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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory &
Las Positas College Science & Engineering Seminar Series

Theory to Practice: How Science Gets Done

2016 - 2017

Forensic Science in Crisis: How Proteins Can Help

Forensic Science in Crisis: How Proteins Can Help

by

Brad Hart, PhD, Chemist
Director, Forensic Science Center
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Deon Anex, PhD, Physical Chemist
Forensic Science Center
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Seminar Abstract

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Time: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map]

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Harnessing Fusion: Creating a Sun on Earth

Harnessing Fusion: Creating a Sun on Earth

by

Tammy Ma, PhD
Experimental Plasma Physicist, National Ignition Facility, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Time: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map]

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

2015 - 2016

Toward Improved Sepsis Treatment through Predictive Modeling

Toward Improved Sepsis Treatment through Predictive Modeling

by

Ana Paula Sales, PhD
Computational Biologist and Applied Statistician Applied Statistics Group Computational Engineering Division, LLNL

Vincent Liu, MD, MS
Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research Intensivist, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

Seminar Abstract

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Time: 6 - 7:15 p.m.

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map]

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

Next Generation of Therapeutics
              for Brain Disorders

Next Generation of Therapeutics for Brain Disorders

by

Satinderpall Pannu, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Director for the Center for Bioengineering

Sarah Felix, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Research Engineer

Angela Tooker, PhD, Electrical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher

Seminar Abstract

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

Time: 6 - 7:15 p.m.

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map]

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

Microbes Breathe and Eat More Than We Do

Microbes Breathe and Eat More Than We Do: Using DNA and the Periodic Table to Uncover Their Secrets

by

Xavier Mayali, PhD, Microbial Oceanographer and Staff Scientist
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Time: 6-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map]

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

Computer Simulations of Earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area

Computer Simulations of Earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area

by

Arthur Rodgers, PhD, Seismologist
Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Time: 6-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map]

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

2014 - 2015

Molecular Evolution

Molecular Evolution
Propagating genetic changes: mechanisms and functional consequences

by

Brent Segelke, PhD, Biophysicist, Senior Biomedical Scientist Biology and Biotechnology Division, LLNL

and

Emilio Garcia, PhD, Microbiologist, Senior Visiting Scientist Biology and Biotechnology Division, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 6-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA.

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

Green Power: Making Electricity out of Thin Air

Green Power: Making Electricity out of Thin Air

by

Jeff Mirocha, PhD, Atmospheric Scientist
Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division, LLNL

and

Eric W. Harpell, Instructor of Physics, Astronomy, & Environmental Science Las Positas College

Seminar Abstract

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015, 6-7:15 pm

Time: 6-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA.

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

Energetic Materials R and D at LLNL - Explosions in Livermore

Energetic Materials R&D at LLNL - Explosions in Livermore

Jon L. Maienschein, PhD, Chemical Engineer
Director of LLNL Energetic Materials Center and Leader of the Energetic Materials Group

and

Sabrina C. DePiero, BS, Chemical Engineer
Deputy Group Leader for the Energetic Materials Group

Physical and Life Sciences Directorate
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Seminar Abstract

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA.

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

An in vitro Tissue-on-a-Chip Platform: Overview and Applications for Neuroscience

An in vitro Tissue-on-a-Chip Platform:
Overview and Applications for Neuroscience

by

Windy McNerney, Ph.D., Cognitive Psychologist and Neuroscientist

Sarah Felix, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineer, Center for Micro and Nano Technology

Kris Kulp, Ph.D., Biologist, Deputy Group Leader, BioAnalytical Group

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

No Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Seminar Abstract

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA.

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

2013 - 2014

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps National Security Risk Go Down

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps National Security Risk Go Down: DNATrax (DNA Tagged Reagents for Aerosol Experiments)

by

George R. Farquar, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

Elizabeth K. Wheeler, Ph.D., Engineering

Research Scientists, Global Security S Program

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Seminar Abstract

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA.

For More Information: Please contact: Nan Ho, Instructor of Biology, Las Positas College, at NHo@laspositascollege.edu, Phone: 925.424.1344.

