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In this special edition of our newsletter, we bring you several options to learn how to do biomimicry - from the comfort of your own home, to traveling abroad.  Below you will find several options to choose from in 2014, for the student, novice or professional! 
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BIOMIMICRY EDUCATION

BIOMIMICRY WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS

JUNE 30 - JULY 3, 2014

WHAT: REGISTER for this summer's "Biomimicry Workshop for K-12 Educators" organized by BiomimicryNYC and the BOCES Center for Environmental Education, held at the beautiful Omega Center. Sponsored by NYSERDA. BiomimicryNYC will be providing four (4) $100 scholarships towards room and board. To apply for a scholarship, please contact Adiel Gavish

COST: $75 plus room and board

CONTACT: Dorna Schroeter with questions. 

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ONLINE COURSE FOR THE NOVICE

ALWAYS AVAILABLE

WHAT: "Biomimicry 3.8 Introductory Course", a self-paced, 3 hour course taught by Dr. Dayna Baumeister, co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8. With real world case studies from Interface, Calera, Kalundborg and Whalepower this online course will teach you the "Essential Elements of Biomimicry", "Biomimicry Thinking" and "Life's Principles.

Students will also be provided with access to download a biomimicry course pack containing recommended resources, course screenshots and next steps for continuing your journey.  

COST: $99 

CONTACT: info@biomimicry.net or call 406.543.4108

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IN DEPTH WORKSHOP FOR PROFESSIONALS

THROUGH MARCH, 2014

WHAT: "Biomimicry: Pathway to Innovation" course with live weekly webinars, taught by Mary Hansel, one of the first 15 Certified Biomimicry Professionals. Develop the ability to describe biomimicry, explore deep patterns of biological design, practice applying Life's Principles and interact with professionals from diverse disciplines. 

COST: $400 - Early Bird registration through February 20th. 

CONTACT: cnordstrom@sustainabilityprofessionals.org or call 206.851.4234

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FULLY FUNDED PhD IN BIOMIMICRY

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2014

WHAT: Full scholarship to Loughborough University towards a "studentship" in "Biomimicry and Design". Invitations from candidates with diverse backgrounds and skill sets welcome.  

COST: Free

CONTACT: John McCardle or call 01509 222667

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POPULAR NEWS ITEMS

JANINE BENYUS IN TOP 100 THOUGHT LEADERS LIST

Joining Al Gore and Elon Musk, Janine Benyus is included in 2013's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers. The list includes not only names, but their most influential ideas. 

Presented by the GDI Institute, the ranking recognizes "...who is shaping today's discourse on the future of society and the economy...



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ZYGOTE QUARTERLY #8

By Marjan Eggermont, Tom McKeag and Norbert Hoeller

In this issue of Zygote Quarterly:
1. Apparently those shark skin inspired swimsuits for the Olympics didn't really work
2. Bellybuttons: an incredible reservoir of microbial biodiversity
3. A more in-depth analysis of the LA Auto Show's "biomimetic" innovations

 


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THE WORLD'S OLDEST LIVING THINGS


By Rachel Sussman

In this TED Talk, Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms - from 2,000 year old brain coral off Tobago's coast, to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture. 

As biomimics, we ask, what can the world's oldest living things teach us about resiliency in nature and regenerative design?


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THE U AKRON PhD IN BIOMIMICRY STUDENT BLOG 


By Emily Kennedy

Need a little help explaining biomimicry and life's strategies of sustainable design? Well you're in luck!

In this post, "Evaluating Life's Principles" the students thoroughly analyze and explain each of "Life's Principles", citing real world examples. 

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PACKAGING INSPIRED BY THE PANGOLIN?

THE LATEST "ASK NATURE NUGGET"
FROM BIOMIMICRY 3.8


How does nature protect itself?

 


"Pangolins don’t have teeth and they can’t move very quickly, so they rely on their scales to protect themselves against predators and the biting ants that are their food source. When threatened, this unusual mammal will curl up into a ball with its overlapping scales acting like armor. The scales are sharp, which provide an extra defense, and once curled, it’s nearly impossible to force the pangolin to unwind.

The pangolin’s scales are a perfect example of flexibility and durability combined, which are highly desirable traits in human-made designs, such as in packaging or roofing. In fact, the pangolin has already inspired one company to create a backpack with retractable layers that mimics the mammal’s scales. Can you think of a product or design that the pangolin can inspire?"
 

DONATE TO BNYC
BiomimicryNYC would be grateful for any donations* to our network, in support of educational and network building programs in 2014.

Please stipulate your donation is for BiomimicryNYC, part of their "Citizen Action Group" program. 

Please mail checks to:

Open Space Institute
Attn: BiomimicryNYC
1350 Broadway, Suite 201
New York, NY 10018

*All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. BiomimicryNYC is a “Citizen Action Group”, with fiscal sponsorship provided by the Open Space Institute.

 
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