Deadline to register for LAS Complex Materials workshop is Monday

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Dietram Scheufele, speaker from Wisconsin-Madison

The deadline to register for the Oct. 20 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Signature Themes workshop on “Complex Materials” is fast approaching. Register for the free event by Monday, Oct. 13, by emailing Kristin Doerder.

The workshop is designed for ISU faculty and research staff interested in cross-disciplinary research opportunities. It begins at 1 p.m. at the ISU Alumni Center, located south of Stephens Auditorium. The schedule includes six speakers, panel discussion and a breakout session. A cash-bar reception with hors d’oeuvres will follow.

The event’s speakers: – Adam Schwartz, Director, Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy – James McCusker, Professor of Chemistry and Director, Center of Research Excellence in Complex Materials, Michigan State University – Paul Canfield, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics, ISU; Ames Laboratory Senior Scientist – Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Co-PI, Center for
 Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University – Mary Galvin-Donoghue, Director, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation – Dmitri Talapin, Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago

Mark Hargrove, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, and Michael Dahlstrom, associate professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, are the workshop planning committee co-chairs. Dahlstrom said the workshop, like previous LAS Signature Themes workshops, is an overview of a broad range of research opportunities for faculty.

“Faculty often think of the college’s Signature Themes through the lens of their own discipline, but each theme encompasses a much broader range of opportunities than any single field,” he said.

The workshop gives faculty an opportunity to explore the breadth of research that fits under the Complex Materials theme, network with leading researchers and hear perspectives from major granting agencies that fund this research.

“The people that should attend are any researchers who may be working, or want to work, in an area where complex materials may play a role,” Dahlstrom said.

Register for the Workshop

“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 Presenation: “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