Fusion Modeling

Fusion Modeling: Using Big Computers to Understand One of the Universe's Biggest Secrets

by

Frederico Fiuza, Ph.D., Lawrence Fellow
Fusion Energy Sciences Program, Physics Division
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Seminar Abstract

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Biofuels: New Energy from Ancient Life

Biofuels: New Energy from Ancient Life

by

Michael Thelen, PhD, Biochemist and Microbiologist, LLNL
Rhona Stuart, PhD, Marine Microbiologist, LLNL Physical and Life Sciences
Directorate

Seminar Abstract

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Combating Infection: Fighting to Heal Wounds from the Battlefield

Combating Infection: Fighting to Heal Wounds from the Battlefield

by

Nicholas Be, PhD: Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

2012 - 2013

Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic

Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic - Byte by Byte

by

Monica Borucki, PhD: Biologist, Biosciences and Biotechnology Division, LLNL

Jonathan Allen, PhD: Bioinformatics Scientist, Computations, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: Peeking at Particles for Human Health

by

Graham Bench, PhD, Physicist, Director for the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, LLNL

Ken Turteltaub, PhD, Biologist, Division Leader of Biosciences and Biotechnology Division, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

A Compact Accelerator for Cancer Therapy: How Protons May Save Your Life

A Compact Accelerator for Cancer Therapy: How Protons May Save Your Life

by

George Caporaso, Ph.D., Physicist, Beam Research Program, LLNL

Steven Hawkins, Senior Engineering Associate, Beam Research Program, LLNL

Seminar Abstract

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Running a National Lab and What it Takes to Succeed at One

Running a National Lab and What it Takes to Succeed at One

by

Parney Albright, Ph.D., Director of the LLNL and President of LLNS

Seminar Abstract

Date: Monday, October 8, 2012

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

2011 - 2012

The 2011-2012 Second Annual Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / Las Positas College Science and Engineering Seminar series began on Oct 3, 2011. This series provided LLNL scientists and engineers a forum to share a broad range of basic and applied research with LPC faculty and students. The presentations were interdisciplinary in nature and focused on how science is applied to solve problems from theory to practice. The seminars were targeted to run about 45 minutes, with another 30 minutes allocated for questions and answers.

Building an Instrument to Image Extra-Solar Planets

Building an Instrument to Image Extra-Solar Planets

by

Lisa Poyneer, Ph.D., Engineer, Optical Sciences and Signal & Image Processing Groups, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Bruce Macintosh, Ph.D., Astronomer, Optical Sciences Group, Principal Investigator, Gemini Plant Imager Project, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Though more than 700 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars, we have only just begun to be able to take pictures of these faint, distant worlds. Direct imaging is extremely challenging, but scientifically essential: images and spectra of an exoplanet will tell us what it's made of and, eventually, if it harbors life.

Drs. Macintosh and Poyneer will discuss the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a powerful new instrument that will be delivered to the 8-meter Gemini South Telescope this year. They will discuss how scientists and engineers work together on three aspects of GPI: balancing instrument science requirements with engineering design, innovating new technologies, and understanding and mitigating defects in hardware.

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

A Child's Garden of Graphs

A Child's Garden of Graphs: How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science is dominating your life.

by

Van Emden Henson, PhD, Applied Mathematician

Andy Yoo, PhD, Computer Scientist, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, LLNL

Date: Monday, March 5, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

How does Netflix (or Amazon) recommend the movies (or products) you may like? How do Google, AltaVista, or Bing assemble their lists of results? How does Mapquest figure out the best route from here to there? How does Expedia find an airline itinerary? How do Facebook or LinkedIn find people you may know? How do dating sites propose possible matches? How do banks catch potentially fraudulent activities? These, and many, many more, are examples of graphs in action. While some of the graph algorithms are subtle and complex, a surprising number are remarkably simple. Many can best be understood and implemented with the tools of linear algebra, relying heavily on the matrix-vector product, matrix factorizations, and spectral analysis.

But the modern world is also the world of exponential growth of information, and many of the graphs behind these applications are rapidly growing to extraordinary size. How do we deal with graphs having tens or hundreds of billions of vertices? How can we deal with information at enormous scales?

