Marin Science Seminar Presentation: “Birdbots, Bugbots, and Faux Gecko: Imitating Nature at Fearing Lab, Berkeley" with Ian Krase, TLHS grad and freshman at UC Berkeley (May 23, 2012, Terra Linda High School)
Many of today's robots are large, clunky assemblages of wheels, wires, and electronics. On the other hand, we can make much more mobile and effective ones by learning from millions of years of natural evolution. At the Fearing Lab in UC Berkeley, we imitate cockroaches, birds, and geckos; animals with very interesting properties. What can we gain by modeling our machines after these runners, fliers, and climbers?.
Ian Krase is an alumnus of Terra Linda High School, who took a strong interest in science and engineering in a wide variety of subfields. Ian taught himself machining, built electronic equipment, and made glass mirrors the old way. He also worked on equipment during internships at the UC Berkeley nanotechnology labs. Currently he is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley in the Mechanical Engineering department where he has discovered his love of robotics and joined the Fearing Lab, a group which focuses on imitating nature to make highly efficient small robots.
"Our group works in three areas. In the first, we are studying the mechanisms used by the trophoblast cells of the human placenta to invade the uterus during normal pregnancy. In parallel, our lab has begun studying the earliest stages of human development using human embryonic stem cells as a model system. Finally, we are using mass spectrometry-based approaches for proteome analyses." (The proteome is the entire set of proteins expressed by a genome, cell, tissue or organism.) (March 28, 2012, Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, CA)
Susan Fisher, Ph.D. is the Director of Translational Research in Perinatal Biology and Medicine at ucsfShe is also a Professor in the Departments of Oral Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Anatomy and Faculty Director at the Biomolecular Resource Center, UCSF. She is also a member of the UCSF Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BMS)
Marin Science Seminar Presentation: Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Work - How Public Health Research & Policy Improves Our Lives Get the flyer here. (October 16, 2013)
Many people are aware of policies for clean air and clean water but may not link these with the field of 'public health' research. Public Health has given us clean drinking water from the tap, food package labeling, tobacco control, vaccinations and much more. Meet Julie Pettijohn of the California Department of Public Health and learn about the important field of industrial hygiene. (Hint: It doesn't involve cleaning your teeth or cleaning factories!) Ms. Pettijohn will bring some sampling and personal protective equipment that she uses in her job. She will tell about the history of the field and will discuss the most pressing problems including the public health aspects of global climate change.
Julie Pettijohn is a Research Scientist Supervisor and Certified Industrial Hygienist at the California Department of Public Health. She has worked as an environmental health scientist, designed and completed environmental site assessments for industrial and commercial properties, worked as a Lead Risk Inspector/ Assessor, and audited facilities for compliance with hazardous materials management & worker health and safety regulation. Ms. Pettijohn has also published in the fields of toxicology, risk assessment, and human health risk.
Ms. Pettijohn received her BA in Aquatic Biology from UC Santa Barbara and her Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley.