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Teaching lab devoted to using biology to inspire engineering


Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Center for Interdisciplinary Biological Inspiration in Education & Research, or CiBER, is an innovative teaching laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. CiBER director and integrative biologist Robert Full says the center's mission is to use biology to inspire novel design in engineering, as well as to train scientists and engineers. 

Full:               We believe that the best teaching is done in a research context and if you do interdisciplinary teaching, we believe there is a synergy that can actually help your research.

Narrator:       Researchers in the center work alongside students to come up with novel discoveries.

Full:               I actually had the opportunity to brief the U.S. House of Representatives Stem Ed caucus on undergraduate research and American innovation, where I tried to tell the story of how we can take undergraduates and they can make real discoveries. I gave the example of geckos — we discovered how geckos stuck to walls with their hairy little toes and it led to an incredible product — a self-cleaning, dry adhesive.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.