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Wednesday, February 26
 

TBA

Environmental Protection Agency at Research Triangle Park EPA Air Quality Labs
The EPA at Research Triangle Park is the agency’s hub for air quality research and regulation. State-of-the-art labs support a diversity of research centers:

EPA research scientists will be on-site to discuss their work. The RTP campus is also one of the largest “green” buildings in the country.
Spaces: 6 currently, more possible with carpooling
Time: Afternoon, TBD
Transportation: Provided for up to 6 currently

Register for the tour of the EPA at RTP here.


Wednesday February 26, 2014 TBA
Field Trip

1:00pm

Walking Tour of the Downtown Raleigh Stormwater Tunnels
Go underground, and you get a SciO hard hat souvenir! Scott Huler, author of On the Grid which explores modern stormwater management, will lead a small group of adventurers into Raleigh’s stormwater infrastructure. Scott promises to show off “some of the nuttier elements of the Raleigh stormwater system — and yes, that means underground … ish.”

Advice from Scott: “You’ll need to bring your own flashlight and a camera of one sort or another (if you like), and given that many of the places we’ll be walking will have a couple inches of flowing water, you’ll need to either put plastic grocery bags in a pair of hiking boots (my solution) or bring waterproof boots of one sort or another. Or just get wet feet, if you promise not to complain. Note — this is NOT SEWAGE — this is storm water. Which, what with the fertilizer and the brake dust and the pet waste and whatnot I wouldn’t drink, but I wouldn’t worry too much about splashing around in either.”
[Stormwater Film Festival via Scientific American/Scott Huler]
Spaces: 12
Leave hotel 1:00, return 4:00
Transportation: Walking Tour
Fee: $20, includes hard hat

Register and pay for the Stormwater tour here.


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Scott Huler

Scientific American


Wednesday February 26, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Field Trip

1:15pm

Duke University Duke Immersive Virtual Environment – DiVE
Affectionately referred to as the Holodeck, the DiVE is a virtual reality environment that allows scientists to immerse themselves in their research. From the DiVE website: “The DiVE is a 3mx3mx3m stereoscopic rear projected room with head and hand tracking and real time computer graphics. All six surfaces – the four walls, the ceiling and the floor – are used as screens onto which computer graphics are displayed. The DiVE offers a fully immersive experience to the user, who literally walks into the virtual world.” Step inside the DiVE and be immediately transported to another place, from a 9000 year old archaeological site to the developing retina of an infant. “From flying through a neuro-chemical pathway, to standing in an ancient roman villa, virtual reality gives us the opportunity to engage in formerly inaccessible experiences.”
Spaces: 18
Leave hotel 1:15, tour 2-3, return 4:00
Contact: Chris Smith, cts14@duke.edu
Transportation: TBD
DiVE Fee: $10 (if 18 people sign up)
NOTE: Transportation and DiVE fee are subject to change. Tour subject to cancellation depending on interest, so get your friends to sign up!

Register and pay for the DiVE tour here.


Wednesday February 26, 2014 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Field Trip

1:15pm

Duke University Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center
The frontier of medical education is simulation. Duke’s medical simulation center features human simulation mannequins with major organ systems that respond to the environment and the medical students’ interventions. The Center is pioneering human simulation as a tool for clinical trials and in training research personnel for clinical trials. The simulation labs can also transform into surgery suites and clinical exam rooms. The Center is located in the Trent Semans Center for Health Education, a brand new, $53 million building, featuring the simulation labs which can also serve as clinical exam rooms and surgery suites.
Spaces: 14
Leave hotel 1:15, tour 2-3, return 4:00
Transportation: $15
NOTE: Fees are subject to change and tour subject to cancellation depending on interest, so get your friends to sign up! Register and pay for the Medical Simulation Center tour here.

