Science SIG

A SIG is a special interest group. The MWW Science SIG consists of people with a wide range of interests and a shared love for science. For many years we have met at a member’s home in Redmond on the third Friday of every month at 7:30 pm. Science SIG is currently on hiatus, but we expect to be scheduling meetings in the near future.

Some of our past talks include the following speakers, their topics, and the dates on which they spoke:

  • Sarah Gaichas (NMFS, UW): Gulf of Alaska ecosystem (January 2005)
  • Fritz Reitz (UW): Tracking Enzymes (April 2006)
  • Donna Shirley (former Director of the Mars Exploration Program at JPL ): Mars Rover (June 2006)
  • Jon Neher, M.D. (Clinical Professor of Family Medicine (University of Washington)): Medical Research Design (July 2006)
  • Jodi Sass (supervisor of the DNA unit at the state crime lab in Seattle): The Science behind DNA Matching (May 2007)
  • Jon Neher M.D. (UW): Theories of Aging (October 2007)
  • Betty Parry Fisher (Genzyme Corporation): Vitamin D-iscussion (June 2008)
  • Richard Stachurski (Boeing): Henrietta Leavitt and Standard Candles: The Key to a Cosmological Revolution (July 2008)
  • Brian Tillotson (Boeing): Dark Energy (September 2008)
  • Jon Neher (Clinical Professor of Family Medicine (University of Washington)): Medical Aspects of Salt and Water Metabolism (October 2008)
  • Lyle Rudensey (owner of BioLyle’s Biodiesel Workshop): biodiesel (November 2008)
  • David Vossler (director of the Washington Neurosciences Institute): Mechanisms, Genetics, and Rational Treatment of Seizures (March 2009)
  • Mark Ahlers (Boeing): aircraft environmental control systems (ECS) (May 2009)
  • John Brew (Boeing): Convergence of Biological and Electronic Systems: Past, Present and Future (July 2009)
  • Rhonda Kaetzel (Exponent): Toxicology Principles and Applications (August 2009)
  • Marcia Baker (UW): Why is Climate Sensitivity so Unpredictable? (January 2010)
  • Kevin Siedentopf (Boeing): The Science and Craft of Beer (March 2010)
  • Philip Horner (UW): Stem cell biology and adult neural regeneration (April 2010)
  • Kathryn McGonigle, MD (Women’s Cancer Care of Seattle): Robotic Surgery Is it Fad or For Real? Applications in Gynecologic Oncology (May 2010)
  • Theodore W. Pietsch (UW): Oceanic Anglerfishes – Extraordinary diversity in the deep sea (June 2010)
  • Tom McCarthy (Panthera): Snow Leopards – update of latest research (July 2010)
  • Nicholas Wolf (UW): Ecology of Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri) (September 2010)
  • Alicia Hotovec (UW): Screams and Drumbeats: Strange Seismic Observations During the 2009 Eruption of Redoubt Volcano (October 2010)
  • Sarah Reichard (UW): Aliens among us: Invasive species (November 2010)
  • Michael Shadlen (UW): How the Brain Makes Decisions (April 2011)
  • Katie Kaku: Impact of Aerosols on Climate Change (May 2011)
  • Firas Khatib (UW): FoldIt – crowdsourcing protein folding (June 2011)
  • Setthivoine You (UW): Plasma Physics and Astrophysical Jets (July 2011)
  • Timothy Nelson (SPU): Red, green and brown tides: Ecology, Significance and Vexing Questions. (October 2011)
  • Kirstin Holsman (NOAA): How do Dungeness crabs master the risks and opportunities of their habitat? (November 2011)
  • Matthew Bachmann (USGS): Water Wars (February 2012)
  • Eleanor Kirtley (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers): Marine Vessel environmental Performance Assessment (March 2012)
  • Dominick Auci (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance): Cancer Vaccines (June 2012)
  • James L. Bodkin (Alaska Science Center): Mysteries of Sea Otters and their Nearshore Ecosystem (August 2012)
  • Daniel Rouseff (UW): Underwater acoustics (November 2012)