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The Petri Dish - April 5

April 5

Presented by the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences
Doors at 6pm | Program starts at 7pm
Live music and an interactive bio-themed
game precede the program.

The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN


Pay What You Can, $5 minimum or 800-838-3006

A different kind of science event. No Powerpoints. Just live music, trivia and lots
of lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts, exploring how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future.

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 include evolutionary biologist Emilie Snell-Rood, Marc Swackhamer, head of the U’s School of Architecture, and Abbendour Abbas, who leads the Biosensors and Bionanotechnology Lab.

Moderator: Limnologist Jim Cotner