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2014 Stage Shows

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  • Meet the Scientists/Engineers - Advancing Science, Serving Societyby American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Career Pavilion Sunday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    New scientific discoveries are made every day! What is the future of science? How can you become a part of it? Come meet scientists from many different fields at AAAS Meet the Scientists, and talk to researchers about what they are working on right now. Ask your questions, and find out what it is like to be a scientist.

  • Fragile X: Mutations on the X Chromosome Can Affect Your Sensesby Christopher Cross AAAS stage Saturday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Christopher Cross is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨Fragile X: Mutations on the X Chromosome Can Affect Your Senses.¨ Christopher is a doctoral student in Neuroscience at Howard University where he is focusing on Translational Neuroscience research. He has also conducted Neuogenetic work sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Christopher's long-term goal is to become a socially and politically active research professor in Neuroscience, using neuro and nanotechnology with neuroceuticals to help alleviate neurodegenerative diseases that affect African Americans and other minority populations.

  • How Blind Cavefish Navigate Dark Watersby Daphne Soares AAAS stage Sunday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Daphne Soares is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨How Blind Cavefish Navigate Dark Waters.¨ Daphne is Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park.  Her research focuses on exploring how and why brains evolve, and in particular, the evolution of sensory neural codes while asking such questions as: At what levels of the neural substrate has evolution acted to transform and reorganize neural circuits in response to environmental challenges?  Her research, using animal models and other approaches, is revealing that such changes may occur in many levels of a neural circuit as a response to environmental changes.

  • Studying the Fly to Understand How Our Brains Make Behavioral Choicesby Gwyneth Card AAAS stage Saturday, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Gwyneth Card is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨Studying the Fly to Understand How Our Brains Make Behavioral Choices.¨ Gwyneth is a  neuroscientist and a Group Leader at the Janelia Farm Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute. There, she uses such methods as  high-throughput behavior tracking and new electrophysiological techniques to study the neural circuits that govern simple decision behavior during Drosophila (or fruit fly) escape responses. Her research is shedding important light on the decision-making process of animals -- how they decide what to do and when to act, especially when navigating complex environments.

  • What Optical Illusions Tell Us about the Eyes and Brainby Joshua Singer AAAS stage Sunday, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Joshua Singer is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨What Optical Illusions Tell Us about the Eyes and Brain.¨ Joshua is Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park.  His research focuses on using the mammalian retina as a model neuro-circuit to understand how the output of a neural circuit reflects the behaviors of the individual synapses and neurons that compose it.  Particularly in these efforts he is studying  the mammalian retinal microcircuit called the rod bipolar cell pathway, which serves night vision. His research awards include Research to Prevent Blindness Special Scholar Award for Retinitis Pigmentosa, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. 

  • Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Sensesby Kasey Yturralde AAAS stage Sunday, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Kasey Yturralde is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨The Very Chatty Bark Beetle.¨ Kasey is an Urban Forester, Urban Forestry Administration, District Department of Transportation.  A researcher in animal and  insect behavior, she is particularly known as an expert on the bark beetle, especially studying the evolution of acoustic communication in these insects.  More specifically her work focuses on how bark beetles may potentially use acoustic communication to select host trees and coordinate mass attacks on trees, leading to tree death. In addition, she is studying the evolution of acoustic communication in bark beetles and their strategies in attacking live vs. dead trees.

    Kasey Yturralde is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨The Very Chatty Bark Beetle.¨ Kasey is an Urban Forester, Urban Forestry Administration, District Department of Transportation.  A researcher in animal and  insect behavior, she is particularly known as an expert on the bark beetle, especially studying the evolution of acoustic communication in these insects.  More specifically her work focuses on how bark beetles may potentially use acoustic communication to select host trees and coordinate mass attacks on trees, leading to tree death. In addition, she is studying the evolution of acoustic communication in bark beetles and their strategies in attacking live vs. dead trees.

  • Meet our Emcees: Mariette DiChristinaby Mariette DiChristina

    Mariette DiChristina will be Emceeing on the Einstein Stage on Saturday.

