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Science and Engineering Seminar Series

Theory to Practice: How Science Gets Done

 

 

Seminar 16 - 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

Abstract available here

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

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

 

 

Seminar 15 - 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

 

Abstract available here

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:15 pm

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

 

Seminar 14 - Biofuels: New Energy from Ancient Life

By

Michael Thelen, PhD, Biochemist and Microbiologist, LLNL

and

Rhona Stuart, PhD, Marine Microbiologist, LLNL

Physical and Life Sciences Directorate

Abstract available here.

Details: Free Event and Open to the Public

Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map Here]

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


Seminar 13 - Combating Infection:
Fighting to Heal Wounds from the Battlefield

By

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

 

Abstract Available Here

 

Details: Free Event and Open to the Public

Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map Here]

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

 

 

Seminar 12 - Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic - Byte by Byte

By

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

and

Jonathan Allen, PhD: Bioinformatics Scientist, Computations, LLNL

 

Abstract Available Here

 

Details: Free Event and Open to the Public

Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map Here]

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

 

 

Seminar 11 - Accelerator Mass Spectrometry:Peeking at Particles for Human Health

By

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

and

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

 

Abstract Available Here

 

Details: Free Event

Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420 Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map Here]

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

 

Seminar 10 - A Compact Accelerator for Cancer Therapy:

How Protons May Save Your Life

By

George Caporaso, Ph.D., Physicist, Beam Research Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

and

Steven Hawkins, Senior Engineering Associate, Beam Research Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 

Abstract Available Here

Details: Free Event

Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map Here]

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

 

Seminar 9 - Running a National Lab and What it Takes to Succeed at One

By

Parney Albright, Ph.D.

Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and

President of Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS)

 

Details: Free Event

Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit

Date: Monday, October 8, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map Here]

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

 

Seminar 8 - 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

and

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.

Details: Free Event - Click here for Flyer.

Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA. [Directions and Campus Map Here]

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

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Seminar 7 - 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 and Andy Yoo, PhD, Computer Scientist
Center for Applied Scientific Computing
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 

Details: Free [Parking fee: $2 or Semester Permit]

Date: Monday, March 5, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Building 2400

Las Positas College, Livermore, CA

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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.    

 

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For Seminar 6 - Please Note the New Date: Tuesday, November 8th

Same Time: 6:00 to 7:15 PM & Location: 2420/Large Lecture Hall

 

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

Seminar 6: Microbes Gone Wild - The Race to Diagnose Pathogens

By Holly Franz, PhD, Biomedical Scientist, Deputy Program Director for Biosecurity, Office of Strategic Outcomes, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
and Reg Beer, PhD, Mechanical Engineer, Principal Investigator and Associate Program Leader, National Security Engineering Division, Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Time: 6:00 to 7:15 PM
Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA [Parking fee: $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.

For more information, please contact Nan Ho, Biology Faculty at 925.424.1344.

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Seminar 5: 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: Room Changed to: Main Stage Theater - Mertes Center for the Arts, Bldg. 4000
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA [Parking fee: $2 | or Semester Permit]

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Seminar 4: 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, and
Christine Paulson, M.S., Electrical Engineer,
Engineering Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Time:6 to 7:15 pm
Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Multi-Disciplinary Building
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA

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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.

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Seminar 3: The Power of Bioinformatics

Computer Scientists and Biologists Join Forces to Address Challenges of Evolving Biothreats
By Elizabeth Vitalis, Ph.D., Biomedical Scientist, and Tom Slezak, M.S., Computer Scientist

Date: Monday, March 14, 2011
Time:6 to 7:15 pm
Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Multi-Disciplinary Building
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA

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Seminar 2: 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, and Rick Cross, Engineer

 

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Time:6 to 7:15 pm
Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Multi-Disciplinary Building
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA

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Seminar 1: Biology as a Team Sport

Molecular Imaging of Cells and Tissues Using Time of Flight - Secondary 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 (511K PDF)

Date: October 4, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Room 2420, Large Lecture Hall, Multi-Disciplinary Building
Las Positas College, Livermore, CA

For more information, please contact Nan Ho, Biology Faculty at 925.424.1344.

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