

Jasmine is a learning program assistant for the Experience Design team in the Museum's Department of Education and Outreach, where she coordinates and...

This view through a microscope reveals details of Micrasterias, or green alga, which along with its kin produces about half of the oxygen you breathe! Visitors can prepare their own microscope slides and zoom in on the world of algae in Q?rius on Nov. 26.
This view through a microscope reveals details of Micrasterias, or green alga, which along with its kin produces about half of the oxygen you breathe! Visitors can prepare their own microscope slides and zoom in on the world of algae in Q?rius on Nov. 26.

What do slime, 3D printing, and hydrothermal vents have in common? They’re all coming to Q?rius in November! Meet scientists and experts as they share their insights into DNA, extremophiles, and microorganisms. See a 3D-printer demonstration and explore the microscopic worlds of cells and algae.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and take place in Q?rius, the interactive science learning space on the ground floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. New event listings and cancellations can pop up at any time, so check the Upcoming Events calendar for the most current information.

Nov. 1  Genome Geek Is In: NIH 3D Print Exchange: Helping Teachers and Scientists
The NIH 3D Print Exchange is a new resource for teachers, clinicians, and researchers. It provides tools that allow them to improve teaching, patient care, and scientific work by using 3D printing. We will demonstrate some applications in each of these fields through hands-on exercises, including the use of a 3D printer. Join Darrell Hurt, Ph.D. and Meghan Coakley from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at NIH and learn more about how 3D printing helps advance science! 1-3 p.m.

Nov. 4 – Ringtone: Film Screening and Discussion
This new film explores the connections, intrusions, and demands brought by mobile phones to an aboriginal community in Northern Australia. A beautiful, funny, and moving film, Ringtone offers glimpses into the lives of Yolngu Aboriginal families through their choice of ringtones. A discussion with director Jennifer Deger, cast and crew members Enid Wunungmurra and Warren Gurruwiwi, and anthropologist Joshua Bell follows the screening. Q?rius Theater, 2-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 6 – Live Webcast: Island Biodiversity - Tracking Human Influences
Join archaeologist Torben Rick at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST for an online program exploring how early Americans impacted island and coastal environments over time. He’ll share his research findings from the Channel Islands in California and the Chesapeake Bay.

Nov. 8 – Genome Geek Is In: Small World - Exploring the Unseen Lives of Cells and Microorganisms
Too small for the unaided eye to see, the world of cells and microorganisms is amazing and vast. Join Peter W. Winter, Ph.D., an NIH postdoctoral fellow, as he uses optical microscopy to guide you on a tour of “small things.” Peter will also be available to discuss how his lab uses fluorescence microscopy and transgenic organisms to aid their research in fields such as structural and developmental biology. 1-3 p.m.

Nov. 15 – Genome Geek Is In: Our Internal Blueprints - How DNA Controls Itself
DNA is the blueprint to all of the proteins in our bodies and genes are the instructions to make those proteins. If genes were turned on at the wrong place or time, the entire system would break down. So how does DNA know which genes to turn on and what gives the instructions to the instructions? Join Amanda Field, Ph.D. candidate from the University of Maryland, to find out. 2-4 p.m.

Nov. 22 – Genome Geek Is In: DNA - The Recipe of Life
DNA is the recipe book that makes each person unique. It tells our cells which proteins to make; these proteins are the “worker bees” that perform very important cell functions. Meet cell and molecular biologist Nicole Noren Hooten, from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, and discover why DNA is the target of many drugs that fight cancer and other age-related diseases. 1-3 p.m.

Nov. 22 – Experts Are In: Hydrothermal Vent Extravaganza!
Help biologists sort, count, and identify animals collected at deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Pacific. Sit alongside these enthusiastic researchers  Matt Berning, Maya Chung, Marion Le Voyer, and Jessica Whelpley – to identify your finds and discuss how these organisms survive in such an extreme environment. Then handle real volcanic rocks from these areas and talk with a volcanologist to figure out why chimney vents are releasing volcanic gas at the bottom of the ocean. Q?rius, Barbara and Craig Barrett Lab, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Nov. 26 – Expert Is In: Zooming in on Slime
Pond scum is not just green and slimy, it’s alive! Investigate the gunk found in lakes, ponds, bays, and oceans by preparing your own microscope slide and zooming in to discover the world of algae. Some algae are agile swimmers and even predators at times, blurring the line between plant and animal life. Join marine biologist Basti Bentlage and come take a look for yourself! Q?rius, Barbara and Craig Barrett Lab, 2-4 p.m.

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