Faculty in the News, Rashid Bashir, Dean, Grainger College of Engineering and W. W. Grainger Chair, Bioengineering

Science News (Washington, D.C., Aug. 4) – "Scientists turned dead spiders into robots":  In a new field dubbed “necrobotics,” researchers converted the corpses of wolf spiders into grippers that can manipulate objects. Rashid Bashir, a bioengineer at the U. of I. who wasn’t involved in the new study, says spiders can definitely offer lessons. “There’s a lot to be learned from biology and nature,” he says.