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10-09-2015

'From Red Blood Cells to New Bio-Devices' at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"From Red Blood Cells to New Bio-Devices" will be presented by Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Parisa Mirbod at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Parisa MirbodRed blood cells zip through micron-wide capillaries almost friction-free, surviving hundreds of thousands of passages during their nearly 120-days lifespan. Join Mirbod as she describes ongoing efforts to design new porous bio-devices -- a boon for such practical applications as underground oil recovery and biomedical slow drug delivery -- that are inspired by the amazing properties of the humble capillaries.

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 .

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/pmirbod.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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