2011 Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar


2011 Schedule of Speakers and Testimonials:

  Date   Speaker and Lecture Title
July 11, 2011 Construction of Synthetic Circuits by Harnessing Orthogonal Genetic Parts
Tae Seok Moon
Postdoctoral Scholar
UC San Francisco
Advisor: Prof. Christopher Voigt

  • “This seminar gave a unique experience that I could not find from conference talks”
July 18, 2011 Click Polymerizations: Old and New Reactions for Material Synthesis
Brian J. Adzima
Graduate Student
University of Colorado, Boulder
Advisor: Prof. Christopher N. Bowman

  • “The seminar impressed in me the need to present information for a much broader audience than typically encountered at meetings and conferences. “
July 25, 2011 Unconventional Processes and Materials for Micro- and Nanoscale Optics and Electronics: Plasmonic Antennae, Rubber Solar Cells, and Electronic Skin
Darren Lipomi
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford University
Advisor: Prof. Zhenan Bao

  • “I could get my first, “job interview” out of the way with nothing to lose.”
Aug. 1, 2011 Protein Structure at Interfaces: A Surface Analysis Approach
Joe Baio
Graduate Student
University of Washington
Advisor: Prof. David G. Castner

  • “It forced me to create a 50 min “job” talk.”
Aug. 8, 2011 Hydration at the Nanoscale: A New Perspective on the Role of Water in Biomolecular Interactions and Assembly
Amish J. Patel
Postdoctoral Scholar
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Advisor: Prof. Shekhar Garde

  • “Giving the seminar was a wonderful learning experience that has been immensely beneficial in helping me prepare an interview.”
Aug. 15, 2011 Influence of Confinement and Interfacial Interactions on the Behavior of Membranes and Materials for Energy Technologies
Brandon W. Rowe
Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Advisor: Prof. Christopher Soles

  • “This opportunity was a great chance to develop presentation skills and develop relationships with graduate students and faculty at the University of Washington.”
Aug. 22, 2011 H2-release kinetics from Pd(100): The influence of H in the Surface, Subsurface, and Bulk States
William D. Michalak
Graduate Student
Carnegie Mellon University
Advisors: Profs. Andrew Gellman and James Miller

  • “The opportunity to interact with another department is valuable to learn about other research going on.”
Aug. 29, 2011 Using Single-Molecule Resonance Energy Transfer to Connect Macromolecular Conformation with Dynamic Interfacial Behavior
Mark Kastantin
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Colorado, Boulder
Advisor: Prof. Daniel K. Schwartz

  • The DYSSS provided a “…venue to promote my research methods as useful & interesting for others”

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