Science & Technology SIG

A SIG is a special interest group. The MWW Science & Technology SIG consists of people with a wide range of interests and a shared love for science and technology.

For many years we met under the name Science SIG at a member’s home in Redmond on the third Friday of every month at 7:30 pm.

In January of 2016, Science SIG was expanded to include technology and has a new name: Science & Technology SIG (S&T SIG). We now meet at a member’s home in Lake Forest Park, still on the third Friday at 7:00 pm.

Members, their guests, and their significant others are invited to attend. Cats in residence.

Social time is from 7:00 to 7:30, followed by the presentation. Contributions of food and beverages are always appreciated and consumed. Please park on the street or in the long driveway.

Members: For location and contact information, see your ToteMs, or the Event Calendar in the Members section of this site, or the article on the News! News! News! page in the Members section.

Upcoming meetings

Friday, October 21, 2016

Our October SaT SIG will feature Bergen McMurray, cofounder and CEO of Seattle’s premier DIY biology laboratory, HiveBio.

Have you secretly hankered to dissect a sheep brain, understand protein folding, or try your hand at candy electrophoresis? Or perhaps slime-making sounds more practical?

In addition to offering an amazing range of science classes and workshops, HiveBIO brings amateur and professional scientists together in accessible and affordable lab spaces where they can conduct research, analyze, experiment, and ask questions about our health, our food, and our lifestyles.

Several breakthrough innovations by citizen scientists are already proving that Important discoveries need not be limited to big corporations and the government any longer. One such ongoing project at BioHive is “Citizen Salmon.” Guided by expert staff, do-it-yourself biologists are collecting genetic information on commercially available salmon with the goal of better understanding our local food origins.

Bergen may also talk about her recent visit to the White House for the Makerspace Organizers Meeting, sponsored by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the future of the rapidly growing DIY bio movement.

Mensans of all ages and their families are warmly invited to join us for a lively and inspiring evening! Social time from 7 to 7:30, followed by the program. Contributions of food and beverages are always welcome. Please park in the long driveway or on the street.

Previous Science SIG talks

Some of our past Science SIG talks and Science & Technology SIG talks included 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 at 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. (Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at 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 at UW): 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)
  • Robert Holzworth (UW): Lightning (January 2013)
  • Nathaniel Howe: Devil in the Details: New Research on the Historic Swedish Warship Vasa (March 2013)
  • Alex Goldstein, PhD: Towards a Male Birth Control Pill (April 2013)
  • Jon Neher, M.D. (Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UW): High Blood Pressure (May 2013)
  • Jared Roach (Institute for Systems Biology): Family Genomics Research (November 2013)
  • Scott Scholz: Ethnomusicology (May 2014)
  • Brian Tillotson (Boeing) Are All the World’s Scientists Lying? We’re Measuring the Absorptivity of Carbon Dioxide Gas Ourselves (June 2014)
  • Daniel Finkel and Katherine Cook (Math for Love): Prime Climb (September 2014)
  • Anton Mates (UW): The Social Life of the Extremely Common Crow (October 2014)
  • Michael Khbeis (UW): Field Trip to Washington Nanofabrication Facility (April 2015)
  • Supasorn Suwajanakorn: Virtual Obama: Capturing and Visualizing Persona Through Faces — Face Reconstruction, Tracking, Alignment, and Multitexture Modeling to the Puppeteering Problem (April 2016).
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