The California Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the Gladstone Institutes, will present a series of lectures, events, and opportunities for both families and adults to interact with distinguished scientists during this five-day biosciences festival from January 24-28, 2013.
Visit the Brilliant!Science webpage for complete details about tickets to events.
Here are some highlights:
- Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 pm
Infectious Cures: Hijacking Viruses to Overcome Disease
Everywhere, viruses such as HIV compete with their hosts in an evolutionary ‘arms race’—building resistance to the latest therapies in order to maintain their deadly hold on our species. What if we could turn HIV on its head by hijacking the very virus that ravages the body, and transforming it into a cure?
- Thursday, January 24 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Micro NightLife (Ages 21+)
This week’s event features hands-on demonstration stations that allow guests to use microscopes and learn about our microbiomes—the plethora of microbes which colonize our bodies every day. Compare the hearts and brains of animals to those of humans, learn about the latest infectious disease research and step inside a mad scientist photo booth.
- Friday, January 25 from 6:00-9:00 pm
Body Art: An Evening Science Mingle (Ages 21+)
Nosh on tacos and beer while viewing scientific images on exhibit and body systems highlighted through body painting. Pick the brains of Academy and Gladstone scientists, who will don white lab coats as they mingle with guests.
- Saturday, January 26 & Sunday, January 27 from 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Decoding Human Health Family Celebration
The Academy’s public floor will host hands-on demonstrations including a close inspection of brain specimens, creating neurons from pipe cleaners and lessons on the life of an infectious virus. Guests will also be able to search the human microbiome of bacteria and harmless mites. Appearances by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre and Kaiser Permanente’s Community Troupe, along with special guests, will entertain families all weekend long.
- Monday, January 28 at 7:30 pm
Stroke of Insight: Strengthening the Brain
At the age of 37, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor had a massive stroke and watched as her brain functions—motion, speech, memory, linear thinking and self-awareness—shut down one by one. After a long and successful rehabilitation, she has become a spokesperson for the possibility of full recovery from brain injury. Taylor will be in conversation with Thomas Goetz, executive editor of WIRED and author of The Decision Tree: A Manifesto for Personal Health.
Brilliant!Science is generously supported by Eva and Bill Price, and is presented in partnership with the Gladstone Institutes.