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Graduate Open House
September 30 2016 at 3:00 PM
Student Center 5221 Gullen Mall Detroit, MI 48202
Join us anytime between 3 and 6 p.m. to learn more about advancing your education and career at Wayne State’s Graduate School. You’ll be able to meet with representatives from some of our most popular programs, get information on financial aid and career services, and take a campus tour. Alumni, faculty, staff, and current students will be on hand for networking and questions, plus: Enjoy light refreshments and free parking in Structure 5 and in Lot 31. Prepare for the event by viewing the Open House agenda.  
Sustainability@Wayne Seminar: "Sustainability and Product Transparency in Manufacturing: An Insider's Perspective."
October 11 2016 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The seminar will feature "Sustainability and Product Transparency in Manufacturing: An Insider's Perspective," with guest speaker, Richelle Thomas, Ph.D., Owens Corning Science and Technology. Dr.Thomas is an advanced engineer for R&D at Owens Corning Science & Technology in Granville, OH where her work has spanned from developing insulation product demand models based on building energy codes, improving product transparency and evaluating microscopic polymer behavior. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013 with a focus on biopolymer scaffold structure-property relationships. Abstract:  In this seminar, Dr. Thomas will highlight trends in corporate sustainability from a manufacturing perspective including: marketplace expectations, third-party product certifications and product transparency. To conclude, she will highlight examples of sustainable advances that prominent manufacturing companies have made in recent years. A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.
WATER@Wayne Seminar: "The Detroit Green Infrastructure Program: Achieving More Than Stormwater Management."
October 13 2016 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The Water@Wayne Seminar Series will presents, "The Detroit Green Infrastructure Program: Achieving More Than Stormwater Management," with guest speaker, Palencia Mobley, P.E., from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Palencia was appointed as the deputy director/chief engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department by Mayor Mike Duggan. As an authority on water infrastructure and environmental engineering, she has more than a decade of experience in planning, design and construction administration and management services for water and wastewater utilities across the country.  Abstract:  This presentation will provide an overview of the DWSD green infrastructure program in the context of a financially challenged, yet rebounding city. It will discuss priorities, how green infrastructure is uniquely tailored to the needs of Detroit and how vital green infrastructure is to the community financially. It will provide a summary of critical lessons learned and plans for progress in the future.  A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.
Nano@Wayne Seminar: Molecular Structures of Peptides and Proteins at Abiotic/Biotic Interfaces
October 18 2016 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the Nano@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The Nano@Wayne Seminar Series presents, "Molecular Structures of Peptides and Proteins at Abiotic/Biotic Interfaces." with Zhan Chen, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Professor Chen received his BS degree in chemistry from Peking University and his MS degree in solid state physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He did his postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Chen is currently a professor of chemistry, macromolecular science and engineering, biophysics, and applied physics at the University of Michigan.  Abstract: Biological molecules such as peptides and proteins have been extensively incorporated into composite materials used in many important applications such as biosensors, biochips, and nano-electronics. The functions and activities of these composite materials are mediated by the molecular structures of these biological molecules at the abiotic/biotic interface. It is difficult to elucidate molecular structures of peptides and proteins at buried solid/liquid interfaces in situ in real time due to the lack of appropriate techniques. In this study, Chen and his team developed a nonlinear optical spectroscopic technique, sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy, into a powerful tool to reveal such molecular structures. They also applied supplemental spectroscopic methods such as ATR-FTIR and CD spectroscopy in the research. They successfully elucidated the impact of different surface immobilization methods and environmental conditions on the structures of the surface immobilized peptides and proteins, and revealed structure-function relationships of these surface immobilized biological molecules. In addition to the surface immobilized biological molecules, we also examined molecular interactions between peptides and liquid crystals as well as 2D materials such as graphene and MoS2. They showed that the liquid crystal samples respond differently to interfacial peptides with different secondary structures and elucidated the detailed interaction mechanisms between peptides and 2D materials.    A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.
Water@Wayne Seminar: Road Salt: How unsustainable infrastructure is leading to the salinization of our freshwater
October 20 2016 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested. The seminar will feature, "Road Salt: How unsustainable infrastructure is leading to the salinization of our freshwater" with Nick Hayes, of CMT Productions - Videography. Nick Hayes is a filmmaker and producer who has worked with groups like DPTV and WDET, as well as brands like GM, Henry Ford Hospital, and AC Delco. Abstract: Nick Hayes will discuss the effects of road salt on riviers, streams and aquatic life as well as aquifers. Filmed interviews with leading scientists and experts will be played, all from Nick's current, unreleased, documentary project. A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.
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