Award-winning designer and researcher Lining Yao will visit Manlius Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, to present her lecture entitled, “From Nature to Fabrication: Designing Responsive Materials at the Confluence of the Born and the Made.”
Yao will describe several of her research projects, some of which were developed at the MIT Media Lab and all of which reflect an interdisciplinary approach to innovation; Yao’s work merge the fields of science, engineering, design and art.
One of the projects to be discussed is Transformative Appetite, in which two-dimensional food that will transform to a prescribed three-dimensional shape after the application of heat. Another project, for which Yao received numerous awards, is the bioLogic “Second Skin,” a fabric embedded with micro-printed living bacteria. When this bio-material responds to the heat and moisture of dynamic human skin, it causes flaps of the fabric to lift, allowing the body’s natural cooling process of sweat and evaporation to work.
Yao is an assistant professor of the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She will also present this lecture at Cornell University and Syracuse University.
This lecture at Manlius Library is free and open to the public. It is suitable for ages 15 and over, and will be followed by light refreshments and pizza.
Manlius Library is located at One Arkie Albanese Ave in Manlius.