U of M Science Day Activities

Your chance to experience research at the University of Manitoba!  Student participants and adult delegates will have the chance to choose from the following tours when they arrive in Winnipeg for CWSF 2009. 

U of M science day tours are scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2009.

Climate Change in the Arctic

Exploration of four labs that focus on Climate Change in the Arctic. Visit includes the Wet Lab featuring a sediment demonstration, Dry Lab featuring a gas analysis demonstration, the Cold Lab featuring an ice structure demonstration and the Instrument Calibration Lab.

The Coldest Atoms in the World

Exploration of the laser trap – an experiment using six laser beams to suspend a cloud of atoms in the middle of a vacuum cell and then cool them to temperatures a million times colder than room  temperature.

Hands-On Pharmacy Lab

Tour of the physical chemistry labs including: quantitative analysis of a drug, creating a tablet, DNA extraction, blood pressure, melting points, refractive index, viscosity, capsule filling, Ph solubility, name that drug

The Attractive World of Magnetic Materials at the Nanoscale

A brief tour of the sample preparation and characterization facilities of the Nanomagnetism research Group and how these techniques are applied towards understanding the material physics of magnetic nanoparticles and thin films.

High Performance Electronic Plastics – Moving from the Garbage Can to High Technology

The synthesis and properties of electronic properties will be demonstrated with a focus on their use in emerging technologies ranging from color changing materials to electronic noses.

St. Boniface Research Centre

Students will explore biomedical research at SBRC beginning with tours of our major research groups (CCARM, DND, ICVS).  Hands-on experiences will expose students to how we research heart, brain and related diseases at the molecular and cellular levels.  Students will load and view DNA gels, work with live cells, view tissue and cells using different microscopy techniques and will have a chance to get hands-on with some real organs.

Raman Microscope

The Raman microscope in Dr. Gough's lab was the first of its kind installed in a Canadian University research lab, in 2007, and is one of only two in the country right now. With the "streamline mapping”  technology, spectroscopic images of biomaterials that include brain tissue of a mouse model for Alzheimer disease, mutant fungi, and secondary metabolites of lichen with important medicinal properties are researched. Students will see the microscope, samples and a demonstration of data acquisition.

DNA Fingerprinting and Natural Products in Mega-Microbes

The tour will consist of a short explanation of DNA fingerprinting and its application with fungi. This is similar to its application in forensics. The students will load and run a gel that should show some fingerprint data. While the gel is running there will be an explanation of how we study the genes that produce secondary compounds in fungi, and how environmental control of these genes is important for determining the secondary compound that is produced, such as the antibiotic penicillin. Secondary compounds in fungi have a number of medicinal and other applications making them valuable for the pharmaceutical industry and ultimately human health. After this explanation the students will look at the results of their gel to examine DNA fingerprints and discuss their significance.

Structural Biology: From Structure to Function of Key Proteins in Human Diseases

The primary goal of the research tour will be to understand the structure-function relationship of proteins as dynamic systems. This tour will provide insights into basic mechanisms of how these proteins function, and applied science of great biotechnological and biomedical importance will be introduced.  The autonomous agents lab conducts research in all areas of intelligent mobile robotics including motion control, navigation, and computer vision.

Mobile Robots

Several recent mobile robots will be demonstrated including humanoid robots and urban search and rescue robots.

Alternative Energy

Water, solar rays, wind, plants and waste materials are being evaluated as alternative sources to fossil fuel energy for Canada and globally.  This tour will take students to laboratories that are leading the way in the generation of ethanol, methane, hydrogen, heat and electricity from alternative sources.  David Levin and his team will demonstrate the fluorescent gel do systems, ion chromatography, visualization technology and bioreactors used in his labs.  Also, students may have an opportunity to visit the alternative energy village.

Richardson Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

The tour would provide students with an opportunity to see a pilot plant and manufacturing facility development of functional foods and healthy food products.  Students would see pre-clinical and clinical laboratories, and would have opportunities for hands-on activities relevant to projects underway at the time of the tour.  Equipment such as the dual energy-X-ray absoptiometry (DEXA) for measurement of body composition, an air classifier to separate grain constitutents, and encapulsation equipment to package nutraceuticals are some examples of equipment on hand for hands-on activities.

Animal Research at the University of Manitoba

Advances in nutrition, animal health and welfare and human nutrition are often based on research using animals.  This tour provides insight into the type of animal facilities and animal ethics training required when conducting research with large animals.  Participants will participate in a short animal ethic quiz, see animals in calorimetric chambers and mix animal diets as a part of this tour experience.

Plant Physiology and Biotechnology Research is Changing Rapidly

Students joining this tour will be introduced to tissue culture techniques, in vitro plant regeneration and plant transformations. Participants will see the equipment, plants and people engaged in a wide range of projects employing these techniques at the Department of Plant Science.

CAD & Green Screen Design

Explore engineering in the virtual world in a state of the art 3D CAD Laboratory.

Alternative Energy & Building Materials

Tour a Straw Bale Research Building that is using and testing alternative forms of energy (wind, solar, bio).

Tele-Robotics & Bio-Mechanics

See how engineering is impacting the medical field, including remote ultrasound diagnosis using a robot, machine mediated medical testing and gait measurements; also do some hands on experiments, and build your own passive dynamic walking robot!

Wireless Communication & Nano-Technology

Tour the Advanced Radio-Frequency Lab, the Nano-technology Lab, the Antenna Lab, and the Microwave Imaging Lab.  Learn how all this computer and electrical engineering helps us communicate with each other and other technology.

Hybrid & Electric Drives for Cars

Demonstrate the use of switching circuits in generating variable DC voltages for speed control of DC machines.

Oxidative Stress

The Faculty of Nursing has an Applied Cell and Molecular Research laboratory that involves research of cell and tissue culture, protein chemistry, cell signaling and molecular biology.  Most of the work done in this lab relates to child health and the feeding of premature human infants.  Students opting for this tour will be invited to participate in experiments on human tissue culture cells subjected to oxidative stress.  DNA damage markers and intracellular oxidation will be measured using electrophoresis and fluorescence techniques.  Part of this exercise will involve fabrication of "do-it-yourself" mini-electrophoresis chambers, and using multi-well fluorometers.

Vat Color Demo

For teaching true colors are tried colors…..they’re Vat Colors! Hands on mixing of dyes and then various experimentation with coloring cotton handkerchiefs.

Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology - CancerCare Manitoba/UofM

Discover how state-of-the-art imaging and tumor banking is changing the way we look at cancer and how we treat the disease.

Faculty of Medicine - Immunology Labs - Apotex Centre

Live cell fluorescence microscopy and enzyme immunoassays will be explored.

Faculty of Dentistry

Tour of research laboratories in the Faculty of Dentistry, as well as the dental clinic functions (patients will be present in the clinic at time of tour)

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Saturday, May 9

Sunday, May 10
Project Setup
Opening Ceremonies
Opening Banquet

Monday, May 11
U of M Science Day Activities
Manitoba First Nations Evening

Tuesday, May 12
Divisional Judging
“YSC Presents” Night

Wednesday, May 13
Interdisciplinary Judging
Special Awards Judging
Night on the Town

Thursday, May 14
Manitoba Day Tours
Manitoba Hoedown

Friday, May 15
School Tours
Awards Ceremony
Closing Banquet & Dance

Saturday, May 16
Public Viewing
Project Take Down

Sunday, May 17