Volunteer at the USA Science &
By Marsha E. Lucas
Society for Developmental Biology will once again be
participating in the
Science & Engineering Festival Expo to be held
April 28 - April 29 in Washington, DC with a special
sneak peak event on Friday, April 27. This is
a wonderful opportunity to introduce the public to
the awesomeness of developmental biology.
Based on the success of our
2010 Expo (see
the Node report with more cute kids and scopes), we
are very excited to do it again.
Come experience this
great outreach event and
volunteer with SDB!
Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize
winners at BioEYES,
Steve Farber (Carnegie Institution for Science) and
Jamie Shuda (University of Pennsylvania), will be on
hand for the zebrafish demonstration.
Volunteers from SDB Treasurer
Sally Moody's lab at George Washington
University will spearhead the Xenopus
Karen Bennett from the University of Missouri
will organize the C. elegans exhibition.
SDB will be among nearly 20 scientific societies and
organizations on the
Evolution Thought Trail in which visitors can
participate in evolution-themed exercises and win
prizes. We will also have various organism
masks for kids color.
In order to make
this event a success, SDB needs local volunteers to
help with demonstrations and talking with the public
biology. If you live in the
Mid-Atlantic region or plan to visit Washington, DC
we would appreciate your participation on Friday,
April 27, Saturday, April 28, or Sunday, April 29 at
Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Along with the
Festival Expo, many
satellite events are taking place throughout the
country. If you would like to host a public
talk or scientific demonstration around the
developmental biology theme, please contact
Ida Chow as
some financial support may be available.
SDB also nominated
Marnie Halpern from the Carnegie Institution for
Science for the
Nifty Fifty (times 2) program in which noted
scientists fan out across the Washington, DC area to
speak with middle and high school students about
their science and careers.
everyone's help in making this year's Expo a
success. If you have any questions or
suggestions please contact Ida Chow at