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© 2016-19 Jake Socha

November 14, 2016

I gave a seminar to students at Roanoke College, hosted by Dr. Darwin Jorgensen. (Of course, Dar HAD to become a biologist, right?) My first visit to the college — really nice place, and it was interesting to see Dar's lab working with aquatic critters.

November 10, 2016

I visited Atlanta's Morehouse College to give a seminar, hosted by physics professor Dr. Willie Rockward (below). Part of the motivation for giving the seminar was to advertise for a summer research position in the Socha Lab. This trip and the summer research are funde...

October 21, 2016

I went to Argonne National Lab to help with experiments on the mechanics of snapping in trap-jaw ants. This work is led by Dr. Andy Suarez, who has been studying these amazing animals for many years, and Dr. Sheila Patek, who is an expert on fast elastic-storage mechan...

October 10, 2016

Our new lab in Norris Hall, in planning for more than a year, got underway today. We're excited to see how this will turn out. The new space is almost twice as large as the old lab down the hall, and our former department head (Dr. Stefan Duma) allowed me to design the...

August 19, 2016

Isaac and I were in Montreal to attend ICTAM 2016, the 24th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. This conference is held every four years. We both gave talks on flying snakes, highlighting kinematics work from The Cube and Isaac's theoretical an...

April 28, 2016

Today we collected blood from one of our Chrysopelea paradisi specimens. The snake has been sick for a while, evidenced by the lack of ability to shed and recently some problems in the mouth. We are not sure what is wrong with it, so we collected a blood for a full ana...

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