Flexible Technology / Listening to Babies

Flexible Technology

What looks like a child’s toy is actually a shape-shifting device that may change how things work in the future. University Beat on WUSF TV introduces you to a USF Engineering Professor who uses polymer, lasers and geometry to create devices that might just change how we protect both people and the environment.

Listening to Babies

It’s a question every parent has asked at least once: “What is my baby trying to tell me?” USF St. Petersburg recently held a conference for people who work with infants and toddlers to help them find out what youngsters really need in their first few years. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 has more on the “Listening to Babies” training session.

Video Extras

Building a Better Body Armor?

USF Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof. Craig Lusk explains how his shape-shifting surfaces may end up as part of a safer, more flexible form of body armor that can protect law enforcement or the military.

More Information: 

Craig Lusk, Assoc. Professor,
USF Department of Mechanical Engineering
813-974-1394 clusk2@usf.edu
James McHale, PhD, Director, USF S. Petersburg Family Studies Center
727-873-4848 jmchale@mail.usf.edu
Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) website

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Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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