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Past Seminars

BUGSS hosts an ever-changing array of seminars, Open Mic nights, open houses, and workshops. Our Eventbrite page has the most current listing of seminars, workshops, and courses.

Making plastics from methane

Mango Materials is a San Francisco-based company that manufactures biodegradable materials using bacteria that feed on waste biogas (methane). The company’s end product is a naturally occurring polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymer that can biodegrade in many different environments. Since 2012, Mango has developed PHA that can be used to create textile fibers as a polyester replacement […]

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Covid-19: Vaccines and Variants

Thanks to Dr. Nick Wohlgemuth, a virologist at St. Jude’s Children’s Research hospital, for a fantastic seminar on the epidemiology and natural history of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, what the emergence of variants means for the vaccines, and how to tell if someone is protected.

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Disruptive Innovations to Lower Healthcare Costs

In this seminar, Dr. Govind Rao of UMBC discussed manufacturing biologics on demand, novel approaches to detect Covid-19, and low-cost incubators for preemies with built-in sensors. Amazing developments, and we discuss how they can change the health care landscape!

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Biology Meets Art

We had a terrific seminar from Dr. Heidi Hehnly, a leader in exploring the interface between the cytoskeleton and cell membranes, and Dr. Boryana Rossa, an interdisciplinary artist, about their work in BioArt and their efforts to bring faculty and grad students together to share their research or look at it from the perspective of […]

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Science Slam! December 2020

Science Slams are a great way to learn about some remarkable science that is going on in Charm City! These 5-10 min science talks from local scientists are hosted by Johns Hopkins Project Bridge and BUGSS. At our December event, 5 local scientists presented their work: Sebastian Markert, “Beam me up Wormy”   Priya DasSarma, […]

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Ask A Virologist

Viruses (okay one in particular!) have become a central part of our lives, changing most aspects of our day-to-day routine. These tiny, and not so tiny, snippets of nucleic acid and protein can have profound effects. What is a virus? How do they work? Why is SARS-2 having such a profound effect compared to other […]

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Covid-19 and mental health

Covid-19 has dramatically affected all of our lives. There have been a broad range of emotional effects related to the pandemic, and certain stressors have affected a large majority of the population. On August 28, 2020, Dr. Sonia Bansal of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine discussed recent […]

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Making Sense of CBD

Is this the latest snake oil or do CBD products really have tremendous healing potential? Watch the video of our seminar to learn more!

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Do Asteroids Really Hit the Earth?

What are asteroids? Do they hit the Earth? Has anyone ever been hit by one? Watch the video of our seminar to find out!

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Vaccine Development and Clinical Trials

Why does it take so long to develop vaccines?

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Attacking Cancer

Written by Shreyan Mitra

Cancer immunotherapy-is it the silver bullet to defeat cancer?

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Understanding Parkinson’s through the Lens of Neuroscience

Written by Shreyan Mitra

On Aug 9, 2020, we held a class to learn about the symptoms, causes and potential treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

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Mushroom Cultivation

Thanks to Marios Levi, Travis Askins, and Max Kennegott for leading a fantastic course on mushroom cultivation! We learned the basics of mushrooms, and talked about spores, mycelium, fruiting bodies, and reproduction. We learned how to inoculate mushrooms on simple DIY media like coffee grounds.

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Fighting the Flu Panel Discussion

Written by Erin McClure-Carroll

11/16/18

On November 9, 2018, BUGSS hosted an influenza panel discussion featuring scientists and clinicians from the Maryland Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University.

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Diversifying Genomes Seminar

Written by Rachel Creager

03/09/2019

On Friday, March 1, Rachel Sherman, a Ph.D. student at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Computational Biology, presented her work titled Diversifying Genomics: Identifying large variations in genomes of African ancestry individuals. Rachel discussed the history of the Human Genome Project and the race to produce the first full sequence of a human’s DNA. Because two organizations were racing to get publish the full genome before their competition, ~70% of the reference genome produced by the Human Genome Project is comprised of one individual.

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