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ASU conference promotes opportunities for physicists, materials scientists, and biologists

October 24, 2007

The Frontiers in Life Sciences Workshop: Iridescence: More than Meets the Eye is a School of Life Sciences’ graduate student initiated and organized international conference developed to connect diverse disciplines and researchers around the topic of iridescence. The conference, to be held February 6 – 9, 2008, will include panel discussions, poster presentations, talks and workshops developed to catalyze cross-disciplinary discussion, identify new avenues of research, and explore the potential for iridescence in nature to provide novel insight in materials sciences, science education, and biological discovery. The final evening of the conference incorporates a dinner, a fashion show, with works by local fashion designers inspired by iridescence in nature, and a talk by Dennita Sewell, curator of costume design at the Phoenix Art Museum on the use of iridescence in costuming and fashion from traditional ceremonial garb to modern day fashion and textiles An array of speakers is slated that spans three continents, and abstracts have been received from scientists in Brazil, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom and the United States. The conference presents a unique opportunity for ASU faculty and graduate students to interact with innovative, international leaders in their fields. More information about the conference and invited speakers at: Registration is free if abstracts and applications are received before November 16, 2007. Student travel grants are available, if applied for by November 9, 2007.