Beckman Faculty to Present at AAAS Meeting

The 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting, highlighting scientific research on a global scale, will be held Feb. 13-17 in Chicago, featuring Beckman faculty members John Rogers, Stephen Boppart, William King, Kate Clancy, Rashid Bashir, Taher Saif, and Liz Stine-Morrow. Follow the Beckman Institute Twitter (@BeckmanInst) for live updates at the meeting.

This year’s theme is Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation, and will focus on “finding sustainable solutions through inclusive, international, and interdisciplinary efforts that are most useful to society and enhance economic growth.” 

Select sessions for the 2014 Annual Meeting will be available for live video stream.

John Rogers, full-time faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems Group, will be presenting as one of the plenary speakers  Mon., Feb. 17, on “Stretchy Electronics that Dissolve in Your Body.” He will also participate in a session at 1 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 14, examining “Micro-Scale Solar Cells for Macro-Scale Energy Production.” 

Beckman faculty members Stephen Boppart and William King will be honored as AAAS Fellows at an awards ceremony on Fri., Feb. 14. They are among 388 honorees recognized for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science and technology.” Boppart was cited for “distinguished contributions to optical coherence tomography and its applications to biomedical imaging” and King was elected for “seminal contributions to the engineering of nanometer-scale thermal and mechanical systems and their applications to fundamental understanding of the properties of materials.”

Kate Clancy, anthropology professor and Beckman affiliate, will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 15, on “Environmental Effects on Women’s Reproductive Cycles: Implications for Fertility.” She will also give a talk as an Ig Nobel Prize winner at 8 p.m. that same day. 

Rashid Bashir, Beckman affiliate and head of the Department of Bioengineering, is the organizer of a session titled “Integrated Cellular Systems: Building Machines with Cells,” at 10 a.m. Sun., Feb. 16. In this group, Beckman affiliate Taher Saif will present “From Synchrony to Swimming.”

Liz Stine-Morrow, an educational psychology professor and full-time faculty member of the Human Perception and Performance Group, will lead a discussion on the science of resilient aging at 1:30 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 16. In her session, Beckman senior fellow Kirk Erickson, professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Aging, Exercise, and Brain Plasticity.”