Science Café Speaker Discusses Acrobatics of Jumping Frogs

April 30, 2013

Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – Gary Gillis of Mount Holyoke College will present “Brace for Impact,” exploring the acrobatics of jumping frogs and how they, like gymnasts, coordinate their muscles to effectively prepare for landings, at a Science Café on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at Esselon Café in Hadley.
 
Gillis uses biomechanics and neuromuscular analysis to understand how animals are able to control their movements during rapid deceleration.  
 
Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience. 
 
The Science Café series is organized by graduate students in the organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) program at UMass Amherst, and is supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, OEB and the UMass Natural History Collections. Organizers strive to bring engaging conversations about science to broad audiences by hosting Science Café events throughout the year. 
 
The graduate program in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass Amherst trains M.S. and Ph.D. students in four major areas: animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, and organismal biology. OEB graduate students, postdocs and faculty study biological processes ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, often bridging the gap between basic and applied research.
 
For more information, visit www.oebsciencecafe.org