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College of Biological Sciences Presents

The Petri Dish: Beyond Velcro

4/5/17, 7:00 PM

About this event

Beyond Velcro: Taking cues from nature to design solutions to big challenges and drive innovation

Design inspired by biology is nothing new. Think Leonardo da Vinci’s “flying machines.” Or consider Velcro, an oft-cited example of “biomimicry,” which copies the clinging prowess of burrs. From sonar (bats) to nanowires (bacteria) to polyurethane swimsuits (shark skin), the list inventions premised on emulating patterns and processes that already exist in nature is long and getting longer. What’s new is the scale and complexity of the problems. Explore the bio-based approach informing innovative applications in far-flung fields from medicine to robotics and beyond.

Panelists: Emilie Snell-Rood, Marc Swackhamer, Abbendour Abbas
Moderator: Jim Cotner

The Petri Dish explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. No Powerpoints. Just live music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts.

Tickets available at z.umn.edu/petridish

Doors open at 6 p.m., Program starts at 7 p.m. Live music and trivia precede the program. Food and beverages available for purchase.

The Petri Dish is brought to you by The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Event Location
  • Camp Bar
  • 490 N Robert St
  • St. Paul MN
  • USA