April Monthly Meeting

Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday – April 26, 2017
WHERE: Duquesne University
RSVP BY: Thursday, April 20, 2017 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

Dr. Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University

“Driverless Vehicles: Peeking into the Future?”
Self-driving vehicles seem to have become quite the rage in popular culture over just the past few years, triggered in good part by the DARPA Grand Challenges. Self-driving vehicles indeed hold the potential to revolutionize modern transportation. This talk will provide some insights on many basic questions that need to be addressed for the revolution to take place in practice. What are the technological barriers that currently prevent vehicles to be driverless? What can or cannot be sensed or recognized? Can vehicles recognize and comprehend as good as, if not better than, humans? Does connectivity play a role? Will the technology be affordable only for the few? How do issues like liability, insurance, regulations and societal acceptance impact adoption? The talk will be based on road experiences and will add some speculation. …READ BIO

Professor Rong-Hu Wu, Georgia Tech

“Novel Mass Spectrometry-Based Methods to Characterize Protein Glycosylation”
Protein glycosylation is ubiquitous in biological systems and essential for cell survival. nt protein glycosylation is directly related to human disease, including cancer and
infectious diseases, and glycoproteins contain a wealth of information related to cellular developmental and disease statuses. However, due to the low abundance of many glycoproteins and heterogeneity of glycans, it is extraordinarily challenging to comprehensively analyze glycoproteins in complex biological samples. Based on the common features of glycans, we have developed chemical and enzymatic methods to globally analyze protein glycosylation by mass spectrometry (MS). Glycoproteins located on the cell surface are especially interesting because they frequently regulate extracellular events. In our lab, we specifically tagged surface glycoproteins for global and site-specific analysis. In combination with multiplexed proteomics, we quantified the dynamics of surface glycoproteins and measured their half-lives. Global analysis of protein glycosylation aids in a better understanding of glycoprotein functions and the identification of glycoproteins as disease biomarkers and drug targets. …READ BIO