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Flexin Our Mussels at Seattle Expanding Your Horizons

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Flexin Our Mussels at Seattle Expanding Your Horizons

Last Saturday, with amazing help of Roberts Lab undergrads Jessica Blanchette and Katie Robinson as well as Anne Baxter from NOAA’s NWFSC, I led a workshop called ‘Flex Your Mussels’ for Seattle’s Expanding Your Horizons (SEYH) conference at Seattle University. The mission of SEYH is to inspire girls to pursue opportunities in STEM fields through exposure to role models and hands on activities.  The Seattle conference hosted 46 different workshops (bacteria to fireworks) and had over 400 middle school participants!!   At the Flex Your Mussels workshop the girls learned about...

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Hackathon with GEMS

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Hackathon with GEMS

Mackenzie Gavery helps put on a Hackathon with the middle school girls at GEMS. They wrote code for making various patterns of stacked cups. A little buggy, but overall they did awesome!  For this activity one girl was the ‘robot’ and went to a different area of the room while the other girls coded. They had 6 different commands and they were given images of patterns of stacked cups. When they were done writing the code, the robot would come over and read the code to build the pattern.. sometimes it took a little debugging to get it right After a few simple patterns they...

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Genomics on the Half Shell: Making Science more Open

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Genomics on the Half Shell: Making Science more Open

“In our research we leverage several computing infrastructure solutions that I will describe. In addition, our lab practices Open Notebook Science. I will describe the practical aspects of how we accomplish this including addressing some of the concerns and realized advantages. Beyond online lab notebooks, we are continually experimenting with different ways to use online resources to engage with a larger audience and improve science communication.”   More information is available...

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Defense Week: From Frozen Sperm to Acidified Oysters

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Defense Week: From Frozen Sperm to Acidified Oysters

This week began with Doug Immerman’s Thesis Defense Presentation Sablefish Sperm: The physiology of activation and the development of a cryopreservation protocol If you were not lucky enough to catch it, here is a recording. The next day, Emma Timmins-Schiffman Thesis Defense Presentation The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Multiple Life History Stages of the Pacific Oyster, Crassostrea gigas: Implications for Physiological Trade-offs. You can also experience the Prezi. And we also have an audio only version.   Both Doug and Emma passed their Final Exams! Ok this was not...

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Ocean Acidification Research Highlights

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Ocean Acidification Research Highlights

With our lab’s focus on the physiological response of marine organisms to environmental change we have considerable interest in how changes in ocean chemistry impacts biology. Our efforts on this front can be categorized into 1) the organismal response to acute elevated carbon dioxide exposure and 2) the population level impact, which will be strongly influenced by local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity. While our research often integrates the impact at all levels, research highlights are outlined below based on these two biological levels. In addition to the research carried out by...

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DNA methylation plays a complex role in regulating genome activity

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DNA methylation plays a complex role in regulating genome activity

Mackenzie Gavery’s new paper on DNA methylation and gene expression in oysters is out in PeerJ. Abstract: Characterization of DNA methylation patterns in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, indicates that this epigenetic mechanism plays an important functional role in gene regulation and may be involved in the regulation of developmental processes and environmental responses. However, previous studies have been limited to in silico analyses or characterization of DNA methylation at the single gene level. Here, we have employed a genome-wide approach to gain insight into how DNA...

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