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July 21, 2019

The winner of the John J. Lanzendorf Hair Prize for 2018 is Melissa Kenny, for her paper: 

Kenny, M.C.*, M.N. Giarra*, E. Granata*, J.J. Socha. 2018. How temperature influences the viscosity of hornworm hemolymph. Journal of Experimental Biology 221(21): jeb186338.

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April 15, 2019

Our new paper "Functional compartmentalization in the hemocoel of insects” was published today by the journal Scientific Reports (which is Nature’s open access journal). In my opinion, it provides a new standard for understanding hemolymph pressures in insects, and is...

April 4, 2019

Congratulations to lab undergrad Mariam Hasan, who was accepted into a NIST internship today!  Mariam will be doing research under David Goodwin at the NIST Engineering Lab this summer in Gaithersburg, MD. The title of her project will be "Weathering of fiber-reinforce...

March 22, 2019

Congratulations to Mela Coffey, who was accepted into the SURF program at Stanford this summer! (SURF stands for “Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, operating out of the School of Engineering.)  She’ll be conducting research in the lab of Dr. Mark Cutkosky, whos...

Since the fall of 2017, I have been helping Michelle Graham, a Ph.D. candidate in the Socha Lab at Virginia Tech, conducting research on the gap-crossing abilities of flying snakes by analyzing motion capture data, videos, and still images of these snakes. Last fall, s...

January 8, 2019

Congratulations to Khaled Adjerid, who won the he Ralph and Mildred Buchsbaum Prize for Excellence in Photomicrography, B/W Division. This prize was awarded for his SEM work on the tracheal system of beetles, presented in a poster at the Society for Integrative and Com...

January 6, 2019

Today Melissa Kenny presented her talk "Effects of environmental temperature on viscosity of Manduca sexta hemolymph" in the Division of Comparative Biomechanics student award session at this year's SICB conference (in Tampa). Melissa didn't win, but she gave a really...

March 28, 2018

Congrats to Ph.D. student Talia Weiss, who was selected as a VSGC Graduate Research Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) awarded her $6,000 for her project, "Mechanisms of interfacial locomotion in the Indian skipper frog”....

March 24, 2018

We're happy to announce that Joshua Pulliam will be joining the lab as a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Mechanics program, starting in the Spring 2019 semester. Josh is in a dual degree program at Morehouse College, first receiving a B.S. in applied physics degree fr...

March 20, 2018

Today our paper on how mosquitoes drink was published in Scientific Reports. This paper was long in the making, with data collected by lead author Kenji Kikuchi (and myself and Wah-Keat Lee) in the mid 2000's. We added a modeling component that helps to make sense of t...

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