Got a tricky problem? Nature’s got the answer!
In Squantum we are immersed in the beauty of nature. According to our Squantum neighbor and UMass Boston professor Anamarija Frankić – that beauty has brains!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA
Join us as Anamarija shares the work being done to restore and clean our shorelines, and how the innovative approach of biomimicry can solve many problems we face today, from clean hospital surfaces, to clean water. By taking tips from nature’s 3.8 billion years of wisdom, we can create adaptable, locally tuned solutions for a myriad of sticky challenges.
Hospitals can now control the growth of bacteria on surfaces thanks to an innovative new material that mimics the shape and pattern of shark skin.
Any Squantumite who has walked Orchard Beach is familiar with mussels. The blue mussel provides a model for adhesives that reduces emissions of hazardous air pollutants by 50-90%.
A passion for nature
When Anamarija was a girl, she imagined a way to avoid going home for dinner, which unnecessarily cut playtime short. If she could grow green hair like the plants around her – she too could convert sunlight into energy and avoid dinner altogether! Today, this creative thinking and love of nature has led Anamarija to UMass Boston, where she is a professor in the School for the Environment, and the director of the Green Harbors Project. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, and marine science, and is focused on coastal ecosystem stewardship. She initiated the Boston Green Harbors Project with the vision that any urban harbor, including the Neponset watershed and area salt marshes and tidal flats, can become green and sustainable.
All are invited! Bring friends.
Enjoy refreshments and conversation with your neighbors.
No charge to attend.
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