The fall semester Brown Bag Seminar Series features graduate students providing presentations on their current research or recent internships.
This series of presentations will be held in the Space Studies Library at noon. Please join us with your own “brown bag” lunch.
Our second presentation in this series will feature Steven Russell on Wednesday, November 13th at noon.
Presentation title: “Microgravity and Microbes: Effects of Simulated Microgravity on Biological Organisms”
About the presentation: Steven will be discussing my summer internship as a Utilization and Life Sciences intern at NASA Kennedy Space Center. During the summer, he explored how microgravity effects biological organisms, with a main focus on microorganisms. Using a microgravity simulator, called the Rotary Cell Culture System, he studied the changes in growth rate and the antibiotic susceptibility of strain of microorganism found in the plant systems on the ISS. Other projects included helping with plant harvesting from the VEGGIE labs, as well as studying the effects of plasma on the sterilization of microbes on plant seed-coats. Lastly, Steven will speak about the internship experience and what he learned as a NASA intern as a whole.