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Free community seminar! “Becoming a sook: it is all in her eyes”
Fri, April 6, 2018 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Please join us for another one of our free community seminars featuring a Baltimore scientist! Baltimore is known for or adored “State Crustacean” – the blue crab. We all are aware that the blue crab population is greatly impacted on the conditions of our environment. Come learn what a Baltimore IMET scientist has learned studying this gorgeous (and delicious to some) crustacean!

Becoming a sook: it is all in her eyes.

Eyestalk ganglia of decapod crustaceans produce a suite of hormones that regulate most important physiological processes including molting, energy metabolism, and reproduction. Crustacean female sex hormone is most recently discovered in the blue crab. It is required for developing the specific morphological features associated with adult females.

Dr. J. Sook Chung is an Associate Professor for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Her research focuses on the response of crustaceans to the neurotransmitters, neurohormones, hormones, and pheromones that regulate critical events in the life cycle of these organisms. These events include development, maturation and growth via molting, mating and the process of de- and re-calcification, reproduction, and the hormonal regulation of stress responses caused by internal and external changes in their environment. In particular, she studies the mechanism of ecdysis (adult ecdysis, adult Carcinus molting video clip, hatching). This is a fascinating and critical step in life cycle since there is no somatic growth or, in some cases, mating without shedding the old shell. Using the tools of biochemistry, physiology and molecular biology, her aim is to isolate and identify/characterize the structures and functions of these chemical mediators. Moreover, she attempts to understand how these events occur at the cellular, tissue, and organism level in order to enhance the stock of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and also regulate the growing number of foreign species such as the Atlantic green shore crab (Carcinus maenas).

Agar Art Workshop 3 at BUGSS
Sat, April 7, 2018 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

BUGSS is extremely excited to be able to partner with American Society of Microbiology (ASM) to host Agar Art workshops in 2018! What is Agar Art you ask? It is a perfect marriage of biology and art that everyone and anyone can get into. Come to the BUGSS lab to learn about some special microbes that produce and array of beautiful and striking colors. You will be able to use the tools and guidance provided by BUGSS to create your very own living work of art on agar plates! You may have seen the incredible works of art on petri dishes being shared all over social media? If not just Google image search “Agar Art” and be inspired.

Perhaps your art work has what it takes to enter the national ASM contest and win!? Yes, of course it does! There are two contests this year you can enter: AGAR ART MAKER – for 13 years and up, and AGAR ART KIDS 12 years and under.

For full contest details (including Terms and Conditions you will need to read over before you submit your work) examples of previous winners. LINK:

Please arrive between 2-5pm and expect to spend around 45 mins or longer learning the techniques. Like any art project, you might want some practice first! We will have a drawling station to prep your ideas first, as well as a practice station to test your “painting” technique out before the real thing.

SIGN UP now to save your spot for this workshop! We have more workshops but we expect these to fill up quickly! Under 18 and want to give this a try? No problem but please have a parent or guardian with you and convince them to join in on the fun. This is for all ages and creativity!