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DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLANS TO RESCHEDULE THE EVENT IN THE FUTURE ARE UNDERWAY.

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Susan Hockfield is President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience, and member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She served as the sixteenth president from 2004 to 2012 and was the first woman and the first life scientist to lead MIT. Previously, she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Provost at Yale University.

She recently authored The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution, which describes some of the most exciting new developments and the scientists and engineers who are creating them. A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of astonishing new technologies during the digital revolution. In the twenty-first century, the convergence of biology and engineering are fueling a new technology revolution to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical and environmental challenges of our time.

This second convergence draws on nature’s genius in designing new kinds of technologies. Digital and computational engineering have become a key element in biological studies, both to generate and to analyze the explosion of data from gene, protein and system studies. A biology and engineering partnership provides new insights into disease processes, their genetic foundations and new strategies for therapies.

Professor Hockfield is the tenth recipient of the Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award, which recognizes pioneering neuroscientists whose innovations have made a tremendous contribution to the area of brain research. The award was named for Dr. Branch in recognition of his lifetime achievement as a distinguished neurosurgeon, prolific scholar and generous humanitarian. At Yale, Hockfield focused her research on brain development and glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer, and also pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research.

She has distinguished herself in a career that has spanned advanced scientific research and the presidency of one of the premier institutions of science and engineering in the world. During her tenure as MIT president, she shaped emerging national policy on energy technology and next-generation manufacturing, championing the breakthroughs in fields from clean energy to cancer emanating from the historic convergence of the life sciences and the engineering and physical sciences.

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