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Apr. 6, 2013 | Saturday, 9:00am
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Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - Main Building, NRC, Bicentennial Mall

The Museum is partnering with the NC Science Festival and ISPE to hold the first-ever Triangle BEST Fest!  (Biotechnology, Engineering, Science and Technology.) The Triangle BEST Fest will expand upon the huge success of last year’s Biotechnology Day, bringing together scientists, researchers, engineers, students, universities and industry to showcase the amazing advances in these areas.  

Visitors will learn about why these fields are important to their daily lives and will, we hope, be inspired to pursue further information about them.  

There will be interactive exhibits and fun, hands-on activities in both buildings and outside the Museum on Bicentennial Mall.  There will also be a series of presentations in the SECU Daily Planet (NRC) and in Windows on the World (main building).


Windows on the World

Materials for Medical Devices
Roger Narayan, Professor, UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

This talk will provide a historical review of how materials for medical devices were initially developed. Some modern examples of medical devices will also be mentioned.

MEOR Spells MORE Oil
Sidney J. Nelson, President/CEO and Phillip Launt, COO of RAM Biochemicals, Inc.

SCIENCE SATURDAY! Primary and secondary oil recovery methods leave as much as 60% of the oil unproduced and stranded in the reservoir.  Microbial enhanced oil recovery [MEOR], is a biologically-based technology that utilizes the unique ability of biological factories (microbes) to recover significant volumes of stranded oil.

USDA Animal Care: Ensuring the Welfare of Research Animals (and other animals, too!)
Nicolette Petervary, VMD, Regional Animal Care Specialist, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Animal Care, Eastern Region

An overview of the Animal Welfare Act and how it relates to research animals.

What's IN R FOOD?
Keval Mehta, InRFood Inc.

Food has become more chemistry than biology.  Remember, you are what you eat, so find out what’s in our food today.

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Proteins, the Meat of the Story and Beyond
Bradley Hintze, Duke University

This talk will describe many aspects of proteins including scale (size), function, and structure.  Examples used will be related to aspects that everybody can relate to.

How the NIEHS Manages Conflicts of Interest for its Scientists and Managers
Bruce A. Androphy, Esq., Director, NIEHS Ethics Program, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
Ages 12 and up 

The federal government has strict rules governing conflicts of interests for its scientists and managers.  This presentation will discuss such items as financial disclosure, protocol review, improper gifts, outside activities and other issues relating to conflict of interest.

SECU Daily Planet

Panel Discussion: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in the Biotech Industry
Ages 12 and up 

  • Richard Kouri, PhD, Director, BioSciences Management Initiative, Professor of Practice, Poole College of Management, NCSU
  • David Kroll, PhD, Director of Science Communications and Investigator, Genomics and Microbiology Research Laboratory, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Cedric Pearce, PhD, Founder and CEO, Mycosynthetix, Inc. 

Using genetic engineering to produce foods, industrial products, and medicines has great benefit to society. But some view these advances with concerns about safety, pricing and patents.  How do agricultural and pharmaceutical bioscience companies operate ethically while remaining innovative in a competitive global marketplace?

Life GPS: Make It Happen
Paul McKellips, Executive Vice President, Foundation for Biomedical Research
Ages 12 and up 

All too often we tell our children that they can become anything they want in life but we don’t tell them how to do it.  Life GPS is a high-energy, inspiring and motivational multimedia presentation that gives young people the “hot to” road map that transforms dreams into reality, especially in the fields of biomedical research and life sciences.

Regenerative Medicine-A New Frontier in Medical Science: Where Are We?
Dr. R. Edward Branson, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine deals with repairing or replacing tissues and organs by using advanced materials and methodologies such as cloning and has been around for decades starting with the first kidney transplant in 1954.  Since then, numerous advances have been made in repairing the human body from bone marrow transplants to the construction of replacement organs and the treatment of metabolic disorders.  Regenerative medicine consists of multiple technologies, including cell therapy, tissue replacement, organ replacement and gene therapy.  With the ability to repair or replace many of the body’s non or poorly functioning parts, regenerative medicine offers the promise of a healthier and more fulfilling life for mankind.

Genes, Genetics and Gene Therapy, The Incredible Journey
Dr. Jude Samulski, University of NC at Chapel Hill

Illustrations and examples of how genes go awry.  Diseases are an inevitable outcome and our ability to reverse these back to normal function and healthy beings.

Ethics of Genetically Modified Organisms
David B. Resnik, JD, PhD, Bioethicist, National Institute of Environmental Health 
Ages 12 and up 

This presentation will discuss the ethical issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs), considering both the benefits and risks of GMOs.


  • North Carolina Science Festival 
  • ECU Pirates: Walking the Plank of Science — Brody School of Medicine Graduate Student Association
  • STEM Bus — NC BioNetwork/WTCC
  • Green Chemistry and Toxicology — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Solar Fuels at the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center — UNC Energy Frontier Research Center
  • BTEC at NCSU - Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center; Come hear about and learn about how medicines are made…right here in NC! — BTEC-Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center at NCSU
  • State of Matter: Dry Ice Storm and Playing with Polymers — Mad Science
  • Future BRITE Scientists — BRITE-NCCU
  • Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
  • A Day in the Life of Biotechnology Manufacturing — Pfizer
  • How Muscles Do Work: The Sarcomere — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Laboratory of Monte S. Willis, MD, PhD
  • Biotechnology: Making Everyday Products Better. Every Day. — Novozymes
  • Gila Monsters and Medicine: Lizard Spit in Your Drugs! — NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Come Fly with the Science House — The Science House
  • Chemistry's Rainbow — ISPE, UNC-CH Chapter
  • Modeling the DNA Molecule — Ronald Monti
  • ISPE/NC Biotechnology Center — ISPE
  • Better Crops for a Better Future — BASF Plant Science
  • Biotechnology in GSK RTP — GlaxoSmithKline
  • Biotech Buttons! — NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Applications of Biotechnology to Enhance Crop Productivity — Monsanto Company
  • North Carolina FFA — North Carolina FFA Association
  • Biomedical Engineering at East Carolina University — East Carolina University, Department of Engineering
  • Antibodies: Nature's Secret Weapon — ImmunoReagents, Inc.
  • SEE Your Speech! — Business Speech Improvement
  • Unique Metals — Duke University
  • Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing — Biogen Idec
  • Kelly Scientific Resources — Kelly Scientific Resources
  • Advancing Agriculture — North Carolina State University Plant Pathology Department
  • Robots! — NC FIRST Robotics
  • Use of Animals in Biomedical Research: Understanding the Issues — Charles River Laboratories
  • Animals of Biotechnology — NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • SoundBytes — NC Museum of Life and Science 
  • Make Your Own Space Mud! — High Touch High Tech of RDU
  • Separation in Science — Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Wearable Robotic Exoskeletons — Human PoWeR Lab, UnC Chapel Hill/NCSU Joint Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
  • INRFOOD: You Are What You Eat — INRFOOD
  • Plant Biology for Kids — North Carolina State University
  • SEM of Ants — NCSU Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
  • School of Ants — Your Wild Life Team, NC State
  • Learn to Solder with Maker Faire North Carolina — Maker Faire North Carolina: Volunteers with Maker Faire North Carolina will teach you the essential skill for making electronics: soldering! Soldering kits will be on sale for $3 each and ages 5 and up are welcome to participate.  Volunteers will educate visitors on proper soldering technique and safety.