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Join us for a topical discussion hosted by guest faculty speaker. Science Cafés and Café Conversations are venues for students to informally share their interests with faculty presenters, staff, and the community in a friendly setting.

Fall Semester 2021

Sarah Wyatt Cafe Flier

Thursday. Oct. 14 Sarah Wyatt, Professor, Environmental and Plant Biology "Plants in Space: Athens, we have a problem," video [link to be added soon.]

Ohio University’s Science Café kicks off the fall season with a researcher’s worst nightmare. There’s trouble 250 miles above Earth. When your “astronauts” are tiny seedlings, things can go wrong on the International Space Station. 

Dr. Sarah Wyatt returns to the café stage at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Baker Center Theater to talk about conducting experiments in space and getting results not possible here on Earth. The event also will be livestreamed on YouTube.

“It’s Friday afternoon, and our plantstronauts are supposed to be on their way home, but the phone rings. It’s NASA. Some of the seedlings didn’t make it back onto the Space-X Dragon Capsule for the ride home. And they are dead. So now what?” says Wyatt, professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and director of Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Running experiments on the ISS, orbiting Earth as 5 miles per second, is not easy. But learning how plants respond to gravity and grow in space is essential for future trips to Mars and colonization of the Moon. The Wyatt Lab experiments are the first to explore what happens when tiny plants gear up their RNA machines to start building shoots and stems—and figuring out which way is “up.”  

Join the Wyatt Lab on their missions to “fly” plants in space and see what they’ve learned about growing plants for long duration space exploration, where they can be used for food, medicine and more. Free coffee will be provided for the first 50 people.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. For more information visit the Science Cafe website.

We will be uploading videos to YouTube, which should provide captioning within 24 hours. Questions? contact male-bru@ohio.edu.


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