[PAST EVENT] After Hours Lecture - Cytobots in the Bay: How technology is keeping Virginians safe

October 24, 2019
7pm - 8pm
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
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Harmful Algal Bloom

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. Reservations to this free, public lecture series are required due to limited space. After Hours lectures are designed for an adult audience. Call 804-684-7061 for further information.  

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VIMS Outreach, programs@vims.edu, 804-684-7061