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Rethinking algorithms in Data Science: Scaling up optimization using non-convexity, provably

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr. Anastasios Kyrillidis, Simons Fellowship Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Texas, Austin

With the quantity of generated data ever-increasing in most research areas, conventional data analytics run into solid computational, storage, and communication bottlenecks. These obstacles force practitioners to often use algorithmic heuristics, in more  »



Structural Examined Through the Combined Lenses of Ultrafast and Magnetooptical Spectroscopy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ken Knappenberger, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University

Plasmonic nanoparticle assemblies offer unique opportunities for controlling energy at the nanoscale. Here, we describe experimental outcomes in three key areas critical to understanding nanoscale-structure-specific light-matter interactions: 1) sel more  »


Building Structural Complexity via Tandem Catalytic Transformations: Total Syntheses of Bioactive Macrolides and Terpenes

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mingji Dai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

This talk will highlight elements of our recent efforts in developing novel strategies and methodologies for divergent and efficient synthesis of medicinally important natural products. Particular emphasis will be placed on two research projects. One more  »

Thesis Defense

Charge Pairs and Mutations in Collagen Mimetic Peptides

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Katherine Clements, Doctoral Candidate

This thesis will present insights into natural type I collagen based upon studies with collagen mimetic peptides. Natural collagen is a fibrous protein with challenging properties, such as solubility, which makes it difficult to study through analyti more  »


In the pursuit of higher resolution in live cell imaging … and little perks of microscopy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Robert Pal, Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, Durham University

The optical probes and cellular stains commonly used in microscopy are usually fluorescent organic molecules or recombinant proteins which have been used in many areas of cellular biology leading to an enhanced understanding of cellular processes and more  »