Macro to Micro teacher training course will be held in the Boston area at Bridgewater State University July 10-12, 2017. It is offered by Lichen Labs and Biomimicry New England, in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education, for seventh grade life science teachers and informal educators. It will introduce teachers to biomimicry and microscopy and take them through the process of collecting samples in the field, microscope observation and doing a biomimicry design project. Teachers will then teach the Macro to Micro course in their classes during the next school year. They will receive lesson plans and course materials and be able to send samples for remote light microscope and scanning electron micro- scope viewing from their classroom.
The Residential Green Building Committee gathered on September 11th, 2017. We had some new faces, so it was great to meet folks in the green building space, working towards the same goal.
We had a guest presentation from Peter Lawrence, President and co-founder of Biomimicry New England, a nonprofit organization. He presented on biomimicry and how bioinspired buildings come to fruition and remain resilient.
For more information, visit http://usgbcma.org/blog/biomimicry-new-england-rgbc-meeting-september-11th-2017
Come learn about nature's innovations at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History!
Want to learn how to build a resilient world while paddling through a salt marsh and walking through a forest?
In this 4-day course, we’ll explore the foundations and practice using the tools of Biomimicry to solve resilience challenges. Your instructors will guide your discovery of life’s amazing strategies in local ecosystems and how these strategies can inspire solutions to human challenges. This course is designed for students and professionals who want to learn the core principles and practices of Biomimicry and how they relate to resilience.
Lectures and tours of two new Living Buildings followed by panel discussion on bioinspired planning. 9:30am to 4pm.
The program will include a lecture and tour of the Hitchcock Center by architect Sam Batchelor of designLAB architects. Jason Jewett of Bruner/Cott will discuss the design of Kern Center at Hampshire College and lead a tour of that building. This will be followed by a panel discussion about biomimicry and urban planning.
Panelists will include: Josh stack, Counselor at law & Resilience; Jim Newman, Linnean Solutions and Elisha Long, CV Properties & Biomimicry Professional. Moderator, Peter Lawrence, Biomimicry New England.
Lunch will be available at the Kern Kafe in the Kern Center. Parking is available at both locations.
Celebrate with us the opening of Biomimicry New England's exhibit, Innovations Inspired by Nature, at Fanueil Hall at 4:30pm on Friday 19 August.
The program will include a short introduction about the exhibition by Biomimicry New England President, Peter Lawrence, followed by an introduction of two of the exhibit companies by the President and Co-founder of NBD Nano, Deckard Sorensen and Stefan Marshall-Goebel, General Manager, Arnold Glas, manufacturer of Ornilux ‘Bird Glass.’
The celebration will continue at a local tavern after 5:30 for drinks & discussion.
Cooley and Biomimicry New England invite you to join us for a unique opportunity to concentrate biomimicry innovators, thought leaders for investing in our future and strategists for building companies into a single space to generate ideas, overcome obstacles, and fuse new collaborations.
RSVP by June 3. For more information, please e-mail Brianna Sullivan or call +1 617 937 2404.
"Macro to Micro: Innovation Inspired by Nature" is an education module combining biomimicry and microscopy designed for 7th grade life science classes and piloted in Ely, Minnesota. It begins with a one hour classroom presentation followed by an outdoor class period finding, observing and collecting a specimen/adaptation that can be examined in a microscope to study. Selected specimens are sent to the lab. Highlights are viewed by the class remotely by logging into an electron microscope. In several class periods, students research a particular adaptation for the organism they chose, determine the design principle of the adaptation and come up with an idea for a human application. Research, drawings and photos are compiled in a “Nature’s Technology Brief” template. Sue Okerstrom, the modules creator and Biomimicry Professional will present. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
How has an understanding of nature resulted in innovation in Art, Design and Architecture? Biomimicry is about learning from nature, and using that knowledge to create new perspectives and solutions. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines will discuss their work and then exchange ideas about the benefits and value of working at this intersection.
Science Carnival of the Cambridge Science Festival
Join us for Biomimicry New England's first Bio Blitz located in the Arnold Arboretum.
The goal of the 'blitz is to explore the wisdom of the ecosystem and habitats in the Arboretum begin to develop an understanding of the strategies and mechanisms that our natural world has created to handle the same issues we struggle with as we move into 2016 - ie energy conservation and energy generation, extreme weather, pollution.
The goal is to take a glimpse into how the natural ecosystems in the Arboretum have sustained life in our corner of the world so that we might use similarly strategies to do the same.
resentation and interview with M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, Conservation International
We live in the Anthropocene, the age of humans, and not since cyanobacteria transformed Earth’s early atmosphere has one species–Homo sapiens–had such an outsized influence on the diversity of life on the planet. Saving nature in the human age is a challenging proposition, but perhaps a more relevant question might be how nature can save humankind. In an epic journey across 24 countries accompanied by a film crew from PBS and National Geographic, Sanjayan compiled awe-inspiring stories that illuminate the inextricable link between the environment and human beings. In this program, he will discuss his journey and the basic truth it revealed: that saving nature is really about saving ourselves.
Free and open to the public.
Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Presented in collaboration with the Harvard College Conservation Society
On this two-hour walking tour, learn how biomimicry can help address local climate change effects in Boston Harbor, including sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding. Anamarija (co-founder Biomimicry New England) and her students will share examples from the Green Harbors Project and Biomimicry LivingLabs: a classroom that empowers students to participate in the development and demonstration of solutions for local issues in harbors.
The tour will pause at several possible locations for future biomimicry LivingLabs as we explore the intersection of the Charles and Mystic Rivers. You will learn about the harbor's improved health as we pass by Deer Island, the second largest waste water treatment plant in the world. The tour will end at Savin Hill Cove, the site of the first Biomimicry LivingLabs and is funded by the Schmidt Family Foundation.
What do you think nature would do to improve conditions in urban harbors?
Public lecture with Brian D. Farrell, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Can the reconciliation of the arts and sciences inform our understanding of nature and our place in it? Drawing on neurobiological, paleontological, and genetics research, philosophical studies of music and other arts, and our current understanding of the influence of nature on human health, Brian Farrell will suggest an evolutionary framework for integrating these fields, offering new perspectives on human culture and humanity’s role in fostering a productive and sustainable future.
Free and open to the public.
Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Join other informal education professionals to explore biomimicry, the process of emulating nature’s strategies. For 3.8 billion years plants, animals, and microbes have been adapting to complex problems through evolution. Using an approach to innovation that seeks inspiration from nature, biomimicry often looks to the ocean and marine organisms. You are invited to join in exploring this fascinating topic and its potential to engage a wide range of audiences through informal education.
This workshop will be an opportunity to learn how biomimicry can address some of the top environmental issues and how we can inspire a new group of innovators to look to nature to create sustainable solutions. Designed for and by informal educators, the workshop will include an introduction to biomimicry and specific ways to introduce biomimicry. This workshop is offered by the New England Aquarium and Biomimicry New England.
Speakers include: Peter Lawrence, President & Co-founder, Biomimicry New England; Kate Anderson, Education Director, Beyond Benign; Melita Morales, EPSCoR/STEAM Communication & Engagement Coordinator, Rhode Island School of Design; Mike Smith, Program Director, New England Science & Sailing; Rebekah Stendahl, Program Manager, New England Aquarium.