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April 8, 2004

UI Lecture To Examine Emerging Science Of Biomimicry

Author Janine Benyus, who coined the term "biomimicry," will discuss that emerging field of research when she speaks at 8 p.m. Monday, April 19, in Macbride Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Benyus is the author of "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature," the story of the fascinating men and women who are studying life's best ideas and then imitating these designs and processes to solve human problems.

In "Biomimicry," (from bio, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate), she names the science that seeks sustainable solutions by mimicking nature's designs and processes. Already, biomimics are learning to grow food like a prairie, harness energy like a leaf, weave fibers like a spider, compute like a cell, find cures like a chimp and run a business like a redwood forest. In addition, she will discuss other changes in science during her visit.

Benyus is a life sciences writer who has written six books. She also consults with sustainable business leaders and talks about the genius that surrounds us. She has worked as a backcountry guide as well as a "translator" of science-speak at several research labs. She lectures widely on science topics. For more information, see her Web site at

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