Cohort Program Blog

  • Bio-inspired design: interview with PI Emilie Snell-Rood

    Authors: Ivana Truong
    Posted 21/02/2023
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    Could you introduce yourself?
    I’m Emilie Snell-Rood, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the College of Biological Sciences and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. I'm broadly interested in how organisms deal with changing environments and what that means for conservation. In parallel, I’m interested…

  • Postdoc Perspectives: Q&A with Christopher Austin

    Authors: Bernie Cook
    Posted 31/01/2023
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    What is your area of expertise?
    I often consider myself to work in the field of the metaphysics of science, which is to say that I work on fundamental issues, like causation and modality with respect to scientific disciplines. Although I'm interested in different disciplines, I primarily work in philosophy of biology, and more…

  • Building bridges between biology and design

    Authors: Emilie Snell-Rood
    Posted 02/05/2022
    In the classroom: sketching diagrams of a lobster-inspired device that could harvest desalinated water.

    “I want to build a community center where people come together and get along, and I’m looking at nature for ideas because of all of the harmonious and interconnected relationships where animals and plants co-exist.”

    I was talking with an architecture…