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Thursday, November 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"Nic96 recruits and positions the Channel Nucleoporin Trimer to establish a functional diffusion barrier of the Nuclear Pore Complex"
  • Stefan Petrovic, Graduate Student, Hoelz Lab, CCE, Caltech ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Sphericity and Symmetry Breaking in Asymmetric Diblock Copolymer Melts
  • Frank Bates, Regents Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota,
    Speaker's Bio:
    Frank S. Bates is a Regents Professor and a member of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science department at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from SUNY Albany and M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT. Between 1982 and 1989 Bates was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories then joined the University of Minnesota where he served as department Head from 1999 to 2014. Bates conducts research on a range of topics related to polymers, with a particular focus on the thermodynamics and dynamics of block polymers, blends and solutions. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Monday, November 5
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Inexpensive Electrocatalysts for Nonconventional Water Splitting and Organic Transformation
  • Yujie Sun, Associate Professor, Chemistry, University of Cincinnati,
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Tuesday, November 6
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
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Wednesday, November 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Contrasting the Hydrological Cycle in Past and Future Warm Climates - with Implications for Ocean Overturning Circulation
  • Natalie J Burls, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Tackling Challenging Drug Targets, a Biophysical Perspective
  • Michelle Arkin, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UC San Francisco,
    Speaker's Bio:
    Michelle Arkin is a Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the co-Director of the Small Molecule Discovery Center at UCSF and an adjunct professor at the Buck Institute for Aging Research. Michelle's research interests include developing biological tools and drug leads for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases and designing compounds to modulate the function of allosterically regulated enzymes and protein-protein interactions (PPI). As co-director of the SMDC, Michelle oversees the high-throughput screening operation and collaborates with many academic and pharmaceutical laboratories to tackle challenging problems in drug discovery. Michelle has been very active in the academic drug discovery community. She is the current president of the board of directors for the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium, serves as PI for the UCSF Center in the NCI Chemical Biology Consortium, and is on the editorial board of the Assay Guidance Manual and Current Protocols in Chemical Biology. She recently completed a term as reviews editor at Cell Chemical Biology. Michelle earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at Caltech in Jackie Barton's lab and then held a Daymon Runyon postdoctoral fellowship with Jim Wells at Genentech. She was among the first scientists at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, where she developed inhibitors of PPI, including lifitigrast, an FDA approved drug for dry eye (SARcode/Shire). From 2005 to 2007, she was the Associate Director of Cell Biology at Sunesis and led the translational science team for Vosaroxin, an anti-cancer agent in phase 3 clinical trials. She has been at UCSF since 2007.
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Robust Catalysts for Solar-Driven Water Splitting
  • Harry Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry; Founding Director, Beckman Institute, Chemistry, Caltech,
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Thursday, November 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"Bacterial interactions in the small intestine of environmental enteropathy mouse model"
  • Roberta Poceviciute, Graduate Student, Ismagilov Lab, CCE, Caltech ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
C3 – Computational Chemistry of Compounds
  • Aleksndra Vojvodic, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), University of Pennsylvania,
    Speaker's Bio:
    r. Aleksandra Vojvodic is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania since September 2016. Her research focuses on theoretical and computational-driven materials design, in particular on studies of surfaces and interfaces of complex materials for chemical transformations and energy conversion and storage. She is the recipient the 2017 European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) Young Researcher Award and of the MIT Technology Review 35 Award 2016 which recognized her work and innovative approaches by identified her as "A computation whiz that speeds up the search for catalysts that will make green chemistry possible". She has also recently been selected as a CIFAR Bio-Inspired Solar Energy program fellow and Scialog fellow in Advanced Energy Storage. She has published more than 60 papers in journals including Science, Energy & Environmental Science, Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Communications and JACS. Before joining U Penn she was a staff scientist at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where she lead a group conducting research on oxide surface reactivity. She was the Swedish Research Council postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and at the Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design at Technical University of Denmark. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from the Department of Applied Physics at Chalmers University of Technology and her Master of Science in Physics from Lund University in Sweden.
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Friday, November 9
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Boronated Cyanometalates: Electronic Structure and Application to Redox Flow Batteries
  • Brendon McNicholas, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
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Tuesday, November 13
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Electron Dynamics in Complex Environments: From Electron Transfer to Singlet Fission
  • Troy Van Voorhis, Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemisty, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
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Wednesday, November 14
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Element-specific Electron and Phonon Dynamics Measured with Transient Extreme Ultraviolet Spectroscopy
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Dynamic and Directional Bonds in Organic Materials
  • William Dichtel, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University,
    Speaker's Bio:
    Will Dichtel was born in Houston, Texas, but was raised in Roanoke, Virginia, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Will was an undergraduate student at MIT, where he majored in chemistry and gained his first research experience working in the laboratory of Prof. Tim Swager. He then moved to UC-Berkeley for graduate school, where he earned his Ph.D. for investigating light harvesting macromolecules under the supervision of Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet. He next moved to Los Angeles for a joint postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Fraser Stoddart, then at UCLA, and Prof. Jim Heath, then at Caltech. There his research focused on developing efficient strategies for the synthesis of mechanically interlocked compounds and incorporating these molecules onto surfaces and into solid-state devices. Prof. Dichtel began his independent career in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University in 2008 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2014. He moved to Northwestern University in the summer of 2016 as the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry. In 2016, he co-founded the startup company, CycloPure, to commercialize his group's discovery of porous cyclodextrin-containing materials for water purification. Dichtel's research has been recognized with a number of national awards, including Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award from the North Jersey Section of the ACS, the National Fresenius Award from the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society. Will is an avid open-water swimmer and enjoys travel and the outdoors.
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Field measurements of OH and other radicals in the atmosphere and comparison with models
  • Dwayne Heard, Professor, Chemistry, University of Leeds,
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Thursday, November 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"New biocatalytic disconnections: Abiological enzymatic C–H functionalization enabled by directed evolution"
  • Kelly Zhang, Graduate Student, Arnold Group, CCE, Caltech ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Systems Biology of Metabolism: Lessons from yeast that can translate to study cancer and the gut microbiota
  • Jens Nielsen, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden ,
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Friday, November 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Catalysts Development for CO2/Epoxide Copolymerization and CO2 Electroreduction
  • Arnaud Thevenon, Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemistry, Caltech,
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Wednesday, November 21
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
No Seminar
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Monday, November 26
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kerckhoff 119
"Optogenetic Approaches to Shaping Intracellular Signaling Dynamics"
  • Brian Chow, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania,
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Tuesday, November 27
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Ethylenedione and the Oxyallyl Radical: Exotic Molecules and the Chemistry of Transient Anions
  • Robert E. Continetti, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego,
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Wednesday, November 28
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Structure and Dynamics of Block Copolymer Dispersions
  • Frank Bates, Regents Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Turns and Twists along the Path of Reactivity-driven Methods Development
  • Hosea Nelson, Assistant Profesor, Assistant Director, Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Series of Three Talks: See Abstract section for Titles/Speakers
  • See Abstract Section , Caltech,
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Thursday, November 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Crellin 151
"Nuclear pore complex anchoring in the nuclear membrane"
  • Ferdinand Huber, Graduate Student, Hoelz Lab, CCE, Caltech ,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gates Annex 22
Folding, unfolding and refolding genomes
  • Job Dekker, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology , University of Massachusetts Medical School,
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
  • Aileen Hui, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
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Friday, November 30
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Noyes 147 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)
Zerovalent Rh and Ir Complexes Bearing 2-Center, 3-Electron M-Si Sigma-Bonds
  • Patricia Nance, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
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