About Janice Loffreda-Wren

Interested in science in general, and molecular genetics in particular. Avid reader, especially science fiction & fantasy.

NanoDays at Ann Arbor Hands on Museusm (March 29-30)

Ann Arbor Hands on MuseumLooking for a family-friendly introduction to nanotechnology to prepare for our upcoming Meet-Up discussing Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering? This Saturday and Sunday March 29th and 30th the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, in partnership with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, will be hosting NanoDays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

From the website:

“NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. NanoDays events are organized by participants in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and take place at over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the country … NanoDays engages people of all ages in learning about this emerging field of science, which holds the promise of developing revolutionary materials and technologies.”

Activities include exploration of capillary action, non-Newtonian fluids, new nano products and materials and invisibility cloaks.

Meet-Up (10/26) – “Stem Cells and Cancer Research”

Eugene ManleyThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics is having a meet-up on Saturday, September 21st from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Dr. Eugene Manley, an engineer and biologist focusing on the intersection of biology and orthopedics. Dr. Manley will talk about his PhD work in which he analyzed cancer stem cells in lung cancer, as well as his current research on locating genes that control bone size as a potential target for preventing fracture risk later in life.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we will start the conversation at approximately 4:30.

Please RSVP here or on our Meetup Page.

There is no fee for admission but donations to cover the guest speakers’ meal and beverages, as well as group expenses are welcome.

Meet-Up (9/04) – “Skeptics in the Pub”

The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics will be having a ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ style meet-up on Wednesday, September 4 at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant from 6:00 to 8:00pm. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

There won’t be a special guest speaker at this meet-up; this is a purely social meet-up. So there will likely be multiple conversations happening at once.

Colonial Lanes is located on South Industrial (off of Eisenhower). As you walk up to the building, the entrance to the restaurant part of the establishment is on the left.

RSVP here, only a few spots left.

Maker Faire Detroit July 27-28

Detroit Maker Faire 2013 This Saturday and Sunday July 27 & 28th, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, in collaboration with Maker Media will be hosting the 4th annual Detroit Maker Faire from 9:30am-6pm each day. Over 400 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds.

From the website:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

Tickets are available either through The Henry Ford or at the door and include admission to the museum. I highly recommend getting there early as there is much to see (and parking quickly becomes difficult). Be sure to catch the Coke Zero & Mentos Spectacular, Life Size Mouse Trap and local FIRST robot entries!

  • Maker Faire Detroit
  • Saturday & Sunday July 27-28
  • 9:30 am – 6 pm
  • The Henry Ford

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire 2013

Ann Arbor Maker Fair 2013On Saturday June 8th, A2geeks is hosting the 5th annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, a community-scale version of the big Maker Faires in Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City. The mini faire is free to attend and will feature exhibits and demonstrations by local builders, artists, students and Makers.

From the website:

Maker Faire is the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

 

  • Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire
  • Saturday June, 8
  • 10 am – 5 pm
  • Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

Get there early and you’ll have plenty of time to head out to our Meet-Up at 4pm.

 

Meet-Up (12/5) – “Skeptics in the Pub”

The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics will be having our December ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ on Wednesday, December 5, at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant from 6:00 to 8:00pm. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

There won’t be a special guest speaker at this meet-up; this is a purely social meet-up. So there will likely be multiple conversations happening at once.

Colonial Lanes is located on South Industrial (off of Eisenhower). As you walk up to the building, the entrance to the restaurant part of the establishment is on the left.