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Science Café - Evolution, Genetics and Color Blindness

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

How the world became colored
and the implications for curing color blindness

Jay Neitz, Ph.D.
7:00 PM, Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Orca Books, 509 East 4th Ave

In collaboration with his wife, Maureen, Jay Neitz has discovered how genetic mutations play a part in many of the most common vision problems that affect modern humans.  They have also used colorblindness in primates as a model for exploring the potential of curing vision problems in humans with gene therapy.   They have successfully added a third type of cone pigment to dichromatic retinas using viral vector mediated gene transfer. The cure of colorblindness in adult monkeys may recapitulate the evolution of color vision in primates.  The demonstration that new visual capacities can arise from a single addition of a therapeutic gene in adults provides a positive outlook for the potential of genes to be used as medicines to cure adult vision disorders.

About the Speaker:

Jay Neitz received his PhD in Biopsychology from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1986. His graduate work was conducted in the laboratory of Gerald Jacobs, Ph.D., and focused on understanding how the human visual system works using color vision as a model.  After graduating in 1986, he continued post-doctoral training in the Jacobs lab and began collaborating with his wife, Maureen Neitz, Ph.D. who was also in the Jacobs lab. In 1991, Jay Neitz took his first faculty position at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After nearly 18 years in Wisconsin, Maureen and Jay Neitz moved their labs to the University of Washington in January of 2009. He is currently the Bishop Professor in Ophthalmology.

Robotics for Kids!

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Science Center and experience the amazing world of robots! This is a fantastic introduction to robotics and engineering, and great preparation for participating in local robotics clubs and classes. Staff from the Museum of Flight and student representatives from local robotics clubs will be onsite 12-4pm leading hands-on activities. At 2pm, attend the Museum of Flight’s “Robot Garage” workshop. No experience necessary. You’ll learn about the history of robotics along with the cutting edge robots currently being developed around the world. You’ll also design your own robot to complete a challenge. Activities appropriate for 4th grade and up.

Sea Monster Myths

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Science Center at 2pm to discover mythical sea creatures from around the world and close to home. You’ll learn about scary deep sea legends from different cultures, and learn the real life inspirations for many of those stories. After the presentation we will host a Create-a-Creature workshop where you can flex your creative muscles to design your own Puget Sound-inspired marine myth! 

Chinese New Year Crafts

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Chinese New Year falls on February 8this year – come celebrate the coming Year of the Monkey with arts and crafts projects. Stop by anytime to make a dragon mask, paper lanterns, lucky fish, or door hangers to welcome good fortune into your home.

Art-Rageous Science

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Science Center and learn how art and science can join forces, and create some science-inspired art to take home! Crystalizing watercolors, pH painting, and much more. 

Defeating Racism Today: What does it Take?

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Does the eradication of racist laws really combat institutionalized racism? How does subtle and sometimes hidden institutionalized racism affect the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state? Abram talks about the history of racism and how it affects specific groups in our society today. This program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Feel free to call the library with any questions!  360-352-0595.

Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave SE

Justice Pursued: A Legal Perspective on Palestine and the Rachel Corrie Case

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Hussein abu Hussein, lead attorney for the family of Rachel Corrie in their civil lawsuit in Israel will speak in Olympia, Wednesday, November 18, about the current situation in Israel/Palestine, institutionalized discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and outcomes of the Corrie civil lawsuit in Israeli courts.  He will be joined by Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie. 
The event takes place at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St.

It's Not Rocket Science. It's Robotics Science!

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Be inspired as a robotics scientist tells the story of 100 years of spinal cord research that is paying off - helping us better understand neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy. Prof. Francisco Valero-Cuevas has a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College, an MsEng from Queens University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He is the keynote speaker at this year's 13th Annual Latino Youth Summit. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available.

All library programs are free and open to the public; feel free to call the library with any questions!  360-352-0595.

Fairy Tea Party

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Discover the enchanted world of the fairy folk at our annual children's Fairy Tea Party!  Kids can dress in costume and enjoy a fairy tea and activities so exciting they're magical. Dancers from Ballet Northwest will also be performing two dances from the Nutcracker ballet. Free tickets will be available at the Tumwater Library information desk, beginning Friday, October 23. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.


Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501.

Phone: 360-943-7790.

Intercity Transit route 12/13.  


Parenting Plus: Positive Discipline

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Olympia Timberland Library- 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia.
Contact: 360-352-0595

Description: Positive Discipline is a workshop designed to give parents a clear vision, goals and techniques to facilitate healthy discipline. Candyce Lund Bollinger has been a parent educator at South Puget Sound Community College for the past 32 years and has offered private parenting services for 28 years. This presentation is part of a series of three offered by the Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey Timberland libraries that focus on the topics of bullying, discipline, and divorce/blended families.

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