Richelle Tanner, a PhD Candidate in UC Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology, is bringing her extensive knowledge of how climate change affects neural plasticity and growth within the Eelgrass Sea Hare to Marin Science Seminar on SEPTEMBER 27th, 2017. Details here.
|Eelgrass Sea Hare (Source: NOAA.gov)|
All sessions are free, geared towards teenage students (but open to all), and take place Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Terra Linda High School (320 Nova Albion, San Rafael), Room 207. Details can be found at http://www.
27: “Not Your Mother’s Genes: How Maternal and Developmental Plasticity Shift Climate Change Responses in the Eelgrass Sea Hare” with Richelle Tanner of UC Berkeley
4: “Cyborgs! The Not-so-distant Future of Human-Machine Integration” with Nuria Vendrell-Llopis of UC Berkeley’s Brain-Machine Interface Systems Laboratory
11: “Name that Bloodsucker!” with Eric Engh of Marin-Sonoma Mosquito Vector
18: “When Parasites Kill: Changing Antimalarial Drug Sensitivities in Uganda” with Stephanie Rasmussen of Dominican University & UCSF
8: “Flooded by Science and Seawater: King Tides and What they Can Tell us about Sea Level Rise at China Camp State Park” with Sarah Ferner of San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve – a program of NOAA and SF State University
15: “Making Faces: Developmental Mechanisms of Craniofacial Evolution” with Richard Schneider of UCSF
|Medical Simulation at Marin Science Seminar|
Explore science and technology, meet amazing scientists and medical professionals, gain experience for your resume and college applications, develop a portfolio! Our past interns are now students at or graduates of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CalTech, Chico State, Harvard, Humboldt State, MIT, Northwestern, Scripps College, Seattle University, Sonoma State, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz.
Marin Science Seminar interns attend and assist with a minimum of 6 science seminars per academic year (there are 12 per year) during which they meet the speakers and assist with various logistical duties. Sessions take place on Wednesday evenings at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael (320 Nova Albion, Room 207) during the school year. Interns arrive the evening of a session at 7 pm and are free to leave once breakdown is completed (between 8:30 and 9 pm).
Videography interns record sessions, edit and upload session recordings, and create teaser videos for upcoming events.
Interns may also research and create materials about event topics, create and distribute outreach materials, and engage in social networking and online development of Marin Science Seminar’s mission to attract more students to the fields of science, technology and math. Training is provided for some intern tasks.
Our internships are also offered in conjunction with the Marin County School to Career (StC) Partnership. Students attending a public high school in Marin County may apply for StC credit. Complete and submit a S2C internship application to your school’s School-to-Career representative or visit them for the complete packet. About the Marin County School-to-Career Partnership
|Marin Science Seminar Videography internship|
|Attend and assist at MSS sessions, 6 Wednesday evenings per semester, 7 – 9 pm|
|At Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion, San Rafael, Room 207|
|Submit 2 video samples|
|Able to edit video using video editing software|
|Recording equipment and SC cards provided|
Scientists, including graduate students, researchers, and post-docs in the life sciences and mathematics, often use mathematical models. A mathematical model is a complex model that represents relationships in mathematical form that is used to study the behavior of a certain organism to make reasonable conclusions. Mathematical models can solve problems relating to biology and many other fields.
|Scientists, such as Alma Yesenia Ceja who is
speaking at the next seminar, studies and will
talk about what data she finds through mathematical
models about the future lives of crabs.
|Claire Simeone DVM at work|
Claire Simeone, DVM is a Conservation Medicine Veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, as well as National Marine Fisheries Service in Washington, DC. In addition to taking care of sick marine mammals that come for treatment at the rehabilitation center, she also travels nationally to respond to Unusual Mortality Events, develops international training programs, and works on the Marine Mammal Health Map, which provides a centralized reporting system for marine mammal health data.
To learn more about her profession, we interviewed her.
1. How did you first get involved in marine biology and the field of veterinary?
2. How was your experience training with SeaWorld San Diego?
Much of what I was taught about marine mammal medicine came from my mentors at SeaWorld San Diego and the Navy Marine Mammal Program.SeaWorld has been in the media spotlight recently, and there are a variety of opinions about marine mammals in captive care. In my experience, the animals receive the highest quality medical care, and each person that works with them is incredibly invested in caring for these animals in the best way possible. Medicine is continually advancing, and one of the best parts of my job is that I get to be a part of the pioneering science that improves the health of marine mammals everywhere.
3. What is your favorite “project” you have worked on within the Marine Mammal Center?
One of the most exciting projects has been to be a part of Ke Kai Ola, our hospital for endangered Hawaiian monk seals. We work with partners like the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Coast Guard to rescue young animals that would otherwise not survive on their own, and rehabilitate them in our hospital. We use the knowledge we’ve gathered over 40 years of caring for other seals like elephant seals and harbor seals, and apply it to working with this rare species. Since our hospital opened in 2014, we have rehabilitated more than 1% of the entire population. The best news is that during their last estimate, it looks like the population is starting to increase! This is an amazing way for me to be a part of a project that is literally saving a species.
4. What are the best parts of your job? What are the worst?
There are so many amazing parts of this job! First, every day is different. I never know if I’ll be performing surgery in the hospital, or presenting at a scientific conference, or examining a healthy seal in the wilds of Alaska.
