SPOKANE, Wash. — More than 40 research equipment and supply vendors will have the latest high-end research resources on display at the Washington State University Spokane Science Research Fair 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Five special research seminars will be presented, technique seminar series will be scheduled throughout the day, and the WSU College of Sciences presents a featured lecture at 7 p.m.

The research fair, held in the Health Sciences Building at 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., is free and open to the public. Parking passes are available at the registration table, and metered parking is available in campus parking lots. Information on the event is available online at www.researchfair.spokane.wsu.edu.

Sylvia Oliver, assistant director of WSU Spokane’s Health Research and Education Center, describes the equipment and supplies on display as “the latest pieces of equipment and kinds of supplies out there for a wide variety of research inquiries, along with demonstrations of how they work.

“This event gives researchers ideas for new and different ways to approach their investigations, and it’s a networking opportunity as well for researchers with similar interests who can collaborate. We want to get people from different places in Spokane—higher education and industry—who are doing the same kind of work together in the same place talking about their research,” Oliver said.

Event organizer Jennifer Hogan, WSU Spokane research technology supervisor, said the event is designed not only for faculty researchers but also for students, people in the biomedical/biotechnical industry, and the interested public.

Featured seminars will be held in Room 110D of the Health Sciences Building.

–11 a.m.: “Real-time PCR: Assays, Applications, and Updates” presented by Paul E. Grass, B.A., field application specialist, Applied Biosystems.

–Noon: “Molecular Genetics of the Glaucomas” presented by Bassem Bejjani, M.D., FACMG, research professor, WSU Spokane Health Research and Education Center and WSU Basic Medical Sciences Program, and co-director, Sacred Heart Medical Center Molecular Diagnostics Lab.

–1 p.m.: “Beckman Coulter Instrumentation and Solutions for Proteomic Research: From Isolation to Characterization” presented by Rick Ando, Ph.D., Technology Sales Consultant, Beckman Coulter, Inc.

–2 p.m.: “Microalbuminaria: The Kidney’s Message about the Systemic Vasculature” presented by Katherine Tuttle, MD, director of research, The Heart Institute of Spokane, and research professor, WSU Spokane Health Research and Education Center and WSU Basic Medical Sciences Program.

–3 p.m.: “Digital Imaging for Microscopy” presented by Edward Lachica, Ph.D, director of Digital Imaging and Image Analysis, Meridian Instrument.

Technique seminars on various lab skills are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the Health Sciences Building, Room 320R. Beginning times for each seminar will be posted in the building, and online at www.researchfair.spokane.wsu.edu.
–“pH Theory and Practice” presented by Jeff Allen, Thermo Orion.
–“Improving Pipetting Techniques” and “Pipetting, Ergonomics, and You” presented by Bryce Michel & Sherri Zimmerman, Rainin Instruments, Inc.
–“Room Temp DNA Storage and PCR/Plasmid Prep Kits” presented by Paula Matthews, Whatman, Inc.

The WSU College of Sciences featured lecture, “Robertsonian Translocations: Chromosome Behavior and Human Evolution,” is presented by Lisa Shaffer, Ph.D., research professor, WSU Spokane Health Research and Education Center and WSU School of Molecular Biosciences, and co-director, Sacred Heart Medical Center Cytogenetics Lab. A reception and building tours will be held at 6 p.m., with Prof. Shaffer’s lecture beginning at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending should RSVP for evening lecture only to Joyce Harbison, (509) 358-7540, harbison@wsu.edu.

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Note to editors: Lots of visual opportunities–vendors have a wide variety of equipment on display and can demonstrate operations.