Biohacking Paralysis: The Story of Ian Burkhart and NeuroLife
Sep
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

Biohacking Paralysis: The Story of Ian Burkhart and NeuroLife

The Cap City Biohackers are passionate about biotechnology and how it can enhance our lives. When we met Ian Burkhart, we thought his story exemplified this mission and are welcoming him to tell us his story on how advancements in biotechnology have influenced his life. 

Ian is a Columbus native that suffered a spinal cord injury while on vacation in 2010, leaving him quadriplegic. For the past 4 years Ian has been enrolled in a novel clinical trial through The Ohio State University and Battelle, that implements a novel technology called NeuroLife, allowing Ian to regain control of his fingers, hand, and wrist. 

So how does this work? I won’t spoil all of the details, but in short, Ian underwent a surgery in which doctors implanted a small chip on the motor cortex of his brain, the area responsible for voluntary movement. This chip gathers and transmits information Ian is thinking about to a computer, where his brain signals are analyzed. This data is then sent to a sleeve containing electrodes that Ian is wearing which stimulates his arm muscles causing specific movements. 

Luckily at this event, we will also have experts that have worked closely with Ian throughout this trial, Dr. Marcie Bockbrader, from OSU, and Dr. Mingming Zhang, from Battelle, to talk us through this new technology and answer all of our questions. 

Our event will start promptly at 6:30 pm so arrive at TRISM early to get food and beverages. 

More information on NeuroLife: https://www.battelle.org/government-offerings/health/medical-devices/neurotechnology/neurolife-neural-bypass-technology

Dr. Marcie Bockbrader: https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/neurological-institute/researchers/marcia-bockbrader-md-phd

Dr. Mingming Zhang: https://www.battelle.org/site/battelle-applied-genomics-today-newsletter/featured-experts/mingming-zhang

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DIY Lab Equipment Hack: Incubator
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

DIY Lab Equipment Hack: Incubator

Join us every third Wednesday of each month for the Cap City Biohackers DIY Equipment Hack. This is a working group dedicated to finding creative DIY solutions to make laboratory tools accessible to everyone, not just professional scientists. 

This month we're continuing work on our DIY incubator! Thus far, we have been able to successfully program our Arduino to turn on the heating source (light bulb) once the temperature of the incubator falls below a certain point and off when it hits the indicated maximum temperature. Our goal this meetup is to install a digital interface that displays the temperature and allows the user to easily alter the settings. Additionally, we will be brainstorming other ways to improve the incubator as well as ideas for our next project. Feel free to bring beer as we hang out!

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Water Monitoring Citizen Science Project
Aug
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Water Monitoring Citizen Science Project

This year, the Cap City Biohackers will be acquiring a tributary site, along the Olentangy River, to monitor annually. This is part of a nationwide citizen science project through the EPA that allows the community to monitor water and habitat quality within their region. Tuesday July 25th will be the first sampling of our tributary site, Adena Brook A. With this you will learn about the different types of pollution, methods for assessing water chemistry, and macroinvertebrate identification. All members and non-members are welcome! We will be meeting at the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) Office at 3528 North High Street and will carpool to the site. Below is a link to our tributary site, Adena Brook A. 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1OCXPHgUi5R4aHf_9iITGAz5MBSo&ll=40.04731220000001%2C-83.01469090000006&z=11

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DIY Lab Hack: Incubator
Jul
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

DIY Lab Hack: Incubator

Join us every third Wednesday of each month for the Cap City Biohackers DIY Equipment Hack. This is a new working group dedicated to finding creative DIY solutions to make laboratory tools accessible to everyone, not just professional scientists.

This month we're continuing work on our DIY incubator!

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DIY Lab Hack: Incubator Part 3
Jun
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

DIY Lab Hack: Incubator Part 3

Our DIY Incubator project continues! Join us at the Idea Foundry as we assemble version 1 of our incubator and test it out. 

Here's some ideas on how we'd like to improve the design:
1.) Digital readout for displaying temperature
2.) Interface for easily adjusting the temperature
3.) Improving the heat source

Got ideas for how to improve on version 1? Post your thoughts in the comments!

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Water Sentinel Training: Part 1
Jun
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Water Sentinel Training: Part 1

This year, the Cap City Biohackers will be acquiring a tributary site, along the Olentangy River, to monitor annually. This is part of a nationwide citizen science project through the EPA that allows the community to monitor water and habitat quality within their region. Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) will be providing sentinel training, free of charge, to anyone in our group that is interested. With this you will learn about the different types of pollution, methods for assessing water chemistry, and macroinvertebrate identification. There will be two sessions, one covering the pollution and chemistry (June 12th) and the second will be a hands-on macro training at our site (mid-July). Below is a link to our tributary site, Adena Brook A. 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1OCXPHgUi5R4aHf_9iITGAz5MBSo&ll=40.04731220000001%2C-83.01469090000006&z=11

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Aug
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Biology of Taste

Have you ever wondered how biology affects your sense of taste? This month, the Cap City Biohackers will host a food science event to tackle the biology of what we eat! From learning how to make healthy vegan cheeses (that tastes like the real thing) to tricking your tastebuds with miracle berries, prepare for a night full of tasting, learning, and having fun!

Come see Zach Friedman teach us about vegan cheese and Dave guide us through the miracle berry flavor experience!

Get your tickets below! We will have to limit the number of people so please purchase your tickets asap! Lick you later!

Where:  Tatoheads Public House-1297 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-biology-of-taste-tickets-26990441136

 

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Aug
23
5:30pm 5:30pm

August Water Sampling with Stone Lab

Calling all citizen scientists! Come out and join the OSU Stone Lab as we help them monitor local waterways. 

We'll meet at Stone Lab on Kinnear Road at 5:30 to gather equipment, then carpool to the testing site off of Ackerman. You'll be wading in the stream so bring your boots or water shoes. And since it's summer in Ohio we recommend packing your sunscreen and bug spray! Upon arriving at the test site, we'll gather water samples and take water chemistry measurements. Then we'll use nets and pick up rocks to look for and log macro-invertebrates. 

No experience is necessary! Even if you don't want to get wet, you can observe from the banks and help identify some macro-invertebrates. 

Post any question or comments below and we'll see you on the 23rd!

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Jul
7
8:30am 8:30am

How to Spot Fake Science

Have you ever read a headline with a shocking health or science claim? Would you like to know how to tell the difference between bunk science and true facts? Check out our upcoming science & tech talk, "How to Spot Fake Science," to understand how to properly evaluate claims in the media or on products.

Where: The Columbus Idea Foundry
When: DATE & TIME HERE
Who: All ages welcome
Cost: Free!

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