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2023 Meeting in Miniature (MIM)

March 15, 2023 | 2:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Baldwin Wallace University: Knowlton Center

This year’s Meeting in Miniature (MIM) of the Cleveland Section will be held Wed. March 15 at Baldwin Wallace University

3pm: registration, Knowlton Atrium

3:20-6:00pm: Technical sessions (Abstract submission by Mar. 6)

6:15pm: Keynote, Telfer 115 (see below)

7:30pm: Buffet dinner, Knowlton Atrium 

8:15pm: Student awards presentation, Knowlton Atrium 


Keynote Speaker: Markus J. Buehler, McAfee Professor of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (https://meche.mit.edu/people/faculty/mbuehler@mit.edu)

Protein Counterpoint in Music Human creativity has advanced the way we understand the world, including scientific and artistic work. However, until now, the convergent use of disparate knowledge bases has remained elusive, especially connecting art & science. In this talk I will present recent research to achieve such translations, whereby salient relationships are discovered in an unsupervised fashion, without knowledge of pairing or domain, thereby expanding the concept of bio-inspiration to encompass vast swaths of human creativity and knowledge. The method is demonstrated in the reversible, bidirectional translation of musical data (based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations published in 1741) to protein sequences, discovered in a fully autonomous manner. The general method has broader applications for other discovery platforms in a variety of engineering, scientific, cultural, artistic, and environmental data, opening possibilities for further experimental and computational studies of chemistry and chemical engineering. Speaker bio: Markus J. Buehler is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT (an Institute-wide Endowed Chair), a member of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering, and the Center for Computational Science and Engineering at the Schwarzman College of Computing. He holds academic appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. In his research, Professor Buehler pursues new modeling, design and manufacturing approaches for advanced biomaterials that offer greater resilience and a wide range of controllable properties from the nano- to the macroscale. His interests include a variety of functional material properties including mechanical, optical and biological, linking chemical features, hierarchical and multiscale structures, to performance in the context of physiological, pathological and other extreme conditions. An expert in computational materials science and AI, he pioneered the field of materiomics, and demonstrated broad impacts in the study of mechanical properties of complex materials, including predictive materials design and manufacturing. Between 2013-2020, Buehler served as Department Head of MIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He has held numerous other leadership roles at professional organizations, including a term as President of the Society of Engineering Science (SES). He received numerous awards, including the Feynman Prize, the ASME Drucker Medal, the J.R. Rice Medal, and many others. In 2023, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Call for Abstracts: A highlight of the MIM is the 10-15 minute talks across all areas of chemistry. Again this year there will be cash awards given for the best undergraduate and graduate student talks. Although awards are given to encourage participation by students, we welcome talks by all practicing chemists at the MIM. Please limit the abstract to 250 words and include names and affiliations of all authors with the presenting author’s name underlined. Abstracts will be due by Monday, March 6. An online portal for abstract submissions is now available.

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