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Tuesday, October 2
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds gain ductility, resistance to hydrolysis and radial strength via a unique poly L-lactide microstructure
  • Karthik Ramachandran, Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering, Caltech,
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Wednesday, October 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
New Frontiers in Thermal Transport Modeling
  • Giuseppe Romano, Research Scientist , Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Bringing ecosystem science and remote sensing “down to earth” for environmental and land-use decision-making in drylands from Africa to California
  • Marc Mayes, Research Geoscientist, Earth Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara,
    Speaker's Bio:
    Dr. Mayes is a geoscientist who studies land-use and climate change effects on terrestrial ecosystems, particularly how vegetation changes affect carbon, water and nutrient cycles in semi-arid landscapes. His work focuses on applied science questions targeted to inform decision-making about land, water and climate-change adaptation challenges across East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia) and in the southwestern United States. Marc's background combines ecosystem science (Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brown University-MBL Joint Program, 2016) and environmental management (M.S., Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011). From 2016-2018 Marc was a Nature Conservancy NatureNet Science Fellow and worked with the TNC-Africa program to facilitate use of land cover change analyses in regional and national-scale land-use planning initiatives in Zambia. Since the 2017 Thomas Fire and Jan 9 debris flows in Santa Barbara, Marc has led drone imaging campaigns to provide infrastructure and environmental data to inform watershed recovery and future fire and flood hazard mitigation efforts. Marc is currently a research scientist at the Earth Research Institute, University of California-Santa Barbara, based in the WAVES lab led by Dr. Kelly Caylor.
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Thursday, October 4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"Leading a Double Life: Histones as Copper Reductases"
  • Siavash Kurdistani, Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Using Small Molecules to Probe Protein Homeostasis in Bacteria
  • Jason Sello, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Brown University,
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Friday, October 5
1:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium
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Wednesday, October 10
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Redefining Druggability using Chemoproteomic Platforms
  • Daniel K. Nomura, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology and Nutritional Sciences and Technology, University of California, Berkeley,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Making Oxidation Easier in Ultra High Vacuum
  • Bharat Jalan, Associate Professor and Distinguished Shell Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Carbon-water coupling: processes, model uncertainties and observational constraints
  • Pierre Gentine, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University,
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Thursday, October 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"Redox inhibition of a DNA repair enzyme through [4Fe4S] Cluster Nitrosylation"
  • Levi Ekanger, Postdoctoral Scholar, Barton Group, CCE, Caltech ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Small Molecules to Particles - Do Interfaces Promote New Particle Formation over Remote Oceans?
  • Rainer Volkamer, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Radical reactions for control freaks: New synthetic methods involving aryl radicals and strong C–F bonds
  • Nathan Jui, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Emory College,
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Monday, October 15
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Small Molecule Activation of 1st-Row Transition Metal Pincer Complexes
  • Yunho Lee, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,
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Tuesday, October 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Attosecond science and its applications to chemical dynamics
  • Daniel Neumark, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkekely,
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Wednesday, October 17
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Light absorption by atmospheric particles: using field and lab studies to understand linkages between sources, chemical processing and impacts
  • Christopher Cappa, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gates Annex 22
Developing New Metal-Catalyzed Reactions for Organic Synthesis
  • Melanie S. Sanford, Moses Gomberg Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Plant Nanobionic Materials with Ultra-High Temperature Response
  • Chiara Daraio, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics, Caltech ,
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Thursday, October 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"A mechanism for a rapid diagnostic assay of the activity of beta-lactam antibiotics against pathogenic bacteria."
  • Eric Liaw, Graduate Student, Ismagilov Lab, BBE, Caltech ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Talking to Cells: Biomolecular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Cellular Function
  • Mikhail Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Heritage Principal Investigator, California Institute of Technology,
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Monday, October 22
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Chemistry Empowered by Unique Heterocycles
  • Naoya Kumagai, Ph.D., Division of Chemistry, Institute of Microbial Chemistry, Tokyo,
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Tuesday, October 23
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Embracing the Crooked Path
  • Cheryl Dartt, Director of Analytics, Facebook,
    Speaker's Bio:
    Dr. Cheryl Dartt's education began at the University of Calgary where she attained a Bachelor's degree in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering. Dr. Dartt completed her PhD at Caltech as the first student graduating from Professor Kostas Giapis's group, where she studied two-dimensional photonic crystals. After obtaining her PhD, she decided to pursue a career in industry starting first at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. After four years at McKinsey as an associate and then an engagement manager Dr. Dartt missed the joy of building and returned to technology. She first joined an Idealab start-up company called Overture, which was acquired by Yahoo!, where she worked for eight years as a Senior Director. She then joined Microsoft and worked for four years as the lead for a Product Management team. Currently, Dr. Dartt is the Director of Analytics for the Ads & Business Platform team at Facebook, where she manages a team of Data Scientists and Data Engineers who use modeling, experimentation, analysis, and data to build the best products to connect businesses and people.
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Wednesday, October 24
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
No Seminar
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Excited Electronic States: Dielectric Screening and Hot-Electron Mediated Ion Diffusion
  • Andre Schleife, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Development and Applications of New Synthetic Strategies for Polymer Science
  • Brett Fors, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University,
    Speaker's Bio:
    Brett P. Fors was born in Polson, Montana and carried out his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Montana State University (B.S., 2006). He went on to do his Ph.D. (2011) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. After his doctoral studies he became an Elings Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara working with Professor Craig J. Hawker. In 2014 he joined the faculty at Cornell University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
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Thursday, October 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"Noninvasive neuromodulation with Acoustically Targeted Chemogenetics"
  • Jerzy Szablowski, Postdoctoral Scholar, Shapiro Group, CCE, Caltech ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Teaching Old Active Sites New Tricks
  • Justin Notestein, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University,
    Speaker's Bio:
    Prof. Justin Notestein received his BSE at Princeton University in 2001 and his PhD at the University of California Berkeley in 2006, both in Chemical Engineering. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science and the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, where he now has the rank of Professor. Research in Prof. Notestein's group focuses on the development of new hybrid, oxide, and nanostructured catalysts and adsorbents for a number of transformations relevant to sustainable energy, selective oxidation, and improving industrial chemical processes. Special attention is on developing full synthesis-structure-function relationships for improving the process of new catalyst development.
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Tuesday, October 30
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Green Chemistry Awareness in Drug Discovery
  • Aaron Siegmund, Senior Scientist, Amgen Inc.,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Ultrafast and Non Equilibrium Lattice Dynamics
  • David A. Reis, Deputy Director of the Stanford PULSE Institute and Professor of Applied Physics and Photon Science, Department of Applied Physics and Photon Science, Stanford University,
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6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Off Campus
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Wednesday, October 31
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Watching metalloenzymes at work
  • Amie Boal, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Mapping Particulate Air Pollution from Space
  • David Diner, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Magnetism, Superconductivity and Non-trivial Topology in Quantum Materials
  • Ni Ni, Assistant Professor, Condensed Matter, UCLA,
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