"How Flies Fly" by Michael Dickinson (CalTech)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

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Reception from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
(unless otherwise posted)

Guest Speaker: Michael Dickinson (CalTech)

Talk Title:  “How Flies Fly”


Insects are the most diverse group of organisms on earth – a richness that is linked directly to their ability to fly. Since their emergence over 400 million years ago, flight has enabled insects to forage efficiently, search for mates, and migrate with the changing seasons. In my lecture, I will review the aerodynamic and physiological specializations that enable insects to hover and execute rapid maneuvers. Utilizing the genetic tools available in the fruit fly, Drosophila, I will describe how we are beginning to understand the neural and biomechanical basis of many essential flight control behaviors, such as an animal’s ability to compensate for wing damage. By examining the mechanisms that underlie flight, we gain a greater appreciation for the world’s most successful creatures.   

For more information, contact Jay Hauser

We thank the following people for their contributions to the wine fund for the post-colloquium reception:

Prof. Dolores Bozovic, Prof. Mike Cornwall, Prof. Bob Cousins, Prof. Andrea Ghez, Prof. Karoly Holczer, Prof. Eric Hudson, Robert Huff, Prof. Alex Kusenko, Prof. Myank Mehta, Prof. John Miao, Prof. Roberto Peccei, Prof. Claudio Pellegrini, Prof. David Saltzberg, Prof. Jean Turner and Prof. Ben Zuckerman.

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