    Mariette DiChristina oversees Scientific American, ScientificAmerican.com, Scientific American Mind and all newsstand special editions. She is the eighth person and first female to assume the top post in Scientific American's 167-year history. Under her leadership, the magazine received a 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

    A science journalist for more than 20 years, she first came to Scientific American in 2001 as its executive editor. She is an advisor for the Citizen Science Alliance. She was named an AAAS Fellow in 2011. She was also the president (in 2009 and 2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers. She was an adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the several years. DiChristina is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the New York Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences, 92nd Street Y in New York, Yale University and New York University among many others.

    Previously, she spent nearly 14 years at Popular Science in positions culminating as executive editor. Her work in writing and overseeing articles about space topics helped garner that magazine the Space Foundation's 2001 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. In spring 2005 she was Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her chapter on science editing appears in the second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers. She is former chair of Science Writers in New York (2001 to 2004) and a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists. DiChristina was honored by New York's Italian Heritage and Culture Committee in October 2009 for her contributions as an Italian American to science journalism and education in New York City. In January 2010, she was honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women as one as one of its "Three Wise Women" of 2009.

  • Itchy Tales: Discoveries in Sensory Neuroscienceby Mark Hoon AAAS stage Saturday, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Mark Hoon is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨Itchy Tales: Discoveries in Sensory Neuroscience.¨  Mark is Chief of the Molecular Genetics Unit, National Institutes of Health. There, he is known for his work in deciphering neuro-signaling pathways involved in regulating rmammalian somatosensation (the general senses which respond to stimuli like temperature, pain, pressure, and vibration). His lab was recently responsible for discovering the neural pathway for itch, and earlier in his career, he, in collaboration with scientist Charles Zuker, discovered the receptors and cells required for sweet, bitter and sour taste.

  • Brainwaves and Words: How we Learn About Language in the Brainby Polly O'Rourke AAAS stage Sunday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Polly O’Rourke is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨Brainwaves and Words: How We Learn about Language in the Brain.¨ Polly is Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland, College Park.  There, her research centers on Second Language Acquisition, in addition to brain training to improve cognitive and language skills, and divergent thinking in language analysis. Polly is also known for her work in enhancing the executive brain functions of foreign language professionals  via working memory training—a time-intensive, mentally stimulating regimen that adapts during its course to trainees’ performance. 

  • I, Robot: Blurring the Lines Between Man, Machine, and Roboticsby Ralph Etienne-Cummings AAAS stage Saturday, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Ralph Etienne-Cummings is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨I, Robot: Blurring the Lines Between Man, Machine, and Robotics. ¨ 
    Ralph is Professor of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University where he is known for his work in the relatively new field of "neuromorphic engineering" -- how biology solves problems and creates engineering solutions. For example, how do a fly's eyes work so effectively that they can see obstacles -- like you with a swatter -- so quickly and at any angle? What if a device could be engineered to help machines -- or people -- see in the same way? These solutions stand to lead biotech applications which can help people, such as improved visual sensors and assistance for the blind.

    Ralph Etienne-Cummings is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨I, Robot: Blurring the Lines Between Man, Machine, and Robotics. ¨ Ralph is Professor of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University where he is known for his work in the relatively new field of "neuromorphic engineering" -- how biology solves problems and creates engineering solutions. For example, how do a fly's eyes work so effectively that they can see obstacles -- like you with a swatter -- so quickly and at any angle? What if a device could be engineered to help machines -- or people -- see in the same way? These solutions stand to lead biotech applications which can help people, such as improved visual sensors and assistance for the blind.

  • Scent-sational Scienceby Ricardo C. Araneda AAAS stage Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Ricardo C. Araneda is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨Scent-Sational Science.¨ Ricardo is  Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park where his work focuses on using the olfactory system (the system controlling the sense of smell)  to study the mechanisms by which neurotransmitters regulate neuronal activity in the brain. For example, his research is shedding light on the human brain's impressive ability to make sense out of sound, which is helping scientists, among other things, to better understand the relationship musical ability/training and linguistic abilities.

