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2018 NHMU Lecture Series

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The Genius of Nature: Bioinspired Design

Engineers, entrepreneurs, architects, and medical researchers across the world recognize the growing imperative of our coexistence with nature. The most inventive among them are inspired by the brilliant designs that exist in nature.

The idea is not new. Think Leonardo da Vinci whose sketchbooks were filled with inventions inspired by nature or the Wright brothers who studied birds when imagining a craft that could fly. Today, researchers are looking to nature and imaging everything from buildings that grow and adapt to their environments, to healthy eco-friendly sunscreen inspired by the chemical properties of hippo sweat.

The Natural History Museum of Utah invites you to hear from four extraordinary minds who have embraced nature’s elegant and innovative designs to solve some of man’s most pressing problems.  

Founding Underwriter
R. Harold Burton Foundation

Cultural Vision Fund

Gold Sponsor
Rio Tinto Kennecott

Silver Sponsors
The Clark Foundation
Kent C. and Martha H. DiFiore Family Foundation
The M Lazy M Foundation

Myriad Genetics

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KCPW Public Radio 88.3 FM

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The City Library
Kingsbury Hall
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The County Library | Viridian Event Center

Institutional Support
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks