After Hours Lecture at VIMS – Cytobots in the Bay: How technology is keeping Virginians safe
October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Harmful algae blooms, or HABs, occur when algae in the water grow excessively and produce toxins and other harmful effects on the environment and people. Algal species capable of producing HABs have increased in abundance in the Chesapeake Bay during the last decade, causing concern among resource managers, industry members, health officials, and the public. Dr. Juliette Smith, faculty member at VIMS, is using an autonomous, underwater instrument called an Imaging FlowCytobot in the York River to address those concerns. The cytobot can be “trained” to continuously monitor the water and identify harmful algae species in real-time, providing an early-warning system for detecting HABs. Join us as Dr. Smith describes the innovative technology she is using to protect public health as well as her vision for a network of cytobots throughout the Bay.
This is the October installment of the 2019 After Hours Lecture Series. All After Hours lectures take place at 7:00 pm in Watermen’s Hall on the VIMS campus, 1375 Greate Road, Gloucester Point. Reservations to this free, public lecture are required due to limited space. Visit www.vims.edu/events or call 804-684-7061 to register or to find out more information about this and future After Hours lectures.
Can’t attend in person? The lecture is also offered as a live-streamed webinar. Register for the webinar at www.vims.edu/events.