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Texas A&M At SXSW: Day Of Panels Includes Pair Of Former U.S. Ambassadors

March 5, 2018

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Texas A&M University researchers and innovators will share the same stage with leading subject matter experts in order to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges during a day of panel discussions presented by Texas A&M at SXSW Tuesday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Austin.

Texas A&M’s participation in SXSW in 2018 will showcase faculty expertise and generate brand impressions with a global audience of 280,000 attendees in a way that solidifies the institution’s commitment to a modern, progressive future while celebrating its prestigious land-, sea-, and space-grant status, academic prominence and storied traditions. This week of panels, exhibitions and brand engagement opportunities will impart Texas A&M’s reputation for creating leaders of character and substance to the future employers of students.

Human Rights Policy in a Connected World: Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Rabbi David Saperstein, Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young and BBC journalist Kasia Madera will explore the implications an interconnected society has on the effectiveness of human rights initiatives, and dissect social, economic and diplomatic strategies that could be enhanced by the integration of digital technology.

The Community, Culture and Science of Barbecue: Tuesday, March 13 at 11 a.m.

Critically acclaimed author and cook Jess Pryles will lead a wide-ranging panel discussion on Texas’ rich BBQ culture and the techniques, seasonings and cuts that drive the culinary art. Joining Pryles will be the meat scientists and pitmasters behind Texas A&M’s Camp Brisket Jeff Savell, Davey Griffin and Ray Riley.

Future Society: AI & Generative Systems: Tuesday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m.

Emmy-winning TV host and digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong will join Texas A&M University artificial technology, interactive art and augmented reality faculty experts to discuss how the digital revolution is reshaping society and what the implications are for future generations. Armstrong will guide Texas A&M College of Architecture professors Philip Galanter and Ann McNamara and Texas A&M Soft Interaction Lab Director Dr. Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo through a sprawling discussion that will feature predictions for the future of machine learning, networked knowledge and human creativity in an increasingly automated world.

Disrupting Traditional Healthcare with Innovation & Technology: Tuesday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Philips Americas Head of Research and Royal Philips North America Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Frassica will moderate a panel discussion between Texas A&M University’s top healthcare educators and administrators to address the new challenges and opportunities facing healthcare providers and patients as the digital revolution charges on. Frassica will be joined by Carrie L. Byington, dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, senior vice president of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health services at the Texas A&M University System; Dr. Gerard Coté, director of the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems and a world-wide expert in optical sensing for diagnostic and biomedical monitoring applications; and Roderic I. Pettigrew, CEO of Engineering Health (EnHealth) and executive dean for Engineering Medicine (EnMed) and founding director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“Future Proofing” Disaster Recovery: Tuesday, March 13 at 5 p.m.

Commission to Rebuild Texas Chair and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, journalist Roland S. Martin and a pair of bipartisan Texas lawmakers will provide valuable insight into how the state is already preparing for the next superstorm. The group, which includes Texas Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), and State Representative Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria), will lay out how Texas is not only rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, but preparing itself for the next storm by creating a more resilient infrastructure. On Sept. 7, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott named Chancellor Sharp the commissioner of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas, which is dedicated to rebuilding critical public infrastructure along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

To stay up to date on Texas A&M panels, activations and activities during SXSW March 11-14, subscribe for updates and visit Texas A&M Today for a SXSW daily blog.

Funding for Texas A&M at SXSW was made possible through brand licensing revenues, without the use of tuition dollars.


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