Second, I’m lucky to be able to work with such interesting animals. In addition to being entertaining characters, they’re always teaching us something new about themselves, or the ocean. Third, I love being able to share our science and discoveries with the world. So many of the things my fellow scientists are working on are fascinating, and I am thankful that I’m in a position to share this with so many people.The most difficult part of my job is dealing with the realities of working with sick animals and a sick ocean. We can’t save every animal, and sometimes working with so many sick animals can be sad and overwhelming. That’s why I work to balance negativity with positive conservation stories.
5. Why are you so passionate about ocean conservation?
As we become a global society, our Earth is becoming a smaller place. It used to feel as though our oceans were limitless, with unending stocks of fish. We are now acutely aware that we humans have a significant impact on the ocean. Many of the patients we see at The Marine Mammal Center are impacted by human actions – entangled in ocean trash or struck by a ship.But just as we have the capacity to have a negative impact, we also have the capacity to save our oceans. Marine mammals hold secrets about human health, and the health of the ocean. I feel a responsibility to share these secrets so that every person has the information they need to conserve this planet we share.
6. What advice would you give to someone who aspires to work in a similar field?
It’s a big job to save the ocean! We need lots of people working hard on many different projects. My biggest advice would be to stay open-minded about possibilities. I knew I loved biology, but it was a Spanish teacher who suggested I do an exchange during high school, and now I use Spanish when I work on international marine mammal projects. You never know how your skills will come in handy in the future. Get out there and volunteer at places that are doing interesting work. The Marine Mammal Center has a Youth Crew program for students ages 15-18, and allows you to get hands on experience rehabilitating marine mammals.
Lean more about Claire Simeone at Marin Science Seminar here: http://www.marinscienceseminar.com/speakers/csimeone.html
Eric Stevenson is a chemical engineer who works with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. He helps figure out air quality issues such as how to reduce greenhouse gases. To find out more about his work, we interviewed him.
1. How did you first become interested in being a chemical engineer in the environmental field?
I was always interested in the environment, even as a child. As I progressed through school, I had an aptitude for math and chemistry, so chemical engineering seemed the logic choice.
Want to hear more about Eric Stevenson and his job? Come join us on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Terra Linda High School from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM in Room 207!
|The brain of a sea lion!|
Can an animal still be a good scientist without thumbs? The answer is yes, because the sea lion is in this exact situation. Although sea lions have no thumbs, they have a big brain. Their brain is about the same size as a chimpanzee brain. They are one of the few mammals besides dolphins, humans, elephants, and whales that have brains that weigh more than 1.51Lbs. Scientists are not sure why the sea lion has such a big brain, but they think that it might be because they have a large body size and those two usually correspond. Other theories have to do with the weightlessness of the marine environment, coping with cold water temperature, or perhaps it is just a random outcome of evolution.
|A sea lion’s very important whiskers!|
To learn more about why sea lions are such good scientists, come to the Marin Science Seminar at Terra Linda High School in room 207 on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Claire Simeone DVM of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito will be speaking. Join us and learn!
Inside a hanger at McClellan Airfield, a crowd gathered to watch an attempt to break the World Record in paper aircraft distance. Following a throw, the airplane began to climb into the air. Halfway across the hanger, the paper aircraft stalled briefly, beginning a glide towards the concrete floor below. Approaching the ground, the plane pulled out and sailed across a white line. In those nine seconds, the World Record for Paper Aircraft Distance was broken.
John Collins, the maker of that record-breaking paper airplane, has been designing paper planes for years. He has written books and appeared on many television programs, including the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. On January 11th, 2017, John Collins gave a talk at Marin Science Seminar about aerodynamics and paper airplane design.
Following his talk, we interviewed Mr. Collins about his profession and his design process.
1. How did you first become interested in making and paper airplanes?
I just never got out of paper airplanes. Most people get over it a few months after getting into it. I started with planes, moved into origami, and then took all of those folding tricks back to paper airplanes.
2. How many attempts did you make in order to achieve the World Record for Paper Airplane Distance? How did these earlier attempts influence later attempts and designs?
Countless. I worked on it for 3 years. Joe (the thrower) was with me for the last 18 months. We went through Moffett Field, Mojave, and finally succeeded in McClellan Airfield. We started out with a ballistic style dart, but Joe couldn’t beat the old world record with that kind of plane. We switched to a glider strategy, and immediately knew we were on the right track. It took a lot of tinkering with the design and taping scheme to come up with the winning plane. The folding pattern ended up being my very first try with A4 paper three years before.
3. How has the Maker Movement influenced you and/or your design process?
It was inspirational to be sure. They asked me to participate in the very first Maker Faire in San Mateo, 13 years ago. I’ve been part of every one since. My first book was published 13 years before that first Maker Faire, so perhaps we influenced each other. My design process hasn’t really changed, but it’s been fun interacting with high end tinkerers.
4. What are the best parts of your job? What are the worst?
Easy; the best part is the audience reaction. When kids light up and start asking questions, it makes it all worthwhile. Every once in a while, I have to fold hundreds of the same kind of plane for an event. That’s a bit tedious, but I put on some music, find my comfortable work chair, lay out the paper and get to work. I count the sheets of paper before I start making the planes. When I make it to the bottom of the stack, I’m finished.
5. What advice would you give to makers or students who wish to become makers?
Find something you enjoy and follow it. Don’t be afraid to change paths, even more than once. I started in planes, moved to origami, and then discovered my real passion was taking one technology and throwing it at the other. If you’re going to be the best at anything, you have to love it. Nobody can force you (at least in this country) to give up food, sleep, or being with friends to accomplish a big goal. You can’t really compete with someone who’s willing to do that. You have to be that passionate about your craft. That passion is self-imposed; it comes from deep inside. External forces will try to resist it.
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