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Columbus Science Pub: Plants in Orbit!

  • Up Front at Shadowbox Live 503 South Front Street Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

The Columbus Science Pub is a free event that aims to present scientific issues in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. No science background? No problem!! Everyone and every question is welcome.

The presentation starts promptly at 7:30pm. If you’d like to order food before the event, please arrive early. A full bar and menu is available.

**Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.**

THIS MONTH’S SPEAKER:

March Pub Up Front

Dr. Sarah Wyatt studies how plants grow by putting them where they don't belong: In space!

Plants have evolved on Earth to use gravity as a defining force. It directs plant growth in a seedlings and positions flowers and fruits. The mechanisms underlying plant responses to gravity are difficult to study.  Experiments require controls, but there is no way to ‘turn off’ gravity, at least not on Earth.  The only real control for gravity experiments is the lack of gravity. But gravity is persistent. The best way to lose it? Hitch a ride on a rocket. In 2015, plants from Dr. Wyatt's lab hitched a ride on a Falcon 9 rocket and spent a month in space. 

Dr. Wyatt will discuss what she and her team learned from their plants adventure at the next Science Pub, “Plants in Orbit,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March. 7. Wyatt will talk about plants, gravity and her lab’s recent spaceflight experiments. Wyatt has a Ph.D. from Purdue University and now works as a Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University.