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center_img A hydra is pulled into a pipette in preparation for insertion into a microfluidic chamber at Rice University. The Rice lab is studying hydra to characterize the relationship between its neural activity and muscle movements. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Rice University graduate student Krishna Badhiwala captures a hydra for study in one of the lab’s custom microfluidic systems. The Rice lab is studying hydra to characterize the relationship between its neural activity and muscle movements. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) A hydra is pulled into a pipette in preparation for insertion into a microfluidic chamber at Rice University. The Rice lab is studying hydra to characterize the relationship between its neural activity and muscle movements. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Rice University electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson and his lab have developed methods to corral the tiny, squid-like hydra to perform the first comprehensive characterization of relationships between neural activity and muscle movements in the animals. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Rice University electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson peers into a chamber of hydra cultivated in his lab for testing. The Rice team is developing techniques to characterize the nervous systems of hydra. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/07/0730_HYDRA-4-WEB-2nro9up.jpgRice University electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson and his lab have developed methods to corral the tiny, squid-like hydra to perform the first comprehensive characterization of relationships between neural activity and muscle movements in the animals. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/07/0730_HYDRA-3-WEB-1vzl31h.jpgRice University electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson peers into a chamber of hydra cultivated in his lab for testing. The Rice team is developing techniques to characterize the nervous systems of hydra. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img

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