November Monthly Meeting

Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday – November 16, 2016
WHERE: Duquesne University
RSVP BY: Friday, October 10, 2016 at 12:00 noon

Dinner reservations are no longer being accepted.

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

TECHNOLOGY FORUM – 5:30 PM
Meredith Grelli, Co-Founder of Wigle Whiskey Distillery

“If The Distillery Fails, We’ll Have Everything We Need to Start a Liberal Arts College”
Wigle Whiskey Distillery owner and founder Meredith Meyer Grelli will tell her story of growing a profitable, bricks and mortar manufacturing company in the age of venture capital-backed apps. She will discuss Wigle’s innovative approach to the marketing, regulatory and distribution frameworks of the spirits industry and the distillery’s efforts to bring Rye Whiskey back to Western Pennsylvania, the birthplace of American Whiskey. …READ BIO


TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM – 8:15 PM
Professor Rohit Bhargava, University of Illinois at Urnana-Champaign

“Infrared Chemical Imaging: From Theory to Therapye”
A new paradigm in biomedical imaging is emerging in which the intrinsic chemical content of tissue is used to provide contrast in images. The approach utilizes spectroscopic methods to record the chemical information and computational methods to visualize the information. While knowledge extraction from chemical imaging is very powerful in that a single recording of data from unperturbed samples can be related to a variety of pathophysiologic states, the process of knowledge extraction and quantification of confidence in information is not straightforward. The constituent instrumentation, numerical methods, samples and statistics all play inter-related roles in the quality of information obtained. Here, we first present a case study of rapid analysis of breast biopsies, in which the role of sample and data quality is elucidated. We describe next strategies to ensure quality control over extracted information and provide examples of the use of numerical methods for the same. This requires an understanding of the image formation process from first principles. Finally, a synergistic control over quality of instrumentation, data and information extraction is shown to improve analyses that can impact prostate cancer care. Throughout, we describe challenges and potential solutions that have arisen, demonstrating how a combination of various disciplines leads to practical and innovative solutions. …READ BIO