Frontiers in Science Lecture: The Biological World of Extreme Movement

Join us on Friday, February 7 for the FAU Frontiers in Science talk: “From Fast to Ultra-Fast: The Biological World of Extreme Movement” presented by Sheila Patek, Ph.D.

Many mantis shrimp end their raptorial strikes with nanosecond-scale, imploding cavitation bubbles that emit heat equivalent to the surface of the sun. However, in order to get to that energetic feat, they begin their raptorial strike with a slow and forceful muscle contraction that lasts hundreds of milliseconds. Each stage of energy transformation – from muscle contraction to implosion – span durations equivalent to the order of magnitude difference between one year and one second. The extraordinary cascade of energy flow and control in mantis shrimp strikes has accompanied their evolutionary diversification to capture fish and crush snails, as well as their ritualized behaviors to ensure non-lethal fights. The biomechanical, behavioral, and evolutionary insights from these strikes have stimulated a vibrant interdisciplinary field of materials and robotics, as well as considerable interest from the public because of the dynamism of these animals. This talk will address the intersection of biological discovery with interdisciplinary and accessible research and foster general discussion about the impacts and adventures of discovery science

The 2020 FAU Frontiers in Science lecture series runs from Friday, January 17 through Wednesday, May 20. We have experts this season from a range of scientific disciplines who are coming to FAU to speak about: A.I. and machine learning, the geology of glaciers, the biology of extreme movement, ways mathematical modeling is changing the world, understanding the big bang, a look inside nanomachines, and more! Science Dean, Dr. Ata Sarajedini states, “My hope is that these lectures move you to deeper learning, explain your world, ignite your discussions, and bring the richness of the sciences to you.”


Friday, February 7 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

General Classroom North, 102
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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