Black Fungi Getting us to Space! Dr. Cordero
Fri. August 4th 2017 7-9pm free

Black fungi may help us get to Mars and live there…
You have likely heard of melanin before in terms of human skin. But did you know that fungi make melanins as well? Did you know that the properties of these unique chemicals have the potential to protect against harsh environments like the high temperatures and intense radiation JUST LIKE WE SEE IN SPACE AND ON MARS?! (and most sadly our own future conditions on Earth).
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Science Communication Workshop
Thurs June 8th 2017 6:30-9PM Free

BUGSS and Project Bridge is hosting a Science Communication Workshop on June 8th from 6:30 – 9pm. We have speakers to guide and mentor on how to tell the best “story” of your research as well as break-out sessions to work on your own research story and get feedback from our group!
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Sort Microplastics with Our Baltimore IGEM Team
Sat, June 3rd, 2017 1-4PM Free

Come meet our baltimore city highschool iGEM team and help us sort through microplastics collected from local beaches! A great chance to come check out our space, use microscopes to identify and sort local microplasitic pollution, get some free cookies, and support the work of our local highschool iGEM team (International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition).
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Cognitive Bias in the Forensic Sciences with Dr. Jeff Kukucka
Fri, May 19th, 2017 7-9PM Free

Over 2,000 cases of wrongful conviction have been discovered in the United States, and forensic science errors have been found in an alarming 24% of these cases. A growing body of research suggests that some such errors may be due to confirmation bias — i.e., the innate and unconscious tendency to interpret information in ways that validate one’s pre-existing beliefs. This talk will review (a) the psychology of cognitive bias, (b) the causes and effects of cognitive bias in the forensic sciences, and (c) ongoing reform efforts to address the problem.
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Antibiotics, Hormones, and Personal Care Products in the Chesapeake
Fri, May 12th 2017 7-9PM Free

Lee Blaney received his BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from Lehigh University. In 2011, he finished his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering at UMBC. Since that time, Lee has established a research program focused on (1) the occurrence, fate, transport, and toxicity of contaminants of emerging concern in natural and engineered systems and (2) resource recovery from agricultural waste. His projects are predominantly supported by the National Science Foundation programs in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemical Sciences, and Environmental Sustainability.
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