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All events take place at National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, and begin at 6 pm (doors open at 5 pm), unless otherwise stated!
What’s on tap:
Monday, April 27, 2015
Science on Tap Quizzo!
Monday, May 11, 2015
Why We (and Weebles) Wobble but Don’t Fall Down
As you traverse the hazard-filled streets of Philadelphia on a daily basis, have you ever had to think about how you will step on and off a sidewalk, dexterously avoid a pothole, or simply stay upright and not fall down while walking? Though it might seem automatic to you, it turns out that moving through our natural and built environments is no easy feat. Movement is something that all animals do, and often in amazingly acrobatic ways. Ask a robot to do it, however, and it will often struggle and fall over the simplest obstacles. This talk will reveal some mysteries of animal locomotion that allow us to move through the world with grace and composure (most of the time). It will also show how integrating biology into robotics is enabling ever deeper insights into both biology and robotic design.
Tonia Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Temple University. She runs a biomechanics laboratory that combines empirical and physical modeling approaches to study how animals contend with unexpected perturbations during rapid locomotion. When not wrapped up in research, she dedicates herself to stuffing bright minds with random facts, finding ways to engage the public in science, and putting her research to practice while rock climbing. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she studied the secrets of how lizards run on water and fish walk on land.