The Wet Lab is looking for new lab space

The Wet Lab is looking for new laboratory space in San Diego to accommodate our developing research needs and goals. Our space will need to be at least 500 sq. ft. have a sink, power outlets, and fire sprinklers.

Please contact us if you are interested in a partnership of shared space, a sponsorship, or have a space to rent that we could use to further community science and education.

If you are a local scientist interested in using a shared lab space to advance your own research, please take a minute to fill out our lab space survey so we can understand the needs of our community...   [read more]

Resources for microbial diversity workshop

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Learn to ‘Think Like a Scientist’

Transitioning grad students and young researchers to think like scientists is a daunting task, especially given the typically subsumptive style of undergraduate and high school education.   At this upcoming lecture, Nobel prize winner Carl Wieman shares his thoughts on how to better train scientific thinkers based on insight from recent psychological research.

https://biology.ucsd.edu/_files/about/events/lecture-series/science-of-teaching/Wieman_seminar_flier.pdf...   [read more]

Reflections on the ISA 2018 conference

Back in early April, I was invited to present the results from the Data Science for Democracy project at the 2018 International Studies Association conference, a premier conference for international relations academics.  Over 7000 attendees filled the halls of the Union Square Hilton in San Francisco for the 4 day event.  Topics spanned political science, international relations, military planning, etc, on issues ranging from military privatization,to free trade, conflict deescalation, election monitoring, populism, the role of science and technolo...   [read more]

California is Reviewing Proposals to Import Seawater to the Salton Sea

The California Natural Resources Agency is reviewing proposals for importing Seawater to the Salton Sea, as a means to maintain current lake volume.  Proposals to the agency for seawater import were due on March 9th, 2018.

Seawater import can be an effective mechanism to maintain lake volume, but it is also associated with many ecological side effects such as the increased salinity levels and the loss of aquatic biodiversity.   To learn more, about the opportunities and issues associated with seawater import, check out our whitepaper Ecological Restoration ...   [read more]

Thank You Journal Club

Thanks so much for the thoughtful discussion about the Data Science for Democracy paper at the journal club last week.   I’m incorporating your feedback into the paper and I believe it has improved the quality of the paper and its content.  Thanks so much for the thoughtful insights and discussion!  Submitting it in a couple weeks to the conference.  Looking forward to the next JC!...   [read more]

Data Science Apprentice

We are looking for a data science apprentice volunteer for the Data Science for Democracy project.  As part of this position you will learn about and help to:

  • run ANOVA analysis and update figures with latest result
  • run statistical analyses
  • edit visualizations in Tableau and post to Tableau public
  • discuss and interpret results
  • convert document from word to Latex
  • There may be additional data analysis opportunities for other components of this project as it grows.

Ideally we are looking for an undergraduate student or more experienced candidate, who is interested i...   [read more]

Water Redirection away from Salton Sea Is Underway

As of January 2018, Imperial County water managers are no longer adding water to the Salton Sea as part of a deal to sell Colorado River water to San Diego.   This is expected to result in various hydrological and ecological changes to the region, as well as air quality issues.

Learn more about how these hydrological changes influence the resulting ecological changes at the Salton Sea from our working paper – ‘Ecological Restoration Potential of Management Strategies at the Salton Sea‘...   [read more]

Under the microscope at STEAM Maker Fest

The Wet Lab joined BioEasi for a fun data of science and education at San Diego’s STEAM Maker Fest at Del Mar Fairgrounds. With our portable LED microscopes, kids were able to examine bacteria and fungus under the microscope while learning about beneficial micro-organisms in our food and environment. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success....   [read more]