Our second Pitt Mobile Science Lab tailgate program was a success! This year's program focused on animal diversity, with Hydractinia as an example of a type of organism that most people probably don't immediately think of when asked to think of an animal. More than 180 football fans ranging from 3 to 80 years old (Note: we only verified the younger limit) came onto the truck to learn what makes Hydractinia an animal. They fed live colonies, observed different stages of their life cycle, touched them to see how they would respond to different stimuli.
Can't wait for next year!
Our manuscript describing the ability of Alr1 and Alr2 to engage in isoform-specific homophilic binding has been accepted for publication in Current Biology!
Congratulations to lead author Dr. Uma Karadge, and co-author Minja Gosto!
You can download the manuscript here.