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Mon 4/19, 2021, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle and UW Engage Science present
UW Engage Science: Rip Currents and The Herpes Virus (livestream)
Christine Baker and Hannah Lewis
Monday, April 19, 2021, 7:30PM

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Town Hall and UW Engage Science present local graduate students discussing their cutting-edge research. Tune in for a look at the forefront of research in our region, and meet the students who are leading the latest wave of scientific discovery.

Coastal waters and beaches are vital to the economy, security, commerce, and recreation, and are home to sensitive ecosystems. Currents within the nearshore–the region from land to the open ocean–impact the water quality by diluting or transporting contaminants such as pathogens and excessive nutrients from runoff. Rip currents–offshore directed jets of water–are one of a few ways that sand, pollutants, larvae, and unsuspecting swimmers are transported offshore. Christine Baker shares her journey to understand and predict rip current formation using camera imagery of large-scale laboratory experiments.

Christine Baker, a graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, studies the movement of water by currents that are driven by breaking waves along the coast, specifically rip currents, which are hazardous for recreational swimmers. Using large-scale laboratory experiments, she seeks to understand when and how sand, pollutants, larvae, and unsuspecting swimmers move from the region where waves break to the open ocean.

Why isn’t there a cure for herpes? Humans have been infected by this virus since before we were even human. How does this virus set up permanent shop in our bodies, even when we don’t have symptoms? Hannah Lewis will explore how herpes makes a home in the nucleus of our cells, where it steals proteins to replicate or to hide from our immune system.

Hannah Lewis is fascinated by how viruses hijack our cells to cause disease. She is a molecular biology PhD student at the University of Washington studying how Herpes Simplex Virus 1 manipulates proteins that package human DNA.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and UW Engage Science.

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