UW Science Now is an annual tradition where Town Hall teams with UW Science Engage to bring local graduate students to the stage to present their latest cutting-edge research. We’re thrilled to partner with Ada’s Technical Books to feature illuminating talks in a casual setting where audiences can enjoy a drink and an evening of scientific breakthroughs!
Science has long been fascinated with the concept of nanomachines—extremely small and sophisticated robotic engineers that can travel into the brain to deliver drugs, repair injuries, or detect signs of disease. According to Mengying Zhang, nanoparticles may be the key to making this a reality. However, their application raises several critical questions. How do they behave? How do they interact with cells? Are they toxic? Zhang discusses her work to understand nanoparticle behaviors in the developing brain, and how this knowledge can be applied to design a tracking system for viruses, brain derived vesicles, and more.
Records of landslides go back almost as far as written human history. Despite living with landslides for thousands of years, we still have a poor grasp on how to predict when, where, and how large they will be, much less their impact on us and the things we care about. Will Pollock joins us to present his research on forecasting landslide-related damages to inform land use decisions by citizens and policy-makers.
The Pacific Northwest loves oysters—we grow them, we eat them, and we depend on them to protect our shorelines. However, oysters are endangered by rapidly acidifying oceans. Recent studies have shown that oysters do have some sort of environmental ”memory”—the way oysters respond to their environment can be passed down to the next generation. Yaamini Venkataraman takes the stage with research exploring how and why this occurs environmental memory occurs. She shares findings that may help us understand whether oysters will not only survive but thrive in future ocean conditions.
Presented by UW Engage Project, Ada’s Technical Books, and Town Hall Seattle.