Nature's Machines: The Story of Biomechanist Mimi Koehl

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Mimi Koehl tinkers with machines. Some are so tiny they can't be seen by the naked eye, and some disappeared millions of years ago. But Mimi isn't a mechanic. She's a biomechanist. Mimi Koehl uses engineering and physics to study the designs of living things that fly, swim, drift, and crawl. She loves solving riddles about how creatures—from feathered dinosaurs to flying frogs—live and move. Mimi's curiosity has led her into all kinds of natural neighborhoods. She has braved turbulent waters to explore how giant ...
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Mimi Koehl tinkers with machines. Some are so tiny they can't be seen by the naked eye, and some disappeared millions of years ago. But Mimi isn't a mechanic. She's a biomechanist. Mimi Koehl uses engineering and physics to study the designs of living things that fly, swim, drift, and crawl. She loves solving riddles about how creatures—from feathered dinosaurs to flying frogs—live and move. Mimi's curiosity has led her into all kinds of natural neighborhoods. She has braved turbulent waters to explore how giant green sea anemones survive crashing waves. In Chile, while studying seaweeds, a rogue wave washed Mimi off one cliff and slammed her into another one. But nothing stops her desire for discovery. To uncover answers, Mimi has attached leashes to microscopic animals and created ingenious models using raspberry gelatin and even Silly Putty. Today Mimi searches the world—and her imagination—for answers to life's challenging mysteries. Using insights gained from interviews with her family,
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The slender books in this series examine the lives and research of contemporary female scientists. These women had diverse childhoods, and some had to overcome personal and societal prejudices about their career choices. All, however, have a fervent wish to better understand the world in which they live. Their stories are told through pictures and interviews with colleagues and family members. The existing ten titles in the series describe advancements in astronomy, climatology, robotics, and sociology, among other sciences. Mimi Koehl grew up more interested in carpentry and geometry than in "girl stuff." She wanted to know more about sea anemones, particularly how they survive the turbulent surf on rocky beaches. Her inquiries and experiments led to discoveries in a new field, biomechanics, in which scientists examine how form determines movement and function in the animal kingdom. A background in art has allowed her to create models of various body shapes and appendages to test her theories. Once scoffed at, her research has gained worldwide notoriety. She still enjoys hypothesizing solutions to new puzzles and accepts the element of danger that comes with working in the wild. This series should spark the curiosity of any reader, but given the recent suggestion from an academic that women do not possess the analytical faculty that men do, the series might encourage female readers to set their sights high. (Women's Adventures in Science). VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12).2005, Franklin Watts, 118p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading., PLB $31.. Ages 11 to 18.
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Gr 6-10-These three titles mix personal information about the woman with scientific skills and information related to her field. Fact boxes go into greater detail about terms such as "greenhouse gases" or "genes." Each volume is filled with full-color photographs of the subject and her work. Students will be comfortable with the style of these books, and the easy reading level makes them accessible for even nonscience-oriented students.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780531167809
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Women's Adventures in Science
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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