January 18, 2017 - Biomimicry!
When Stuart wrote the blog post, Think & Drink with the Extinct: Paleontology - Fossils and Ferments, we thought it would be good to write about the first of these events that he attended on October 21, 2015. A first-time unique experience -- interacting with the scientists at a Cleveland Museum of Natural History gathering.
We attended and wrote about the Think & Drink with the Extinct: Wildlife! on October 19, 2016. It was the our first visit to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History since they opened their new Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden — Presented by KeyBank (@KeyBank). Yet another unique experience -- exploring the NEW wildlife center.
On December 7, 2016, Julie won a one-year CMNH membership when we attended a Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Reel Science movie and lecture at the Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th). We were excited, since we already enjoyed the museum, and knew we would now be more likely to learn about more events as members.
We did not know that the very first Think & Drink with the Extinct that we would attend, with our brand-new membership, on January 18, 2017, would feature the University of Akron (@uakron) Biomimicry Fellowship Ph.D. candidates we had already written about in our blog twice! We were excited to learn of their new product based on biomimicry principles (see the Hedgemon, LLC, section below), and meeting some of the other students. It is great that the museum gives the opportunity for many people to learn about the unique ideas being developed at Akron University's Biomimicry Fellowships!
Tweets & Retweets
Our 43 @sos_jr tweets and retweets share our photos and videos from the Think & Drink with the Extinct - Biomimicry event, and tell the story of what we learned at the event. What they can't tell you are some of the interesting details that we have learned by talking to science experts at these events. For that, you will need to attend a future Think & Drink with the Extinct event yourself (I have listed the upcoming dates & topics below).
Made it to Wikipedia, but stay tuned, more to come!! pic.twitter.com/jn8XUzZo5b— Bill Hsiung (@bkhsiung) December 30, 2016
the first time that I was interviewed to give an independent commentary about others' research.https://t.co/vZwjuJaoRY— Bill Hsiung (@bkhsiung) January 6, 2017
Thanks for the post about our biomimicry superstars! https://t.co/MUWakYYPXl— UAkron News (@UAkronNews) January 19, 2017
Since we had met the developers of the new Hedgemon product previously, we wanted to add a little more about their creative ideas to this blog post.
When we first met Biomimicry Fellowship Ph.D. candidates Emily Kennedy and Bill Hsiung (@bkhsiung), it was on August 11, 2015, at a smaller event at DXY (@dxydoes) -- a DXY Tangent event entitled: The Things We Mimic... It was the first time we had heard of the field of biomimicry. We were so impressed that we wrote a blog post on what we learned called: DXY Tangent: Biomimicry!
Biomimetics or biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems.
On February 5, 2016, Emily Kennedy spoke of using nature for inspiration in the development of products and packaging at the second PechaKucha Night Akron (@PKAkron) at the Akron Civic Theatre. See our blog post to learn more: PechaKucha Night at the Akron Civic Theatre. (We recommend that you follow PechaKucha Night Akron on Twitter at @PKAkron, and sign up for information on their Facebook page.)
We were interested to see at the Think & Drink with the Extinct on January 18, 2017, that they are working on an entirely new project which is the foundation of their new company, Hedgemon, LLC. Based on research on the abilty of hedgehogs' quills to protect hedgehogs from falls, Emily Kennedy and Bill Hsiung are developing and testing prototype polymer spines. Their initial research will be testing the spines in football helments to find a way to protect football players from concussions.
We also recommend you read the following article and view the related video. It gives an excellent overview of Hedgemon's product:
- Hedgehog could be key to safer football helmets, according to Univeristy of Akron graduate students
By Bob Jones (@bobjonesTV) of News 5 Cleveland (@WEWS). Posted: 4:46 PM, Jan 26, 2017, Updated: 5:00 PM, Jan 26, 2017
We also found these articles that will provide additional information:
Dynamic impact testing of hedgehog spines using a dual-arm crash pendulum
Nathan B. Swift, Bor-Kai Hsiung (@bkhsiung), Emily B. Kennedy, Kwek-Tze Tan in ScienceDirect (@sciencedirect). Received 29 December 2015, Revised 24 February 2016, Accepted 20 March 2016, Available online 26 March 2016
Hedgehogs Hold the Secret to Preventing Concussions
Madison Margolin (@margolinmadison) on Inverse (@inversedotcom). December 29, 2016
Future Think & Drink with the Extinct Events
Here is the current schedule for spring 2017:
MAR 15, 2017 — Life at the Limits — Featuring Great Lakes Brewing Company and Cleveland Whiskey
APR 19, 2017 — Entomology — Featuring Platform Beer Co.
MAY 17, 2017 — Dinosaurs — Featuring Butcher and the Brewer
We look forward to attending more Think & Drink with the Extinct and other events at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (@goCMNH) with our new membership. There are always interesting things happening in University Circle (@InTheCircle)!