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Think & Drink: Electrons, Nanotechnology, and Early Earth
November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
————— November Presentation ——————
Speaker: Dr. Erin Iski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Tulsa
Title: Electrons, Nanotechnology and Early Earth: Is There a Connection?
The Iski Lab uses a specialized electron microscope to look at and take pictures of single atoms and molecules on metal surfaces. Importantly, one of the systems that we frequently study is the arrangement and interaction of amino acids, the molecules that compose peptides and DNA. The findings of this project will lead to a deeper understanding of how small, prebiotic molecules may have interacted on a surface and participated in the emergence of early life on this planet. One of the unique attributes of the Iski Lab is that we can examine these molecules under biologically relevant conditions, specifically room temperature and under a liquid layer. These conditions are not frequently combined with electron microscopy and, therefore, make these studies quite rare. This project has been funded from a variety of sources including from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
More about Dr. Iski: https://faculty.utulsa.edu/faculty/erin-iski/
Think & Drink is like a TED Talk, but enhanced with alcohol. Each month, someone with a deep understanding of a specific STEM field will provide insight into their field, research, or related topic. Presentations are informal and discussion is encouraged.
Presented by The STEMcell Science Shop.
Event is FREE, ALL AGES
Cover Image: The Vistas of Pluto: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI