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BSCE '80, MSCE '84, is a well-known expert in the field of water and wastewater treatment and has...
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PAD Seminar: Connecting with Research Cores
October 23 2014 at 1:00 PM
Scott Hall
The offices of the Vice President for Research, Provost, and Faculty Affairs (School of Medicine) are pleased to offer the Professional and Academic Development seminar series for WSU faculty, chairs & directors, postdoctoral trainees & graduate students, and administrators. Seminars are free, but registration is required. This seminar, Connecting with Research Cores, will take place Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Margherio Conference Center, Mazurek Education Commons, School of Medicine. At the seminar, representatives will be available at tables for discussion and information regarding university cores and research groups. We hope to see you there!
Water@Wayne with Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University
October 23 2014 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center Auditorium
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne Seminar on October 23, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium located at 42 W. Warren. The seminar is free and open to the entire campus community; registration is requested. A small reception will follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Francis, research professor, Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. She will present "Rapid Arctic warming and extreme weather events in mid-latitudes: are they connected?" In her presentation, Dr. Francis will discuss the hypothesis proposed by Francis and Vavrus (2012) that links rapid Arctic warming (so-called Arctic amplification) to changes in the large-scale atmospheric circulation in the northern hemisphere that favors more persistent weather patterns and a higher likelihood of extreme weather events such as droughts, cold spells, flooding, heavy snows, and heat waves. This hypothesis has been a topic of considerable controversy in recent months, particularly regarding its relationship to the unusual weather conditions that persisted in the winter of 2013/2014. She will discuss various aspects of this linkage, what we know and don't know, and present new related research. Dr. Francis earned a B.S. in meteorology from San Jose State University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington in 1994. As a professor at Rutgers University since 1994, she taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues, and also co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. Presently she is a Research Professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages with ~40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. A short reception will immediately follow Dr. Francis's presentation at 3:30 p.m. We hope you are able to join us for this interesting seminar!
College of Engineering Halloween Party
October 24 2014 at 8:00 PM
College of Engineering
Come and join us at the College of Engineering for the 2014 Halloween Party on Friday, October 24th! Don't miss out on all the fun-filled events including: blood pong, haunted hallway, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, donut eating contest, and free food and drinks!
College of Engineering - Night of the Stars Gala
October 25 2014 at 6:00 PM
The Henry
The Wayne State University College of Engineering will host the 2014 Night of the Stars at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, at the The Henry Hotel in Dearborn.    Join us in honoring exemplary members of the Wayne State engineering and computer science alumni community when we welcome them into the Hall of Fame.  2014 Hall of Fame MembersKenneth P. Kaufman, BSChE 1981David R. McLellan, BSME 19592014 Industry Achievement AwardeesElizabeth M. Krear, BSME 1988, MSME 1990Edwin E. Tatem, MSCE 1990with a a special tribute to past presidents of the Engineering Alumni Association.
Nano@Wayne with Dr. Tomoko Fujiwara
October 28 2014 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Nano@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium.  The guest presenter will be Dr. Tomoko Fujiwara, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Memphis.  Dr. Fujiwara will present, "Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Biomaterials for Drug and Gene Delivery." A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested. Dr. Fujiwara received her Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from Kyoto Institute of Technology in 2001. Her research interest is polymeric architectures in molecular- and nano-scale that govern various properties of materials. Stimuli-responsiveness is an addition to use the polymeric/organic materials in smart ways.  Abstract: Polymeric micelles and gels have been applied to biomedical field with remarkable advance in the therapeutic and clinical devices/methods for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and medical sensors. Biodegradable and bio-based polymer, polylactide (PLA) has been studied and used for a variety of applications. Designing the systems that enhance the unique properties of PLA is of great interest towards smart and sustainable treatment. Chemistry manages PLA structure into different crystal forms, and the block copolymer systems provide unique nanostructures.  Thermo-responsive hydrogel using stereo-isomeric PLA blocks was reported earlier, and recently improved for the mechanical strength and controllability of sol-gel transitions using ‘hybrid’ micelles by our group. This system is further being developed for gene delivery system by fabricating three-layered micelles. Additionally, several stimuli-responsive delivery systems from the combination of PLA and other biocompatible polymers developed in our group will be discussed.
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