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- Sustainability@Wayne Seminar with Phil Savage, Penn State
December 2 2014 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center Auditorium
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wayne State University Welcome Center Auditorium, 42 W. Warren. The guest presenter will be Dr. Phil Savage, department head of chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He will present, "Under Pressure and in Hot Water." A reception will follow in the Welcome Center Lobby from 3:30-4:00 p.m. The seminar is free; registration is requested.
Society has been on unsustainable trajectories in the past but technological innovations emerged to render moot the perceived limits. Likewise, a modern path to environmental sustainability that is consistent with present realities (i.e., a growing global population that desires an improved standard of living) requires scientific discovery and technological innovation. This talk will discuss some key aspects of sustainability, take a look back at sustainability challenges in the past, and then shift to our present challenges. After this broad overview, the talk will focus more sharply on sustainable energy options and the role that microalgae might play in allowing society to transition from being energy hunter-gatherers to energy cultivators. In particular, we will show that processing microalgae in hot compressed water offers opportunities to make some of the materials society demands and to make liquid transportation fuels. Algal biomass is an attractive renewable feedstock because it requires less land area and has a higher photosynthetic efficiency than terrestrial biomass and it does not involve a food/feed vs. fuel competition as does corn ethanol or soy biodiesel. Microalgae grow to biomass densities of around 1 g/L in nature, so a tremendous amount of water accompanies the biomass feedstock. Conventional algal bioenergy processes first remove the water and then process the dried biomass. These dewatering and drying steps are costly and energy intensive. Thus, there is a need for algal biomass conversion processes that operate in the aqueous phase. We are helping to develop the science, engineering, and technology foundations for hydrothermal processes that can convert wet algal biomass to biofuels directly (no drying) and thereby reduce process energy demands for biofuel production. This talk will outline recent progress made in understanding and optimizing the use of hydrothermal technologies for converting wet algal biomass into liquid fuels, chemicals, and high-value products.
- Lipids@Wayne with Sarah Veatch, Ph.D.
December 3 2014 at 5:00 PM
Lipids@Wayne and the Office of the Vice President of Research are pleased to host the Lipids@Wayne seminar on December 3, 2014 in room 1167 Biological Sciences Building. The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The featured speaker will be Sarah Veatch, PhD from the Department of Biophysics at the University of Michigan.
- PAD Seminar - Qualities of a Good Interdisciplinary/Team Science Leader
December 4 2014 at 1:00 PM
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, Developing a Budget for Your Grant Proposals, will take place Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m. at 5057 Woodward, 6th Floor, Conference Room A.
The moderator will be Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Humanities, English Department and Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development, Division of Research.
Topics will include:
Common problems facing interdisciplinary and team science leaders
Advice to new leaders
Stories from leaders who have encountered difficulties
Although PAD seminars will no longer be recorded due to low viewing activity, please see past seminar videos and handouts on the PAD website. If you have questions about this seminar series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you at this informative PAD session!
- Water@Wayne Seminar with Vicki Burns of Save Lake Winnipeg Project
December 4 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 December 4, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium, 42 W. Warren, Detroit, MI. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community; registration is requested. A small reception will follow in the Welcome Center Lobby.
The guest speaker will be Vicki Burns, director of the Save Lake Winnipeg Project. She will present, "Blue-Green Algae is Threatening Our Lakes."
A short reception will follow the talk from 4 to 4:30 p.m. outside of the Welcome Center Auditorium.
Blue-green algae blooms are causing increased threats to lakes throughout North America. Human and animal health risks, drinking water contamination, environmental degradation and economic losses in tourism and property values are some of the consequences of these blooms. This presentation will document the contributing factors as well as what we can do to decrease this problem. Changes in human activities over the past half century are at the root of this challenge and specifics, as seen in the Lake Winnipeg watershed, will be outlined. It is possible to decrease this threat to our waters with increased public awareness and support. Solutions will be outlined.
Ms. Burns is a graduate of the School of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. She spent the first twenty years of her professional life working in human social services before joining the Winnipeg Humane Society as executive director in 1994. Over the fourteen years of her tenure at the Winnipeg Humane Society, she became a vocal advocate for the humane treatment of all animals including those raised for food in animal agriculture. This led to her interest in environmental protection work and in 2008, she left the Humane Society in order to promote sustainable practices across many sectors of human activities.
Since 2008, after leaving the position as executive director of the Winnipeg Humane Society, she has been involved in various contracts with Community Foundations of Canada, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, all aimed at restoring the health of Lake Winnipeg and its huge watershed.
She is currently the director of the Save Lake Winnipeg Project, the primary focus of which is promoting actions required to restore the health of Lake Winnipeg and other Manitoba lakes. She writes a blog about water issues entitled H2O – Ideas and Actions for Canada’s Waters http://savelakewinnipeg.org/
- Nano@Wayne Seminar with Mark Verbrugge, General Motors
December 9 2014 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Center Auditorium
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Nano@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Wayne State University's Welcome Center Auditorium. The guest presenter will be Mark Verburgge from General Motors Research and Development. He will present,"Global Trends in Vehicle Electrification and Baterry Materials."A reception will immediately follow in the Welcome Center Lobby. The seminar is free; registration is requested.
Mark Verbrugge is the director of GM’s Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory, which maintains global research programs—enabled by the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and materials science—and targets the advanced development of structural subsystems, energy storage and conversion devices, and various technologies associated with fuels, lubricants, and emissions.
He is a board member of the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC and the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC. He has received a number of GM internal awards as well as external awards including the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award and the Energy Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research. He is a fellow of the Electrochemical Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Vehicle electrification is a primary theme in personal transportation. The degree of increased electrification ranges from 12 V start-stop systems to pure battery electric vehicles. In this talk, we highlight the drivers for these trends and current vehicle products. We shall discuss recent technical work associated with the estimation of lithium ion cell life, commensurate with high-energy batteries. Of particular note is the emergence of core-shell structures, which allow electrode designers to (a) place high capacity materials within the core of active particles, and (b) select protective shell materials, usually on the order of nanometers in thickness, to stabilize such systems. This arrangement leads to a central question: under what conditions are the protective (outer shell) materials compromised? In our attempts to answer this question, we develop approaches to understand how thermodynamics, lithium diffusion, side reactions including lithium consumption and solvent reduction, and particle fracture influence cell life.
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