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Suds & Science

A “Spirited” Discussion




Sometimes, the most interesting discussions occur over a beer or a glass of your favorite vino. (Bonus points if you can remember what was said the next morning!) That’s the concept behind Suds & Science, a monthly event that brings scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar. Each session kicks off with a short and enlightening presentation, after which the floor is open for discussion between the audience and the speaker. We cover a wide variety of topics that can range from the science of beer to superhero physics to the genius of genomes. We invite you to come sit back, sip your favorite beverage and participate in the discussion. Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into learning. 

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Schedule 2020


 

San Diego’s Amazing Race to Combat COVID-19 

Combatting the COVID-19 crisis is a global effort and San Diego is playing a major role in the race to a treatment and vaccine for COVID-19.
Join us for this special Suds & Science online series as we talk to researchers from five local companies and research institutions about their amazing work to stop the COVID-19 crisis.

Cost: FREE! Space is limited.  Please, register to attend this virtual talk. Participants have to register for each event individually.

Event link will be sent to registered participants the day off the event.

PLEASE NOTE: All four events will be recorded


April 27
Developing a Vaccine in Record Time - Join Dr. Francesca Torriani, Program director of Infection Prevention & Clinical Epidemiology at UC San Diego Health and Infectious Disease Specialist,  and Dr. Kate Broderick, VP of Preclinical Research & Development at Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Torriani will speak to the ongoing public health efforts and the work of local health care providers and testing modalities. Dr. Broderick will share Inovio’s work on developing a vaccine in record time.

May 26
The Need for Speed in Finding Treatments - Join Dr. Evan Snyder, Dr. Sandra Leibel, Dr. Laura Riva and Dr. Xin Yin from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute as they share how they are using novel stem cell technology to better understand COVID-19’s effect on the lung and how they use this new knowledge to canvas drugs to find a possible treatment. Some of the drugs are already FDA approved, which could dramatically reduce the time it takes to get treatment to patients impacted by this deadly coronavirus.

June 22
Antibodies to the Rescue - Join Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology as she shares how they are comparing thousands of antibodies against COVID-19 from around the world so the best ones can be used to provide much needed protection for health care workers and offer treatment for patients with severe disease.

 

June 29
7 to 8 p.m.

The Importance of Testing Everyone

Join Dr. Rob Knight, founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego and co-founder of the American Gut Project and the Earth Microbiome Project, and Dr. Lauge Farnaes, physician in infectious diseases at Rady Children’s Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at UC San Diego as they discuss their latest research project. Dr. Farnaes and Dr. Knight collaborate on an epidemiology study of health care and frontline workers. The study strives to better understand the body’s immune response to COVID 19, and why some people show no symptoms, while for others the immune system kicks into overdrive. A better understanding of the disease in asymptomatic patients could help improve testing methods as well as help communities identify mini outbreaks, so they can be contained swiftly, saving lives. In addition Dr. Knight and Dr. Farnaes will help us better understand the different COVID testing methods and their accuracy.

 

Bios

Dr. Robert Knight
Rob Knight is Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Computer Science & Engineering and is Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at the University of California San Diego. He was recently honored with the 2019 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for his microbiome research. He received the 2017 Massry Prize, often considered a predictor of the Nobel. In 2015, he received the Vilceck Prize in Creative Promise for the Life Sciences. He is the author of “Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes” (Simon & Schuster, 2015), coauthor of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), and written over 600 scientific articles. His work focuses on using readout technologies such as next-generation sequencing to improve our understanding of the structure, function and dynamics of the human microbiome, contributing to the main data analysis in the NIH-funded Human Microbiome Project. He is co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project, the American Gut Project, and the company Biota, Inc., which uses DNA from microbes in the subsurface to guide oilfield decisions. His work has linked microbes to a range of health conditions including obesity and inflammatory bowel disease, has enhanced our understanding of microbes in environments ranging from the oceans to the tundra, and made high-throughput sequencing techniques accessible to thousands of researchers around the world. Dr. Knight can be followed on Twitter (https://twitter.com/@knightlabnews) or on his web site http://knightlab.ucsd.edu/.

Dr. Lauge Farnaes
Lauge Farnaes is the Assistant Medical Director at the Rady Childrens Institute for Genomic Medicine. His work is focused on rapid diagnostics using next generation sequencing in critically ill infants to determine a diagnosis that would optimize medical management.

He attended UCSD for undergraduate education majoring in both Biochemistry and Anthropology. Subsequently he obtained a Master’s degree in Biology studying antibody response in auto-immune diseases. Following his laboratory work, Lauge joined the Peace Corps and worked in Tanzania, East Africa teaching physics at a high school and working on HIV prevention in the community. Upon returning to the United States, he joined the medical scientist training program at UCSD obtaining a doctor of medicine and a PhD in Oceanography/marine chemistry researching small molecules from marine microorganisms that could be used to treat infections and cancer. He received pediatric training at UCSD in general pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Infectious Disease. 

We are happy to share that recordings of these talks will be available on the Fleet Science Center YouTube channel. Click here to explore San Diego's Amazing Race to Combat COVID-19


July 13

Getting a Clue: The Science Behind Crime Scene Reconstruction

At a crime scene, every item of evidence tells a story.  Crime Scene Reconstruction is the art of listening to those stories and using them to develop a scientifically sound theory as to how the crime occurred. Join Toniann Rebick, a San Diego Police Department Criminalist specializing in Forensic Firearms Analysis and Crime Scene Reconstruction, to discuss the ways in which science is used to analyze, interpret, and ultimately solve real life murder mysteries.

Location: Zoom webinar online; the zoom link will be emailed to all registered attendees the day of the event

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 


August 10

Evolution 2.0 - Cross-Species Gene Replacements

Recent advances in genetic engineering allow living creatures to be manipulated in previously impossible ways. Dr. Troy Sandberg will discuss his work developing the ‘evolution machine’, a robotic systems that provides a platform for studying genetic adaptatio

To develop the evolution machine, Troy used various genes, even some human ones, to replace specific genes in a strand of E. Coli bacteria, which quickly developed mutations that successfully incorporated the foreign genes.

Join us as Troy walks us through  the  mechanisms he used for this process and discusses the  potential genetic engineering applications and implications, including some futuristic ideas such as “designer organisms”.

Location: Online, Zoom Webinar

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 


September 14

Molecular Science of Aging

Detailed information to follow. Our speaker will be Dr. Ee Phie Tan from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

Location: TBA

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 


October 12

Topic and detailed information will be posted soon!

Location: TBA

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 


November 9

Deep Sea Marine Biology

Detailed information will be posted soon. Our speaker will be Dr. Greg Rouse from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Location: TBA

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 


December 14

Topic and detailed information will be posted soon!

Location: TBA

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 

 

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