Seminars and Workshops
BUGSS hosts an ever-changing array of seminars, Open Mic nights, open houses, and workshops. Our Evenbrite page has the most current listing of seminars, workshops, and courses.
You can also find these activities on the calendar below and use the calendar links to sign up.
We also offer numerous courses where the public can engage directly with hands-on biotechnology activities. Courses involve short lectures interspersed with hands-on lab experiments.
Evolution in Action: Lord of the Flies
Are human beings still evolving? You bet they are! In this class we’ll learn all about natural selection. How does it work? Why is it important? How is it still occurring today? We’ll use one of scientists’ favorite model organisms, fruit flies, to explore how natural selection works, how it makes some organisms more likely to survive and reproduce, and how it leads to evolution. We will also discuss how humans are interfering in and influencing this process through the use (or abuse!) of artificial selection and gene drives to change the natural world. No lab experience necessary. Class will be appropriate for adults, and advanced high school students.
This class takes place over two days (Sat Jan 19th and Sat Feb 2nd).
Sat January 19, 2019 and Sat Feb 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For more information: Lord of the Flies
It’s glow time! Bioluminescence is found throughout the natural world. Why do so many organisms glow? How do they do it? What benefits does it provide?
Join us for an examination of bioluminescence as we go into the lab to work with bioluminescent bacteria. We’ll experiment with environmental factors that influence the bacteria’s brightness and study how we can use these properties as research tools to study everything from cancer to neurobiology!
Class will be appropriate for ages 10+ ; kids and adults alike will enjoy this event!
Sat, January 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For more information: Glow Bugs
CRISPR Gene Editing
Did you miss our big 4-week course on CRISPR in August? No worries, we’re diving back into the world of gene editing with a 1-day seminar and lab. We’ll talk with a genetic counselor about the use of CRISPR gene editing technology in the treatment of disease-which diseases does it work best for? Which genetic disease communities are most excited about the prospects? Then we’ll move into the lab to learn how to use CRISPR to edit DNA sequences to our exact specifications. Class will be appropriate for adults, and advanced high school students.
December 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
For more information: CRISPR Seminar
Influenza: Fact and Fiction
Influenza (the flu) causes misery every season. Why haven’t we conquered it yet? Why is it so hard to make a vaccine? How and why is the virus constantly changing? In this class, we’ll learn all about the flu and why it’s so hard to combat by focusing on the proteins of the flu virus and our immune response. We’ll learn how to detect flu proteins in the lab using the ELISA technique. Class will be appropriate for adults, and advanced high school students.
November 10, 2018 AND November 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (this is a 2-week class, the sessions are not the same)
For more information: Influenza
Resilient DNA: To what extent can our genetics determine who we are?
Are your genes making you stressed? In this class participants will check themselves for a variant in the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) associated with stress resiliency to explore the relationship between genes, environment, and personality traits. Class will be appropriate for adults, and advanced high school students.
October 27, 2018 AND November 3rd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (this is a 2-week class, the sessions are not the same)
For more information: Resilient DNA
You may be curious about the fish you purchase at your grocery store or local market. Is it really what they say it is? Test it for yourself in our lab and learn the process of DNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA barcoding and sequencing! Class will be appropriate for adults, and advanced high school students.
September 22 and 29, 2018 from 10 am -2 pm
For more information: Food Forensics
Build-a-Gene: A course covering cutting-edge topics in gene manipulation.
No previous lab experience necessary-while the concepts are extraordinary, this course is appropriate for those with no lab experience. Learn how to build genes from scratch, how to change and mutate DNA, work with the revolutionary CRISPR technology that is taking the research world by storm! Class will be appropriate for adults, and advanced high school students
August 4th-25th, 2018 from 10 am -2 pm
For more information: Build-a-Gene