Going beyond the basics of ocean acidification

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, sea surface water has dropped by an average of about 0.1pH unit (NOAA PMEL). How much change can this 0.1pH unit cause? From collapsing coral reefs to damaged diatoms, and even in the oyster industry here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re beginning to find out that this seemingly small change correlates to wide-scale disruption of the marine ecosystem and dependent industries. Come discuss the cause and impact of ocean acidification at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave. E) this Wednesday, Feb. 4th at 7:30 PM.

For a primer on ocean acidification, and the source of the data cited above, visit the website of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.

Brain Bee, Saturday January 31st

Fascinated by the human brain? If so, take part in the 3rd annual Pacific Northwest Brain Bee Competition hosted at the University of Washington. This Q & A format competition is designed to test your knowledge of the human brain and neuroscience.
WHO: Students from grades 9-12 from Seattle and the Puget
Sound Area.
WHAT: Prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Snacks for everybody.
WHERE: Waterfront Activity Center, University of Washington, Seattle.
For a map, go to http://www.washington.edu/maps/?wac
WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2 PM to 4 PM.
HOW: 1) Register with the organizer, Dr. Natalia Murinova, at
2) Download the free “Brain Facts” publication at
3) Study the information in this publication to prepare for the
For details email PNWBrainBee@gmail.com or
visit http://internationalbrainbee.com

Sign Up for HiveBio Summer Camps!


At Camp BIOmed students will take part in hands-on experiments at local biomedical business and research facilities, tour local Seattle biomedical organizations, and track their own findings in lab journals. Each week of the summer camp will conclude with a camp-wide expo where students will share group and individual projects and contributions.

Students can choose from 2 tracks: HiveBio Community Lab Neuroscience, and FoldIt! HiveBio will be partnering with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering to offer weekly sessions focused on hands-on applied science and the excitement of neuroscience!

Camp is open to all students entering 9th-12th grade for the upcoming school year. Camp sessions are weekly between July 7-August 15, 2014. Spots are limited, so register today!



Lecture by Dr. Azra Suko: A sweet solution to fuel troubles

With the inevitable depletion of the world’s oil supply, there has been an increasing worldwide interest in finding new renewable and biobased energy sources. Lignocellulosic materials such as agricultural residues, forestry, municipal wastes and other low-cost biomasses are an abundant and renewable source of sugar substrate that could be fermented to biofuels and biochemicals. Continue reading

Life Sciences Research Weekend

Looking for a fun and geeky way to spend the weekend? The Life Sciences Research Weekend will continue this Saturday November 2nd and Sunday the 3rd from 10am until 6pm at the Pacific Science Center in downtown Seattle! Watch crazy science demonstrations and learn about the world of life sciences from Researchers at the University of Washington and Biotech Companies in the greater Seattle area!

Study hard, then bring your wild and creative ideas to HiveBio’s next open discussion Tuesday November 5th from 7-9pm.

If you just can’t get away from the lab this weekend, HiveBio’s Open Lab Hours are as follows:

Saturday November 2:  EDIT: Closed due to power outage

Sunday November 3:    12pm – 4pm

Tours of the lab are open to everyone – become a member – or sign up for a Science Class!

Get your tickets for Science on Stage!

Join us for a creative pairing of science, theater and ethical discussion
at Green Lake’s Bathhouse Theater!

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research presents Science on Stage, Professional Readings of The Sequence by Seattle playwright, Paul Mullin.

Sequencing of the human genome was a public race – and a personal war!  Strong personalities, emerging technology and differing views on public vs. private DNA ownership fueled the race to obtain the first human DNA sequence.  Covering the story was a young journalist worried about her own destiny with breast cancer and the information that her genome sequence would uncover.

Stay for a post-play discussion of Biology and Ethics on October 12th with invited Scientists and Ethicists. Technology is making genetic sequencing faster and easier, and this information is being used to make medical decisions. Understanding how human genetic information is being used is now more important than ever!

Saturday October 5      2pm
Saturday October 12    2pm, post-play discussion at 3:45pm
Sunday   October 13    7pm

Tickets are $22
($20 for NWABR members)

To purchase tickets online and for more information visit http://nwabr.org/science-on-stage or contact Reitha Weeks at rweeks@nwabr.org

Proceeds support NWABR programs