Seminars and Workshops
BUGSS hosts an ever-changing array of seminars, Open Mic nights, open houses, and workshops. You can find these on the calendar to the right and use the links to our Eventbrite page to sign up. We also offer numerous courses where the public can engage directly with hands-on biotechnology activities.
Some of our past seminars and events include:
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24th 10am-2pm
Writing workshop: “The poetry in Science”
In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science.
Scientists are often portrayed as lacking the ability give a voice to their work that can be understood by the general public.
Science communication has become a critical skill in order to promote science awareness and conveys important topics for society that enhances further discussion.
Writing poetry is a means by which emotions are stimulated by lyrical words, and can also be a tool by which scientific concepts can be shared.
Please join us at Baltimore Underground Science Space on February 24th from 10:00- 2:00 PM where you can explore creating poetry based on science fact
This workshop is intended for both researchers new to the arts and to creative writers new to science.
Scientists are encouraged to bring samples of their work, including journal papers of interest, and abstracts
All participants will be introduced to a short background of poetry styles and engage in writing prompts, based on selected topics covering key scientific principles, theories, and current issues.
Editing, critiquing, and revision will be covered.
A final open reading will be scheduled to share your work!
Bio of your instructor: Dr Kathleen Gillespie has been a research microbiologist in industry from the Bio- pharmaceutical to Bio-defense. She recently received her doctoral degree in Marine Biotechnology and was a visiting professor in Molecular Biotechnology at Stockton University. She is currently an affiliate at the Institute of Marine and Environmental technology in Baltimore Inner harbor.
FREE COMMUNITY SEMINAR FRIDAY FEB 23 7pm
Using Super Computers to Model the Impact of Biofouling on a Ship’s Performance
Roughness is seen in the marine industry either through corrosion, deterioration of paint, marine growth or a combination of all three. On ship hulls, roughness occurring through paint deterioration or biofouling can impact the ships performance by increasing its frictional ag. This increase in frictional drag adds an additional burden to the total ownership of a ship. The objective of the presentation is to present an improved modeling approach for quantifying the impact of biofouling of underwater hulls. Our team is using super computers to compute the drag penalty associated with biofouling that will help developed cleaning strategies.
Our awesome speaker: Abel Vargas is a Computational Scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. His research interests include Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) modeling biofouling on the resistance of surface ships. Vargas received a Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The George Washington University.
This community seminar is free but if you would like to donate to our non-profit in support of more events like this please go to www.bugssonline.org/scienceforall/ Thank you! We appreciate your support!
Agar Art Workshops at BUGSS
(with chance to enter American Society of Microbiology’s (ASM) contest!)
3 DATES! FREE!
Sat Feb 10th 2018 2-5pm tickets here
Sat Mar 17th 2018 2-5pm tickets here
Sat Apr 7th 2018 2-5pm tickets here
BUGSS is extremely excited that we get 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: www.asm.org/agarart
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!
Fri. Feb 9th 2018 7-9pm FREE
The talk: As the price of scientific-grade equipment climbs and research budgets, particularly those attached to climate change and environmental projects, are slashed, low-cost, open-source tools are becoming increasingly important in both formal and informal research, as well as citizen science programs. These tools can facilitate community-driven responses to environmental concerns and fulfill key equipment needs in a funding limited era. Oceanography for Everyone develops low-cost, open-source oceanographic instruments for researchers, educators, and explorers to facilitate bottom-up, community-directed ocean science.
About our awesome speaker: Andrew Thaler is a deep-sea ecologist and conservation geneticist who works at the intersection of ecology, technology, and policy. He is the editor-in-chief of the marine science and conservation blog Southern Fried Science, and the co-founder of Oceanography for Everyone, which works to develop low-cost, open-source alternatives to essential (and often prohibitively expensive) oceanographic instruments and equipment. He is the Chief Ecologist of OpenROV, an underwater robot manufacturer.
This talk is FREE but we can always use your donations to keep our lab open! www.bugssonline.org/scienceforall Thank you for supporting community science!