Long Beach, California 2021-06-01 00:21:47 –
On May 14, LBCC hosted a Science Night event hosted by LBCC’s Department of Physics and Life Sciences. The purpose was to provide an interactive and informative presentation on science.
The presentation was a four-part event that took place over several hours and included presentations on volcanoes, mutants, blood types, and anatomy.
Professor Doug Britton of the Department of Physics broadcast from the Mojave Desert to the SIMA volcanic area.
During the presentation, the Englishman explained the types of volcanoes that exist in the CIMA field. “The CIMA field volcanoes are a group of 40 geologically young scoria cone volcanoes,” he said.
Briton also unveiled Hawaiit, a type of rock formed from magma with a composition similar to that found in Hawaii.
“Looking at the overall composition of magma, we can classify magma based on the elements it contains,” Britton said.
The next presentation was about anatomy, moderated by Professor Morgan Ross of the Department of Life Sciences.
Roth started by explaining why she likes anatomy, “One of my favorite things about anatomy is that I can do many anatomy of anatomy.
During the presentation, Ross played a video of the mink being dissected, explaining that the anatomy of the mink resembles a human. “In reality, there aren’t many significant changes, such as some minor changes. In most cases, they’re about the same,” Roth said.
Then there was a presentation on genetics by Professor Christopher Davinson of the Department of Life Sciences, who likened certain mutations to those found in the X-Men.
The gene that affects muscle growth and gives it some kind of superhuman strength is called the Heracles gene. “When a gene (MSTN) mutates myostatin levels, it lowers protein levels, which leads to extra muscle growth,” Davinson said.
Finally, Farms Sanctuary’s Aliana Turkel gave a presentation on the organization, COVID-19 and food supply.
“Farm Sanctuary, the country’s first livestock conservation organization, has educated millions of people about the plight of livestock,” Turkel said.
She also explained how her organization helps animals. “Farms Sanctuary has cared for thousands of animals in New York and California sanctuaries,” said Turkel.
Later, she touched on zoonotic diseases that are transmitted between livestock and humans. She took chicken and turkey as examples.
“Close contact with domesticated chickens and turkeys remains the most likely source of influenza in humans,” Turkel said.
This demonstration briefly explained the topics taught by LBCC and how they apply in a real environment. The purpose is to give people in the community access to science and to pay attention to the science department and their majors.