Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lizards Protons, Bats, and Ions, Oh My!!

New Programs are On the Calendar!

March 9, 2014
Imperiled Bats of Tar Creek
With Dr. Karen McBee and Rachel Eguren, OSU Zoology Department
Are toxins knocking these critters off course?
The Tar Creek superfund site in Northeast Oklahoma is one of the most toxic areas in the United States. How is the wildlife coping? Dr. McBee and her students shoot night vision video of bats flying obstacle courses to help find out!

March 23, 2014
Loser Lizards and Motherly Winners
With Jess Magaña, OSU Zoology Department
Can losing a fight make you less of a mother?
Mother reptiles have only so much energy. How do their bodies decide how much to invest in their offspring? Can winning or losing a fight make a difference for future babies? Jess Magaña finds out by pitting female against female!

April 13, 2014
Probing Proteins’ Secret Tricks
With Drs. Wouter Hoff and Aihua Xie, OSU Microbiology & Physics Departments

Infrared spectroscopy gives us the clues!
Proteins that can move protons from here to there enable our sight and power our cells, but how do they do it? Nobody knows! Drs. Hoff and Xie use infrared spectroscopy to peek at the inner workings of these mysterious biological nano-machines!

April 27, 2014
Battling Bacterial Biofilms
With Dr. Marianna Patrauchan, OSU Microbiology Department
Decoding chemical conversations could save lives!
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium, usually harmless to humans. But in the lungs of people with Cystic Fibrosis, it forms a deadly biofilm. Why? How? Dr. Patrauchan uses a variety of approaches to help figure it out!

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