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Jake Socha at TEDxVT 2012: Snakes that fly — really

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Jake Socha

Speaker 2012; Faculty, ESM

Dr. Jake Socha is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. His research investigates the biomechanics and functional morphology of flows in and around organisms, involving the behavior, biomechanics, and aerodynamics of gliding flight in vertebrates, and the biomechanics and physiology of internal convective flows involved in breathing, feeding, and circulation in insects. He earned a B.S. in physics and biology from Duke University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Chicago in 2002. He was the Ugo Fano Postdoctoral Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, studying internal mechanisms in insects by zapping them with synchrotron radiation, the world's most powerful x-rays. Prior to graduate school, he was a member of the Teach for America national teacher corps, serving as the sole high school science teacher at Centerville High School in southern Louisiana. There, he founded the cross- country team, and his girls' team won the state title two years after he left.

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