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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Feb 11, 2020

How are the health of soil, plants, bees, and humans connected? An all-star panel of experts joined us to answer this question with a discussion of the microscopic universe at the beginning and end of our food chain—the microbiome. Delve into the intricate world of microbes present in every human, the bacteria that help us digest food, regulate our immune system, and produce vitamins essential to our health. Explore unique connections that expand our everyday understanding—the decline of bees as related to the health of our soil and the quality of microbiomes within bees’ diets, the relationship of cancer to our digestive health, and more. Sit in for an enlightening discussion of the unseen but powerful factors affecting our health, our environment, and many more aspects of our lives than we could have thought possible.


Elissa Arnheim combines her health and ecology expertise in fostering robust populations and resilient terrain in children’s guts. She helps mothers reverse their children’s chronic health issues while taking care of themselves. Arnheim’s work gives moms empowered clarity by reducing stomach problems, anxiety and focus issues, and picky eating.

Anne Biklé is a science writer and public speaker. She has over two decades of experience in field biology, natural history, and environmental planning. Her work focuses on the connections between people, plants, food, health, and the environment. Biklé is the co-author of The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health.

William DePaolo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, recipient of the Garvey Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology, and Director of CMiST, Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics. His research centers on multidisciplinary applications of microbiology, mucosal immunology, and cancer research to study complex human diseases.

Jenifer Walke, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Eastern Washington University. She is a microbial and disease ecologist, studying the roles of beneficial and disease-causing microorganisms on their hosts and investigating the complex interactions between honey bee hosts, their gut microbiomes, and pathogens.

The event is moderated by Bob Redmond of Survivor Bee.

The event is co-produced by Survivor Bee and sponsored by Big Dipper Waxworks with additional support from King County LOOP® Biosolids, The Common Acre, Rainbow Natural Remedies, and the Center for Microbiome Sciences and Therapeutics at the University of Washington.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Recorded live in The Forum on February 4, 2020.