Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 5:00pm
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Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Smart Clothes Science Lecture Series

"The Smartest Clothes of All: The Wily Cuttlefish" with Roger T. Hanlon, Senior Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Professor (MBL), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University

No animal group on the planet can change pattern, color, and posture with the diversity and speed of the cephalopods—octopus, cuttlefish, and squid. The elaborate skin of these animals is flexible and organized with an array of pigments and structural coloration elements that manipulate available light with high efficiency. Hanlon will illustrate the dynamic nature of this skin and extract some principles of operation that may provide a bio-inspired approach to the development of “smart clothes.”

This lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45 PM; lecture begins at 5 PM. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Smart Clothes Science Lecture Series, part of the Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute, examines the science and ethics of designing materials that improve and protect lives. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic will take place on Friday, November 15, 2013.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.  Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at 

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