WiSE Research Horizons - A Day Honoring Professor Hanna Reisler
- Time & Place: Gerontology Auditorium and Courtyard, 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Registration: Please RSVP by clicking here and entering the code WISERESEARCH
8:00-8:30 Breakfast & Registration
Breakfast will be served in the Gerontology Courtyard. Registration material wil be available on-site.
Abstract: In this lecture I will describe our recent experimental investigations of hydrogen bonded molecular networks. These networks include ices and their interactions with guest molecules, as well as the smallest aggregates of water: the dimer and trimer. I will end with an overview of the WiSE program at USC and its faculty network: historical perspective, milestones and challenges.
Bio: Professor Reisler obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She came to USC first in a research position and was appointed as Associate Professor of Chemistry in 1987 and Professor in 1991. Her research interests are in the area of chemical reaction dynamics. Specifically, she studies the photochemistry and reaction mechanisms of molecules and free radicals important in the atmosphere, combustion, and the solar system by using sophisticated laser techniques. She is the author of over 170 scientific publications and book chapters. She served as Chemistry Department Chair in 2003-2005. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She won the NSF Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers in 1991, a Max Planck Research Award in 1994, and the Broida Prize of the American Physical Society in 2005. She is the recipient of Dornsife College Raubenheimer Award (2000), USC Remarkable Women Award (2007), USC Mellon Mentoring Award (2007), and the USC Provost's Excellence in Mentoring Award (2010). In 2002 she was appointed the first holder of the Lloyd Armstrong Jr. Chair in Science and Engineering in recognition of her efforts to advance the careers of women in science and engineering at USC.
9:45-10:00 Coffee Break
Coffee and snacks will be served in the Gerontology Courtyard.
Executive Vice Provost Michael Quick
10:15-12:00 Morning Session, chaired by Professor
Jill McNitt-Gray (Biological Sciences & Biomedical Engineering)
10:15 Microtechnologies Advancing Medicine by Professor Ellis Meng (Biomedical Engineering)
Abstract: Microtechnologies enable translational engineering solutions that address vital unmet medical needs. The Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory is interested in the integration of multiple modalities (e.g. electrical, mechanical, and chemical) into miniaturized devices measuring no more than a few millimeters for use in fundamental scientific research, biomedical diagnostics, and therapy. This talk will discuss novel microengineered implant technologies for advancing healthcare.
Bio: Ellis Meng is an Associate Professor of biomedical and electrical engineering and chair of the Women in Science and Engineering program in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Dr. Meng directs the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory which specializes in focuses on advancing medicine using enabling micromachining, micro- sensor and actuator, microfluidic, and microsystems technologies. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Awards. Ellis was recognized as a 2009 TR35 Young Innovator Under 35 for her work in next generation drug delivery pumps. She also an active educator and authored a textbook on bioMEMS. Her professional memberships include Tau Beta Pi, IEEE, ASME, ASEE, and BMES.
10:50 Sugar and cell cycle activation in Arabidopsis stem cells by Professor Xuelin Wu (Biological Sciences)
Abstract: The development of higher plants is marked by the continuous presence of stem cells in structures called meristems. Initially established during embryogenesis, the meristems house both the stem cell clusters and the progenitors cells that give rise to the emerging organs throughout a plant's life cycle. For many plants including Arabidopsis, seeds must be desiccated prior to germination. This means that cells within the meristems must activate their cell cycle machineries de novo at the time of germination to initiate growth and development. Research in my lab uses the mustard family plant Arabidopsis thaliana as a tractable, easily manipulated model system, to answer the questions of the genetic and metabolic control of stem cell maintenance and proliferation. I will discuss our recent findings in how cell division is initiated in the stem cells in Arabidopsis seedlings.
Bio: Dr. Wu earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Science and Technology of China and her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from New York University. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies prior to joining the faculty at USC. In her time at USC she has had her research published in several esteemed journals. Dr. Wu’s research interests are aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the decision between proliferation and differentiation during development, using Arabidosis thaliana as the model system.
11:25 Actuated Underwater Sensor Networks: A convergence of Communication, Control & Sensing by Professor Urbashi Mitra (Electrical Engineering)
Abstract: The oceans cover 71% of the earth's surface and represent one of the least explored frontiers, yet the oceans are integral to climate regulation, nutrient production, oil retrieval and transportation. As such, there is significant interest in monitoring aquatic environments for scientific, environmental, commercial, safety, and military reasons. Underwater sensor networks with mobile nodes and acoustic communication capabilities are poised to enable key underwater applications such as aquaculture, tsunami detection and surveillance. A unique feature of such actuated underwater sensor networks is that communication, control and sensing accrue similar costs necessitating new design strategies relative to terrestrial networks enabled with radio communications. Herein, we will review some recent contributions towards realizing this convergence of communication, control and sensing.
