Science on Tap
Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions
Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. Presenters begin at 6:30 pm with food and drink available beginning at 6:00 pm. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Monday, September 12th, 2016
Unlocking the Super Powers of Hibernation
From placing the crew in stasis during trips to Mars to snatching a heart attack victim from the jaws of death, unlocking the secrets of hibernating animals has the potential to change our world. Small hibernating animals have a remarkable body. During winter, when in deep hibernation (called torpor), the heart beat and breaths of these animals both drop to less than 4 beats/breaths per minute. Their body temperature can fall below freezing and most of their body functions also “freeze.” During this time period, they also have super-“human” powers: they sustain no damage from heart attacks or stroke and are able to maintain bone density despite the long periods of “bedrest”. Amazingly, no one knows what triggers hibernators to go into this state of suspended animation in the fall or what causes them to return normal in the spring.
Come and learn about the cool world of hibernators, what is happening at the molecular level, and how we may be able to harness their super powers!
Presenter: Lori K. Bogren, EJD, Ph.D.
A native to Colorado Springs, Lori received her undergraduate degree from CU Boulder in Biochemistry and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She also has a law degree, specializing in law and technology. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where she studies the biochemistry of hibernation with a focus on biomedical applications. Her free time is spent in the great outdoors with her family, running, camping or dip netting for salmon in the Copper River.
Science on Tap is a free event and reservations are not required; however, you’ll need to pay for any drinks and food. Jack Quinn’s is located downtown at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.
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