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Using Liquid Crystals to Guide Movements of Microorganisms

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Dr. Oleg Lavrentovich

Dr. Oleg Lavrentovich, Trustees Research Professor at Kent State University, and editor of the journal Liquid Crystal Reviews, recently published a paper along with student scholars entitled, "Directional Self-Locomotion of Active Droplets Enabled by Nematic Environment." He spoke with host Dr. Amy Reynolds and explained that he's using liquid crystals to influence the path of tiny microorganisms that are capable of moving on their own. If their movements can be directed, they can be made them work for us.

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After a degree in broadcasting and theater from BGSU, Joe’s professional radio world commenced in Archbold, Ohio, in 1979, where he was the overnight deejay. In 1980 he transitioned to one of Ohio’s original radio stations, WSPD in Toledo. There he became a bone fide, mulit-award winning production director, and began paying serious attention to voice. In 1984 he came back to his hometown of Cleveland and became a full-time freelance voice artist, doing work heard all over the country. It was during this time that he was hired as an actor once a month on the WKSU production, “Standing Rock Access,” which ran from 1984-85. The freelance voice work has continued for over 30 years now. In addition to the voice work, in 1986 Joe joined, as production director, the highly successful team at Lite Rock 106.5 WLTF-FM/WRMR-AM in Cleveland, which through ownership change became WLTF-FM/WWWE-AM in 1990.