Kavli Lectures: Smart garments for sensing human behavior and the search for extraterrestrial life

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 — Sensing human activity with smart garments and the chemistry of searching for extraterrestrial life will be the topics of a pair of Kavli Lectures at the spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting will take place March 31–April 4 in Orlando, Florida.

The presentations, among nearly 13,000 scheduled to take place at the meeting, will be held on Monday, April 1, at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, in the Valencia Ballroom A at the Orange County Convention Center West. The Kavli lecture series is a result of a collaboration between ACS and The Kavli Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization known for its support of basic scientific innovation.

The first speaker will discuss how smart apparel with embedded, self-powered sensors could revolutionize the monitoring of human behavior by leveraging everyday clothing as the sensing substrate. The second speaker will describe how to identify habitable extraterrestrial environments and search for signs of extinct or extant life — the discovery of which would be an extraordinary event with far-reaching consequences.  

Trisha L. Andrew, Ph.D. (4 p.m.): The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture,
“Sensing Human Behavior with Smart Garments”   

Samuel Kounaves, Ph.D. (5 p.m.): The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture, “The Chemistry of Finding Extraterrestrial Life”

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