San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Berkeley Science Review presents
A Bay Area Science Festival event
Explore the science of touch sensation
Doors open at 6:00 PM
6:30-8:00 PM - Late night show style interviews with our host Kirsten (Dr. Kiki) Sanford
1) Lydia Thé on the molecular basis of touch sensation.
We know the molecular basis of temperature, pain, and chemical sensation, but touch sensation remains a mystery. The Bautista Lab at UC Berkeley has been using the star nosed mole, the snout of which is the most touch-sensitive organ known, to try to determine how touch is detected by the nerves in our skin.
2) Benjamin Tee on engineering touch sensation for robotics and prosthetics.
Touch and motion must provide constant feedback to each other in order for us to perform intricate movements or delicate tasks. The Bao Lab at Stanford have created flexible touch and pressure sensitive electronic skin that will allow robotics and prosthetics to detect surfaces and textures.
3) Daniel Cordaro on communicating emotion through touch.
Touch can elicit powerful emotional responses, but did you know that touch can also communicate emotions as clearly as spoken language? The Keltner Lab at UC Berkeley has found that humans can communicate emotions such as gratitude and compassion with one-second touches to a stranger’s forearm.
8:00-10:00 PM - Reception and exhibits:
- Enjoy snacks and open bar including: 8.8% ABV Belgian Golden Strong Ale "Yeast Meets West" brewed by scientist turned brewer Bryan Hermannson of Pacific Brewing Laboratory and tingling spice infused cocktails.
- Build a microscope out of LEGOs and view mutant worms that are unresponsive to touch - LegoScope
- Interact with giant touch sensitive robots - Kal Spelletich (about and blog)
From Kal's bio: "For 25 years he has been experimenting with interfacing humans and robots...Kal’s work is always interactive, requiring a participant to enter or operate the piece, often against their instincts of self-preservation."
- Test your ability to communicate emotion through touch.
The Berkeley Science Review is a graduate student-run magazine and blog featuring the groundbreaking scientific research happening at UC Berkeley. Our mission is to train scientists and nonscientists alike to communicate scientific research to the public in an accessible and interesting way.
Follow Berkeley Science Review on Facebook and Twitter for updates including a series of blog posts introducing each of the three categories of touch-related research that will be presented at the event.
BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions) is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together regional visual artists, scientists, choreographers, composers, and interdisciplinary thinkers to foment interdisciplinary exchange and to encourage experimentation that will move beyond what one of these disciplines can achieve on its own. (For “Touch Me,” BAASICS has helped put together the exhibition portion of the program.)
Sponsored by the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
When & Where
Nerd Nite Bay Area
Nerd Nite is a monthly lecture event that strives for an inebriated and entertaining, yet deeply intellectual, vibe. We host scientists, technologists, historians, competitive beard-growers, and pretty much anyone else who has an interesting talk to share. More than 70 cities all over the world host Nerd Nites. There are four Nerd Nites in the Bay Area: SF, East Bay, North Bay, and Silicon Valley.
Every once in a while, we'll host epic educational parties or field trips or small get togethers to thank our speakers, volunteers, and peers who are also interested in thinking and/or drinking.