Biomimicry Expert Presents Annual Whiteley Lecture on Feb. 6

Join Pacific University on Tuesday, Feb. 6, for a public lecture about the emerging field of biomimicry.

The university’s annual Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture will feature scientist Jamie Dwyer discussing how incorporating biomimicry can positively transform the way we live. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall room 216, on the Forest Grove Campus (2043 College Way).

“Biomimicry is a fusion of design and science that is revolutionizing the way we think about how we make things and is helping us to solve problems more effectively,” Dwyer says. “It is based on the premise that, through evolution, nature has already come up with solutions to many of the challenges we face and that, by learning from nature, we can innovate and live well in ways that are much less impactful to our finite planet.”

Dwyer is a research and design principal at Biomimicry 3.8, the world’s leading bio-inspired consultancy offering innovation, education and inspiration to help others use biomimicry to innovate for a better world.

Biomimicry 3.8’s team of biologists, chemists, business leaders and designers work with client teams to incorporate nature’s time-tested strategies into products, organizations and services. Dwyer has served as a biologist involved in design projects for several corporations, including consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark and engineering behemoth HOK.

Dwyer holds master's degrees in biomimicry and architecture, as well as a bachelor's degree in biology. She has been a featured speaker at numerous events on sustainability and environmental design, including the Living Future unConference and the Living Product Expo.

Pacific University's Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture is an annual offering of the College of Arts & Sciences funded through an Oregon Community Foundation grant. Philanthropic support of Pacific University is paving the way to expanded opportunity and innovation for students through the Lead On: Campaign for Tomorrow.

This year’s edition of the of the Whiteley lecture is presented by the college’s School of Arts & Humanities.

A longtime Portland business, civic and philanthropic leader who ran The Standard insurance company and several other companies throughout his career, Benjamin Whiteley, Hon. '01, was a Pacific University Trustee Emeritus who passed away last spring at the age of 87.

Past Whiteley series lecturers include ethicist Peter Singer (2016), environmental activist Lois Gibbs (2014), Olympic athlete and civil rights activist John Carlos (Fall 2012), filmmaker and author Bill Carter (Spring 2012), evolutional biologist Sean Carroll (2011), and Eric Schlosser (2010), investigative journalist and author of Fast Food Nation.

Admission to the university's 2018 Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture is free, but seating is limited and early arrival is encouraged.

Jan. 24, 2018