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October Newsletter 2018 

Dr. Young describes the amazing work from the National Labs

Superheroes of Science: October
    Dr. Malin Young dazzled the audience with the impressive list of accomplishments from the Dept. of Energy National Labs. The 17 national labs boast impressive diversity and started in the 1940s with the Manhattan project, the atomic bomb. Each decade saw new problems and therefore a shifted focus. During the Cold War, resources were spent in the growing private sector industries. Next came management of the nuclear stockpile throughout the US, until 9/11 changed the focus to homeland security.

Currently, the National Labs focus on innovation and competitiveness with an emphasis on ways we can better translate existing technology into solutions for new problems. Dr. Young shared with us 10 truly AMAZING  discoveries that most in the audience had no idea came from the Labs:

1. Map the Human Genome. Yes, the DOE was the agency that conceived of and started the human genome project. The DOE worked together with the NIH to get it done. Ultimately this took 13yrs and one billion dollars. Today sequencing one person’s entire DNA costs about $1,000 and takes less than a week!  

2. Pioneered America’s Web. DOE created the first U.S. website to transfer data between America and Europe. You can check out the original website on Stanford Wayback

3. Jump Started the Shale Revolution DOE Labs played an important role in developing technologies for the extraction of natural gas from shale, including horizontal drilling, geological mapping and fracking methods.  

4. Found mRNA. In 1958, National Lab scientists were the first to observe mRNA in the laboratory.

5. Put the Digital in DVD. Optical digital recording technology – the basis of CDs, DVDs, and data storage technologies – was developed at a National Lab. 

6. Discovered 22 elements. The list is too long to name them all but check them out here.

7. Keeps you Safe in the Skies.  Millimeter wave-based full body scanners were invented at a National Lab and then transitioned to industry.  First placed at LAX in 2008, there are over 250 scanners installed in airports across the nation today.

8. Revealed secrets of matter. National lab scientist are probing the composition of matter and unraveling mysteries surrounding elemental particles such as quarks, neutrinos and the Higgs boson.

9. Built the smartest computer. Summit, the fast supercomputer in the world, was co-developed by DOE, IBM and Nvidia - it has speeds of 200k trillionbites/sec. It is being used to solve complex problems in advanced materials, energy, catalysis, artificial intelligence, and more! 

10. Shed light on photosynthesis. A National Lab scientist unraveled the mechanism that plants use to convert carbon dioxide to glucose, earning him a Nobel prize in 1961.

Thanks Dr. Young for inspiring our scientists and students with innovation from DOE. Stay tuned for ways you can get involved with PNNL and internships in the future.
 

Dr. Hans Jannasch will present on Oceanography and Marine Chemistry on Mon. 11/12/18.
Attend

November Superheroes of Science
Monday, Nov. 12 at 6pm
A career in science doesn’t need to take a traditional academic nor engineering track. Building on your own curiosities and interests, you can follow your passions to create a unique, yet productive and satisfying career.  By using head and hands, as well as analytical and creative abilities, Hans will describe a career that took him to the ends of the earth, bottom of the ocean, while studying antarctic fish, elemental and nutrient cycling in the ocean, plate tectonics and ocean acidification.  

Discover U day turned RAIN into a "learning zone"
Dr. Nguyen teaching Stewart MS students about bacterial transformation.
RAIN welcomed nearly 50 Stewart Middle School students and staff to our labs to learn techniques in Molecular Biology. The students were quick to learn about DNA, cloning techniques, and tools that scientists use in practice. This is one way that RAIN is partnering with Tacoma Public Schools and Graduate Tacoma. It was a fun morning for all and we love these opportunities to share STEM with our next generation of scientists!
iGEM team is competing at MIT Jamboree event in Boston

Tacoma RAINmakers
Last week marked RAIN’s 2018 iGEM team’s final meeting. Now they’re off to Boston for the Giant Jamboree. Six team members will spend the week presenting their DNA based Arsenic Biosensor, meeting teams from around the world, and listening to incredible lectures from the other 350 teams. Best of luck to the travel team and congratulations to the RAINmakers on the tremendous product that they have created.

KEIRETSU is a RAIN Network Partner, meeting here monthly on every second Monday from 1-4pm.

