μTAS 2008

μTAS 200812th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences

Chair

Laurie Locascio

Chair's Memories

I have so many favorite memories from μTAS 2008. It was the largest conference in the series to date and it just seemed so full of energy and excitement. The science blew me away with a lot of new advances using microfluidic systems for biological applications. We had a talk by Julio Ottino from Northwestern University about the artistry in scientific images and we initiated the new Art in Science prize that continues on today. And we gave out colorful iPods as prizes – this was quite novel and fun in 2008! The most challenging aspect was planning a conference in San Diego when I live in Washington DC, but those challenges were mitigated by the fact that I had an incredible enthusiastic organizing team and a wonderful conference organizer in Katharine Cline. I made lifelong friendships in those stressful moments as we worked closely together to make sure the conference went off without a hitch. The opening plenary was a great moment for me personally.

TPC meeting in New York.

Laurie and her team captured by an artist at the banquet. top: David Ross & Brian Paegel bottom: Wyatt Vreeland & Michael Gaitan

Program & Attendees

There were 7 plenary and invited presentations and 65 contributed oral presentations, which were given in a dual track format. 595 posters were presented in a specially erected tent.

Wyatt Vreeland raffling off iPods every morning to encourage attendance.

Proceedings

Two printed books with 1985 pages, plus CD.

More than 1100 abstracts had been submitted and the technical committee of 25 scientists accepted 663 of these (59% rate).

Social Events

Conference Banquet:

San Diego Zoo
Delegates could view some of the animals up close and enjoyed a buffet and dancing to Mexican music by a live band!

Awards

Pioneers in Miniaturization

Patrick DOYLE
MIT (USA)

First Young Innovator

Joel Voldman, MIT (USA)

The award honors the contributions of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional technical advancement and innovation in the field of micro- or nanofluidics in his or her early career.

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First Art in Science

City Lights
Yu-Wen Huang, Texas A&M University (USA)

To draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit, the μTAS 2008 Conference featured a new award titled, “Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science”. The award is sponsored by NIST and Lab on a Chip.

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