Wednesday February 26, 2014 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Field Trip

1:45pm

Duke University Duke Lemur Center
Want to get close to a lemur? The world’s largest collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar is at the Duke Lemur Center. More than 240 lemurs across 18 species live on 80 acres of forest at Duke. See a tiny mouse lemur, strange aye-aye, athletic sifaka and iconic ring-tailed lemur up-close and personal. Watch them call, sleep, eat, groom from only inches away! Guests will get close to the world’s most endangered group of mammals on a behind-the-scenes tour of this living laboratory, where scientists study cognition, behavior, locomotion and so much more. More than just scientific research, the DLC also leads conservation projects in Madagascar from environmental education to reforestation. Researchers will also be on-site to discuss and demonstrate their work. You might even get to meet Maky, the Lemur Center mascot! [A(nother) Visit to the Duke Lemur Center by @drskyskull; Falling in Love with the World’s Most Endangered Primates by Christie Wilcox]
Spaces: 28
Leave hotel at 1:45 sharp, tour at 2:30-4, return by 5pm
Transportation Provided

Register for the Lemur Center tour here.


Wednesday February 26, 2014 1:45pm - 5:00pm
Field Trip

3:30pm

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Paleontology Lab
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating work of Dr. Lindsay Zanno, who recently made international news with her discovery of a giant carnivorous dinosaur, Siats meekerorum, that turned out to be one of the three largest dinosaurs ever found in North America. Siats (pronounced see-atch) was the apex predator of its time, and kept tyrannosaurs from assuming top predator roles for millions of years. Zanno is an NC State University paleontologist with a joint appointment at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. [Expedition Live! blog Siats meekerorum]
;  Colossal New Predatory Dino Terrorized Early Tyrranosaurs]
Spaces: 12
Leave hotel at 3:30, tour 4-5pm, return at your own pace.
Transportation: Walking – The museum is about 6 blocks from the hotel.

Register for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences lab tour here.

Wednesday February 26, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Field Trip

3:30pm

North Carolina State University Human Physiology of Wearable Robotics Lab – PoWeR Lab
Because…exoskeletons for humans! Dr. Greg Sawicki’s PoWeR Lab looks to the human body for inspiration to design and develop robotic devices that you wear. State of the art equipment, infrared cameras and ultrasound imaging give the team a unique look at muscle/motor movement to design “carbon fiber boots” and prosthetics that can improve or restore locomotion. Dr. Sawicki recently received a grant from NIH to compare and develop robotic ankle exoskeletons for healthy and stroke-impaired locomotion. This lab will be an exciting prelude to our Saturday CONVERGE speakers who will talk about online collaborations that are developing 3D printed prosthetics.

Leave hotel at 3:30, tour 4-5pm, return 5:30 (tentative, waiting on lab to confirm)
Transportation: TBD
Register for the PoWeR Lab tour here.

Wednesday February 26, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Field Trip

3:30pm

North Carolina State University Forensic Anthropology “the Bone Lab”
See the science behind CSI! Visit the Osteology Lab – “the Bone Lab” – at NCSU where forensic anthropologist Dr. Ann Ross uses clues in a victim’s skeleton to gather information like identity and cause of death. The team is called upon to contribute to several tough forensic cases a year, but they also use their skill to support preventive policies against genocide. This is an opportunity to see actual forensic casework in progress! [Forensic Anthropology Gives Voice to Unidentified Remains, Robin Lloyd, Scientific American]
Spaces: 12
Tour begins at 4:00, Leaving conference hotel at 3:30, return to hotel at 5:30
Transportation: TBD

Register for the Forensic Anthropology lab tour here.


Wednesday February 26, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Field Trip

3:30pm

North Carolina State University Your Wild Life Lab
What’s city life like for the tiniest crawling creatures? Biologists at NC State University’s Your Wild Life program have some answers. Learn about the effects of urban warming on tree pests and how Hurricane Sandy disrupted life for New York City arthropods and ecosystems. Your Wild Life has earned worldwide attention not only for the quality of its science, but for how it involves the public in its research.
Spaces: Limit 12
Leave hotel at 3:40, tour 4-5pm, return by 5:30
Transportation: Carpool
Register for the tour of the Your Wild Life Lab here.

Wednesday February 26, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Field Trip