Thursday, September 3, 2015 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Harvard University, Cambridge

HUBWeek Adventures

Explore the underground laboratory of Dr. Peter Girguis and the Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology during the HUBWeek Adventure, "Undersea Research and the Future of Science". In his labyrinth of underwater discoveries, meet the creatures that sparked animators' imagination for Finding Nemo. Shed some light on modern oceanographic research and how the deep sea and its denizens play a critical role in supporting all life on Earth. Hear how renewable energy is finally becoming competitive with fossil-fuel sources. Finally, find out how discoveries in natural ecosystems are being used to treat and cure disease.

Though the deep sea represents the vast majority of our biosphere, we have literally seen less of our ocean floor than we’ve seen of the surface of Mars.  Nonetheless, the deep sea is a critical part of our ecosystem, and the Girguis lab at Harvard University is committed to understanding how animals and microbes make a living in the deep sea. Their lab features some of the best-preserved deep sea specimens, a live high-definition video feed from the sea floor, one of the world’s few deep sea simulation facilities, and novel deep sea sensors developed in the lab. A visit to the lab will include all of these aspects, and ends with a visit to their underground research facility, which is currently under renovation. Notably, the Girguis lab is also working towards developing a “maker space” for ocean science instruments in this underground lair, and Professor Girguis is looking to get your thoughts on how to establish and operate such a space. A tour of the Girguis lab takes you down into the deep, dark sea…right here in your own town.

Due to the limited number of spots for this adventure, the exact location will be shared with those who are accepted to join HUBweek and Ideas in Action on this adventure. This event is free but registration is required.

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Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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