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.

From Molecules to Mind

Our next Citizen Science lecture at the La Jolla Library on Aug 2nd at 6:30pm.  La Jolla’s Dr. Ed Gerck will discuss the current state of research on consciousness and the mind, and how complex systems such as consciousness can emerge from physical organs like the brain.

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Many researchers assume that any process in the brain can be investigated using natural sciences: physics, biology, neuroscience.  Even though the mind is often described as resulting only from brain activity, it has so far defied a scientific explanation or model in terms of natural science.

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.

From Atoms to Black Holes

Our next Wetlab citizen science lecture is at the La Jolla Library on Tuesday July 5 at 6pm.  Dr. Ed Gerck will discuss the evolution of physics over the past 150 years.

The Big Idea In Science (From Atoms to Black Holes)

Over the past 150 years physics has gone from a science of testable, relative relationships between variables to a science of invariable, universally valid absolutes. Dr. Ed Gerck will explain how this Big Idea in physics has been applied successfully from atoms to black holes and will eventually spread to biology, economics, and even politics.”

Mark2Cure: Harnessing Citizen Scientists’ ability to read to advance biomedical research


Dr. Andrew Su of Mark2Cure will present the next Wetlab lecture on Tuesday June 7th at 6pm at the La Jolla Library.   We will discuss a citizen science crowdsourcing application that accelerates biomedical discovery and innovation!   Learn how anyone can get involved with finding the next cure for rare diseases!

Mark2Cure June 7 2016Mark2Cure is a citizen science application that empowers volunteers to identify new concepts and relationships communicated in the recent biomedical literature.  This information helps scientist find relevant information amid the rapidly expanding biomedical literature.  Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Andrew Su to learn how you can help find a cure for the ultra-rare disease called NGLY1-deficiency.

Exploring Coral Reef Ecosystems

Please join our next workshop at the La Jolla Library on June 4th, 2016 at 3pm to explore coral reef ecosystems and food webs!

Exploring Coral Reef Ecosystems

Overfishing removes top predators from the coral reef ecosystem resulting in drastic changes in food web dynamics.   In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify common reef organisms and build their own model food webs to take home.  This exercise will educate participants about the structure of food webs across the oceans, from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

Pre-registration is required, please sign up at lajollalibrary.org/events

Shooting the Moon: Getting Down with Gravity

Dr. Eric Michelsen, UCSD will give our next lecture at the Central Library on Thursday May 19th, at 6pm.  We will discuss how to measure gravity with precision.

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The APOLLO project provides the best test of gravity in the world: we measure the distance to the moon within the thickness of a dime. This is an important test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and so far, Einstein’s theory passes with flying colors.  At this lecture we explain this exciting project, how it works, and some of its challenges and successes.

The Iron Hypothesis: How algae growing around Antarctica can affect the climate in La Jolla

Jeff McQuaid from the J. Craig Venter Institute will give our next lecture at the La Jolla Riford library on Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 at 6pm.

The Iron Hypothesis How algae growing around Antarctica can affect the climate in La Jolla

Algae absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than any other organism and play an important role in both the carbon cycle and climate dynamics.  This week’s lecture explains how some species of algae have evolved to develop an extraordinary mechanism to harvest iron from the ocean despite the low concentrations of iron found there, resulting in faster growth rates and possibly increased biological carbon sequestration.

After the lecture, there will be a Q+A session with the speaker to address any questions you may have.  Hope to see you there!

 

In defense of basic research: the case of cell division, Dr. Aaron Groen

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Don’t miss our next lecture downtown at 6pm, Thursday 4/21 at the Central Library!  Cell division is a fundamental biological process underlying the growth and proliferation of all life on earth. Dr. Aaron Groen will use his research into the basic mechanisms of cytokinesis as an example for the enduring value and general interest of basic biological research.