CLEAR (Center for Learning, Education and Research in the Sciences)

Join us for Lab Crawl 2021

Friday November 12th from 11:30am-1:30pm!

The Oberlin College Lab Crawl is an annual open house that provides a fun and informal interaction with math and science on campus.

Three photos of students during previous lab crawls, lab crawl 2021 logo

The format of the Lab Crawl is simple: students pick up a list of all participating labs and a passport from a table in the Science Center. They take the passports to various labs and stations around the Science Center, as well as stations in the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, King, Carnegie, and Severance. Students get one sticker from every station they visit, and stations outside the Science Center give out two stickers. A minimum of three stickers is needed to trade in passports for pizza. Every sticker that students get also enters them into a raffle.

1) Pick up a passport! You'll find them in the Science Center Atrium, Carnegie Geology Lounge, and 3rd Floor King.
2) Visit labs! There are lab stations in the Science Center, Wright, Carnegie, King.
3) Get stickers! You'll get one sticker from every station you visit, and stations outside the Science Center give out stickers worth four entries in the raffle.

4) Get free pizza! A minimum of three stickers is needed to trade in passports for pizza. 
5) Win a T-shirt! Every round sticker that you get is worth one entry. Every star sticker is worth four entries. The first ten people with ten or more stickers win a T-shirt! Pick them up in the Science Center, room K100

Check out the labs participating in Lab Crawl!

Manish Mehta Lab : Science Center N286

Visitors will be given a tour of hardware used to perform solid-state NMR experiments, as well as results from recent crystal growth trials. Students will also learn about recent adventures in computational self-assembly. 

Safety Committee Cindi Manning, Forrest Rose, Melinda Keller, and Claudia Ferrini: Science Center Atrium

Safety is important for science labs and classrooms. Stop by to learn about PPE, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, gloves, goggles, and more!  Pick up ear plugs, bike reflectors, handouts, AND enter a WHAT NOT TO DO Contest to win a basket of goodies!

Matthew Elrod Lab: Science Center N285

The Elrod lab is studying atmospheric chemistry processes, particularly the chemical mechanisms that are responsible for air pollution and human-caused climate change. 

Rachel Saylor Lab : Science Center, N373

The Saylor lab develops and employs analytical techniques and methods, including capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, to investigate neurobiological systems.

Jason Belitsky Lab: Science Center N386

Research in the Belitsky lab focuses on melanins, the biological pigments, and related materials. This includes melanin-inspired materials that change color upon binding to metal ions such as lead, which we are developing as potential colorimetric sensors for lead in water.

Amanda Schmidt Lab: Carnegie 129A and Carnegie 416
The "dirt lab" measures short-lived fallout radionuclides in order to date sediment deposition and to fingerprint depth of erosion in upstream watersheds. In CARN129A we have 3 germanium detectors that count isotopes. In CARN416 we prepare samples and do computer analysis of our data. 

Zeb Page Lab: Carnegie 206
OSNAP (Oberlin SEM for Nano (x10^3) Analysis and Perusal) is Oberlin's center for high-resolution imaging and micro-chemical analysis. Student and faculty researchers from all science departments use this NSF-funded instrument for their research. Come look at really tiny things with us and measure their chemistry! 

Karla Hubbard Lab: Carnegie 415

The Paleontology research group focuses on taphonomy and the formation of fossil concentrations. Taphonomy is the study of the fossilization process. What happens to organisms from the moment they die to the time they become true fossils (if they ever do)? One way to approach this is by running modern experiments to document the decay and transformation over time. I have placed thousands of mollusk shells, crabs, and sea urchins on the sea floor at various depths and types of environments to document this process over decades. Our lab is presently looking at the role of microbes in breaking down shell material. Come see what clam shells bored by fungus and bacteria look like! 

Jason Stalnaker Lab : Wright 104

We use atomic physics and laser spectroscopy to search for dark matter. 

Yumi Ijiri Lab : W017-basement of Wright

The Ijiri lab studies unusual nanoscale magnetic materials in the form of nanoparticles, thin ribbons, and fluids. These tiny magnets are of interest for biomedical, data storage, waste remediation, and sensor applications. 

