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McCormick Faculty to Present at AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago

Scientists will convene in Chicago from February 13 to 17

Five faculty members from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science will participate in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

The meeting will be held February 13 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Sanjay Mehrotra, professor of industrial engineering and management sciences, will participate in a session entitled “Transplant Organ Shortage: Informing National Policies Using Management Sciences.” His talk, “Addressing Allocation Inefficiencies and Geographic Disparities,” will draw upon his research into kidney distribution and proposed methods to achieve more equitable access to the donated organs. The session will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 14.

Katherine Faber, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and co-director of the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts, co-organized a session, “Reconstructing and Deconstructing Paintings: Innovations At and Below the Surface.” The session will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14.

Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine, will discuss the new convergence-style research centers increasingly prevalent in the biomedical engineering world. His talk, “University Convergence Institutes,” will be part of the session “Convergence Science: A Revolution for Health Solutions,” held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 15.

Malcolm MacIver, associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, will discuss bio-inspired robots that illuminate the principles behind the electrosensory system and unique swimming abilities of the knifefish. His talk, “Electric Fish Robots,” will be part of the session “Intelligent Autonomous Robots: Biologically Inspired Engineering” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, February 16.

Haoqi Zhang, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at McCormick and the Segal Design Institute, will share new crowdsourcing systems that integrate crowd work, community process, and intelligent user interfaces to solve complex problems. His presentation, “Crowds, Communities, and Mixed-Initiative Systems,” is part of the symposium “People and Computing: On Human-Computer Collaborations for Tackling Hard Problems” to be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, February 16.

The world’s largest general scientific society, AAAS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. It publishes the journal Science, as well as newsletters, books, and reports.

Reduced student rates are available for the meeting. Two poster sessions will be held: the Student Poster Competition, held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and the General Poster Session, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit the AAAS Annual Meeting website.