French American Science Festival: Nanophysics, Climate change and viral emergence in the spotlight !

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The Office for Science and Technology (Chicago section) organizes the annual French-American Science Festival, as part of the French Innovation Week organized by the Consulate General of France and French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.
The French American Science Festival features free conferences and hands-on activities for students and their teachers, to the benefit of French-American scientific exchanges.

As part of the 7th edition of the French-American Science Festival 2018 in Chicago, Drs Carole Fauquet (Aix Marseille University) and Jean-Claude Manuguerra (Pasteur Institute) will give free public lectures to present their work on nanophysics and climate change & viral emergence.

Climate change and viral emergence in humans and domestic animals

When: Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m
Where: Alliance Française, 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610
RSVP mandatory on: https://www.af-chicago.org/event/1665
Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception.

About the presentation

Climate change along with human modifications to the environment such as novel agricultural or breeding practices may lead to the emergence of unknown viral agents. These agents can then be carried by farm animals which become intermediate hosts for humans.
Dr Manuguerra heads a research team focused on Environment and Infectious risks based in a Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats (CIBU). The CIBU was founded in 2002 in response to “specialized biological emergencies”. These emergencies include epidemics, accidents, or terrorist attacks using biological weapons, which can all endanger public health.
Dr. Manuguerra will review evolutionary events that can lead to vaccine-resistant viruses, and how unsustainable environmental practices could bring about previously unknown pathogens. Everyone is invited to learn more about how the evolution of molecular tools allow us to characterize emerging viral agents.

About the speaker

Jean Claude Manuguerra holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences’ from the faculty of Pharmacy from the Université Paris XI at Châtenay-Malabry (France). He was appointed Head of the ’Environment and Infectious risks’ research team at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. He also manages the Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats (CIBU). He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Alert and Response Network (GOARN) coordinated by the World Health Organization and acted as Chair of this committee for an 18 month term. He is the French Representative to the Laboratory Network of the Global Health Security Action Group of the G7, and Corresponding Member of the French Veterinary Academy. He is also the Chief Editor of the ’Intervirology’ Journal.

 
 

Immersion in the nanoworld

When: Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m
Where: Alliance Française, 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610
RSVP mandatory on: https://www.af-chicago.org/event/1673
Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception.

About the presentation

“Nano” has been a popular buzzword for almost twenty-five years. This word refers to the nanometer scale, where one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. At this scale, the properties of matter are vastly different, and are quite amazing. This field of science emerged at the end of the last century with the achievement of matter observation at the atomic scale. Nanomaterials research and production rose, driven by potential applications. However, the anticipated nanotech revolution has yet to come. To answer this and other questions, the conference will discuss “nano” innovations in the field of technology, mechanics, energy, biology, medicine, and more.

About the speaker

Dr Carole FAUQUET got her PhD in Materials Science from Sorbonne Universités (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris) in 1992. She obtained an Associate Professor position in Surface Science at Aix Marseille Université in 1994 where she studied metal/organic molecule chemical bonds with X-ray spectroscopy for various applications (Aerospace industry, luminescent displays, microelectronics, etc.). She integrated the X-Tip team in Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille in 2009. The team pioneering work led to the development of a Shear Force Microscope allowing X-ray induced sample luminescence acquisition through the microscope tip (pulled optical fibre) at very high lateral resolution (50 nm). She is currently working for 6 months at Argonne National Laboratory to couple Scanning Tunneling Microscopy with X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence.