Ames Lab director Schwartz to speak at Oct. 20 LAS Complex Materials workshop; register now

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Adam Schwartz, Ames Laboratory Director

Another speaker has been added to the lineup for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Signature Research Themes workshop on “Complex Materials” during the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 20.

Adam Schwartz, director of the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, will join five other speakers for the workshop that begins at 1 p.m. in the Alumni Center, located south of C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. (See full schedule below.)

Schwartz will talk about the importance of complex materials research and the need for large-scale interdisciplinary research from a DOE perspective.

The free workshop is designed for ISU faculty and research staff interested in cross-disciplinary research opportunities. Registration is open until Friday, Oct. 10, and participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible by emailing Kristin Doerder. Pre-registration is required.

Schwartz came to the Ames Lab in June. He was division leader of the Condensed Matter and Materials Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif. He also coordinated LLNL’s projects for the Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million DOE energy innovation hub led by the Ames Laboratory.

Other speakers bring various backgrounds to the third in a series of LAS Signature Theme workshops:

– James McCusker is director of the Center of Research Excellence in Complex Materials at Michigan State University. His research program focuses on the ultrafast dynamics of transition metal complexes – particularly those involving first-row metal ions and their potential applications in solar energy conversion strategies.

– Paul Canfield is a Distinguished Professor of physics at Iowa State and an Ames Laboratory senior scientist. He is a world leader in the design, discovery, growth and characterization of materials with novel electronic and magnetic transitions and ground states.

– Dietram Scheufele is the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Co-PI of the Center for
Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. He also
co-chairs the National Academies’ Roundtable on Public Interfaces in the
Life Sciences.

– Mary Galvin-Donoghue is director of the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining NSF she was a member of the Technology Leadership Team at Air Products and a Program Manager in Basic Energy Sciences at the DOE.

– Dmitri Talapin is professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago and scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials. His research group investigates the development of novel materials through the assembly of functional nanoscale building blocks.

The Oct. 20 workshop also includes a panel discussion and breakout sessions. A cash-bar reception will follow. Parking is available at the Alumni Center.

“The workshop gives ISU faculty an opportunity to explore the breadth of research that fits under this theme, to network with leading researchers across these fields and to hear perspectives from the major granting agencies that fund this research,” said Michael Dahlstrom, associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and a workshop planning committee co-chair.

Pre-register for workshop via email (pre-registration is required)

Read about the Signature Themes

“COMPLEX MATERIALS” WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Monday, October 20, 2014 – 1:00 p.m., ISU Alumni Center

1:00-1:15 p.m. – Welcome: Dean Beate Schmittmann, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ISU

1:15-1:30 p.m. – Adam Schwartz, Director, Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

1:30-1:55 p.m. – Jim McCusker, Professor of Chemistry and Director, Center of Research Excellence in Complex Materials, Michigan State University Presentation: "Inorganic Chemistry and the Science of Solar Energy Conversion: Challenges and Opportunities" 1:55-2:00 p.m. – Question and Answer Period

2:00-2:25 p.m. – Paul Canfield, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics, ISU; Ames Laboratory Senior Scientist Presentation: “Over 70 Years of Signature Theme Research at ISU” 2:25-2:30 p.m. – Question and Answer Period

2:30-2:55 p.m. – Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Co-PI, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University Presentation: “‘Political’ Science: NBIC Technologies at the Intersection of Media, Politics and Public Opinion” 2:55-3:00 p.m. – Question and Answer Period

3:00-3:30 p.m. – Breakout Discussion with Refreshments

3:30-3:55 p.m. – Mary Galvin-Donoghue, Director, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation 3:55-4:00 p.m. – Question and Answer Period

4:00-4:25 p.m. – Dmitri Talapin, Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials Presentation: “Nanocrystal Assemblies: A Modular Approach to Materials Design” 4:25-4:30 p.m. – Question and Answer Period

4:30-5:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion

5:15-6:30 p.m. – Breakout Discussion and Reception: Cash bar, substantial hors d’oeuvres