Final Schedule (PDF)
Directions to CBC:
CBC is located at 2600 N. 20th Avenue in Pasco, WA. Take exit 12 from interstate 182. We recommend parking in the lot behind the roundabout (entrance off of Argent Rd). Programming will be in the S building, also known as the Lee R. Thornton Center. Map
Rooms have been reserved across the street from CBC at:
- Red Lion Pasco 2525 N. 20th Avenue
Meeting rate: $114 (up to quad occupancy)
(mention Northwest BIO)
- Best Western Pasco 2811 N 20th Avenue
Meeting rate: $93 room / $103 suite (single occupancy; add $5 per additional person)
(use code: CGNWB)
Other hotels around the Tri-Cities may have lower rates. Contact us with questions!
$115 / person (part-time or high school: $75; publisher: $230)
Rate includes meetings, materials, dinner Friday, breakfast + box lunch + banquet dinner on Saturday, breakfast Sunday.
Registration Form--Please enclose with payment and submit by April 26.
Cyanobacteria as platforms for biofuels production
Biofuel production has the potential to replace petroleum as a fuel for transportation, an application where other renewable sources cannot be conveniently used. Photosynthetic microorganisms are one option, as mass culture could be done on land not productive for traditional agriculture and using nonpotable water. However, competitive biofuels production requires at least a 10X increase in productivity. Modern biology ("systems biology" and "synthetic biology") provide tools to understand complex regulatory networks in cells and potentially manipulate them to enhance biofuels production. I will discuss one example of our work on cyanobacteria, in which physiological conditions are manipulated to promote production of hydrogen gas in Cyanothece, catalyzed by the enzyme nitrogenase. This entails "hoaxing" the organism into a state where nitrogenase has been produced and other pathways for consuming reducing power have been blocked.
Allan Konopka, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Biological Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
100 Years On - Alfred Russell Wallace in history and in the classroom
Dr. Berry is a British evolutionary biologist and historian of science at Harvard University. He has a particular interest in Alfred Wallace and 2013 marks 100 years since Wallace's death. Dr. Berry will discuss the significance of Wallace's co-discovery of the theory of evolution, as well as suggest ways in which this story can be used to liven up the classroom.
Andrew Berry, Ph.D.
Undergraduate advisor in the Life Sciences and Lecturer on Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
(Dr. James Morris had to cancel.)
We're looking for workshop proposals! If you would like to share a best practice, lab activity, research project, new product, or something else with your local colleagues, please complete this form before April 26.
POTENTIAL FIELD TRIPS:
- Local hiking (shrub steppe)
- Local organic farm
- Demonstration garden
- Hanford B reactor tour
- Mammoth archaeology
- Bechtel National Planetarium
Feel free to contact us for more information!
To get faster attention, please use NWBIO in the subject line of your email.
Rik Smith [email protected]