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Upcoming Events

Zoom Journal Club

Weekly, Sundays @ 1 p.m.

The first rule about Journal Club is please talk about Journal Club! We meet every Sunday afternoon to talk about a paper/topic chosen the week before. Come to learn, ask questions, and share the science you're interested in!

 

These past few weeks we have discussed the creation of organisms with synthetic nucleotides, the use of stem cells to repair muscle tissue, and the Nobel-awarded discovery of an antimalarial drug through analyzing traditional Chinese medicines. 

This week's information:

Paper: In vivo multi-dimensional information-keeping in Halobacterium salinarium

Zoom Link: https://JHUBlueJays.zoom.us/j/93359283130

Zoom Journal Club

Weekly, Sundays @ 1 p.m.

The first rule about Journal Club is please talk about Journal Club! We meet every Sunday afternoon to talk about a paper/topic chosen the week before. Come to learn, ask questions, and share the science you're interested in!

 

These past few weeks we have discussed the creation of organisms with synthetic nucleotides, the use of stem cells to repair muscle tissue, and the Nobel-awarded discovery of an antimalarial drug through analyzing traditional Chinese medicines. 

This week's information:

Paper: Nuclear-encoded synthesis of the D1 subunit of photosystem II increases photosynthetic efficiency and crop yield

Zoom Link: https://JHUBlueJays.zoom.us/j/93359283130

And a follow-up, plant-focused YouTube channel, which is absolutely incredible (warning: mature language used): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqNwMCyk5U

Kahoot Night!

Saturday May 30th @ 6 p.m. EST

Ready to get your science on? Join our Kahoot Night and test your knowledge over a variety of scientific topics! Feel free to invite your friends and family - all are welcome!

 

Lets have some fun! Register here.

Previous Events

Fermentation Discussion Series: Sourdough Starter

Saturday June 6th @ 6 p.m. EST

Saturday June 20th @ 6 p.m. EST

Don't let self-quarantining keep you away from hands-on science. Join us this June for our first installment of our Fermentation Discussion Series! Each month we'll choose a new fermented food to create, study, and discuss.

This month we will be focusing on sourdough starter. You’ll only need flour and water if you want to make one. A curiosity for the science behind it all will do, too!

 

We’ll be sharing pictures throughout the process and digging deeper into the fundamentals of a successful starter as we go along. In the second discussion, we will delve into what worked, what didn’t, and why. 


We hope to see you there for a fun month, some great discussion, and even better bread!

A primer in primer design Thursday, April 16th

Primer design is a coveted skill amongst experienced biologists but rarely mastered by undergraduates (or the CDC for that matter!). Join us next Thursday for an introduction to the theory behind primer design and the online tools we use to make it easier. Although this workshop will be held via Zoom, we aim to make it as hands-on as possible by walking you through the steps of primer design as you develop your own set! 

Agara Bi-dough

Sunday, April 26th - Sunday, May 3rd

Bored at home? Try bread at home!

Join us this week for our first ever #agarabreadchallenge. All you'll need to contribute is some flour, water, and a deep appreciation for the role science plays in the world around us. We'll be sharing our favorite recipes, tips and tricks on our social media pages and our blog. Send us pictures of your progress or use the hashtag above to be featured on our pages!

Interested in learning the science behind the bread? Our Events Director Sofia will be hosting a Zoom chat after the challenge to talk fermentation and answer your questions! 

Bioinformatics Workshop

Spring 2019

As in many other disciplines, biology is becoming increasingly quantitative. As a result, coding is an essential skill for a burgeoning young biologist. In this workshop, we covered the basics of Illumina sequencing and the 16S rRNA gene. We also demonstrated how to use R to analyze sequence data from FastQC.

Agar Art!

Fall 2019

In this event, aspiring artists replaced their paint brushes with platinum loops and canvases with petri dishes to create colorful works of art. Agar art is becoming increasingly popular, so we decided to hop on the bandwagon. Using the fluorescent strains of bacteria from the molecular cloning workshop, participants learned the basics of working with bacterial cultures, while also testing their art skills.

An Introduction to Molecular Cloning

Spring 2019

A hallmark of biology research is analyzing gene sequences and proteins specific to an organism of interest. Molecular cloning is a powerful tool to achieve just that. In our event, participants learned about how to clone the gfp gene into E. coli using restriction digest/ligation and transformation techniques. Participants learned about the principles of bacterial transformation and also some aspects of experimental design, including plasmid choice and primer design.

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