February Monthly Meeting


WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
WHERE: Duquesne University
RSVP BY: Monday, February 13, 2018 at noon
Dinner reservations are no longer being accepted.

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    5:30 PM Technology Forum Speaker’s Presentation: Power Center Ballroom Section C
    5:30 PM Social Hour: Power Center Fides Shepperson Suite
    6:45 PM Dinner: Power Center Ballroom Section C
    8:00 PM Business Meeting: Power Center Ballroom Section C
    8:15 PM Technical Program Speaker’s Presentation: Power Center Ballroom Section C

TECHNOLOGY FORUM – 5:30 PM
Sally Chopping, Acting for Business

Non-Verbal Communication for Job Interviews and Presentations
At a job interview or presentation the words you use are only half the picture. The other half is all the non-verbal messages you send out through your body language and voice tone. The non-verbal’s will determine whether you build empathy and appear confident or fail completely.

In this seminar you will learn what to do and what to avoid so that you project the right image and make people eager to listen to your ideas. You will gain an appreciation of what goes into great body language and leave with methods you can put to use immediately to improve the way you communicate.

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TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM – 8:15 PM
Dr. Russ Algar, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada

“Florescence Resonance Energy Transfer”
Bioanalysis encompasses a wide range of quantitative measurements of biomolecular targets and on biological systems, spanning from in vitro diagnostics to cellular imaging. Nanomaterials have had significant impact in this field because their unique and often size-dependent properties can provide new capabilities and opportunities. This presentation will summarize some our recent and ongoing research in this area, focusing on two topics in particular: brightly luminescent quantum dots (QDs), which are semiconductor nanocrystals smaller than 10 nm in size; and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), which is generally limited to length scales less than 10 nm. The development and characterization of materials, fundamental spectroscopy, and proof-of-concept applications in bioanalysis will be highlighted through examples such as smartphone-based assays, multifunctional concentric FRET probes, photonic logic probes, and more.

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