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Erin Giglio

Epigenetics: Nature and Nurture’s Love Child

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Was Lamarck really right? (And who was Lamarck, anyway?) Why aren’t identical twins always, well, identical? Why does it matter if a mother doesn’t hug her babies enough? Come and find out how the environment influences the genes you’re conceived with!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 8:00pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages! Guided tours of the field lab are available (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!

Groves Dixon

DN-Yay! 

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From bacteria, to corals, to puppies, to trees—the instructions for all forms of life are recorded in the molecule we know as DNA. What is the nature of this molecule and how does it record instructions for life? Why do we look like our parents? How does forensic DNA typing work? For fun and concise answers to these questions come to a short talk on DeoxyriboNucleic Acid. DN-Yay!

 HIEtlTec

This is a DNA Day event! That means that we are participating in a nation-wide initiative to help educate everyday people more about genetics and genomics. April 25, 1953 saw the discovery of DNA’s double helix, and April 25, 2003 saw the completion of the Human Genome Project. Who knows where we’ll be on April 25, 2053? If you’re interested in finding out more about the state of genetics and genomics today, you should check out DNA Day’s “Ask Me Anything” series and Twitter chat!

 

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:00pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages! Guided tours of the field lab are available (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!

Chintan Modi

Light Bright: Fluorescence and Chemiluminescence Lighting New Paths in Biology and Technology

Join us as Chintan Modi explores how scientists continue to find novel uses for biofluorescent and biochemiluminescent molecules and use them to gain insight into the inner workings of biology and chemistry! Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas.

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In nature, we see organisms put on beautiful light shows, glowing through the use of specialized proteins. Proteins that glow are called biofluorescence and biochemiluminescence molecules, which were discovered over 50 to 60 years ago. These proteins with their unique properties have enabled us to visualize biological processes in a live cell and an organism. Today we can color each individual neuron of a mouse with different fluorescent proteins, or we can use fluorescent proteins to observe how pathogenic bacteria grow in a bio-film. The use of these light-producing biomolecules as biotechnology tools revolutionized the biological sciences in the past 20 years, which was recognized by the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Chintan Modi is a graduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas at Austin.