'Science on Saturday' lecture in Oakland to explore biologically inspired nano-bots

Science on Saturday (Download Image) The second and final lecture in the 2017 Science on Saturday series at the Chabot Space and Science Center will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. The series theme is “Ingenious Inventions.”

WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientists Matt Coleman, Amy Rasley and Wei He, along with Tracy High School science teacher Erin McKay, will present "Building Biologically Inspired Nano-Bots," the second and final lecture in the 2017 Science on Saturday series at the Chabot Space and Science Center. The series theme is "Ingenious Inventions."

WHAT: This informative and entertaining lecture will cover how Lab researchers are using both synthetic and molecular biology approaches to produce small nano-machines, termed nano-bots, with defined and measurable functionalities. The main building blocks for these nano-bots are based on nano-lipo-protein particles (NLPs), made up of a lipid raft surrounded by protein that naturally exists in the human body to transport cholesterol. These NLP-based nano-bots represent a unique solution for new approaches to vaccines, drug delivery and energy needs.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.

NOTE: Science on Saturday is sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. The lectures and demonstrations are targeted to middle- and high-school students. No pre-registration is required and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free of charge for the presentation, all other Center admission will apply. Students will receive a worksheet to record key information from the talk. The worksheet will be marked with the official Science on Saturday stamp at the end of the presentation. Many teachers use the worksheet to award extra credit. Students should check with their teacher in advance to determine if they will receive credit for attending.

For more information about Science on Saturday and upcoming presentations, visit the web or contact Joanna Albala, Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803.