Each month, the Keiretsu Tacoma Forum gathers at the RAIN Incubator and features four carefully selected startup companies with 25-minute presentations plus 2-3 past presenting companies with shorter update presentations. Companies vary in industry, each company is usually seeking funding between $250K and $2 million, and Q & A sessions are part of each presentation.

Microscopic image of a shrimp with Green Fungus.

Saving Our Shrimp 
Neocaridina and The Green Fungus
This month, RAIN began a project dedicated to helping an under-recognized community: the Cherry Shrimp.  Neocaridina, or Cherry Shrimp, are a favorite aquarium pet for shrimp keepers around the world, but they come with a unique challenge; a strange parasite called The Green Fungus. Despite being a common and serious affliction, virtually no research has been done and its identity is unclear. We will implement two commonly used treatments on two separate groups of shrimp. With this, we hope to generate more interest in research to understand the parasite life cycle, establish practices to prevent transmittance, and create assays for earlier parasite detection. Come visit our   pets and get monthly updates on our progress!

RAIN Girls Who Code welcomes more members
RAIN was excited to start Girls Who Code earlier in the year. This Club is developing a programmed website and unique animation about climate change. This free program, who's mission is "to close the gender gap in computer science", continues every Wednesday  for 6th grade -12th grade girls from 3:30-5pm. Volunteers with a proficiency in programming are needed and more girls are welcome! Thank you Bellarmine Robotics for access to laptops, and mentors Autumn, Mary and Ardie! Learn more at our RAIN GWC site or email kristineg@rainincubator.org.

Science-A-Thon
In celebration of Science-A-Thon, a five day online event, Head Scientist Judy Nguyen commandeered RAIN’s Facebook! Scroll through the posts to meet interns new and old, learn more about current projects, and peek into RAIN behind the curtain. Follow us on social media and watch out for more takeovers! View the serious and silly times at RAIN.

Upcoming Events 

Nov. 6/13/27   RAIN Girls Who Code 
                  3:30-5pm Wed. Girls 6-12th grade

Nov. 7    5:30- 8pm Tacoma Visual Analytics

Nov. 12  6:00pm-8:00pm    Superheroes of Science 
Dr. Hans Jannasch  
Brains & Thumbs: Probability & Possibilities! 

Nov. 17  10:00am-11:30am  Science Breakfast
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September Newsletter 2018 

Dr Miklos describes his early work in Biosensing an array

Superheroes of Science: September
      RAIN was proud to host Dr. Alex Miklos, from Edgewood Chemical & Biological Center this month as he explained his work in using biological materials to detect potentially harmful substances.
    Dr. Miklos reported he got his start working in defense by "DIY'ing" a small DNA synthesis lab in a mobile building at the University of Texas at Austin, making liberal use of components from hardware stores like Home Depot, Granger, and sometimes craft stores like Michael's.  This led to a position as a contractor, a move to Maryland, and eventually to his current position as an Army civilian where he has been developing a new type of chemical detector.  After several iterations of the paper assay ticket and sensing unit, Alex and his colleagues have prototypes ready for user feedback. He reports that his team was concurrently testing the unit at JBLM this week.  
     There was a record crowd for this event where Dr. Miklos entertained RAIN with stories of detecting dangerous chemical weapons and basic garage chemicals with one sensor.  Most students in the room were motivated to be careful when asking an engineer for "what they think they want" to ensure they get they actually need.  Dr. Miklos made life as a military scientist look very exciting.  Thanks for a great evening Alex!
 

Dr. Malin will speak as our October 8th Superhero!
Attend

October Superheroes of Science

Dr. Malin is responsible for integrating Pacific Northwest National Lab's science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment, and national securityIn this talk, she will share 10 of the most impactful scientific discoveries made by the National Labs and talk about how the Labs are driving America’s leadership in science and technology. The National Laboratories may be America’s best-kept secret in that it has spawned industriessaved livesgenerated new productsrevealed the secrets of the universe and has changed and improved the lives of millions of people. Hear Dr. Malin Oct. 8 at 6pm!!
 

RAIN Logistic and Distribution Specialist Andrew 

RAIN welcomes Andrew 
RAIN is excited to welcome our newest member, Andrew S who starts as the Logistics and Distribution Specialist. This role is critical as RAIN has developed a network requiring shipping of biologic products. 

