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Subject: 12/6 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Duncan Irschick
From:    "UMass External Relations & University Events"
Date:    Wed, November 30, 2016 12:55 pm


The campus community is invited to attend the second 2016-2017
Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Tuesday, December 6, at 4 p.m. in the
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building.
Professor Duncan Irschick, Department of Biology, will present
&quot;Animal Attraction: Bioinspiration and Life in 3-D.&quot;
Nature-inspired solutions are being discovered for some of the most
intransigent problems that society faces, such as potential cures for
cancer from animal and plants, novel antibiotics, and gecko-inspired
adhesives. This &quot;bioinspired&quot; approach applies integrative
methods from anatomy, animal function, evolution, and biomechanics to
understand how animals evolve novel biomaterials and functions, and
how these properties can inspire novel synthetic materials. This
lecture will discuss how studies of the form and function of geckos
has contributed to a broader understanding of bioinspiration. The
lecture will further focus on recent research using 3-D imaging
techniques to digitally reconstruct living animals, ranging from
lizards to sharks in full 3-D color and in high resolution. This new
method of &quot;Digital Life&quot; provides the opportunity to
understand biological diversity in a way never before possible.
At the conclusion of the lecture, Professor Irschick will be presented
with the Chancellor&#39;s Medal, the highest honor bestowed to faculty
by the campus.
This lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception
immediately following the lecture.
Additional information about the 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty
Lecture Series is available at http://www.umass.edu/faculty-lecture


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