All living organisms have systems that can link multiple signals to manage tasks. For example, humans have systems of organs that can combine inputs from sight, hearing, and smell in a fear response that can cause our hearts to speed up. This ability—called complex signal integration—is not found in artificial systems. This new study demonstrates a pathway for simple, soft artificial materials to use multiple signals from external sources to produce distinct responses. ... Read more about Highlight: Integrating Variable Signals in Hydrogels
Today, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced that Joanna Aizenberg, Ph.D., has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She is recognized for her exceptional “contributions to [the] understanding of biological systems and bioinspired materials design”.