Speaker Name(s): John R. Dutcher, Ph.D., P.Phys.
Description: Bacteria are microorganisms that have evolved over 3.5 billion years and are responsible for a wide range of phenomena in the world around us, from causing diseases to helping digest food to shaping the surface and sub-surface of the earth. In response to their environment, they have evolved an amazing set of specialized materials and mechanisms to ensure their survival. I will discuss our multidisciplinary approach to the study of bacteria and bacterial colonies, while focusing on bacteria as a source of unique biomaterials and emphasizing the underlying science.