Bio: Professor Mitra obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. From 1994 to 2000, she was a member of the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Ohio State University. In 2001, she joined the faculty at USC where she is currently a professor. Professor Mitra has and currently serves as associate editor for multiple IEEE publications. She has won awards for her scholarly work as well as her service to the USC community. Professor Mitra’s honors include: 2012 Globecom Signal Processing for Communications Symposium Best Paper Award, 2012 NAE Lillian Gilbreth Lectureship, USC Center for Excellence in Research Fellowship (2010-2013), DCOSS Best Applications Paper Award (2009), USC Mellon Mentoring Award (2008), IEEE Fellow (2007), 2001 Okawa Foundation Award, 2000 OSU College of Engineering Lumley Award for Research, 1997 OSU College of Engineering MacQuigg Award for Teaching, and a 1996 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. She served as co-Director of the Communication Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California from 2004-2007. Her research interests are in: wireless communications, communication and sensor networks, cognitive radio, and detection and estimation and the interface of communication, sensing and control.
12:00-1:25 Lunch Break
Lunch will be served in the Gerontology Courtyard.
1:25 Interative and Sustainable Built Environments by Professor Burcin Becerik-Gerber (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Abstract: In the U.S., buildings consume 48% of energy, half of which is consumed by commercial buildings. Energy use in commercial buildings depends on the collective decisions of many individuals in different sorts of roles, including building operators and ordinary occupants, who lack direct financial incentives. Making significant progress towards sustainable building energy usage requires a broad shift in how commercial buildings are used and operated. The research builds an interactive and intelligent environment with the end goal of impacting both human and building behavior to fulfill the shared goal of reduced energy use, and increased comfort in buildings. This environment is not only aware of and make use of its users' locations, processes, activities or preferences but also learns and predicts what is going to happen in the foreseeable future (e.g., changes to plans/events, temporary critical problems). The research develops a human centered-environment (e.g., healthcare facilities, construction sites, transit stations, educational buildings) that communicates directly with its users in a dynamic, spontaneous and informal way and deliver context aware, personalized and timely information for supporting decision-making, collaborative problem solving, management of resources and learning. This environment adapts to the needs of its users (e.g., facility managers, construction workers first responders) through adjustable autonomy, automation and collaboration.
Bio: Dr. Becerik-Gerber's research focuses on automation in collecting and analyzing the data needed for complex built environments and formalizing systematic processes for representing and visualizing data and information to improve efficiency, sustainability, and maintainability. Dr. Becerik-Gerber holds degrees in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture. Burcin graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor of Architecture (1999) and an M.S. in Architecture (2001). She attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she received an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002). She earned her Doctor of Design (2006) degree from Harvard University in the field of Project Management and Information Systems. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked as a consultant and taught in the area for three years. In 2008, she joined the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor. She has 21 peer-reviewed journal papers (accepted/published) and 36 published peer-reviewed conference papers and 3 peer-reviewed journal papers under review. Her work has received support worth over $4.4m from a variety of sources, including National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Transportation. MIT's Technology Review has recently named her as one of the world's top young innovators under the age of 35. In 2011, she has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium for her innovative educational approaches in civil engineering. She is currently the director of Innovation in Integrated Informatics LAB, http://i- lab.usc.edu/, advising eight Ph.D. students, four M.S. students and five undergraduate students. She also serves as an Associate Editor for ASCE's Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
2:00 Vapor Phase Deposition of Functional Polymer Coatings by Professor Malancha Gupta (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)
Abstract: This talk will discuss the use of vapor phase deposition to apply thin polymer coatings onto curved, flat, and textured surfaces. Vapor phase deposition eliminates the need for organic solvents and thereby offers a safer and cleaner alternative to liquid phase polymer processing. We will discuss the deposition of hydrophobic, hydrophilic, light-responsive, and temperature-responsive coatings. The mechanism, kinetics, scalability, and potential applications associated with these coatings will be discussed.
Bio: Malancha Gupta is an assistant professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California. She received her BS in chemical engineering from the Cooper Union in 2002. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 under the guidance of Professor Karen K. Gleason. From 2007–-2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University working under the guidance of Professor George M. Whitesides. Her current research interests include polymer coatings and thin films, surface science, chemical vapor deposition, ionic liquids, and microfluidics. She has co-authored 27 manuscripts and 3 patents in these topic areas. She has received several awards including a NSF CAREER Award and an ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award.
2:35 Lessons from a Large River by Professor Sarah Feakins (Earth Sciences)
Abstract: A report on a research project that travels from the high Andes to the Amazonian floodplain.
Bio: Dr. Feakins obtained her B.A. in Geography from the University of Oxford and her Ph.D. in Geology from Columbia University. From 2006 to 2008 she was a NOAA Global and Climate Change Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Feakins joined the faculty of the Department of Earth Sciences in 2008, where she has produced many publications and been invited to speak at many prestigious institutions and conferences. In her research she uses biogeochemical analytical approaches to answer intriguing questions about climatic and ecological change.
3:10 Mathematics and the Earth's Magnetic Field by Professor Susan Friedlander (Mathematics)
Abstract: The Geodynamo is the process by which the Earth's magnetic field is created and sustained through the motions of the fluid core of the Earth. We will discuss a mathematical model for this phenomenon and show that this model supports strong instabilities of the type required for dynamo action.
Bio: Professor Friedlander earned her B.S. from London University, her M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Ph. D. from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of the mathematics department at USC she was a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois in Chicago. Professor Friedlander has served on the editorial boards of many journals, currently she serves as Chief Editor for the Bulletin of the AMS. She has received many honors, including, most recently being selected fellow to SIAM, AMS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Friedlanders research centers on the partial differential equations that describe the motion of fluids, namely the Euler and the Navier-Stokes equations.
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