The Mini-Medical School Women in Medicine and Science Series
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix proudly organizes Mini-Medical School, a fascinating community lecture series open to the public. Celebrating Women in Medicine and Science is an initiative developed by the American Medical Association. The college is highlighting female scientists, physicians and faculty who mentor, advocate, network and offer training and development to female students and researchers.
Associate professor Rebecca Fisher, PhD, will share her journey of participating on an interdisciplinary team of researchers that received a $2.1M grant to study how the anatomy and behavior of octopuses can be used to design a bio-inspired, soft-armed, autonomous robot.
The team, consisting of a biologist, a material scientist and four engineers received the grant entitled, “Octopus-Inspired Autonomous Arms for Soft Robots with Adaptive Motions,” from the Office of Naval Research.
At Mini-Medical School, participants will learn how octopuses are capable of complex movements, such as squeezing through tight spaces and grasping and carrying objects.
Attendees also will learn how investigators study the neuromuscular structure of octopus arms, as well as their sensory and motor control. The first 60 registrants will have the unique opportunity to enter the gross anatomy lab to participate in hands-on activities, allowing participants to explore aspects of octopus anatomy. The remaining attendees will be able to watch as the demonstration is live-streamed to the lecture hall. All attendees must first gather in HSEB, C104
Dr. Fisher is an associate professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and the director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.
Contact and Parking Information
For questions, please contact Sheila Maddox, 602-827-2007.