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Transparent worms and invisible force fields: How the tiny nematode C. elegans uses the earth’s magnetic field to find its way around in the world.
Dr. Andres Vidal-Gadea, Assistant Professor of Molecular Neuroethology in the School of Biological Sciences, will give a talk entitled, “Transparent worms and invisible force fields: How the tiny nematode C. elegans uses the earth’s magnetic field to find its way around in the world” at the University Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday February 15 in the Founders Suite in the Bone Student Center.
Many organisms, from bacteria to mammals, navigate their environment with the help of the earth’s magnetic field. How this sensory feat is accomplished remains one of the greatest mysteries of sensory biology. Our lab discovered that a tiny, soil-dwelling, worm called C. elegans is able to detect and orient to magnetic fields. Our team of graduate, undergraduate, and high school students is working to determine how these and other animals may detect the earth’s magnetic field. Work on this sensory modality has important implications for our understanding of animal behavior, but could also affect how we think about space travel, and even the forces that have shaped life here on earth.
All faculty, staff, annuitants and ISU community members are welcome to join us at the University Club from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Friday in the Founders Suite in the Bone Student Center. You need not be a University Club member to attend. Additional information about U-Club events and activities can be found at our website. Continued program support is provided by the Office of the ISU Provost and President. In addition, snacks and liquid refreshments are available at each meeting.
If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer at http://uclub.illinoisstate.edu/.