On December 8th 2016,
The SURPAS Teaching and Outreach committee with Katharine Grabek, Elena Sorokin, Chris DeBoever, Genevieve Wojcik, and Kaitlyn Spees (all members of the Bustamante Lab) volunteered at Nightlife @ Cal Academy for the theme of Holiday Bazaar.
Dr. Grabek, from the Stanford Department of Genetics, introduced visitors to topic of hibernation. Museum attendees learned about the extreme physiological changes that mammals must undergo to hibernate successfully.They were encouraged to touch a (fake) hibernating squirrel and had fun playing a game in which they matched mammals with their lowest record body temperatures. Finally, they learned about how scientists aim to solve human biomedical problems by studying animals that hibernate.