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Seminars in Hearing Research (9/30/21) - Jeff Lucas

Seminars in Hearing Research (9/30/21) - Jeff Lucas

Author: M. Heinz
Event Date: September 30, 2021
Hosted By: Hari Bharadwaj
Time: 1030-1120
Location: LYLE 1150
Contact Name: Bharadwaj, Hari M
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Open To: All
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School or Program: Biomedical Engineering
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Jeffrey Lucas (Professor, BIOL) will present "Resources that are relevant in the entire hierarchy of life? Information is one… " at our next Seminars in Hearing Research at Purdue (SHRP) on September 30th at 1030-1120 in LYLE 1150.

Seminars in Hearing Research at Purdue (SHRP)


Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021


Time: 10:30 – 11:20 am


Location: LYLE 1150


Title: Resources that are relevant in the entire hierarchy of life?  Information is one…


Speaker: Jeffrey Lucas, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences


Abstract: Biology is a hierarchical phenomenon. The investigation of biological systems is also, necessarily, hierarchical. Unfortunately, there is relatively little crosstalk across disciplines that address biological phenomena at different scales. For example, structural biologists don’t often talk to community ecologists.  NSF funded a series of country-wide workshops that focused on this issue with the hope of finding possible research protocols that bridge disciplines.  Our group in these workshops focused on the possibility that scale-independent resources might help scale-dependent scientific inquiry.  I’ll talk about the 4 “resources” we identified: energy, conductance, storage, and information, with an emphasis on the idea that information is truly a resource that is critical to all biological systems irrespective of scale.  I offer 3 (+1) examples of how information organizes systems from tiny to massive.  You’ll also see where niche construction fits into the big, and sometimes into the smaller, picture.


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Meeting ID: 931 0815 8900

Passcode: 11501150


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