Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 05/06/2008
Tuesday, 05/06/2008
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor John Bush
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Mathematics

"Surface Tension in Biology"


ABSTRACT


We present the results of recent investigations of several biological systems dominated by the influence of surface tension. Particular attention is given to elucidating natural strategies for water-repellency, underwater breathing, fluid transport on a small scale, and walking on water. Examples are primarily taken from the world of insects, but capillary feeding in shorebirds is also highlighted.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND:

  • PhD Harvard, 1993
  • Postdoc at DAMTP, University of Cambridge, 1993-97
  • MIT Department of Mathematics, 1998-present

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Geophysical fluid dynamics, surface tension driven flows. Now actively involved in biological fluids.