Brown University School of Engineering

Events that began in April, 2013

Fluids Seminar: Motility of Ameoboid Cells of the Immune System

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Daniel A. Hammer University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Motility of Ameoboid Cells of the Immune System Cell motility is critical to the proper function of the immune system. We are interested in the ways ameoboid cells organize their internal architecture and exert forces against their environment to achieve directed motion. The challenge is that ameoboid cells crawl quickly but exert very weak forces, requiring sensitive devices to measure forces during motility.

Laboratory Safety Training

Friday, April 26, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm

Laboratory Safety Training is a 3-hour classroom session presented by the University Chemical Hygiene Officer or Laboratory Safety Specialist and covers key elements of the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan and laboratory safety best practices. Who Must Attend? Laboratory Safety Training is required for any individual working (paid or unpaid) in a Brown University laboratory. This includes, but is not limited to, Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Staff, and Visitors. Registration for this course is mandatory.

Reading Period

Friday, April 26, 2013 12:00am - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 12:00am
> No location for this event

Reading Period (optional and at the discretion of the instructor).

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar From Circuits to Cancer Sani Nassif, Ph.D.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar From Circuits to Cancer Sani Nassif, Ph.D. IBM Austin Research Lab, Austin, Texas nassif@us.ibm.com Abstract: The human race has invested about a trillion dollars in the development of semiconductor electronics, and our lives have been improved greatly as a result. Smart devices are now taken for granted and permeate every aspect of our daily lives.

Fluids Seminar: Skipping, Sloshing and Washboards

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Neil Balmforth The University of British Columbia Vancouver, B.C Skipping, Sloshing and Washboards In this talk I will describe recent results on the modelling of how the collision of an object with a moving, deformable surface can generate an apparent ``super-elastic'' bounce. The phenomenon allows towed paddles to skip continually at high speed over water (demanding an extension of models of skipping stones) and to ``washboard'' layers of sand or mud with only a single passage over that substrate (in contrast to the conventional explanation for washboard roads).

Energy Science and Technology Seminar

Friday, April 19, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Do you want to learn about exciting energy-related science and policy research? Come to Brown Energy Initiative’s Energy Science and Technology Seminar today (Friday, April 19) at noon in Barus and Holley 751! Juris Kalejs of American Capital Energy will be speaking about “Sustainability Technologies for the 21st Century”. The talks are meant to be accessible to all (not highly technical), informal, and interactive. Feel free to bring your lunch and your energy!

AIChE Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Event

Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Barus & Holly lobby
Using liguid nitrogen, AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) student members demonstrate how to make ice cream for all attendees to eat.

Learning with Technology: Teaching Science with MATLAB

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm

96 Waterman Street
Are you interested in using programming or simulations in your science courses? Come to this brown bag discussion led by Professor Thomas Serre (CLPS) to learn about how he is integrating MATLAB into courses containing students with diverse backgrounds in cognitive science, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology and computer science. He will discuss how he introduces MATLAB through classroom demos, live experiments and homework assignments. Please register to reserve a place.

Center for Biomedical Engineering Seminar Designer Materials by Self- and Directed Assembly: Photorheological Fluids, Magnetic Microchains and Hemostatic Dressings

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm

Center for Biomedical Engineering Seminar Designer Materials by Self- and Directed Assembly: Photorheological Fluids, Magnetic Microchains and Hemostatic Dressings Srinivasa R. Raghavan Patrick & ...

IMNI Distinguished Lecture "Stretchy Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Body" Prof. John A. Rogers Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, April 15, 2013 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Prof. John A. Rogers
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Biology is soft, curvilinear and transient; modern silicon technology is rigid, planar and everlasting. Electronic systems that eliminate this profound mismatch in proper- ties will lead to new types of devices, capable of integrating non-invasively with thebody, providing function over some useful period of time, and then dissolving into surrounding biofluids. Recent work establishes a complete set of materials, mechanics designs and manufacturing approaches that enable these features in a class of electronics with performance comparable to that of conventional wafer-based technologies. This talk summarizes the key ideas through demonstrations in skin- mounted ‘epidermal’ monitors, advanced surgical tools and bioresorbable electronic bacteriocides.

A Day On College Hill

Sunday, April 14, 2013 1:00pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:00am
> Multiple locations: see description for details

A Day on College Hill (ADOCH) is an event designed to give students a glimpse into what it is like to be a first year student at Brown.

Commencement Information Session

Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Events Office, in conjunction with the Corporation Office, will be running Commencement Information Sessions. The sessions are designed to give graduates a full rundown about what to expect on Commencement & Reunion Weekend - everything from where and when to line up for the Procession, what Baccalaureate is, how to register for handicapped parking, and what to tell your guests to wear for various activities. There will be a total of five sessions offered on Wednesday, April 10 (at 2 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5 PM) and Thursday, April 11 (at 3:30 PM and 5 PM).

Experiencing, Experimenting & Playing: Learning with Technology

Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm

This workshop explores how faculty are using simulations, data and visualizations to provide avenues of deeper engagement for their students. Participants will brainstorm topics in their own disciplines where technology might provide innovative solutions or create new avenues for student engagement. Please register to reserve a place.

School of Engineering Undergraduate Seminar "Thin Films and Reliability What do Materials Scientists do?"

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Materials Science Spring Seminar Thin Films and Reliability What do Materials Scientists do? Wednesday, April 10 5-6 B& H 190 Pizza and soda

Fluids Seminar: From Ant Rafts to Wet-dog Shakes: A Decade after Double-majoring in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr. David Hu
Georgia Institute of Technology

Water is a paradox: it is essential to life, but in large amounts, brings certain death. In this presentation, we embark on a visual journey through the fascinating ways animals have evolved to cope with life on a watery planet.

Energy Science and Technology Seminar

Friday, April 05, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Do you want to learn about exciting energy-related science and policy research? Come to Brown Energy Initiative’s Energy Science and Technology Seminar today (Friday, April 5) at noon in Barus and ...

Superfund Research Program: Seminar

Friday, April 05, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"Environmental Law for Scientists: Overview and Opportunities,"
presented by Lawrence Schnapf, Founder of Schnapf LLC,
Professor of Environmental Law at New York Law School
Environmental laws can impose strict and joint liability for cleanup of contaminated property on a full range of parties including past and current property owners, tenants, property managers, lenders, parent or successor corporations and others who have the right to possess or occupy property. While the laws are three decades old, their narrative continues to evolve. For example, though these laws were intended to be comprehensive in scope, there are many regulatory gaps that might not cover certain types of contamination.

Creative Mind presents: Beth Altringer on "Experiments in Innovation and Innovation Education"

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 6:30pm - 6:30pm
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Englander Studio

Brown's Creative Mind Initiative has invited Dr. Beth Altringer to present a mini lecture about her explorations in the areas of innovation, creative collaboration, and human-centered design. Dr ...

Fluids Seminar: Patterns from Scale-free Instabilities in Soft Solids

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Evan Hohlfeld, Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Examples of short wavelength instabilities at fluid interfaces include the the Kelvin-Hemholtz and Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities. Soft solids interfaces also have a variety of short wavelength instabilities, but these instabilities turn out to be deeply subcritical. For example, the nucleation and growth of sharply creased folds---sulci---at an elastomer interface is controlled by a hidden non-linear critical point.