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Teen Science Cafe: Self-Organization in Biology

Monday, December 14, 2020 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited! FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and ALL middle and high school students in grades 6-12! Pre-registration for Junior Academy of Science members ONLY through Friday, Dec 4. General registration for ALL open on Saturday, Dec 5. Scroll down for Registration Form below. Look for Cafe login information in your email confirmation.

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PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the Registration Form, a separate liability waiver must also be completed by a parent/guardian for each attending teen.


Sign Digital Waiver



NOTE: Please plan to log into Zoom at 5:50 p.m., CST, 10 minutes before the Cafe start time! You will be placed in a Waiting Room before being allowed access to the Cafe.

6:00 pm – 6:20 pm: Welcome and Cafe Icebreaker
6:20 pm – 7:45 pm: Presentation and Activity
7:45 pm – 8:00 pm: Closing Comments and Program Survey

Featured Cafe Presenter: Ram Dixit, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Program Director, Plant and Microbial Sciences, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis; Principal Investigator, Working Group 2, Co-Leader, Center for Engineering MechanoBiology, National Science Foundation

Life depends on the generation of specific structures to perform different functions essential to the adaptation and survival of organisms. Biology abounds with beautiful and complex structures from the molecular to the population scale. Intriguingly, unlike human-made structures, biological structures are created without an underlying template or blueprint. Instead, these structures arise dynamically through a process called self-organization in which higher-level patterns emerge from interactions between lower-level components. Use computer modeling in this interactive virtual Teen Science Cafe to explore what self-organization means and how it applies to biological systems.

Cafe Presenter Bio
Dr. Ram Dixit is a Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. He obtained his PhD degree from Cornell University and did postdoctoral work at Penn State University and The University of Pennsylvania before joining Washington University in 2008. His lab works on how cells acquire different shapes and adapt to changing environmental conditions. He loves microscopy and the Dixit lab specializes in using fluorescent proteins to visualize the wondrous and dynamic cellular structures in living organisms.

Teen Science Cafe is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.


Monday, December 14, 2020
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
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