Faculty Speak at AAAS Conference
Three Rensselaer faculty members were among worldwide scientific and engineering experts presenting or leading discussions at the 179th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The conference was held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston Feb. 14-18.
Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and director of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center, delivered a presentation on his research which, in part, is based on studying social media and social networks. His presentation was titled “On the Influence of Committed Minorities on Social Consensus.” Szymanski was one of six speakers who appeared in a symposium called “Predictability: From Physical to Data Sciences.”
Linda McGown, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, delivered a presentation on her materials research related to proteins, titled “Investigating Protein Capture at Aptamer-Coated Surfaces.” She was one of six speakers in a symposium on “New Frontiers in Single Molecule Detection and Single-Cell Analysis.”
Jose Holguin-Veras, the William H. Hart Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was a primary discussant for a symposium called “Dynamics of Disasters: Harnessing the Science of Networks to Save Lives.” Holguin-Veras, who also leads the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment, is a leading expert on the logistics of the flow of aid in the wake of disasters such as the Fukushima nuclear accident and the Haiti earthquake.
In all, thousands of scientists, engineers, policymakers, educators, and journalists from over 50 nations came to Boston for the annual conference.
The annual event will move to Chicago next year, when the session will open Feb. 13, 2014. The overall theme for next year’s conference will be Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation. The deadline to submit symposia proposals for next year’s meeting is April 23, 2013.