February Monthly Meeting


WHEN: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
WHERE: Duquesne University
RSVP BY: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 by NOON
Dinner reservations are no longer being accepted.

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    5:30 PM Social Hour: Shepperson Suite
    5:30 PM SSP Technology Forum: Power Center Ballroom
    6:30 PM Dinner: Power Center Ballroom
    Student Affiliate Meeting: Shepperson Suite
    7:15 PM Business Meeting: Power Center Ballroom
    7:45 PM Technical Program: Power Center Ballroom

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SSP TECHNOLOGY FORUM

Andrew Hiser, CannaTech Extracts, LLC

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“Medical Cannabis in PA: A Scientist’s Perspective”
This presentation is intended for those trying to navigate the CBD- or THC-containing cannabis market. Whether you are the consumer, caregiver, or just someone who wants to learn more about the industry, the best way to understand it, is to research this highly functional plant at home. That is easy enough to say, but to actually do it; well, where would you even start? At the beginning of course.

I intend to help the participants to learn what research is needed and some facts and myths to shed some light on the cannabis “stigma”. Following a quick history on cannabis, some of the details of the plants structure are highlighted. The history and structure of the plant are both important to fully understand the products that you are going to purchase.

The structure of cannabis operates as the perfect segue into the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and Phytocannabinoids. After quickly covering some products and how they are made, the more analytical side of the industry will be looked at. A general knowledge of the processing path can help consumers know what to expect in their product whereas, analytical testing tells them exactly what is in the product.

It is my hope that this presentation creates a new understanding of cannabis, its structure, the ECS, and how products are made. You should leave with enough knowledge to research the use and effects of cannabis and choose a safe and natural medication.

It is only through education that we can end the cannabis stigma. After all the discovery of the ECS has caused many text books to add new chapters.

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SSP TECHNICAL PROGRAM

Dr. Jim Cybulski, CEO Foldscope

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“Development/Deployment of Inexpensive, Robust Instruments for Combating Disease on a Global Scale”
Foldscope was created with a vision to solve an accessibility problem in science. What began as a simple idea has now grown into a company that provides powerful low-cost tools to communities around the world, all in an effort to help advance education, health, and opportunity! We believe that the most important part of our company is not the tools themselves, but the communities that use them. Through our production of low-cost tools, we aim to break down the price barrier between people & the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration. In other words allowing people (especially children) to “do” science as opposed to simply learning about science.

This presentation will focus on the development and application of Foldscope microscopes for science education, disease prevention and providing accessible portals to the microcosmos.