Andrew brings an extensive background in logistics and shipping coordination.  He spent 15 years utilizing all major shipping software and retail distribution of packages prior to going RAIN. He is passionate about the minutia of details, customer service, human resources, and small business management. He is another example of our mission to develop talent in BioTech in Tacoma.

RAIN Intern Catherine enjoying our new Nanodrop, courtesy of Cheney Foundation! A Nanodrop is a miniaturized spectrophotometer that uses specific wavelengths of light to measure quantities of nucleic acid or proteins in solution. The Cheney Foundation recently awarded an equipment grant to RAIN, which provides instrumentation to expand RAIN’s scientific capabilities. 
 
iGEM team members working this week on the website

iGEM Saturday Science Series
The 2018 iGEM Team is now one month away from the iGEM Jamboree. Their Plasmid is complete and the team has submitted  6 parts to the iGEM registry. The iGEM registry is an open sourced repository available to all teams for future access so repetition in research processes are not needed.  
There are eight team members from three high schools registered to travel to the MIT sponsored event in Boston. The Jamboree will host over 300 international teams in Synthetic Biology projects.
This year the team has created an arsenic receptor that uses chromatophores to turn purple in the presence of the toxin.
The team is busy writing the code and content for the RAINMAKER website. Computer science and web design are more skills that students develop as members of the iGEM team. Stay tuned for more updates on the team's progress!

KEIRETSU is a RAIN Network Partner, meeting here monthly on every second Monday from 1-4pm.

 Each month, our Tacoma Forum gathers at the RAIN Incubator and features four carefully selected startup companies with 25-minute presentations plus 2-3 past presenting companies with shorter update presentations. Companies vary in industry, each company is usually seeking funding between $250K and $2 million, and Q & A sessions are part of each presentation.

Head of Science, Dr. Judy Nguyen gets some deserved love in a basket! Judy is the engine of RAIN.
Matt and Andrew in the Chem Lab shipping enzymes for Signal Chem

RAIN wins large BioTech contract 
RAIN is excited to announce a contract with Canadian BioTech giant SignalChem. This Vancouver company focuses on producing highly purified biologically-active human recombinant proteins, enzymes, and kinases. RAIN is distributing these products throughout the USA and has recruited local talent to help fulfill the needs of the contract. RAIN's hope is to grow the size of their company and product distribution network within our Tacoma location. 
This is a great opportunity to bring students in contact with growing companies to receive hands-on training. They see what it is like to build a BioTech company from the ground up! These are the experiences in BioTech entrepreneurship that RAIN and its corporate partners are providing in Tacoma
This type of international partnership is helping to grow our Tacoma workforce in the LifeScience Industry

RAIN Girls Who Code welcomes more members
RAIN was excited to start their Girls Who Code program this month. This free program, who's mission is "to close the gender gap in computer science", continues every Wednesday  for 6th grade -12th grade girls from 3:30-5pm. Volunteers with a proficiency in programming are needed and more girls are welcome! Thank you Bellarmine Robotics for access to laptops, and mentors Autumn and Ardie! Learn more at our RAIN GWC site or email kristineg@rainincubator.org.
Upcoming Events 

Oct. 3/10/17/24   RAIN Girls Who Code
3:30-5pm every Wed. Girls 6-12th grade

Oct. 3    5:30- 8pm Tacoma Visual Analytics

Oct. 8    6:00pm-8:00pm    Superheroes of Science 
Dr. Malin Young  
10 Discoveries You Can't Live Without! 

Oct. 13   10:00am-11:30am  Science Breakfast
Become a NETWORK SPONSOR Today. 

 
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 Dr. Miklos will present Sept. 10 at 6pm at SuperHeroes of Science.

Dr. Miklos will present Sept. 10 at 6pm at SuperHeroes of Science.

