Virtual Girls Day: Icky Science

March 13, 2021

 

Girls Day, offered twice a year, celebrates women who are exploring, researching, and innovating in fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

During our next Girls Day, meet researchers who study things that may seem icky at first glance, but​ turn out to be fascinating and valuable to science and society. Discover the scientific importance of slimy secretions, insect larvae, and even poop! All are welcome as we journey from "Eww!" to “Eureka!”

On March 13th, follow this Zoom link to access the webinar. You are welcome to join, leave, and/or return to the webinar whenever you like.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free!
Be among the first 100 to Pre-register on Eventbrite and receive a package of goodies from the museum.

SCHEDULE

10:00 am–10:30 am
Presentation and Q&A: “What You Didn’t Know About Poop Might Save the World: Using What We Flush to Track a Pandemic” by Katya Moniz and Amy Xiao, The Alm Lab, MIT Department of Biological Engineering

10:30 am–11:30 am
Activity: “What We Flush and Why It Matters” with Amy Xiao, The Alm Lab, MIT Department of Biological Engineering

11:30 am–12:00 pm
Presentation and Q&A: “Sticky, Slimy, Gross, and Great: Why We Need Mucus to Survive” by Michaela Gold, Ribbeck Lab, MIT Department of Biological Engineering

12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Activity: “Model Mucus Experiments” with Michaela Gold, Ribbeck Lab, MIT Department of Biological Engineering

1:00 pm–1:30 pm
Presentation and Q&A: “Worms to Wolverine: Regenerating Bodies” by Amelie Raz, Whitehead Institute and MIT Department of Biology

1:30 pm–2:30 pm
Activity: “BUGS! Become a Backyard Entomologist” with Crystal Maier, Museum of Comparative Zoology, University

2:30 pm–3:00 pm
Presentation and Q&A: “Poop Transplants Save Lives: The Mighty Microbes in Our Guts” by Imani Decaille, OpenBiome

The MIT Museum aims to make its online programs accessible to as many individuals as possible. Live closed captioning services (CART) will be provided when requested at least two weeks in advance of a program. Please email mitmuseum-access@mit.edu to request CART services or suggest other accommodations that would help you fully participate in this program.