Upcoming BIG IDEAS @ScienceStowers

BIG IDEAS @ScienceStowers is a lecture series exploring how science informs and inspires our communities. Aiming to bring cutting-edge and provocative scientific ideas in an engaging and accessible way to the greater Kansas City community, the series is designed to inspire a thirst for scientific knowledge and illustrate the roles that scientific discoveries play in our lives and communities.

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Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria

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Bacteria are remarkable tiny ancient organisms. They are everywhere and yet can’t be seen with the naked eye. Their lives may seem far-removed and inconsequential to us, but make no mistake: their impact on our environment and our lives is enormous. While some play vital roles in keeping humans, animals, and plants alive, others can kill us.

How do bacteria carry out such big jobs? They work in groups: they communicate, count their numbers, and act as collectives. Determining exactly how they carry out these tasks helps us better understand the biology and behavior of bacteria, and provides clues to modern medicine as to how to interfere in these processes to combat health conditions such as bacterial infections and multidrug resistance.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Auditorium doors open at 6:00 PM
Reception to follow the presentation

Stowers Institute for Medical Research - Auditorium

Please note that lecture content is suitable for individuals in 9th grade or older.

About the Speaker

Dr. Bonnie Bassler is the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. She is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her research on chemical communication between bacteria, known as quorum sensing, is paving the way for development of anti-microbial drug therapies that combat bacteria through the disruption of this chemical intercellular communication.
Bassler has received numerous awards for her research, including the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (2009), the Richard Lounsbery Award (2011), the L’Oreal-UNESCO award (2012), a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), and the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize (2016). She is a former president of the American Society for Microbiology, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a former six-year member of the National Science Board.
Bassler has published more than 150 scholarly papers in scientific journals. She also serves on the editorial board of several journals. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in the sciences and she is actively involved in and committed to educating lay people in science.

  Lectures are scheduled for Spring and Fall 2020. Speakers TBA.
  Questions about BIG IDEAS? Please ask! communications@stowers.org