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MSE Colloquium: Chris Van de WalleTuesday, September 30, 2014 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes you to its 2014 Fall Colloquium Series. Location: Tech L361, 4:00pm Chris Van de WalleProfessor, Materials DepartmentUniversity of California Santa Barbara Effects of High Doping in Transparent ConductorsBasic information about transparent conductors, particularly about doping and how it affects electronic and optical properties, is often lacking. First-principles calculations are now capable of accurately predicting quantities that are directly relevant for applications. In oxides that can be highly doped, the large carrier concentrations significantly affect optical transparency. While direct absorption (either across the gap or to higher-lying conduction bands) is usually not a problem, indirect processes assisted by electron-phonon scattering create absorption, sometimes with unexpected wavelength dependence. First-principles evaluations of free-carrier absorption provide insight into the factors that limit this key criterion for transparent conducting oxides. The presence of large concentrations of electrons in the conduction band also affects the absorption edge, not only because of conduction-band filling but also through band-gap renormalization. I will discuss these processes and how we can treat them consistently and in quantitative detail.Biography: Chris Van de Walle is the inaugural recipient of the Herbert Kroemer Endowed Chair in Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Van de Walle develops and employs first-principles computational techniques to model the structure and behavior of materials. He has performed extensive studies of semiconductor interfaces (including the development of a widely used model for band offsets) and of defects and impurities in semiconductors, with particular emphasis on doping problems. In recent years he has been focusing his attention on wide-band-gap semiconductors, nitrides, oxides, on the behavior of hydrogen in materials, and on spin centers for quantum computing. He co-leads IRG-2, “Correlated Electronics”, in the UCSB MRSEC, and his group is actively engaged in studies of efficiency limits in light emitters, novel channel materials for CMOS, transparent conducting oxides, and hydrogen storage materials. He has published over 350 research papers, holds 23 patents, has given 150 invited and plenary talks at international conferences, and is included in the 2014 “Highly Cited Researchers” list (www.highlycited.com). Professor Van de Walle has chaired three conferences, and was Program Chair for the 27th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors in 2004. He is a Fellow of the APS, AVS, AAAS, MRS, and IEEE, as well as the recipient of a Humboldt Award for Senior US Scientist, the David Adler Award from the APS, and the Medard W. Welch Award from the AVS. Before joining the UCSB Materials Department in 2004, Professor Van de Walle was a Principal Scientist in the Electronic Materials Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986. He was a postdoctoral scientist at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York (1986-1988), a Senior Member of Research Staff at Philips Laboratories in Briarcliff Manor, New York (1988-1991), and an Adjunct Professor of Materials Science at Columbia University (1991).
Matthais Mann | From Genomics to Proteomics: Technologies and Applications of High-Resolution MassTuesday, September 30, 2014 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Matthias Mann studied physics and mathematics at Göttingen University in Germany and obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Yale University. Here he was decisively involved in the development of electrospray ionization, which has become a key technology of the life sciences. As a post-doctoral fellow and later as a professor for bioinformatics at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, he developed, amongst others techniques, the first bioinformatic search algorithms for peptide fragmentation data and SILAC, a new method of quantitative proteomics and a breakthrough in the mapping of protein interactions. In 2005, Matthias Mann took up a director position at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich. Here his group continues to address a wide range of biological questions using proteomic technology, as well as to develop this technology. The group is also heavily involved in providing proteomic methods and tools to the community. Most importantly in this regard, they have provided the MaxQuant suite of computational proteomics algorithms; this software promises to significantly advance the state of the field. More recently his group used the SILAC technology in conjunction with MaxQuant to described the first comprehensive identification and quantification of a proteome. In 2009 Dr. Mann was additionally appointed director of the proteomics department of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research in Copenhagen. Matthias Mann has authored and co-authored more than 550 publications with a total citation count of more than 90,000, making him one of the most highly cited researchers worldwide, has been elected to membership of the European Molecular Biology Organization, Royal Danish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences as well as to a visiting professorship at Harvard Medical School. He has received two honorary degrees from Utrecht University and the University of Dundee, respectively. In 2012 he was awarded the Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation, the Ernst Schering Prize, the Louis-Jeantet Foundation Prize for Medicine and the Körber European Science Prize. More Information.
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic JourneyTuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is a comprehensive and innovative exhibition of works by the international artist Wangechi Mutu—her first survey in the United States. Spanning the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than 50 pieces, from the artist’s most iconic collages to rarely seen early works and new creations. Highlights of the exhibition include Mutu’s first animated video, created in collaboration with musician Santigold. The artist will also transform one of the Block’s galleries into an environmental installation, including a monumental wall drawing, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in her work. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, and based in Brooklyn, Mutu is best known for large-scale collages depicting female figures in lush, otherworldly landscapes. Her work explores issues of gender, race, war, globalization, colonialism and the eroticization of the black female body. She often combines found materials and magazine cutouts with sculpture and painted imagery, sampling from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, and science fiction. - See more at: http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/wangechi.html#sthash.iGvDyPij.dpuf More Information.
Taking Responsibility for Responsible Conduct of ResearchTuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Target Audience: Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty This course is for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are recipients of NIH or other training awards that require training in Responsible Conduct of Research. The course will cover the principles and expectations for conducting biomedical research ethically and responsibly, but will go one step further to guide participants in teaching others for whom they are responsible. Leadership for this course is provided by co-course directors, Rick McGee, PhD; Brian Hitsman, PhD. Topics for this course include: Research misconduct and expected behaviors; Mentoring; Data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership; Conflicting interests – recognizing, acknowledging, managing, minimizing; Peer review; Publication practices and responsible authorship; Research with animals; Research with human subjects; Collaboration in science; Intellectual Property and Commercialization, and Contemporary Issues and Case Studies. COURSE DETAILS Dates: Tuesdays from September 23rd through December 9th, 2014 Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm Class Location (Chicago Campus): McGaw Kellerman Classroom (2-322). 240 E. Huron. More Information.
John Evans, The Sand Creek Massacre, and the History of Northwestern UniversityTuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
A panel discussion, including 3 of the 8 members of the John Evans Study Commitee, on the committee's recent report on the relationship of John Evnas to the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864, in which US Army cavalry slaughtered approximately 150 Cheyenns and Arapahos, most of them women and children. Evans was the governor and superintendent of Indian Affairs of the Cikiradi Territory and was traveling in the East at the time of the massacre. In its afternath, President Andrew Johnson instructed him to resign. Evans was one of the Northwestern University's leading founders, chair of its Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, and a major donor to the University. The city of Evanston, IL, is named for him. Come out for the evening to discuss the place of Evans in the history of our dynamic city and prestigious University, and the Sand Creek Massacre in his long career. More Information.
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