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Austin: Techers at SXSW
Austin: Techers at SXSW
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About the Event

In a world where social media intersects all levels of science,social media technologies and online communities are powerful tools that are changing the ways scientists are engaging one another and general audiences. Sarah Mojarad and Mark Davis are introducing the various ways social media and science are converging in a new class at Caltech-Social Media for Scientists.

Caltech staff, faculty and alumni are coming to SXSW to present at various sessions and we have invited them to a reception to welcome them to Austin. Come and meet a couple of our guests-Lecturer Sarah Mojarad, Professor Mark Davis and alumnus Sandra Tsing Loh (BS '83) and talk to them about their experience at Caltech and how scientists are using social media in today's world.

Caltech alum, Vladimir Matias (BS '83), will be speaking on a panel entitled "How the DOE Fules Cleantech Innovation" with other entrepreneurs and startups. Come and speak with him about how and where you can access DOE investigators, facilities, technology and more.


About the Speakers

Sarah Mojarad is a Lecturer and Communications Program Manager for Social Media in CCE. She received her graduate degree in in Corporate and Organizational Communications with concentration in Social Media and Online Communities. At Caltech, she is working at the interface of social media and science. She created and taught the course “Social Media for Scientists” that is believed to be the first course to teach STEM students issues of using modern digital communication methods to convey complex STEM concepts to those not well versed in STEM concepts in an effective and professional manner


Mark E. Davis
is the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology and a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the City of Hope and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. He has over 425 scientific publications, two textbooks and over 75 US patents. Professor Davis is a founding editor of CaTTech and has been an associate editor of Chemistry of Materials and the AIChE Journal. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Colburn and Professional Progress Awards from the AIChE and the Somorjai, Ipatieff, Langmuir, Murphree and Gaden Prizes from the ACS. Professor Davis was the first engineer to win the NSF Alan T. Waterman Award. He was elected in the National Academy of Engineering in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and the National Academy of Medicine in 2011. In 2014, he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research from the King of Spain, and in 2015, he was elected into the National Academy of Inventors. Professor Davis’ research efforts involve materials synthesis in two general areas; namely, zeolites and other solids that can be used for molecular recognition and catalysis, and polymers for the delivery of a broad range of therapeutics. He is the founder of Insert Therapeutics Inc., Calando Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a company that created the first RNAi therapeutic to reach the clinic for treating cancer, and Avidity Nanomedicines. He has been a member of the scientific advisory boards of Symyx (Nasdaq: SMMX) and Alnylam (Nasdaq: ALNY). Professor Davis has achieved All American Status for Masters Track and Field in the 400, 200 and 100 Meter Dashes. In 2011, he won the 400 Meter Dash for men of age 55-59 at the Masters World Championship. 

Sandra Tsing Loh (BS '83) has been a regular commentator on NPR’s "Morning Edition," and on PRI’s "This American Life" and “Marketplace”; currently, her weekly segment "The Loh Life"" is heard on KPCC. Her most recent book, THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO, was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books o 2014.  Its play version has enjoyed successful runs at South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory.  Loh’s education includes a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an institution which granted her a Distinguished Alumna Award, its highest honor, and for whom she was the first alumna to give a now-famous commencement speech. Loh’s combining of her communication and science skills continue with her syndicated daily minute "The Loh Down on Science," which is heard weekly by 4 million people. A Pushcart Prize winner, MacDowell Fellow and three-time National Magazine Award nominee, she is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and adjunct professor of drama and science communication at the University of California, Irvine.

Vladimir (Vlad) Matias is the Founder and President of iBeam Materials. He holds degrees from Caltech (BS '83) and Stanford (PhD), and has over 25 years of experience with advanced film technology, both within the commercial sector (in two startups, Conductus in California and Oxxel in Germany) and in government R&D institutions supporting the development of commercial technologies. At Los Alamos National Lab he worked closely with industry in technology transfer and has been involved in technology development from initial scientific breakthroughs through to manufacturing and commercialization. He is the world leader in the development of the ion-beam alignment process and associated technologies, with about 150 technical papers and over a dozen related patents. Vlad and his team were also recognized by two national R&D 100 awards (2003 and 2010).


Additional Details

Art.Science.Gallery. is located within the Canopy fine arts building at 916 Springdale Rd between E 7th Street and Airport Blvd. From the street, look for the “Canopy” signs facing Springdale Rd. indicating "offices/studios/galleries/café." The gallery is directly across from Sa-Tén Coffee & Eats in the center of the complex in Building 2, Suite #102.


Questions? Contact: : events-reg@alumni.caltech.edu

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