Superheroes of Science: September

RAIN is excited to present Dr. Alex Miklos! He will present on the development of a novel chemical sensing technique and how it got from an academic project to a prototype device that's being tested in the field. Instead of presenting this work as a linear, clean story where it looks like the researchers anticipated every twist and turn and wound up exactly where they intended to be, he will go out of his way to highlight the mistakes and decisions his team wishes they could change. Because sometimes you have to remember that successes are frequently built through repeated failed attempts and that you need to be willing to change your mind and learn as you go. This amazing lecture is FREE next MONDAY Sept 10. Come support Science in Tacoma and meet the
RAIN Network!

 iGEM member Michael helping helping with electrophoresis of DNA.

iGEM member Michael helping helping with electrophoresis of DNA.

iGEM Arsenic Biosensor

With summer closing, the RAINmakers are working to complete their arsenic biosensor. The DNA circuit is built and now the team is characterizing the activity. Recently, iGEM members attended a mini-conference hosted by the UW Seattle team. The event was attended by the 3 Washington state iGEM teams, iGEM's North American ambassadors, and members of the UW community who have started their own biotech businesses! It was inspiring to hear how iGEM changed these individuals' futures and the RAIN Makers are excited to see how iGEM will change their lives too. In addition to panel discussions and talks from local scientists, the RAIN Makers also delivered oral and poster presentations to prepare for the Jamboree conference in Boston. The team is still fundraising to send members to Boston and compete for a medal, so please click theDONATE button today and send the RAIN Makers  your support!

 Bioengineering campers learn lab techniques from iGEM expert Keshava.

Bioengineering campers learn lab techniques from iGEM expert Keshava.

RAIN BioEngineering Camp

RAIN hosted its very first Bioengineering Summer Camp! Fifteen 9th and 10th grade Tacoma students, from 6 high schools, participated in an intensive 1-week science camp where they were immersed in an environment of scientific research and innovation. 
Students learned skills like micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. They even ran assays like polymerase chain reaction to identify genes inserted in bacteria. Campers learned how bioengineering and synthetic biology can affect the way bacteria look, smell, and behave. This camp was not just academic, but also full of scientific fun with unique art creations that used a fluorescent bacteria paint palette and explorations of the wild effect of miraculin, a chemical that alters your taste buds to make fruits taste out of this world! Thanks for major funding from Graduate Tacoma as well as to Safeway, Costco, Fred Meyer, and the Old Spaghetti Factory who also provided donation to support the event.

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RAIN congratulates ZEVA 

ZEVA and FABLAB's Stephen Tibbits are ushering in a new era of personal aerial transportation. Their electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and technologies allow efficient and clean point-to-point urban travel. Commuting transforms from hours to minutes.

ZEVA will gain an early advantage and drive publicity by leveraging their participation in the GoFly competition.
GoFly Prize is a Boeing-sponsored competition created to push the boundaries of innovation, engineering, and transportation. The GoFly Prize “fly-off,” scheduled for October of 2019, is the catalyst to have a full-scale prototype vehicle in the air by Q2 of 2019 and the company continues to seek Angel Investors. Limited production starting in 2020, so Tacoma can start to get excited!  

The team is motivated to bring higher paying Tech Jobs to Tacoma. Best of Luck Stephen & ZEVA!

 
 RAIN team teaching molecular bio and coding skills at  Sue's Tech Kitchen  this August.

RAIN team teaching molecular bio and coding skills at Sue's Tech Kitchen this August.

 

Sue’s Tech Kitchen comes to Tacoma

The RAIN & iGEM team members spent 3 days at Sue's Tech Kitchen to demonstrate innovations created with synthetic biology and computer programming. Sue's Tech Kitchen offered a STEM-inspired adventure for the whole family that empowered kids to engage with tomorrow’s technologies and revolutionizes family dining in the process. STK was started by serial entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg and featured technologies from all corners of the modern imagination. RAIN was proud to be part of the fun!

 
 RAIN Interns headed to Universities CONGRATULATIONS!

RAIN Interns headed to Universities CONGRATULATIONS!

 

University bound!

Four of RAIN's All-Star Science Interns from Charles Wright Academy are headed to college and we are excited to see them flourish. In order they are:

Kian: John Hopkins University MD
Keshava: Univ. of Pennsylvania, PA
Jonathan: Univ. of Redlands, CA
Billy: Univ. of Rochester, NY

All are majoring in STEM fields and are expected to make big impacts on their respective schools! RAIN is excited to see them grow and look forward to seeing them return in the summer to continue being role models to our students here.

 
 RAINmakers at the Seattle Meetup this August collaborating on their iGEM research with other teams.

RAINmakers at the Seattle Meetup this August collaborating on their iGEM research with other teams.

 

iGEM Meetup for the RAINmakers

This August the Tacoma RAINmakers joined the UW Seattle iGEM and   iTesla_SoundBio at a MeetUp in Seattle. Both teams were able to share their progress and pitfalls in iGEM research this year. Several are working on Biosensorsso there were many similarities in projects. RAIN members were grateful for the network of studentsthey met and experience at the UW Seattle.  Many thanks to Team Washington and iTesla.SoundBio...see you in Boston!


July Newsletter 2018 

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I often get asked why a BioTech incubator has a professional kitchen.

So, let me explain... RAIN’s facility was the original home of The Nativity House Day Shelter. The Nativity House utilized the kitchen in the building to serve Tacoma’s homeless community. To continue the charitable intention of the kitchen, it was revitalized to serve Tacoma in a new way. In line with RAIN’s mission to grow companies, the kitchen is offered to small food businesses at a low cost to support them in their critical start-up phase. The need for commercial kitchen space and business support for these entrepreneurs has encouraged RAIN to create the RAIN Urban Kitchen project. Like every science company supported by RAIN, the plan is foster it’s growth until it needs a larger space independent of RAIN and can continue the mission to grow talent, companies, and jobs through BioTech food!

 
 VP of Seattle Genetics, Dr. Peter Senter, discusses the path to creating cancer treatments. See the full lecture on RAIN Facebook.

VP of Seattle Genetics, Dr. Peter Senter, discusses the path to creating cancer treatments. See the full lecture on RAIN Facebook.

 

Superheroes of Science: July

Targeted Drug Delivery for Cancer Therapy

RAIN was honored to host Dr. Peter Senter, VP of Seattle Genetics as he outlined the pathway to the creations of ADCETRIS, an approved drug that is being used for the treatment of various lymphomas. Dr. Hirschberg described Peter as “An extraordinary chemist forced to work with biologists.” All in the audience last Monday would agree as he mesmerized the listeners with the arduous process he and his colleagues have undergone to make drugs that combine advanced chemical and biological design aspects.

Dr. Senter explained that antibodies can be incorporated into tumors more specifically than most conventional chemotherapeutic  drugs. Therefore, binding cancer fighting drugs to antibodies with high tumor cell selectivity may provide a better way for drug delivery, while sparing normal tissues from chemotherapy-induced toxicities.

Seattle Genetics developed ADCETRIS, a drug that helps patients with Hodgkin and some non-Hodgkin lymphomas. The drug was sufficiently active in early clinical trials that the FDA granted accelerated approval in 2011. Seattle Genetics has built several other promising antibody drug conjugates in various stages of clinical development. They have also discovered novel pathways for therapeutic intervention, such as carbohydrates that coat cells and proteins inside the body.The final message: “cancer is complicated" which includes both causes and cures.  You have to be really dedicated, focused, smart, and assemble the right team to have a chance of solving this problem!

 
 iGEM team members discussing their Plasmid design in ABEL Lab.

iGEM team members discussing their Plasmid design in ABEL Lab.

 

iGEM Saturday Science Series

The iGEM team was hard at work this week in the lab and RAIN workspace. The Lab Team is nearing completion of the plasmid DNA circuit. The Technology Teamhas begun to train programmers on the strict guidelines for the iGEM Wiki Website. This means that the website must be programmed, rather than utilizing a third party platform.  The website will spotlight all activities for the team and showcase the arsenic Biosensor for competition.

The Collaborations Team is talking with UW Seattle about a Pacific Northwest Meet-up event to discuss and practice our presentations. The Human Practices Team is continuing to develop an education application designed to teach 3rd graders and up the functionality and structure of plasmid DNA and how this structure is easily manipulated to complete a desired action.

The Graphics Team is newly formed this week and is working on content creation for the website as well as branding for the team. 

 
 iGEMMERs present to CP Rotary about their Biosensor.

iGEMMERs present to CP Rotary about their Biosensor.

 

iGEM meets the CP Rotary

Four 2018 iGEM team members were honored to present their project to the Clover Park Rotary this Wednesday. The Rotarians were enthusiastic about the teams arsenic Biosensor and recognize that this team is part of the growing workforce in BioTech in Tacoma. The iGEM Presentation Team is creating a teaching app for mobile devises that plasmid function and construction on a DNA basis. It is targeted to 3rd graders and up so we are reaching out to the masses!

 
 Entrepreneur and UW Tacoma student Brendan shows what successful Rhododendron clones look like!

Entrepreneur and UW Tacoma student Brendan shows what successful Rhododendron clones look like!

 

RHODIES by RAIN

Successful start-ups begin by identifying a problem, then solving it, and successfully scaling for the marketplace. RHODIES by RAIN is at stage two by successfully propagating the cuttings of their Rhodendrons. This project is developed and lead by our homegrown team. As the product scales to the growers in our community we will update you on the team's progress. 

 
 GIRLS WHO CODE starts Wed. 3-5pm in Sept. Make new friends and have fun learning to program!

GIRLS WHO CODE starts Wed. 3-5pm in Sept. Make new friends and have fun learning to program!

 

RAIN’s GIRLS WHO CODE

Starts Wed. September 12, 2018

Calling all 6-12th grade girls with interest in learning the basics of programming or accelerating their expertise. This September RAIN will launch a weekly Girls Who Code program. This free program, who's mission is "to close the gender gap in computer science", starts every Wednesday in September for 6-12 grade girls from 3-5pm. Volunteers with a proficiency in programming are needed and girls are already starting to join! Learn more at our RAIN GWC site and make new friends!

 
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RAIN partners with CleanTech Alliance

RAIN is excited to announce a new partnership with the CleanTech Alliance.  This partnership extends the reach of RAIN's industry network while further establishing Tacoma as a hub of innovation in the Northwest.  By integrating our networks and resources, we will increase access to biotech start-ups in the region who will be able to accelerate their growth through use of our ecosystem, talent, and facilities here in Tacoma.

 
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RAIN's Urban Kitchen has an Open House

RAIN's Urban Kitchen hosted its first Open House, to a large crowd of excited members! The community was invited to meet and support small business owners as they showcased their culinary works. There was live music, free food samples from our vendors, and drinks courtesy of KT’s Hospitality. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support our local entrepreneurs!"

 
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RAIN BioEngineering Camp

RAIN is offering a Bioengineering Summer Camp July 30-August 3. We are excited to have a full camp of 9th and 10th graders excited to learn hands on skills in Molecular Bio. Thank you to Graduate Tacoma for a generous grant to help fund our program and keep it free for Tacoma residents.

 
 RAIN Interns, Jonathon, Keshava, and Billy repair donated products for use in the RAIN facility.

RAIN Interns, Jonathon, Keshava, and Billy repair donated products for use in the RAIN facility.

 

Intern invasion at RAIN

RAIN is excited to host college, high school and 8th grade interns this summer. We have Science Internsthat are completing independent and team projects in the Biology and Chemistry labs. There are many Business Interns learning social media, PR, accounting, graphic design and website development skills. Finally, we have Engineering Interns that help maintain and repair the RAIN facility. All our Interns are a joy to have around, especially those we maintain year round.  If you are interested in joining our RAIN team, come to an event and learn more.


 

June Newsletter 2018 

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 Drs. H and Olson reconnected after the lecture with the RAIN network.

Drs. H and Olson reconnected after the lecture with the RAIN network.

Superheroes of Science: June


RAIN was proud to host Dr. Nels Olson last Monday as he discussed problem solving in the aerospace industry.  We all love those beautifully painted planes, but corrosion is the enemy. Dr. Olson has studied and tested many types of coating systems to protect both aluminium  and composite fuselage materials common to aircraft designs.  Throughout the history of aviation, all  aerospace companies have used Hexavalent Chrome as a paint system additive to protect against corrosion.  However, the toxicity of this material made it a poor choice long-term; a replacement was needed. Nels and the Boeing team went to work. The previous generation of tests were determined to be testing the wrong parameters to be predictive of in-service performance.  New tests were required that would better mimic the environments that aircraft experience.  Accelerated tests were needed to bring faster qualification of new paint systems. The Boeing paints and coatings team determined that a single test was not enough. When building models, if you have incomplete or uninformative data, you will not solve the problem.   Ultimately, the Boeing team outlined a series of tests that are designed to provide a more complete understanding of in-service performance and to identify the superior paint system of the future.  This talk showed the importance of smart engineering, system designs, and well thought out tests.  Thanks Dr. Olson!

 Make sure to meet Matt and Kat our newest RAIN staff members.

Make sure to meet Matt and Kat our newest RAIN staff members.

Meet our new RAIN Staff


RAIN celebrates the addition of some faces to our team. Matt is a Physics and Math phenom from Univ. of Puget Sound. When not helping students he is also working with new companies to spread our Network Partnerships. Kat is an Economics major who is helping with our event space and the food lab. Our newest members have been a delight to the team. Be sure to give them a Warm Welcome when you stop by!

 RAIN Interns, Rowan and Nick help maintain the facility this summer

RAIN Interns, Rowan and Nick help maintain the facility this summer

Intern invasion at RAIN


RAIN is excited to host college, high school and 8th grade interns this summer. We have Science Internsthat are completing independent and team projects in the Biology and Chemistry labs. There are many Business Interns learning social media, PR, accounting, graphic design and website development skills. Finally, we have Engineering Interns that help maintain and repair the RAIN facility. All our Interns are a joy to have around, especially those we maintain year round.  If you are interested in joining our RAIN team, come to an event and learn more.

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RAIN BioEngineering Camp


RAIN is offering a Bioengineering Summer Camp July 30-August 3. from 9am-3pm. If you know an incoming 9th or 10th grader this FREE camp is available by applying online through the RAIN website. Thank you to the Tacoma Steam Network for a generous grant to help fund our program and keep it free for Tacoma residents.

 iGEM team members discussing their Plasmid design with Dr. Nguyen at Science Saturday.

iGEM team members discussing their Plasmid design with Dr. Nguyen at Science Saturday.

iGEM Saturday Science Series


The 2018 iGEM Team is ramping up activity now that school is out! The team meets daily and has split into sub-teams. Students have begun the process of molecular cloning, an activity that allows them to force bacteria to express their DNA of choice. Another top priority this summer is completing inter-laboratory communication with other iGEM teams around the world. This prevents redundant testing of failed procedures and accelerates pathways that are known to be successful. It is also fun to learn what other teams are researching! Fundraising continues to be another priority.  Critical resources will aid the project and help to get as many RAINmakers to the competition this October as possible. With a mere 4.5 months until the competition, the summer seems daunting but the team is working hard every day. We will continue to post progress on the Arsenic Biosensor that the team is creating to help not only Tacoma, but the 77 million people living with this contaminant in their environment around the world. 

 Dane Jessen helped launch RAIN and is off to school.

Dane Jessen helped launch RAIN and is off to school.

Congrats to Dane on his Launch


We are sad to say goodbye to Dane Jessen but excited for his new adventures! Dane is proud to be a product of the RAIN environment. He was a UWT, Global Honors graduate, Summa Cum Laude in the Milgard School of Business, and “Most Likely to be CEO”. Dane was excited to sink his teeth into a local, collaborative, and entrepreneurial project started by his profesor, Dr. David Hirschberg.
“I simply could not have asked for a better opportunity after graduation. It was exciting, genuinely meaningful, technical... and hard. My experience at RAIN has made me grow in significant ways that I know have raised the trajectory of my life… I am fortunate to be able to take what I have learned, and the relationships I have made, forward with me in powerful ways."
Dane reports he will pursue CFA and training in Computer and Data Science. He plans to move to China in 2019 and will “definitely keep a career focus on innovation”. We are all proud of him and miss him terribly already!
 

RAIN welcomes Canadian Biotech

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RAIN is excited to welcome several new BioTech companies into our incubator in July. This includes partners from Vancouver BC that will be joining us to distribute kinases and other enzymes that are utilized within the USA. RAIN actively includes contracts with private companies into our mission as this enables us to hire interns and employees offering hands-on-training in BioTech. This type of international partnership is helping to grow our Tacoma workforce in the LifeScience Industry!

RAIN Named GirlsWhoCode Site

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We are proud to have been named a Girls Who Code site. This free program, who's mission is "to close the gender gap in computer science", starts every Wednesday in September for 6-12 grade girls from 3-5pm. Volunteers with a proficiency in programming are needed and girls are already starting to join! Learn more at our RAIN GWCsite.

 

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April Newsletter 2018 

 Dr. Pennathur discusses her  entrepreneurial success  starting 2 companies to treat Type1 diabetes.

Dr. Pennathur discusses her entrepreneurial success starting 2 companies to treat Type1 diabetes.

SuperHeroes of Science: April

Dr. Sumita Pennathur inspired the RAIN audience with her passion for solving the massive technological and health problems facing people living with diabetes. As a PhD trained at both MIT and Stanford, Dr. Pennathur spent the last decade studying nanofluidics as a Mechanical Engineering professor at UCSB. However, when her 4yo daughter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, she decided to deploy her expertise to keep her child safe

Dr. Pennathur started a company to make exactly what her daughter wants: a painless continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that no one - including her - will notice she's wearing. The company has now developed a wearable sensor the size of a bandaid that uses microneedles to monitor glucose painlessly and accurately. Clinical trials begin in 2019 and excitement is high - the product has tremendous potential to help millions of people with diabetes, as well as professional athletes and people who just want to monitor their diet and health more closely.

Meanwhile, Dr. Pennathur has also developed a completely novel optical amplification strategy that allows her team to quantify glucose levels based on the behavior of organic semiconductors. Hearing "this sounds complex!" from the audience raises a humble smile from Dr. Pennathur. It is complex, but Dr. Pennathur admits it's only fun to solve really, REALLY hard problems. RAIN will continue to collaborate with UCSB and have Dr. Pennathur back for an update in 2019!

 Cole is an Electrical Engineer that worked at RAIN developing a low-cost mass spectrometer

Cole is an Electrical Engineer that worked at RAIN developing a low-cost mass spectrometer

 

Congratulations Cole Jepson

RAIN celebrates the the transition of Cole to his new position at FANUC America. Cole presented to RAIN after graduating from Evergreen State University looking for the opportunity to grow his skill set. Inspired by a discarded mass spectrometer, he worked with Josh Haney and other RAIN mentors to develop a handheld device that would be drastically less expensive.  He endeavored to create an affordable Bio-Sensor for companies to use in assessing medical or environmental threats. "Democratization" of technology is something that is very exciting to us at RAIN. Cheaper tech means the accessibility, new applications, and innovation that makes the world a healthier place. Cole's hard work was rewarded when he was offered a position as an Engineer at FANUS America. We are excited for his new path but already miss him in the engineering lab. Best of luck Cole!

 

 

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 iGEM team members working in the BioLab on a DNA cloning project

iGEM team members working in the BioLab on a DNA cloning project

iGEM Saturday Science Series

The 2018 iGEM Team has written their abstract to submit to iGEM and to a grant opportunity from Promega. Winning a Promega grant would provide $2000 worth of biochemical reagents for the team to use to test their DNA-based arsenic sensor. Next, the team will design the sensor by selecting the DNA sequences needed to produce a protein that is sensitive to arsenic. When arsenic is detected, a reporter will output a chromoprotein that can be seen with the naked eye. Our students are busy developing these experiment and plans every week. This year's team includes 23 students from 2 colleges and 5 local high schools.

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RAIN is Finalist in Hidden Signals
RAIN is a finalist in the Dept. of Homeland Security's challenge for Identifying BioThreats in real-time. Dr. Judy Nguyen led the grant writing team to develop a proposal that utilizes commuter traffic pattern analysis to identify hidden signals that would indicate a health-related threat to the public. Phase 2 of the challenge involved participating in a virtual accelerator program, which connected the team to experts in public health, emergency management, and program development. Insights from industry experts helped RAIN design a strategy that avoids errors commonly encountered when developing new technologies. RAIN is proud to be a finalist involved in developing ideas that create a safer future for America. 
 

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Did you know... RAIN has a Food Lab!
RAIN’s mission to is to grow jobs, talent, and companies  in Tacoma and cooking is science. RAIN's FoodLab is a commercial kitchen for small food businesses available at a low-cost, enabling the opportunity for growth and impact on Tacoma’s economy. Learn more about delivered meals, gifts, & catering at our website... and keep your eyes open towards RAIN to get lunch from a local food truck opening later this month! 

 Charles Wright Academy held their Annual Crab Feed at RAIN in April. This fun event helps to support their sports program! Thanks to all!

Charles Wright Academy held their Annual Crab Feed at RAIN in April. This fun event helps to support their sports program! Thanks to all!

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