Sketchnotes at the House of Science in Bremen – II and III

As I have shown in a previous post, I started to go to the House of Science in Bremen to their regular Science Saturday Matinees to practice sketchnotes. The first time I did it, I was in such a positive mood, that I decided to talk to the coordinator of these matinees. She really liked the sketchnotes and she invited me to regularly come and try them out. She even suggested putting my sketchnotes on their website to show the sessions in a different way. So now you can click here and see them at their official website! (only in German)

The second session I listened to was the interesting talk from Niels Hollmeier, the digital curator of the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven about the exhibition they are holding with “treasures from the sea” and the importance of restoration and conservation to the maritime history. You can visit the exhibition in Bremerhaven until the 16th of December. Here is what I have got from this session:

In the next science session, the topic was still around maritime treasures, but this time in another form: Fish. More specifically about the consequences of aquaculture, taking the Philippines as an example. “The majority of the world’s aquaculture produced fish are from Asian countries where aquaculture facilities are often characterized by the heavy use of chemicals, antibiotics, overfeeding, and little environmental awareness and control” – Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research. Dr. Christiane Hassenrück is a researcher that investigates the effects of open fish cage farms on the surrounding ecosystem and she found out that it leads to problems such as a decrease in water quality, hypoxia, and an increase of microorganisms that can cause diseases both in fish and humans.

PDB Education and Art Projects

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Protein Data Bank (PDB) is not only a worldwide structural database but also an incredible resourceful educational toolkit. On the website is available the aforementioned Molecule of the Month, as well as:

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Molecule of the Month by David S. Goodsell

Is structural biology beautiful? If you contemplate the thousands of biological molecular structures deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) – the world’s largest archive of protein, DNA, and RNA structures – you immediately become aware of the intricacy and beauty of these structures. However, they are not displayed in the PDB as pieces of art in an online museum – these structures provide valuable clues about the functions or sites that might serve as drug targets and help researchers worldwide to solve many difficult scientific questions.

On the other hand, there are real pieces of art located in the PDB. Among them, there is the Molecule of the month series, created by David S. Goodsell. Each chapter includes an introduction to the function and structure of the molecule, an analysis of the relevance of the molecule to human health, and suggestions for how visitors can access further details and view these structures, which is perfect for educational purposes.

Some examples of the molecules illustrated by David S. Goodsell since 2010 for the Protein Data Bank (PDB) ‘s feature “Molecule of the Month”.

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Science Comm. Lab

“Excellent science needs excellent design”, is the motto of The Science Communication Lab, an award-winning company located in Kiel, Germany. Their design is mesmerizing. They specialize in developing innovative and interactive visualizations for the sciences, such as interactive posters, information graphics, animations, digital exhibits or data visualization for the transfer of knowledge inside teams, as well as for public communication.

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10 years of JoVE

JoVE is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has a lot of exciting news! For those who never heard about it, JoVE stands for Journal of Visualized Experiments and it is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes experimental methods in video format.

It all began in response to the problem that only 10-30% of published scientific articles in biomedical science could be reproduced. With that in mind, CEO and JoVE Co-Founder Moshe Pritsker, along with Klaus Korak and Nikita Bernstein, developed a format in which the complex techniques used in research could be visible for anyone to see and replicate. And it has grown enormously!

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Journal of Medical Insight, JoMI

JoMI, short for Journal of Medical Insight is a peer-reviewed surgical video journal / virtual operating theater. All the surgical procedures are performed by top teaching physicians and are ideal for educational purposes for medical students, residents, clinical staff and patients. You can learn more about them in this video:

JoMI has filmed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Charite Hospital (in Berlin), Duke Medical Center, Rothman Institute, and many others and, at present, primarily focuses on general surgery, orthopedics, orthopedic trauma, neurosurgery, and head and neck surgery.