- Some may say the glitter/water mixture that can be streaked to obtain “isolated colonies” onto a homemade gelatin petri dish
- Others will say the shipping box itself, which once punctured a few times will act as a “tube rack”
- Most will agree it is the foldscopes (https://www.foldscope.com/), a paper microscope that once hooked to your phone can achieve 1000x magnification (I have attached my pictures of bakers yeast and sweater fuzz)
- But no, the crown jewel was created last night by my genius wife. By using our kitchen microplane we shaved 40 different colors of crayons into a container. We then tixed in water and aliquoted into 1.5ml tubes. A circular piece of paper is then cut and placed inside of a petri dish. This mixture can then be poured over the plate by the student to create a diverse set of “colonies.” Students can then pick and patch these using the provided “sterile” toothpicks onto a 32 grid on another petri dish–something that is done in the lab to begin to find antibiotic producing bacteria.
It’s not fiction! All are invited to be alternately horrified and entertained as UP biology student Ryan Kenton presents “The Biology of Zombies and Other Parasitic Tales,” a Beckman Humor event, on Wednesday, October 30, at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall room 120. Kenton will dive into the world of actual parasitic wasps, worms, and fungi that have been found to turn thousands of other species into assorted forms of “zombies”
Co-sponsored by the Beckman Humor Project and the Garaventa Center. For ADA accommodations or more information: x7702 or up.edu/garaventa.