Science Café Cleveland presents


"Spider Silk: An evolutionary experiment in a bioogical supermaterial"


JANUARY 10, 2011




Dr. Todd Blackledge

(Department of Biology, University of Akron)


with co-experts


Sam Evans (MS Candidate, University of Akron)

Sara Suva (Biology Undergraduate, University of Akron)



Listen to the Sound of Ideas, 90.3 WCPN ideastream interview with Dr. Todd Blackledge on the podcast link below:

The Sound of Ideas, 90.3 WCPN ideastream, January 6, 2011





Have you ever wondered how a spider spins its silk thread? If you have ever walked into a spider's web and felt its tug against your skin you know firsthand that its silk can be strong. Despite the number of cobwebs you experience in your attic or basement, not all spiders spin webs. However, all of the world's 41,000 species of spiders (Phylum Arthropoda, Class Arachnida, Order Araneae) are equipped with toolkits of silk that they use throughout their lives to live, grow and reproduce. Silk proteins are constructed from the same chemical building blocks as our hair yet these toolkits include silks that are tougher than Kevlar, as stretchy as rubber, and even some that function as glues. Join us to ask your questions and learn about the extraordinary world of spiders and their silk.




WHERE: The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

(Located at 2701 Carroll Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113)


WHEN: January 10, 2011

Drinks at 6:30 pm, discussion starts around 7:00 pm


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chaper of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



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