Where the mathematician and the applications scientist devise the algorithms to organize, mine, or employ the information, it falls to the computer scientists to create the architectures, hardware, software environments, and implementations making the computations possible. Just as the information is evolving, so are the approaches to computing and the architectures of the machines.

In this talk, Van Emden Henson will describe some of the graph-based problems that have become ubiquitous in today’s world, and the mathematical tools used to address them, and Andy Yoo will describe the challenges and approaches to realizing these methods on the most modern computational engines.

Microbes Gone Wild - The Race to Diagnose Pathogens

by

Holly Franz, PhD, Biomedical Scientist, Deputy Program Director for Biosecurity, Office of Strategic Outcomes, LLNL

Reg Beer, PhD, Mechanical Engineer, Principal Investigator and Associate Program Leader, National Security Engineering Division, Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies, LLNL

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time: 6:00 to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Protecting public health from the next pandemic or ensuring that you get the best care possible in the Emergency Room or other clinical setting requires fast and accurate diagnosis of infectious disease. Effective detection technologies must be fast, sensitive, and specific to the precise cause of the patient's sickness. LLNL is working towards extremely rapid medical diagnostics that determine the exact bacteria or virus causing infection by recognizing the organism's nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) fingerprint. We will discuss trends and specific technologies to meet this critical need in a much faster time than previously possible.

Restoring Sight to the Blind

by

Sat Pannu, PhD, Section Leader for Center for Micro and Nano-Technology
Kedar Shah, M.S.
Heeral Sheth, M.S.
Vanessa Tolosa, Ph.D.
Angela Tooker, Ph.D.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date: Monday, October 3, 2011

Time: 6 to 7:15 pm

Location: Main Stage Theater - Mertes Center for the Arts, Bldg. 4000 Las Positas College, Livermore, CA (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

2010 - 2011

Bridging the gaps: Improving Health Care Through Technology

Bridging the gaps: Improving Health Care Through Technology

State of health monitoring in traumatic and harsh environments: Engineers and Health care providers Merge Efforts to Develop New Medical Devices

by

John Chang, PhD, Electrical Engineer
Christine Paulson, M.S., Electrical Engineer, Engineering Directorate, LLNL

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011

Time: 6 to 7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Advancements in miniaturized electronic circuitry and Micropower Ultrawideband Impulse Radar (MUIR) technology have allowed for the creation of a compact, non-invasive device that may permit never before possible portable state of health diagnosis and monitoring of life threatening traumatic injuries. MUIR generates electromagnetic pulses with extremely short duration and at power levels much less than that emitted by cell phones. The MUIR electromagnetic signals penetrate relatively well into the human body. These electromagnetic signals interact differently with different body tissue types over a broad spectral range, and can indicate certain conditions of tissues and organs. The MUIR technology can be built into small, portable, and handheld systems. Such capabilities can be used in the field in harsh environments to determine immediate life threatening injuries and monitor the state of health until definitive medical intervention becomes available.

We will describe LLNL's efforts in applying this technology to different fields of medicine and healthcare. We will describe the technology, the partnership required to pursue medical device development, medical studies, and field experiences.

Computer Scientists and Biologists

The Power of Bioinformatics

Computer Scientists and Biologists Join Forces to Address Challenges of Evolving Biothreats

by

Elizabeth Vitalis, Ph.D., Biomedical Scientist
Tom Slezak, M.S., Computer Scientist

Date: Monday, March 14, 2011

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Physicists & Engineers

Physicists and Engineers: What does a Physicist and an Engineer do? How do they both contribute to the success of a project?

by

Chris Ebbers, Ph.D., Physicist
Rick Cross, Engineer

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010

Time: 6 to 7:15 pm

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)

Biology as a Team Sport

Biology as a Team Sport

Molecular Imaging of Cells and Tissues Using Time of Flight - Image of Kris Culp and Kuang Jen J. WuSecondary Ion Mass Spectrometry: Why Physicists, Chemists, Statisticians and Biologists are Needed to Solve Hard Biological Problems

by

Kris Kulp, Biologist

Kuang Jen J. Wu, Physicist

Seminar Abstract

Date: October 4, 2010

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Room 2420, Las Positas College (Parking: $2 or Semester Permit)