Welcome

This will be the 11th annual Tomography for Scientific Advancement (ToScA) symposium. Along with a broad, multidisciplinary range of applications, this year’s virtual conference will include themes in biological (hard and soft) tissue imaging, understanding materials in 3D and recent advances in hardware and software tools.

The Symposium will take place virtually on Monday and Tuesday May 24-25, with Workshops on Wednesday May 26, 2021.

This international symposium will consist of invited speakers, submitted talks and lightning talks/poster presentations from both academia and industry, and an image competition. There will be a virtual Happy Hour featuring break-out rooms for discussions of more practical issues surrounding tomographic studies, as well as remote tours of CT and synchrotron facilities. The symposium is designed to foster open discussion, networking, and collaborative opportunities between domains of expertise in academia, commercial users, and software and hardware providers.

Abstract submission is now open! Please scroll down for the link.
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ToScA International Chair

Dr Farah Ahmed

Exponent International
Farah received a BSc in Biomaterials Engineering and a PhD in Biophysics from Queen Mary University of London. Farah studied the three-dimensional structure of pathological bone using Micro-CT during her time as a PhD researcher. Following a short research position at the school of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL, she managed the X-ray CT facility at the Natural History Museum in London, working on over 100 CT related projects a year across all science disciplines.

Currently she works as an engineering consultant at Exponent, utilising her extensive experience in fracture mechanics, multi-scale failure, and material selection, with a focus on biomaterials, implant design, and interfaces within joint implants..

ToScA North America Chair

Jessie Maisano

University of Texas
Dr. Jessie Maisano is a research scientist and facility manager of the University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility (UTCT) in Austin. She received her BA in geology at Kent State University in 1994 and her PhD in vertebrate paleontology at Yale University in 2000. She then moved to the University of Texas as a postdoc on the then-nascent Digital Library of Morphology (DigiMorph.org), and subsequently held a postdoctoral position on the Deep Scaly project (Assembling the Tree of Life) before being hired by UTCT. She is also the primary operator of UTCT’s Zeiss Versa 620 scanner and caretaker of DigiMorph.org.

Jessie’s main research interests lie in squamate (lizards, snakes, amphisbaenians) osteology as revealed by CT, especially cranial anatomy and ‘extraskeletal’ systems such as osteoderms. However, her collaborations via UTCT have resulted in publications on topics as diverse as carbon sequestration, diamond formation, and Ediacaran fauna.

Local Organising Committee

University of Texas