STEM Tavern at Soaring Ridge

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Date(s) - Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


What makes a talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) even more entertaining? Why, beer of course!

Join our monthly STEM Tavern that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. For each beer sold at STEM Tavern, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western Virginia! A food truck will also be on hand.

If you are interested in more information about the STEM Tavern programming, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at  svanzele@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.). Talks begin at 6:00 pm!

February 14: Dr. Anne Staples “What do Supersonic Jets and Insect Breathing have in common?”

Dr. Anne Staples will discuss her work studying and modeling the fundamental physics of insect respiration. Once thought to breathe passively by simply allowing air to enter the body through a series of openings called spiracles and diffuse toward the tissues, recent x-ray movie images revealed that insects actively ventilate their bodies, like mammals. Dr. Staples’ work modeling this breathing mechanism has led to surprising revelations – for instance, insect respiratory mechanisms share some fundamental physics with supersonic flows – and has led to the design and fabrication of efficient new insect-inspired microfluidic devices.

Anne Staples is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Her work focuses on fluid dynamics in nature, ranging from geophysical flows at the hundreds-of-kilometers scale to bacterial swimming and physiological flows in insects at the micrometer scale. She received her PhD from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and after that was a National Academies Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. She joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2008.

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