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P235-7369.1F18 - Biotechnology Bootcamp

P235-7369.1F18 – Biotechnology Bootcamp

Saturday, October 13, 2018
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

NOTE: This is a professional development class for NYC Public School Teachers but anyone can join !2 hours in 3 sessions of 4 houtrs each for 1 P-credit October 13, November 3 and November 17   3-7PM NOTE: If you want to earn 1 P-credit you must pay the additional ASPDP fee of $45 Course Description: This course is designed to provide participants with the best practices to integrate biotechnology labs into classroom curriculum. After completion of this course, teachers will have completed the set of essential lab techniques that enabled the scientific revolution in biotechnology, and be ready to implement in their own classrooms . The four lab techniques being covered will be bacterial transformation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction enzymes, and gel electrophoresis. The class will emphasize ways to promote understanding of the molecular basis for and scientific background of each laboratory technique.Participants will work hands-on in the lab to . . . More details

Biohacking 101

Biohacking 101

Monday, October 1, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A 12-hour class in 4 sessions October 1-4th 6-9PM The original biotechnology class for the general public developed by Dr. Ellen Jorgensen who has been teaching it in biohackerspaces since 2011. No previous science experience necessary! Have you ever wanted to program a living cell? This is the class for you! We assume no prior knowledge of biology, and take you through the process of genetic engineering step-by-step. You will learn the basic techniques that enabled the biotech revolution, including gel electrophoresis, PCR and bacterial transformation. Extract DNA from your own cells and anaylyze it for markers of maternal ancestry.  Learn how genes are moved from one organism into another. Cut and paste DNA using enzymes and load your DNA circuits into a bacterial cell. This is a hands-on class, so wear comfy shoes- you will be at the bench most of the time. Minimum age is 13, and anyone . . . More details

Brainwaves Without Borders

Brainwaves Without Borders

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A free talk by Dr. Sean Montgomery, founder of Connected Future Labs Electrical and chemical signals are constantly traveling throughout our brains and bodies, carrying sensations, thoughts, emotions and our reactions to the world around us. Studying these signals and how they can be altered by external stimuli and internal contexts gives us a window into ourselves and how we can enhance our health, well-being and capabilities in the 21st century. I'll talk about my work studying signals from the body in the lab as well as in the non-traditional contexts of art museums and galleries to generate new datasets and test new hypotheses. I'll also discuss the EmotiBit, a new open-source multi-biosensor platform under development at Connected Future Labs, that makes it cheap and easy to start reading signals from the body with scientifically validated sensors. Sean Montgomery is a technologist, educator and new-media artist in New York City. . . . More details

PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come on down to BwB's regular Open Night! Pizza, beer, and Lab work. Extract DNA from yourself and amplify it using PCR to test yourself for a CCR5 mutation, or just relax and have some great conversations around democratizing science. No charge, but donations for the pizza and beer greatly appreciated! More details

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

CRISPR Genome Editing Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CRISPR is the new genome editing technology that has disrupted the biotechnology industry. Is it really plug-and-play? Are we gods now? During the workshop you will do hands-on lab work to edit the genome of yeast using CRISPR-Cas9. We'll take a look at the latest CRISPR developments and the ethical questions created by them- from editing human embryos to bringing back the Woolly Mammoth- and the bitter battle over patents and the Nobel Prize. Instructor Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Her efforts to promote low-cost bio-innovation are featured in Nature, Science, Discover, Wired, Make, BBC News, Dan Rather, PBS News, Discovery Channel, and The NY Times. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, spent many years in the biotechnology industry, and . . . More details

Pills, Bricks, and Spies: a Synthetic Biology Story of the Microbiome

Pills, Bricks, and Spies: a Synthetic Biology Story of the Microbiome

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A free talk by Dr. Harris Wang The microbiome is the collection of microbes that live all around us, from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, and the bed we sleep. These bugs are our friends when they are good and our enemies when they are bad. This talk is about an ongoing story to teach good microbes new tricks using synthetic biology. You will hear about new ways we are engineering microbes in your gut to improve health and treat diseases, how we are turning soil microbes into “living bricks” to make houses that are alive, and how we teach simple bugs to become sophisticated spies to go and listen in places that we cannot reach. Learn about synthetic biology, the microbiome, and cutting-edge biotechnologies that can change the world!   Harris Wang is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University jointly appointed in the Department of . . . More details

DIY Tissue Culture

DIY Tissue Culture

Saturday, September 15, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A Two-part Workshop Saturday & Sunday  September 15th & 16th 3-6PM Henrietta Lacks' cells are immortal. They have been dividing in Petri dishes since the 1940s. How do we keep human cell lines growing endlessly? This workshop will introduce you to tissue culture. Working with a human lung cell line, you will learn what types of media human cells need to grow, how to propagate them and above all how to achieve good sterile technique. As a bonus, you will also use a DIY cell culture setup to isolate live cells from a chicken leg from the supermarket! Instructor Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is president of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy and hands-on access to biotechnology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Her efforts to promote low-cost bio-innovation are featured in Nature, Science, Discover, . . . More details

Plant Tissue Culture Workshop

Plant Tissue Culture Workshop

Sunday, August 26, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Many plants and vegetables you see in the supermarket today are produced using tissue culture, and it's a fundamental skill required for genetic engineering of plants. In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn the fascinating history of this technique in research and agriculture, the basic principles of plant somatic embryogenesis, and how this process can be used to propagate various plants. Students will learn sterile tissue culture technique and make their own cultures to take home. No experience in biology is necessary and all are welcome. Optional: Bring you own seeds! Instructor Tina Shin Lai is a scientist at Brooklyn Bio. She holds a master's degree from the Penn State Plant Biology Graduate Program: Hucks Life Science Institute where her work focused on improving Somatic Embryogenesis in Theobroma cacao. She received her BSc in Biology specializing in Plants from Penn State University in 2011. Her previous research areas involve analyzing the effects of arabinose . . . More details

The Science of Epilepsy: What is it and how can we understand it?

The Science of Epilepsy: What is it and how can we understand it?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A free knowscience talk by Stephanie Rogers Epilepsy is one of the most misunderstood disorders, shrouded with stigma, and, in some parts of the world still associated with the supernatural. This talk attempts to demystify this disorder and addresses both the clinical appearance of epilepsy (what a seizure looks like) and what happens in the brain during a seizure. Through the course of the presentation, the audience will learn how to recognize a seizure and how to provide the proper first aid for someone who has epilepsy. Learn how seizures arise from the brain and how new understanding of this mechanism is being used to provide better therapies for patients suffering from epilepsy. Stephanie Rogers is a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Gyorgy Buzsaki studying how epileptic brain activity arises and can be altered. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania, where she did five years of . . . More details

PCR + Pizza

PCR + Pizza

Monday, August 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come on down to BwB's regular Open Night! Pizza, beer, and Lab work. Extract DNA from yourself and amplify it using PCR to test yourself for a CCR5 mutation, or just relax and have some great conversations around democratizing science. No charge, but donations for the pizza and beer greatly appreciated! More details

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