Discovering Natural Chemicals for Consumer Products, Medicine, and Beyond

The Wet Lab is hosting a medicinal chemistry lecture on Thursday Jan 19th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the San Diego Central Library.  Dr. Ben Naman from UCSD/Scripps Institute of Oceanography will discuss how various natural products can be used to improve human wellness.

spirulina-under-microscope-109113859_std3We are truly surrounded by chemicals – in the air that we breathe and the food that we eat, are added to foods, consumer product goods, and define our system of medicine. Dr. Naman will examine the ways that researchers study the chemistry of our natural environment, in sources ranging from essential oils to dietary supplements and from domestic or tropical plants to algae and bacteria in the ocean.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Evolution of springy feet in the desert-adapted jerboa

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting an evolutionary biology lecture on December 15th, 2016, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the San Diego Central Library.  Kim Cooper, PhD from UCSD will discuss the evolution and development of limbs of jumping desert mammals.  This local professor’s work has been featured on PRI’s Science Friday.

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The three-toed jerboa is a bipedal rodent with extremely long hind legs and a variety of musculoskeletal modifications that allow the animals to leap about in the vast open deserts. Our lab studies the mechanisms acting early in development to shape these extraordinary limbs in order to more broadly understand what controls limb size and structure.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

3D Printing For Science

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a 3D printing workshop on Saturday December 3rd from 3pm – 5pm at the La Jolla Riford Library.  Callen Hyland from the San Diego Wet Lab will demonstrate how to create scientific equipment using a 3D printer.

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In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of 3D modeling and see how 3D printing is used in research and product development. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a 3D design challenge and see a demo of a 3D printer that builds metal objects. All ages are welcome.

This event is part of the San Diego Wet Lab’s science workshop series.  Science workshops are held every 1st Monday at 3pm at the La Jolla Library.   Please check the La Jolla library events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Rig2Reef Exploration

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting an ecology lecture on Thursday, November 17th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the San Diego Central Library. Amber Jackson and Emily Callahan of Rig2Reef Exploration will discuss marine ecosystem engineering and the symbiosis between human activity and marine life.

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There comes a time when the useful life of an oil platform comes to an end, at least when it comes to drilling for oil, and that’s when we dive in! We are marine scientists on a mission to re-purpose offshore oil and gas platforms as artificial reefs off the coast of California

Brains Under Tension

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a biology lecture on November 1st, 2016, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the La Jolla Riford Library.  Dr. Callen Hyland from the San Diego Wet Lab will discuss the mechanics of brain growth and related theraputic treatments.

brainstressYour brain cells are under tension.. literally. From single cells to nerves and spinal cords, biomechanical studies have revealed a surprising role of physical forces in shaping the nervous system. Join us to learn how our knowledge of neuronal mechanics could lead to new therapies for the injured nervous system.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

 

Economically Sustainable Strategies to Reverse Large-Scale Ecological Disruption

Due to a fire at the library, this event has been relocated to the Quartyard, 1102 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101.  It will begin at the same time, 6:30pm

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a science lecture is at the San Diego Central library on Thursday September 20th at 6:30 pm.   Nathan White from AGESS will discuss large-scale ecological problems such as climate change, energy, eutrophication, loss of biodiversity, and unemployment, as well as sustainable technologies that can address these issues.

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AGESS, Inc. is a visionary project management company that uses cutting edge science to solve some of the most pressing ecological problems of our day. Currently working to rehabilitate the Salton Sea and other polluted waterways, AGESS uses an “industrial ecology” of innovative technologies such as floating islands and algae production units that not only solves pollution and energy problems, but also creates good jobs and builds the economy.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

Microbial Communication on the Ocean Surface

The next Citizen Science lecture is at the La Jolla Library on Tuesday October 4th at 630pm.  Bethany Kolody from UCSD will discuss the ecology of  microbes on the ocean surface.

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The largest source of biodiversity is invisible to the naked eye.  Tiny microbes account for 98% of ocean biomass and produce as much oxygen as all the trees on the planet.  Join us as we delve into the secret and complex lives of ocean microbes to see how they respond to sunlight, communicate chemically, and exchange genes.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

 

Since Steinbeck, Marine Biology and the Natural Beauty of the Gulf of California

The next Citizen-Science lecture will be on Thursday, Sept 15 at 630pm at the San Diego Central Library.  Dr. Andrew F. Johnson of the Scripps’ Gulf of California Marine Program takes us on a quick trip around the Gulf, describing the different scientific projects he and colleagues are working on to better understand the Gulf, the animals that live in it and how human activities are risking the sustainability of this precious ecosystem. Join us for a fascinating scientific evaluation of this complex marine ecosystem, including reefs, mangroves, fisheries and the sea.

fish_bajaThis event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.

The Progress of Stem Cell Research and Therapeutics in California

The next Citizen Science lecture is at the La Jolla Library on Tuesday September 6th at 630pm.  Jackie Ward from UCSD will discuss results from recent Stem Cell research in California.

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California has dedicated $3 billion towards the advancement of stem cell research and therapies since the passage of Proposition 71 in 2004.  This investment has rapidly paid off in knowledge and progress toward cures.  UCSD researcher Jacqueline Ward will review the process of creating viable therapies from stem cells as well as the recent successes resulting from this work.

This event is part of the San Diego Wetlab’s citizen science lecture series held every first Tuesday at 6:30pm at the La Jolla Library and every third Thursday at 6:30pm at the Downtown Library.   Please check the San Diego library system events page for location details and changes in the upcoming schedule.