SDSU Science & Engineering Sampler
SDSU Science & Engineering Sampler

FREE Event & Parking • Saturday March 15, 2014 • 9am - 2pm

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1  Fixing a Broken HeartDPS BioScience Center
View displays of the heart circulation, cardiac anatomy, and actual data recordings of a heart attack. Conduct your own experiment using a computer to record autonomic reflex changes in heart rate to exercise/ breath-holding. See how we measure changes of signaling molecules in the heart during and after heart attack.

2  Laser Applications in Chemistry and Biochemistry CSL-302
A wide range of lasers, used in multi-photon nonlinear laser techniques for biomedical and environmental applications, will be on display.

3  Electron Microscope FacilityPS-1
See inside cells magnified thousands of times on our scanning and transmission electron microscopes.

4  Phage Attack: Weapons of Microbe DestructionLSN 2nd-Floor Entrance
There's a battle between the smallest, most numerous entities on Earth. Learn how phage, the viruses of bacteria launch attacks against their bacterial targets. See bacterial cultures before and after phage attack. Learn about the impact these interactions can have on human health.

5  Planetarium ShowsPA-209
Enjoy a tour of the starry night sky in our planetarium. (20-minute shows) Sorry, no wheelchair access inside planetarium.

6  Take a Land Cruise on the RP OceansGMCS-108
Make waves, move beaches, measure the Earth's rotation.

7  VizCenter: Helping the WorldCSL-120
See how the VizCenter helps with Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief, stimulation of international relationships and trade, plus assisting law enforcement through emerging technologies, innovative back-end processing, and operational needs.

8  Show-Me GeologyITS Patio
Learn about the importance of rocks and minerals in everyday-life, start a mineral collection.

9  Regenerating the Human Body with Stem CellsCSL-422
Learn how stem cells make all the different parts of the human body, and how they repair and replace dead and damaged organs.

10  See Inside the Human BrainCSL-422
See how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to image the human brain and ways that scientists study the structure and patterns of activity in children's brains as they mature into adults.

11  Super-Cool Ice Cream: The Cool World of CryogenicsPA-215
Liquid nitrogen instant ice cream, balloon freezing, and much more.

12  Fuel-Cell / Solar Hybrid Model Car DemonstrationPA-216
Demonstration using a hydrogen fuel-cell/solar hybrid-powered toy car.

13  Telescopic Views of the SunPA Roof Top
View the Sun (safely!) though telescopes; hopefully see sunspots. Brief, informal presentation about the Sun and stars, and how "space weather" can affect the Earth.

14  The Lab ZonePA-119
Hands-on design, building, and testing of your very own project to learn basic math, engineering, and scientific principles.

15  Who Cheated? Find out by Using ChromatographyCSL-526
Five students are suspected of forging the answers to an exam. You need to determine if one of the pens found on a suspect matches the ink from the exam. Use the same technique the police use to analyze ink.

16  X-ray CrystallographyCSL-231
Chemists and biologists learn how a molecule works by studying its three-dimensional structure, even the largest molecules are too small to be directly observed by the most powerful light microscopes. The solution? Prepare a crystal of the sample and use x-rays!

17  CSI meets CSUCSL-226
Learn about Forensic Science, develop fingerprints utilizing different methods.

18 BYOB (Build Your Own Butane) Chemistry on the ComputerGMCS-245a
Use molecular modeling software to construct a molecule and test it for stability.

19  Computer Science and Sound: Dolphins and YouGMCS-403
Visit the Audio Lab where we use computer science to analyze dolphin and whale sounds. See interactive kiosks from our collaborators at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, periodic demonstrations of research tools, and you can learn how to visualize your own voice using spectrograms.

20  Flying and Chasing RobotsGMCS-555
See several robot projects including: (a) helicopter robot for monitoring natural reserves/ habitats, (b) an assistant robot that follows a walking person, and (c) several guard robots working together to secure a building.

21  Flow Cytometry Facility: Lasers Make Cells GlowLSN-26
Watch with microscopes as high-powered lasers allow individual cells to fluoresce in different colors.

22  Stem Cell and Tissue RegenerationLSN 2nd-Floor Entrance
Learn how freshwater planarians (flatworms) have the remarkable ability to replace missing tissue after an injury.

23  Exploration of the Human BodyLSN 3, 5
Explore the amazing world of the human body. Look into a microscope to see the incredible organization and beauty behind bone and muscle. Observe healthy hearts and brains, and compare those with a diseased heart and brains. Watch healthy lungs expand, and contrast them with the lungs from a smoker.

24  Museum of BiodiversityLSS 267, 269, 270
See big bugs, hairy spiders, skeletons, furs, feathers, plants, and more from our vast museum collection. Learn about field biology and natural history education at SDSU.

25  Wildfire Science in San DiegoPS-100
Learn how researchers are working with firefighters to help improve community protection and firefighter health and safety.

26-31  Engineering Village: Various DisplaysEngineering
Various displays including: mechanical engineering machine shop, aerospace, robotics, and many more.

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