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The new Dr. Yeaton

Congratulations to the newest PhD in the lab, Dr. Isaac Yeaton! Today, Isaac defended his work on the mechanics of flying snake, showing that undulation is likely a requirement for gliding. Thanks too to co-advisor Dr. Shane Ross and the BIOTRANS program, of which Isaac was a member. Isaac is off to work as a researcher in Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Lab (APL), joining the group of former lab member Dr. Matt Giarra. We celebrated later in the day in Isaac's honor. See below for video of the cork popping. Slow motion, of course. Isaac conjuring up positive snake mojo at his defense. Popping the cork, slow-mo.

Khaled's prelim defense

Congratulations to PhD student Khaled Adjerid, who successfully defended his dissertation proposal at his prelim in the Engineering Mechanics program. His thesis focuses on the mechanics of tracheal compression in insects. This photo is actually of Khaled presenting a talk at SICB 2018, but he looked pretty similar during his prelim.

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