“The Patterns that Form Us” will be presented by Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Biology Ginger Hunter at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
Looking around us we see biological patterns everywhere – patterns like spots, stripes, and honeycombs. Patterns like these are essential for animal camouflage and storing food – but the biological principles that underlie these patterns also help create our body shape and our organs' function as we develop and grow.
Join Hunter for a look at some of nature’s patterns and how they are formed, including the genetics and molecular biology of pattern formation and their role in embryonic development.
She will also discuss some of her research into a particular pattern in the fruit fly, and what lessons can one learn about the role of patterning in human health and development.
Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists, and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field and then opens up the floor to discussion.
Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.