Stephen FitzGerald Lab: W016-basement of Wright

The FitzGerald lab researchs spectroscopy of trapped molecules for hydrogen fuel cell applications. 

Roger Laushman Lab: Science Center, A141

The Laushman lab is focused on the study of invasive species (e.g. multiflora rose, buckthorn, and the Emerald Ash Borer). We use the Chance Creek Preserve and the college Arboretum as study sites. Current projects involve tree-ring research, seed bank diversity, lichen distribution, and restoration following invasive species removal.

Marta Laskowski Lab: Science Center K113 and K114

We study plants, and more specifically, the changes that root cells undergo as the plants mature. Roots go through different stages of the life cycle, just as people do, and our lab is working to understand how the process of aging affects the hormonal and molecular status of cells in the meristem that is responsible for forming the root system. 

Angie Roles Lab Description:

The Roles lab studies population and conservation genetics. Find us in Science Center A132

Mary Garvin Lab: Science Center A138

We describe and illustrate (through graphics and demos) our 3 main projects: 1) ecosystem cycling of cadmium in a childhood cancer cluster 2) overwintering mechanisms of eastern equine encephalitis virus (in mosquitoes and mites) and 3) blood meal DNA analysis of a mosquito vector of eastern equine encephalitis virus. 

Mike Moore Lab: Science Center K112

The Moore Lab studies the evolution of plant diversity using a combination of DNA sequence data, morphology, and other sources of data. 

Tracie Paine Lab: Science Center A242

In humans, adverse childhood experiences have long-term effects on health. The Paine lab is currently studying the effects of early adverse experiences on adult social and cognitive function using a rodent model. In addition we are assessing whether adverse experiences lead to lasting changes in the brain's dopamine system, a neurotransmitter system that is essential for optimal cognitive functioning.

Chris Howard Lab: Science Center A236

The Howard lab investigates how the brain regulates behavior. We are specifically determining how a brain region called the striatum, which is disrupted in Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, contributes to flexibility of behavior, and how the brain encodes time perception. To do this, the lab uses optogenetics (the activation of brain circuits using laser light) to determine how striatum contributes to behavior, and staining techniques to investigate gene expression during learning. We are also exploring how cannabidiol (CBD), a drug derived from cannabis that is found in many consumer products, alters flexibility. This station will highlight exciting new technological approaches in the field of neuroscience

Gunnar Kwayke Lab: Science Center A245.

The G. Kwakye lab employs neuronal and glial cultures, cellular, molecular, analytical, and biochemical techniques to understand the basis of selective loss of cells in neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington, Parkinson, and Multiple System Atrophy by leveraging our understanding of environmental influences (overexposure to heavy metals, drugs and pesticides) sharing common modes of neurotoxicity. Many environmental agents, particularly heavy metals and pesticides, both increase the risk for developing neurodegenerative diseases upon overexposure by perturbing physiological mechanisms. Importantly, neuropathological endpoints are observed whether the etiology of the neurodegenerative disease is attributable to genes (familial), overexposure to environmental toxins, or unknown (idiopathic). Environmental chemicals can augment aberrant cellular mechanisms that contribute to neurodegeneration in familial cases. Thus, it stands to reason that nature-nurture interactions can cause and promote neurodegeneration. 

Leslie Kwayke Lab: Science Center A257.

The L. Kwakye lab is interested in how the brain combines information from the different senses and how cognitive factors such as attention modulate this multisensory integration.  We are also interested in studying how the complex relationship between attention and multisensory integration develops in children and whether it is altered in different groups of individuals such as musicians and those with developmental disorders.  We employ both psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques to investigate how sensory and cognitive factors interact in the brain to give rise to our unique perceptions of the world around us. 

Amy Margaris Lab: King 322

Past, present, and future meet in the Archaeology Lab. Explore where we care for and learn from cultural heritage from Native America and beyond. View archaeological teaching collections, ethnographic items, and materials for DIY stone tools.