Biomechanics at Harvard University

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Biomechanics Seminars
in the Harvard University & Boston Metropolitan Area


Area Seminars in Biomechanics and Ethics


Thursday, October 23, 2008

"The impact of Agriculture on Biodiversity: Lessons and Lies from Kenya and Borneo "

David S. Wilcove
Princeton University

5:15 pm in Science Center Lecture Hall A
Center for the Environment and Bank of America series on Biodiversity,
Ecology, and Global Change
Reception to follow


Upcoming Concord Field Station (CFS) Structure-Function Seminars


Monday, November 3, 2008

"Soft-Bodied mechanics of Caterpillar Locomotion "

Barry Trimmer/Luis Dorfmann
Tufts University


Monday, November 17, 2008

"Biomechanics of Feeding Strikes of Mantid Shrimp/Sound Production in Stomatopods "

Sheila Patek
Radcliffe Fellow and Univ. of MA, Amherst


Monday, December 8, 2008

"Primate Tooth Development, Structure and Evolution "

Tanya Smith
BioAnthro, Harvard University


All Seminars this semester will meet on Monday evenings with dinner at 6:15pm, followed by seminar at 7:15pm atConcord Field Station
The red van will be available to transport people from the MCZ parking lot in Cambridge (leaving at 5:50 PM). Be sure to let us know if you want a ride. Driving directions are available on request

Contact to RSVP for dinner at 6:30pm and for directions.

Past Seminars


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"Investigating the Mechanics and Energetics of Movement Using Musculoskeletal Modeling and Simulation"

Brian Umberger
UMass, Amherst

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Exploring the Role of Elastic Mechanisms in Muscle-Powered Acceleration "

Tom Roberts
Brown University


Thursday, May 17, 2007

"Dolphin Drafting and Spinning "

Danny Weihs
Brown University

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"The Biomechanics of Plant and Fungal Movements: Traps, Slingshots, and Catapults"

Jacques Dumais
Harvard University
Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

7:30pm, Concord Field Station
The red van will be available to transport people from the MCZ parking lot in Cambridge (leaving at 5:50 PM). Be sure to let us know if you want a ride. Driving directions are available on request

Contact to RSVP for dinner at 6:30pm and for directions.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

"Bio-inspired Materials Design Oozes Out of Hagfish Slime "

John Gosline
University of British Columbia

4:00pm, Biological Laboratories
Main Lecture Hall
16 Divinity Avenue

Host: Andrew Biewener Lab


Monday, April 3, 2006

"Science Under Attack, from the White House to the Classroom: Public Policy, Science Education, and the Emperors New Clothes"

Lawrence Krauss
Case Physics

Science is currently under attack on many fronts, and scientists need to play a part in helping defend science. The popular debate about the teaching of intelligent design in public schools presents a perplexing quandary for scientists and policy makers. How do scientists take part in a national debate that has been essentially manufactured by a marketing campaign to appear to be a scientific controversy, but which bears little or no contact with the scientific enterprise? Behind much of this campaign is the notion that by leaving out the explicit consideration of a deity in scientific explorations the scientific enterprise is itself somehow either inconsistent or immoral. Neither is true. How should educators and policy makers respond to public misconceptions such as this, however, when those misconceptions are held by a majority of the public? At the same time, these developments are taking place in the context of a larger distrust of science, and efforts by various groups to restrict the flow of information, control government access of scientists etc. I will describe some of these problems as well, and argue that scientists need to become vocal evangelists for science on many fronts. I will also argue that when it comes to public education as it relates to the process and progress of science, popular opinion is an inappropriate guide for policy and pedagogy. Finally, I shall touch on the situation in Ohio, and point out why I believe the current standards and lesson plan regarding evolution are illegal.

4:15 pm in Jefferson 250
Department of Physics Monday Colloquia
Tea will be served in Jefferson 450 @ 3:30 pm

Below are links to the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and The Kennedy School of Government's Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. Both have ongoing seminars in various topics including, gender, evolution, diversity, religion, research and social policy.


Harvard School of Public Health

Thursday, February 16, 2006

"Intellectual Property, Structural Adjustment Policies & Antiretroviral Drugs "

Brook K. Baker
Northeastern University School of Law

There has been a campaign to raise international standards for intellectual property protections for drugs. These strategies have affected access to first-line ARVs (Antiretovirals) and newer second-line therapies in developing countries. This talk will outline the aspects of intellectual property rights and macroeconomics polocies that affect access to antiretroviral drugs.

Brook K. Baker is a law professor at Northeastern University School of Law and a policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project), an AIDS treatment access NGO based in the U.S. He has campaigned, written, and consulted extensively on intellectual property issues affecting access to medicines, on policy and funding issues at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and on the globalization and its impact onthe AIDS pandemic. He collaborates with the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa.

6:30-8p.m. at the Center for Population & Development Studies

9 Bow Street, Cambridge
(Food will be provided)


Symposia on Diversity in the Sciences

Friday, November 18 - Saturday, November 19, 2005
Activities taking place throughout the Harvard Campus. Please check the Program of Events listed in the website link below.

Symposia Contact:
Haley Hemen
(617) 495-1996



Applied Mechanics Colloquium

Wednesday, November 30, 20005

"Invasive Hyphae, Pulsating Mushrooms, and Jet-propelled Spores:
A Biomechanical Snapshot of Kingdom Fungi"

Nicholas P. Money
Department of Botany
Miami University

Few scientists are aware of the extraordinary range of movements accomplished by fungi. The speed of these biophysical processes ranges from the slow extension of hyphae accompanying the penetration of plant and animal tissues, to blisteringly fast mechanisms of spore discharge. In this seminar, Dr. Nik Money, from Miami University of Ohio, will showcase novel approaches to understanding these phenomena, including video imaging of spores at camera speeds of 100,000 frames per second

4:00 PM in 209 Pierce Hall
(Coffee after the Colloquium, Brooks Room, Pierce Hall 213)
Host: Prof. N. M. Holbrook


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