Jay Shefchik: Renewable Natural Gas

Elevator pitch Understanding the Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Market and How Local Dairy Farms are Getting Involved Abstract As the United States and the world pursues greener and more sustainable energy sources, RNG has become a viable solution and a true alternative for fossil fuels used either in the transportation or thermal (manufacturing or heating applications) markets. RNG has the same chemical makeup as fossil natural gas; as such, there are no conversion costs for applications that currently use fossil natural gas. RNG can be produced from various feedstocks including wastewater treatment facilities, landfills, and dairy farms. During this presentation, we will discuss how local

Georgette Heyrman: Genome editing with CRISPR: Just because we can, does it mean we should?

Elevator pitch The CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system is a technology used to make precise changes to the genome of any cell. The potential applications of CRISPR are limitless, but are they all ethical? Abstract Genome editing is a generic term for introducing specific changes to the DNA of a cell. An emerging technology to edit genomes is the CRISPR/Cas9 system (CRISPR), which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9. CRISPR is an RNA guided, protein mediated tool that introduces breaks in the genome at precise locations, allowing for the introduction of changes. While already widely used in basic research, CRISPR is an emerging to

Douglas Brusich: Spring-Loaded Neuroscience: Flies as a Model for Traumatic Brain Injury

Elevator pitch Flies as a Model for Traumatic Brain Injury Abstract Millions of Americans experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. TBI causes headache, memory loss, disruptions to sleep and motor coordination, seizures, and even death. In spite of the incidence of TBI and its negative outcomes we have a limited understanding of underlying genetic and environmental risk factors that would help us make educated decisions. Moreover, we have few ways to treat symptoms, some of which do not manifest until days to years after injury. Fruit flies have recently been established as a model for the study of TBI. Flies have several advantages over existing mammalian models. Flies reproduce qu

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