    Ricardo C. Araneda is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨Scent-Sational Science.¨ Ricardo is  Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park where his work focuses on using the olfactory system (the system controlling the sense of smell)  to study the mechanisms by which neurotransmitters regulate neuronal activity in the brain. For example, his research is shedding light on the human brain's impressive ability to make sense out of sound, which is helping scientists, among other things, to better understand the relationship musical ability/training and linguistic abilities.

  • The Science of Language and Musicby Robert Slevc AAAS stage Saturday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Robert Slevc is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨The Science of Language and Music.¨ Robert is  Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, where he focuses on the cognitive mechanisms underlying the processing of language and of music. According to Robert, language and music are the most impressive examples of humans’ capacity to process complex sound and structure. His research is especially known for illuminating both what is shared and what is distinct between linguistic and musical processing.

  • How Tiny Robots See the Worldby Sarah Bergbreiter AAAS stage Sunday, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Sarah Bergbreiter is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨How Tiny Robots See the World.¨ Sarah is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park  where she is working to engineer a new class of networked centimeter- and millimeter-sized mobile robots. To accomplish this goal, she and her colleagues are working on many important aspects of this problem -- ranging from microrobotic locomotion to low-power and efficient actuators to novel fabrication techniques. Her research results stand to be adapted to technologies for these tiny robots for use in medicine, consumer electronics, and science.

  • Smell, Taste, and Flavor: Making Sense of Foodby Steven Munger AAAS stage Sunday, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Steven Munger is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨Smell, Taste, and Flavor: Making Sense of Food.¨ Steven is Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine where he and his team are studying the neuro-mechanisms of taste, particularly the structural basis of sweetness and the genetics of bitter taste. His research is shedding light on how the sense of taste affects our food choices and eating habits,  and  how this behavior may have a significant impact on obesity, diabetes and related disorders.

  • And the Winner is... US EPA P3 Sustainability Awards Ceremonyby US EPA P3 Sustainability Challenge Einstein Stage Sunday, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 90 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    They've worked hard the past school year on their green solutions. Now it's the moment of truth for 40 teams of 275 students from colleges and universities across the nation. Who will win a coveted US EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet Award for their innovative idea?
    In today's world, trends in water and energy use, population growth and resource consumption are increasing. The urgency to create a sustainable future for the planet requires that we take action today towards achieving a healthier environment for all people without sacrificing the needs of future generations.
    Through EPA's P3 program, teams of college students design cutting-edge solutions to real-world problems. They create. They innovate. They strive to make a difference. They have been working on their ideas through the school year. Now they bring their projects to the festival to compete for a chance to win grant money to implement their ideas.
    Join the US EPA, AAAS judges and sustainability pavilion exhibitors as we award and celebrate the next generation's energy, creativity and inspiring efforts to create a sustainable future.

    They've worked hard the past school year on their green solutions. Now it's the moment of truth for 40 teams of 275 students from colleges and universities across the nation. Who will win a coveted US EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet Award for their innovative idea?
    In today's world, trends in water and energy use, population growth and resource consumption are increasing. The urgency to create a sustainable future for the planet requires that we take action today towards achieving a healthier environment for all people without sacrificing the needs of future generations.

    Through EPA's P3 program, teams of college students design cutting-edge solutions to real-world problems. They create. They innovate. They strive to make a difference. They have been working on their ideas through the school year. Now they bring their projects to the festival to compete for a chance to win grant money to implement their ideas.

    Join the US EPA, AAAS judges and sustainability pavilion exhibitors as we award and celebrate the next generation's energy, creativity and inspiring efforts to create a sustainable future.

  • How Do We Taste Things?by Yada Treesukosol AAAS stage Saturday, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Yada Treesukosol is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨How Do We Taste Things?¨ Yada is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where her research is exploring how taste interacts with post-oral physiology to control eating and drinking behavior. Such investigation is providing further insight into gustatory signal processing and how it can be a useful tool for understanding more complex behaviors related to nutrition and obesity.  

    Yada Treesukosol is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. She will be speaking on the topic, ¨How Do We Taste Things?¨ Yada is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where her research is exploring how taste interacts with post-oral physiology to control eating and drinking behavior. Such investigation is providing further insight into gustatory signal processing and how it can be a useful tool for understanding more complex behaviors related to nutrition and obesity.  

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