Demystifying Genetic Testing
Oct
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Demystifying Genetic Testing

Gaining access to personal genetic information is easier than ever. Consumers can now purchase inexpensive, easy to use testing kits that reveal information about health, ancestry, and more. But how is the testing performed? What does it reveal about ourselves as individuals? What can we learn from it? Join us for a discussion of what genetic testing can and cannot do, and learn more about the blueprint that makes you, you!

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Water Monitoring Citizen Science Project-Fall Sampling
Oct
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Water Monitoring Citizen Science Project-Fall Sampling

This year, the Cap City Biohackers are monitoring a tributary site along the Olentangy River. 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 October 10th will be the fall sampling of our tributary site, Adena Brook A. With this you will learn about the different methods for assessing water chemistry,and macroinvertebrate identification. All members and non-members are welcome! We will be meeting at theFriends 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 Equipment Hack: Incubator and Other Ideas
Sep
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

DIY Lab Equipment Hack: Incubator and Other Ideas

 

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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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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Entrepreneurship Series: Abed Al Shahal of A&R Creative Group
May
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Entrepreneurship Series: Abed Al Shahal of A&R Creative Group

The CCB Entrepreneurship Lecture Series continues as we welcome Abed Al Shahal of A&R Creative Group! A&R owns and operates many of the best restaurants in Columbus, including The Crest Gastropub, The Market in Italian Village, Alchemy Juice Bar, and more. Abed will discuss his entrepreneurial journey and describe how A&R is developing novel food procurement and processing techniques that are high quality as well as socially & environmentally responsible.

We'll be meeting at Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen and will even get some biohacker deals on the new menu!

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Intro to Bio-Art with The Fuse Factory
May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Intro to Bio-Art with The Fuse Factory

The Cap City Biohackers are happy to welcome Dr. Alison Coleman, founder and executive director of The Fuse Factory, a local non-profit that sits at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Alison will be giving an introduction to the relatively new field of bio-art, where artists use living organisms and biotechnological tools as their medium for expression and examination. If you're interested in science, art, or all of the above, come on out to hear about this exciting new application of life science principles!

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DIY Lab Equipment Working Group: Incubator Pt. 2
Apr
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

DIY Lab Equipment Working Group: Incubator Pt. 2

Our DIY Equipment Working Group meets again! Last month we kicked things off with a number of ideas for projects. Tonight we'll continue working on our incubator concept. 

So far we've connected the heat source to the incubator shell. Next up, connecting the temperature sensor and heat source to the microcontroller. All DIYers come on out, especially if you have previous Arduino/Rasperry Pi experience!

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An Introduction to the Columbus Learning Cooperative
Apr
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

An Introduction to the Columbus Learning Cooperative

The Columbus Learning Cooperative is a holistic alternative to the out-dated traditional school environment. They empower children and teens to become masters of their own education. At this event, we will be getting a tour of the CLC, located in downtown Columbus, and director, Devin Fraze, will talk to us about the organization's mission, as well as how Cap City Biohacker members can get involved with teaching/mentoring opportunities.

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Entrepreneurship Series: Bruce Caldwell of 3Bar Biologics
Mar
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Entrepreneurship Series: Bruce Caldwell of 3Bar Biologics

Our life science entrepreneurship lecture series continues as we welcome Bruce Caldwell, founder and CEO of 3Bar Biologics! A spinout from OSU, 3Bar is a local startup aiming to reduce farmers' reliance on pesticides. Bruce and his team have developed a novel delivery system for specialized formulations of beneficial bacteria that are able to fight pests, resulting in greater crop yield and a balanced soil environment. Come out to Rev1 and hear Bruce's journey from R&D at Scotts to startup founder!

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Lab Equipment Hack Finale
Feb
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Lab Equipment Hack Finale

The proposals are in and and the voting has begun for the Cap City Biohackers Lab Equipment Hack Competition. On February 13th, the invidividuals behind the proposed ideas will give a 5-10 minute pitch on their concept, people will cast their final votes, and a winner will be announced at the Lab Equipment Hack Finale. You don't have to wait until the event to vote though! Visit the Billion L3C website to view the proposed lab equipment ideas and cast your vote! All money raised will go towards building that piece of lab equipment. 

https://capcitybiohackers.billioneffect.com/

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Introduction to Arduino
Jan
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

Introduction to Arduino

Arduino is an essential tool for all biohacker labs. At this meetup Alexandria Kalika will be giving us an introduction to Arduino as well as the implementation of sensors. We will have a few Arduino boards on hand, but if you want hands on experience, it's recommended to bring your own. 

Purchase Arduino:
https://www.amazon.com/Arduino-Uno-R3-Microcontroller-A000066/dp/B008GRTSV6/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1484530513&sr=1-4&keywords=arduino+uno

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Discussion group:The future of AI and its application to biology
Jan
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Discussion group:The future of AI and its application to biology

There is no shortage of media coverage on artificial intelligence. Yet, the extremes of utopianism and alarmism have dominated headlines. This event is intended for those wanting to have a nuanced conversation on the topic.Josh Harrison from Improving Columbus will lead this discussion group, covering the past, present, and future of AI and how it might be applied to the advancement of science.

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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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