Writing workshop at BUGSS! The poetry in Science

* photo by Takver


Writing workshop: “The poetry in Science”

In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science.

— James Russell Lowell

Scientists are often portrayed as lacking the ability give a voice to their work that can be understood by the general public.

Science communication has become a critical skill in order to promote science awareness and conveys important topics for society that enhances further discussion.

Writing poetry is a means by which emotions are stimulated by lyrical words, and can also be a tool by which scientific concepts can be shared.

Please join us at Baltimore Underground Science Space on February 24th from 10:00- 2:00 PM where you can explore creating poetry based on science fact

This workshop is intended for both researchers new to the arts and to creative writers new to science.

Scientists are encouraged to bring samples of their work, including journal papers of interest, and abstracts

All participants will be introduced to a short background of poetry styles and engage in writing prompts, based on selected topics covering key scientific principles, theories, and current issues.

Editing, critiquing, and revision will be covered.

A final open reading will be scheduled to share your work!

Bio of your instructor: Dr Kathleen Gillespie has been a research microbiologist in industry from the Bio- pharmaceutical to Bio-defense. She recently received her doctoral degree in Marine Biotechnology and was a visiting professor in Molecular Biotechnology at Stockton University. She is currently an affiliate at the Institute of Marine and Environmental technology in Baltimore Inner harbor.


FREE Community Seminar! “Using Super Computers to Model the Impact of Biofouling on a Ship’s Performance” with Dr. Vargas


Biofouling is the accumulation of microbes, alage, plates, and biofilms on materials submerged in water. This can create a problematic drag on ships. Think about that the next time you are hanging out watching the tall ships in the Baltimore harbor!

Please join us Friday Feb 23rd at 7pm for as we are happy to welcome Dr. Abel Vargas to speak about his research:

Using Super Computers to Model the Impact of Biofouling on a Ship’s Performance

The talk: Roughness is seen in the marine industry either through corrosion, deterioration of paint, marine growth or a combination of all three. On ship hulls, roughness occurring through paint deterioration or biofouling can impact the ships performance by increasing its frictional drag. This increase in frictional drag adds an additional burden to the total ownership of a ship. The objective of the presentation is to present an improved modeling approach for quantifying the impact of biofouling of underwater hulls. Our team is using super computers to compute the drag penalty associated with biofouling that will help developed cleaning strategies.

Our awesome speaker: Abel Vargas is a Computational Scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. His research interests include Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) modeling applied to submarines, surface ships, and other naval applications, as well as for design purposes. Currently his research focuses on the impact of hydrodynamic roughness due to biofouling on the resistance of surface ships. Vargas received a Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The George Washington University. Contact him at

This community seminar is free but if you would like to donate to our non-profit in support of more events like this please go to Thank you! We appreciate your support!


Free open science seminar: Open-source Oceanography: New tools for community-driven marine science and conservation with Dr. Andrew Thaler

Why not spend a Friday night learning a little something? Impress your friends and family with all your new knowledge, or perhaps spark a new personal project! 

Save your Friday Feb 9th 7-9pm for an intriguing topic from an intriguing scientist! Lean about open-source oceanography and how citizens have the power to get valuable data and protect our marine environments!

Yes-beer, soda, snacks will be on hand to keep that brain running. Also- get a tour of our remarkable community lab space.

Open-source Oceanography:

New tools for community-driven marine science and conservation

with Dr. Andrew Thaler 

TICKETS HERE!! Please sign up to save your seat. Share with everyone you know to share the science and help us build our Baltimore science community. 

More information:

The talk: As the price of scientific-grade equipment climbs and research budgets, particularly those attached to climate change and environmental projects, are slashed, low-cost, open-source tools are becoming increasingly important in both formal and informal research, as well as citizen science programs. These tools can facilitate community-driven responses to environmental concerns and fulfill key equipment needs in a funding limited era. Oceanography for Everyone develops low-cost, open-source oceanographic instruments for researchers, educators, and explorers to facilitate bottom-up, community-directed ocean science.

About our awesome speaker: Andrew Thaler is a deep-sea ecologist and conservation geneticist who works at the intersection of ecology, technology, and policy. He is the editor-in-chief of the marine science and conservation blog Southern Fried Science, and the co-founder of Oceanography for Everyone, which works to develop low-cost, open-source alternatives to essential (and often prohibitively expensive) oceanographic instruments and equipment. He is the Chief Ecologist of OpenROV, an underwater robot manufacturer.

This talk is FREE but we can always use your donations to keep our lab open! Thank you for supporting community science! 

Did you know you can join BUGSS as a member and do science of your very own in our lab?? Join our community of citizen scientists, thinkers, and tinkerers and get mega awesome benefits (also gain infinite cool points!) inquire with We are also always looking for volunteers of all backgrounds, come join our community!


BUGSS high school 2018 iGEM team – Information Sessions – Jan 20th, Feb 17th, and March 17th

Are YOU, or do you know any high school students that would be interested in student-driven, team-driven, hands-on learning in the lab solving problems using biotechnology? Do you want to also build skills in leadership, presentation, outreach, teamwork, and get a chance to connect and learn from young scientists from all over the world?

Do YOU want to help mentor students, or instruct students while overseeing an incredible project that requires a diverse set of skills beyond lab bench work (including leadership building, design, outreach, public speaking, website development, engineering, and more)?


Come to one of our information sessions to learn more, interact with some of our team, and ask questions! Get a tour of our remarkable Baltimore-based community lab! We have 3 in total and you can access the tickets and more information in the links below. Please sign up to save your seat so we know how many to expect. 

January 20th 2-4pm

February 17th 2-4pm

March 17th 11-1pm

Do you already know you want to fill out an application? Applications are DUE March 20th at midnight. 

Link to application here!


Looking forward to seeing you in lab! 


Our winter newsletter is here! More science in 2018! New events, classes, and seminars

Wondering what BUGSS has going on in the new year? Look no further! Click the link below and discover how YOU can do more science in 2018!

Click here : BUGSS Winter 2018 Newsletter 


January 2018 Lab Skill Night- Learn how to isolate protein from bacteria!

Lab Skill Nights at BUGSS!

To help work around busy schedules, two nights a month we will offer a hands-on learning experience of a specific technique. The month of January we will work on protein isolation!

Those interested in Digital Badges please inquire! You have the potential to earn these with each session via Credly.

Protein Isolation: You (may) have isolated DNA before, you (may) have cut it up and put in new genes, amplified billions of copies of it, and even run in through an agarose gel. That is all “old hat”.. Now it is time to isolate a protein! We will go through a short protocol (2 hrs) to isolate DNA Taq Polymerase from bacterial cultures!

This will be an immersive hands-on class so be prepared to attend the full 2 hours and listen carefully. Additional material will be available to help understand concepts and basic biology of this technique and applications.

Spots Limited!


Non-members $30, members $12

Not a BUGSS member yet? Join our community of citizen scientists, thinkers, and tinkerers and get mega awesome benefits (also gain infinite cool points!) inquire with!


Happy New Year! Here’s to MORE COMMUNITY SCIENCE in 2018 with BUGSS


Goodbye 2017! Thanks to our community for making it such a great year for BUGSS!


This #GivingTuesday support Baltimore community science!