ToScA North America 2019
Tomograpy for Scientific Advancement
We are delighted to announce that the second ToScA North America Symposium is to be held at the University of Florida. Following on from the success of the 2017 symposium, held at The University of Texas at Austin, we once again will provide an opportunity for open discussions, networking with researchers and commercial industry representatives, and a platform to engage in collaborations.
The symposium will include pre-conference hands-on software workshops, keynote speakers, student talks and poster presentations, and an image competition.
We are accepting abstracts for both talks and poster presentations.
Abstract Submission Deadline Date - Friday 30 November 2018.
To submit your talk / poster abstract for the symposium please follow the guidelines below:
- Abstracts should be submitted as a Word Document NOT a PDF
- Abstracts should be approximately 300 words in length
- Ensure you include a full title, all authors and affiliations and references if appropriate
- Include Keywords if possible
- You may include images or diagrams where appropriate
- Please indicate in your submission if you are a Student
- Presenting authors are required to register, pay and attend the symposium
- Please indicate which sessions your abstract would be most appropriate for from the list below:
- Organismal Biology - Research stemming from the oVert grant, biological sciences
- Education and Outreach - Science communication, public engagement
- Medicine and Veterinary Sciences - Medical applications, forensics, anthropology, bioengineering
- Materials Science and Engineering - Industrial applications, failure analysis, computer science, aerospace & mechanical engineering
- Agricultural Science and Food Technology - Industrial applications, plant science, entomology, food science & biotechnology
- Food and Cosmetology - Industrial applications, nanotechnology, foam analysis, porosity analysis, drug delivery, cosmetic science
- Earth and Space - Industrial applications, geology, petroleum engineering, astrophysics, cosmology
- Data Solutions - Data storage, owning, repurposing and management, software capabilities
- Future Advances and Complementary Technologies - Industrial advances, contrast staining, synchroton radiation micro/nano CT, multimodal imaging, 4DCT
Abstracts should be emailed as an attachment to Kate Wooding
Image size: less than 2500 x 2500 pixels. If your image(s) are accepted we will request a high resolution version of the image from you (ideally 300dpi and more than 2500 x 2500 pixels).
Accepted image formats: .png, .tiff , .jpg and .bmp
File size limit: 2MB
Copyright: ToScA has permission to reproduce the images submitted although the copyright will remain with the originator.
To submit your image for the competition, please email Kate Wooding and include the following information in your email:
Please attach a copy of your image in either .png, .tiff , .jpg or .bmp format no greater that 2MB.
Image submission deadline: Friday 30 November 2018.
Workshops will be held on 6th March 2019, prior to the meeting starting on 7th March.
Further information will be available soon.
Dr Ed Stanley
University of Florida
Edward Stanley is a herpetologist and evolutionary biologist and heads up the Florida Museum of Natural History's digital imaging laboratory. His research interests include the evolution of armor systems in vertebrates, African biogeography and developing methods of digitizing and disseminating natural history collections. He received his a B.Sc. Hons. in Zoology from the University of St Andrews, a M.S. in Biology from Villanova University and his Ph.D. in Comparative Biology in 2013 from the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History.
Mr Gary Scheiffele
University of Florida
Gary Scheiffele oversees the CT facility at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Research Service Centers. Since early 2016 that facility has gained over 55 trained users from over five colleges and over 13 departments. He firmly believes that understanding how an instrument works will lead to better results from that instrument.
His career started in materials science working on technical ceramic processing; relating microstructure development from the original particles and suspensions to the final sintered ceramic. Other major topics included binder burnout and producing high purity silicon carbide fibers. In 1998, he joined UF’s Particle Engineering Research Center where he worked until 2012 supporting industry/academic research in a wide variety of particulate systems (from mining to nano particle toxicity). His first experience with CT was during analysis of lunar dust simulants in the late 2000’s. He is co-author on over 20 publications and has two patents.
Dr Farah Ahmed
Dr Jessie Maisano
ToScA North America Chair
University of Texas
Dr. Jessie Maisano is a research scientist at the University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility (UTCT) in Austin. She received her BA in geology at Kent State University in 1994 and her PhD in vertebrate paleontology at Yale University in 2000. She then moved to the University of Texas as a postdoc on the then-nascent Digital Library of Morphology (DigiMorph.org). Jessie held a subsequent postdoctoral position on the Deep Scaly project (Assembling the Tree of Life) before being hired as full-time staff by UTCT, where she is now facility manager. She is also the primary operator of UTCT’s Zeiss MicroXCT-400 and caretaker of DigiMorph.org. Jessie’s main research interests lie in squamate (lizards, snakes, amphisbaenians) osteology as revealed by CT, especially cranial anatomy and ‘extraskeletal’ systems such as osteoderms. However, her collaborations via UTCT have resulted in publications on topics as diverse as carbon sequestration, diamond formation, and Ediacaran fauna.
Dr Ana Bohorquez
University of Florida
Ana C. Bohórquez is a Chemical and Biomedical engineer with expertise in colloid chemistry and its applications to nanoscience and nanotechnology, particularly in the development, characterization and testing of nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Research Service Centers (RSC). At the RSC, she is using CT scanning to characterize a diverse range of systems, such as plant root architecture, porous materials, and consumer goods products. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2009. She attended the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez where she completed an MS in Chemical Engineering in 2012. She earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2017.
Dr Luisa Amelia Dempere
University of Florida
Luisa Amelia Dempere is the director of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Research Service Centers (RSC) at the University of Florida. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Materials Science and Engineering and Environmental Engineering departments at UF. Her current research activities focus on the development of methodologies for characterization and analysis of complex materials systems. She received her Licentiate in Chemistry in her home country, Venezuela, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Materials Science and Engineering department at UF. After completing her Ph.D., she was appointed as the director of the Major Analytical Instrumentation Center (MAIC) at UF. Years later, she was also appointed as the director of the Particle Analysis Instrumentation Center (PAIC). Three years ago, MAIC and PAIC merged with the Nanoscale Research Facility (NRF), the main nanofabrication clean room facility at UF, as a single operations unit called RSC of which Amelia is the current director.
The symposium will be taking place at the University of Florida and the symposium dinner at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Gainesville does have a regional airport, with direct flights to Atlanta (Delta) as well as Charlotte NC or Miami (American Airlines).
Gainesville is an easy drive from several other airports:
- Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), ~1.5 h drive
- Sanford International Airport (SFB), ~2 h drive, north east of Orlando
- Orlando International Airport (MCO), ~2 h, main attraction airport
- Tampa International Airport (TPA), ~2 h, Gulf of Mexico beaches, attractions as well
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
If you are interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring this popular event, please contact Victoria Masters.
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