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Readings for class (Week of 9/6) and an updated syllabus

1 September, 2010 Leave a comment

For those of you who have not yet managed to purchase the Janine Benyus book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, here is the first chapter from the book: Echoing Nature: Why Biomimicry Now?. In conjunction with the first chapter, I would like everyone to read a perspective by Yoseph Bar-Cohen, author of another popular book on biodesign, Biomimetics: Biologically Inspired Technologies:

Bar-Cohen, Y. 2006. Biomimetics — using nature to inspire human innovation. Bioinsp. Biomim. 1: P1-P12.

This article presents a variety of topics from a broad industry/disciplinary range, showing how biology has facilitated innovations. I hope that it will start getting those creative juices flowing!

I have also updated the syllabus to show who signed up for each of the book chapter presentations. You can find the new syllabus here.

One final thing… I’m still waiting for a few more responses before I can schedule our next meeting day. If you haven’t responded to our Doodle poll (you know who you are!), please do so as soon as possible!

Categories: course logistics

The first day of class

30 August, 2010 Leave a comment

Today is an exciting day, as I will be launching the first class of my new graduate seminar on Biomimetics and Bioinspiration. As of now, there are seven registered students in the class. If you are reading this and are a graduate student at Temple University, please register!! While I would like to keep this course purposefully small, the greater the diversity of students we have join the course, the better!

Here is a quick summary, pulled directly off my syllabus:

“The emerging fields of biomimetics and bioinspiration use biology to inspire solutions to challenging problems, or speed biological progress by reaching outside of biology to other disciplines for inspiration. Common examples include the invention of Velcro, a product mimicking burrs when they stick to fur; or the development of game theory for ecological applications, originating from economic theory. In this course, we will explore how these ideas of biomimetics and bioinspiration permeate our daily lives, examining past and present examples, and creating some of our own.”

This blog is going to serve a couple purposes: (1) an informational resource for students in the course to access course materials and to read about my relevant rantings; and (2) to serve as a teaching resource to the broader educational community.

Please note: all students in the course will also be producing their own blogs, to which I will create links direct from this site… once I figure out how to do it!

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