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FAU Frontiers in Science Lecture Series Presents “Soft Skeletons: Finding Nemo and Adventures in Biomechanics”

BOCA RATON, FL (January 25, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science presents Adam Summers, Ph.D. as a guest speaker in the Spring 2007 Frontiers in Science public lecture program.   The lecture, titled “Soft Skeletons:   Finding Nemo and Adventures in Biomechanics,” will take place on Thursday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center.  

Summers’ presentation will draw from his background in engineering and mathematics, combined with his love of evolutionary biology, to share his research on the effects material properties have on living soft skeleton organisms.

Summers, who was the scientific adviser to Pixar Animation Studio on the award winning film Finding Nemo, holds dual faculty positions at the University of California, Irvine as an assistant professor in ecology and evolutionary biology and as an assistant professor in biomedical engineering.   He is a research associate at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

 This lecture is free and open to the public.   It is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.   For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or


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