Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Event to Address New Devel­op­ments in Energy-​​related Fields

North­eastern University’s National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF) Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering Center for High-​​Rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing (CHN) is hosting the annual Ful­bright Academy of Sci­ence & Tech­nology (FAST) 2008 Con­fer­ence on Feb­ruary 14–17, 2008. Titled “Energy & Inno­va­tion,” the four-​​day, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary event will bring together noted sci­en­tists, industry pro­fes­sionals and aca­d­e­mics from across the globe to address new devel­op­ments in energy-​​related fields. Ahmed Bus­naina, Ph.D., William Lin­coln Smith Pro­fessor and Director of CHN will make opening remarks. He will also intro­duce the center, its state-​​of-​​the-​​art facil­i­ties, and will describe the cutting-​​edge nanoscale sci­ence research done at the 10,000 square feet of fully-​​equipped facil­i­ties by more than a hun­dred staff.

FAST con­fer­ence speakers will share their insights, ideas, and pas­sions when addressing topics such as biotech­nology, ecology, sus­tain­able eco­nomic development,education,medical research, law, policy imple­men­ta­tion, archi­tec­ture and trans­porta­tion from a variety of angles, including astro­physics, lin­guis­tics and photography.

Among the sched­uled speakers and pan­elists are Ful­bright scholars and promi­nent mem­bers of orga­ni­za­tions such as the NSF, NASA, U.S. National Renew­able Energy Lab, Libyan Embassy, Par­sons School of Design, Penn­syl­vania State Uni­ver­sity and North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. The con­fer­ence pro­gram will fea­ture dis­cus­sions on leaps of inno­va­tion across sec­tors of sci­ence and related dis­ci­plines, including:

  • Science Diplomacy Program – half-day workshop on science and technology exchanges between the U.S. and the Muslim world, with a particular focus on Libya. The recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations was marked by the signing of the bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in January 2008. This workshop will address the opportunities for the government-, science-, and academic communities facilitating technology and science partnerships between the two nations. (Thursday, February 14 at 1:00-4:30 p.m. – Egan Engineering Center, Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University)
  • Beyond Earth to Explore Mars – presentation by Dr. Dan McCleese, Chief Scientist of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. McCleese will discuss the multinational strategy for exploring Mars and the search for evidence of past life, and examine recent results from the five rovers and orbiters operating there today. (Thursday, February 14 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Egan Engineering Center, Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University)
  • Linguistics and Social Sciences – a University Perspective and a National Perspective – panel presentations by Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, President of Northeastern University and Dr. David Lightfoot, Head of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the NSF, respectively. Panelists also include Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) Singapore.This panel will discuss the role of math, economic and social sciencesininnovationtoday. It will also address how the people work has changed from an economics and business management perspective (Friday, February 15 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Egan Engineering Center, Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University)
  • Microbiology and Hydrogen Energy – panel presentation by Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science & Technology Advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Rita Colwell, Fmr. Director of the NSF and Dr. Bruce Logan, Professor of Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (Friday, February 15 at 3:45-5:15 p.m. – Egan Engineering Center, Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University)
  • Closing Plenary Session
    Renewable Energy
    – lecture by Dr. Stanley Bull, Associate Director ofScience and Technology at the National Renewable Energy Lab
    Inner Space – the Oceans – lecture by Mr. Keith Ellenbogen from the Communications Technology & Design and Photography Departments of the Parsons School of Design. As a digital artist, he focuses on implementing innovative technologies for creative inspiration in artistic and corporate arenas, including the New England Aquarium.His underwater videography has been used incampaigns about coral reefs for Earth Echo International and Philippe Cousteau. (Sunday, February 17 at 9:30-12:00 p.m. – Egan Engineering Center, Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University)
  • Panel discussions on Saturday, February 16 will also address topics including urban planning and sustainable cities; science policy implementation; and women in science.

The con­fer­ence will also include sev­eral tours in the Boston area, where atten­dees can take a first-​​hand look at the impor­tant sci­ence– and technology-​​focused sites, including a behind-​​the-​​scenes tour of the New Eng­land Aquarium; Northeastern’s NSF Center for High-​​Rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing; MIT Museum; Museum of Fine Arts; and the National Braille Press.

Orga­nized in 2003, the Ful­bright Academy of Sci­ence and Tech­nology (FAST) is a mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion estab­lished by the alumni of the Ful­bright Exchange Pro­gram and other indi­vid­uals inter­ested in sci­ence and tech­nology innovation.

For more infor­ma­tion on the 2008 FAST Con­fer­ence, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.