Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Science Laboratory On Talaris Campus Offering Interesting Saturday Class

Sara, with HiveBio, located at Talaris since last year, would like to invite the neighborhood to their upcoming class on Saturday.

HiveBio is "Seattle's first citizen science laboratory open to scientists and non-scientists to carry out scientific projects and research, as well as offering public workshops and classes with real practical hands-on science classes," Sara told us.

On Saturday, HiveBio will be holding a workshop called "Introduction to Genetics using model organism C. elegans" taught by Hannah Chapin, PhD. and the cost is $15. Other classes they have offered are the study of lotion, candy, biofuels and intellectual property.

Saturday's class information says:
Genetic studies ask the organism "Which genes matter? And how are they important?" Learn why scientists use this tiny worm to teach about genetics, and how genetic tools can help answer complex questions lie "How is old material broken down in the cell?" and "What happens if that stuff isn't broken down?" Dr. Chapin will bring worms from her lab that students can view with our digital microscopes. 

HiveBio Community Lab was founded  just last year by Bergen McMurray and Katriona Guthrie-Honea. McMurray, a  scientist who "had been involved in DIY culture for many years and was interested in founding a biolab space wherein fellow citizen scientists could share resources, build community, and explore biosciences" Sara said.

The mission of HiveBio is showing that science is fun and accessible to everyone, providing access to the equipment and lab space necessary to carry out biosicences research and exploration, and supporting a community of individuals interested in science, with an eye to the idea that greater diversity creates more innovation.

Sara said that "the people who seem to enjoy our classes the most are interested in the topic, and want to explore it in a new way, with a new group of people."




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