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Science by the Cup - Alumni Day

  • Crazy Wisdom Tea Room 114 S Main St Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 United States (map)

To kick off the RELATE "Science by the Cup" series for 2015, we've brought back some of our alumni to take their science out of the lab and into the community! 

When: July 25th: 1:30 doors, 2pm conversation begins
Where: Crazy Wisdom Teahouse, 114 S. Main Street
$$$: Free!
The Line up:

“Alive with Heat: Shrinking Polymers and Growing Uses”
with Peter Goldberg

From food packaging to solar cells and artificial joints, plastics play an ever increasing role in our daily lives. The diversity of uses for plastics relies on the manipulation of the material by chemists, like Peter, as well as engineers. In his talk he will discuss what exactly plastics are, why we use them, and some of the tricks companies use to tailor a small set of polymers to such a wide range of applications.

“Detecting Cancers in Blood: Giving Cancer Patients a Fighting Chance”
with Vasudha Murlidhar

Most of us have known someone in a battle with cancer, and maybe someone who has lost that battle. Most of these tragic losses to cancer are due to the ability of cancer cells to spread throughout the body. Circulating tumor cells are believed to be involved in the spread of cancer to other parts of the body. Studying these cells may be able to offer a less invasive or “liquid biopsy” approach to studying the tumor. Vasudha will explain how she makes use of devices to target and capture these cells from blood for studies which may help to shed light on tumor behavior.


“What We Throw Away Doesn’t Go Away: Our Electronic Waste Problem”
with Krystin Carlson

What is the impact when you throw out or even recycle your electronic devices? These devices often contain materials that pose a threat to the environment and workers who process the discarded items. Krystin is discovering work-related hazards for electronic waste workers. Her talk will be an introduction to what happens with electronics nearing the end of their useful life and why many of these items end up in Agbogbloshie, Ghana.


Earlier Event: July 23
Nerd Nite Ann Arbor
Later Event: July 30
Science by the Pint - Alumni Night