Tales from the Biology Lab: Junk DNA and Magnificent Mosses

When: Thurs, April 16, 2015
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $8.00 advance tickets,
$10.00* suggested cover at the door

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Due to a scheduling conflict, the date for this event has changed.
NEW DATE: Thursday, April 16. Still at Kiggins. All other details the same. See you there!

This Science on Tap will feature TWO speakers:

Junk in The Trunk: Recent Controversies in Genomics
You may have heard that less than 2% of the human genome is comprised of protein-coding DNA. So what is the 98% composed of, where does it come from, and what does it do? Sarah Schaack, PhD, assistant professor of biology at Reed College will take you on a guided tour through the genomic landscape of some fully sequenced plants and animals, including humans. Her talk will explore the recent heated debate among biologists surrounding “junk DNA”, its utility (or lack thereof), and why bigger isn’t necessarily better, at least when it comes to genome size.

Love Moss More! Totally Mossome Tales of Ancient Survival
Moss, found wherever you look in the Pacific Northwest, is an amazing and ancient survival machine. Though small, fuzzy, and unassuming, these plants are the bane of northwest rooftops. Yet, mosses grow on every continent, house a bizarre assortment of tiny, but terrifying, creatures, and may hold the key to global climate change. Todd Rosenstiel, PhD, Director of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University, will give us a glimpse into the secret and successful world of the mosses.

Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver