August 1, 2018

August Newsletter 2018

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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 the DONATE 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!

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