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This article by Kathleen McGinn Spring was prepared for the October 23, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

POEM Annual Review

The annual review for the Princeton Center for Photonics

and Optoelectronic Materials (POEM) will focus on biotechnology, particularly

bioterrorism suppression. It will launch the new Center for Molecular

and Biomolecular Imaging, partly supported by the New Jersey Commission

on Science and Technology, and expected to support new technologies

for environmental, security, and medical applications. It is the first

in a statewide series developed in cooperation with the committee

on SMART NJ (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow).

POEM’s review takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 and

30, at Princeton University. Cost: $250, but less with advanced registration

(until October 25). Register and find more information at www.poem.princeton.edu.

"Many of the spectacular achievements of 20th century science

followed the same simple paradigm," says Joe Montemarano,

Princeton University’s director of industrial liaison. "As new

directions in basic atomic or molecular physics matured, they were

adopted by chemists and applied physicists. This work in turn enabled

applications in biological, clinical, and environmental science."

The first session, beginning on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., is "Advances

in Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging." Panelists include Wolfgang

Richter of Princeton, who speaks on Functional Magnetic Resonance

Imaging; and Mitchell Schnall of Penn, who speaks on Advances

in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Princeton University president Shirley Tilghman gives a welcome

at the luncheon, at noon, followed by U.S. Senator Jon Corzine,

who speaks on "Security through Technology."

A workshop on "Enabling Technologies for Bioterrorism Suppression"

takes place in the afternoon. Panelists include Jonathan Cohen

of Princeton, who speaks on Understanding Moral Decision Making by

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Marlan Scully of Texas

A&M, who speaks on Novel Approaches to Biological Agent Detection;

Will Happer of Princeton, who speaks on National Trends in Homeland

Defense Research; Krishna Kodukula of Sarnoff, who speaks on

Bug to Drug Identification and Counter Measures, and George Spitalny

of EluSys, who speaks on Immunity Enhancement Systems.

Speakers at a 7 p.m. dinner at Prospect House include

Montemarano of POEM, who speaks on Bringing Companies to Princeton

Technology; and Steven Hilton of Buchanan Ingersoll, who speaks

on Homeland Defense Issues and Anti-Bioterrorism Commercialization


The keynote speech, given at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, by John

Tesoriero of the New Jersey Council on Science and Technology is

"The Impact of NJ Commission on Science and Technology Investments."

At the Wednesday morning session, beginning at 9:30 a.m., speakers

include Jeffrey Carbeck of Princeton, who speaks on Patterning

Proteins on Surfaces for Applications in Enzyme Screening and Cell

Biology; Wlodek Mandecki of Pharmaseq, who speaks on Microtransponders

in Gene Diagnostics; and Antoine Kahn of Princeton, who speaks

on The New NJCST Center on Organic OptoElectronics. Gregory Olsen

speaks on Sensors Unlimited: A Princeton Success Story.

Owens Frank of the Picatinny Arsenal speaks on Applications

of Nanotechnology to Energetic Systems at the luncheon, at 12:30 p.m.

At the afternoon session, beginning at 2:30 p.m., speakers include

Ivan Glesk of Princeton and Ultra Fast Optical Systems, who

speaks on All-optical Processing in Future Ultrafast Networks; and

his wife, Helena Gleskova, director of the POEM Nano/Microfabrication


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Emerging Technology

Hard on the heels of the October 30 discussions of nanotechnology

will come another conference in which that science — the manipulation

of material at the atomic or molecular level — plays an important

part. The second annual Emerging Information Technology Conference

is geared to promote collaboration between scientists from the Pacific

Rim and North America. It will be held on Friday and Saturday, November

1 and 2, at 9 a.m. at Princeton University’s Friend Center on Olden

Avenue. Cost: $90. Call 212-752-2340 or go to www.eitc.org.

Stephen Chou and Robert Austin of Princeton University,

Mow S. Lin of Brookhaven National Lab, and James Yardley

of Columbia all discuss nanotechnology on Friday. Also to be covered

are MEMS, bioinformatics, and system-on-chip (SOC). On Saturday the

bioinformatics speakers include Cathy Wu of Princeton University,

and Jingchu Luo of Peking University on bioinformatics. Zheng

Zheng of Lucent will speak on MEMS, and Howard Chen the of

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on System on Chip (SoC). Among the

coordinators are Wei-hsing Wang of NicheUSA.

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