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  • May 26: MolES Seminar: Richard Register, Princeton

    Tue May 26, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 1 - 2 p.m. PDT Block copolymers have been extensively studied for their ability to self-assemble into microdomain morphologies such as spheres, cylinders, and lamellae, with typical periodicities of 20-60 nm. Similar structures form when block copolymers are deposited as thin films on substrates; these films can serve as excellent templates for nanofabrication, where the block copolymer’s nanodomain structure is faithfully reproduced in an inorganic material—but the final array of inorganic objects is, at best, only as good as the structure of the film from which it was derived.  Consequently, we have worked intensively to develop methods to manipulate the structure of the films.  For example, the polygrain structure normally formed by these nanodomains can be transformed to a single-crystal texture, over macroscopic areas, by a simple shearing process.  Shear can also realign the domain orientation locally in films with an otherwise macroscopic orientation; create complex orientation patterns on the millimeter scale; and even transform spheres into cylinders.  We have employed these thin, substrate-supported block copolymer films to fabricate dense arrays of 20-40 nm metal or semiconductor particles:  dots (from sphere-forming block copolymers) or lines (wires, from cylinder-formers), all with a size and spacing set through block copolymer molecular weight.  Such shear-aligned thin-film templates can also be stacked to produce square, rectangular, or rhombic grids.  As a particular example, we have used this approach on shear-aligned films containing in-plane cylinders to fabricate centimeter-scale arrays of parallel nanowires; due to their fine pitch, such wire grids can polarize an exceptionally broad range of wavelengths extending down into the deep ultraviolet (for 193 nm photolithography), with 90% or better efficiency.   ****** Richard A. Register is Eugene Higgins Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University.  His research interests revolve around micro- and nanostructured polymers, such as block copolymers, polymer blends, semicrystalline polymers, and ionomers, ranging across their physics, synthesis, characterization, and applications.  Prior to becoming department chair, he served as Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, a broad-based Materials Research Science and Engineering Center funded by the National Science Foundation.  He was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2001; received the Charles M.A. Stine Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2002; was honored with the Graduate Mentoring Award from Princeton University in 2008; was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2012; and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2014. Campus location: Johnson Hall (JHN) Campus room: 102 Event sponsors: The weekly seminar series organized by Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute provides a forum for bringing national and international leaders in nanoscale science and technology to campus, and for graduate students enrolled in our Dual Ph.D. program in Nanotechnology to present their research. The campus and public are welcome to attend. Twitter: #MolESseminar More info:…

  • May 31: UW Day with the Sounders

    Sun May 31, 2015 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm | CenturyLink Field800 Occidental Ave SSeattle, WA 98134 Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2 - 6 p.m. PDT Join fellow Huskies for UW Day with the Seattle Sounders FC when they take on the New York Red Bulls on May 31. The UWAA has discounted seats for members, alumni, students, parents, families, friends, faculty, staff and retirees; a portion of every ticket sold goes toward UW student scholarship programs. Scarves up! UWAA members will receive a free, limited-edition UW/Sounders FC fan scarf. While supplies last, members can pick one up at the UWAA table—just show your member card. Alumni Event Types: Athletic Host(s): UW Alumni Association Cost: Ticket and registration information to come. Info: UW Alumni Association, 206-543-0540 or 1-800-AUW-ALUM Region: PugetSound_Huskies, WA_Puget Sound

  • Jun 1: Human Centered Design & Engineering Open House

    Mon Jun 1, 2015 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Monday, June 1, 2015, 4 - 7 p.m. PDT HCDE Open House: June 1, 2015 HCDE OPEN HOUSE June 1, 2015 4-7 p.m. Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom UW Seattle Campus Please join the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) for our 2015 Open House on June 1, in the HUB Ballroom on the UW Seattle campus. See posters from undergraduate and graduate capstone projects and hear from research groups about the latest topics in Human Centered Design & Engineering.  Meet HCDE Corporate Affiliates, HCDE & TC alumni, prospective students, and friends of the department at our biggest event of the year. Campus location: Student Union Building (HUB) Campus room: Ballroom Event sponsors: Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering Facebook:… More info:…

  • Jun 2: MolES Seminar: Christian Kastrup, UBC

    Tue Jun 2, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 1 - 2 p.m. PDT Intravascular Materials for Controlling Thrombosis and Hemostasis Blood clots associated with cardiovascular disease are the number one killer of North Americans, and bleeding during trauma and childbirth are leading causes of death worldwide. Developing innovative materials, such as intravascular catheters, drug-eluting stents, and hemostatic agents, has consistently led to breakthrough treatments for these conditions. Blood clots are high-performance materials themselves, which glue to injured blood vessels and respond to flow. My laboratory is focused on creating new materials and technologies that perform useful functions inside of blood vessels, and this talk will present several examples.  One focus is on controlling severe hemorrhage using active materials. When coagulants cannot reach and clot blood at its source, uncontrolled bleeding occurs and increases surgical complications and fatalities, so we are engineering materials that propel against flow. We have developed self-propelling particles that locally deliver therapeutics into damaged vasculature. Self-propelling particles loaded with thrombin prevented hemorrhage in five in vivo models, such as of endoscopic bleeding and major arterial hemorrhage. We also make adhesive materials that can be “painted” and remain stably adhered onto blood vessels. In vivo, these intravascular adhesives locally deliver therapeutics and heal atherosclerotic plaques. We also investigate how the adhesion of fibrin, the principal component of blood clots, is regulated, and how to mimic adhesion of fibrin to create new, functional materials. Bio Christian Kastrup is an Assistant Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia, joining UBC in 2011.  He is a member of the Centre for Blood Research and an associate member of the Biomedical Engineering Program.  He did his postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Robert Langer’s laboratory at MIT, where he specialized in engineering biomaterials for drug delivery.  He received his PhD from the University of Chicago, working with Professor Rustem Ismagilov, where he specialized in chemical biology, microfluidics, and blood coagulation.  His lab at UBC utilizes biochemical engineering to solve problems related to coagulation and cardiovascular disorders. They investigate, utilize, and mimic the biochemistry and biophysical dynamics of coagulation to create innovative materials that perform new functions inside of blood vessels.   He recent accolades include a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a Rising Stars in Global Health Award from Grand Challenges Canada. Campus location: Johnson Hall (JHN) Campus room: 102 Event sponsors: The weekly seminar series organized by Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute provides a forum for bringing national and international leaders in nanoscale science and technology to campus, and for graduate students enrolled in our Dual Ph.D. program in Nanotechnology to present their research. The campus and public are welcome to attend. Twitter: #MolESseminar More info:…

  • Jun 12: PEERs Class Final Student Presentations

    Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:30 pm - 4:20 pm | Friday, June 12, 2015, 2:30 - 4:20 p.m. PDT Final student presentations for ENGR 401A: Leadership Development to Promote Equity in Engineering Relationships. Students will share their ideas about how to increase diversity in engineering and make the UW College of Engineering increasingly inclusive and welcoming. This event is open to: students, staff, faculty, alumni, and general public. If you are able to attend the June 12th presentations, please RSVP to Florence Sum, ADVANCE Graduate Staff Assistant, at Campus location: Student Union Building (HUB) Campus room: Room 214 Event sponsors: UW ADVANCE

  • Jun 22: CleanTech Showcase

    Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:00 am | Bell Harbor International Conference Center2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121 Monday, June 22, 2015 Join 300 cleantech executives at the second annual CleanTech Showcase, the Pacific Northwest’s leading one-day event to network, learn and invest. The Showcase will feature the latest innovations from Pacific Northwest companies and research institutions alike, along with expert speakers and break-out sessions to further highlight emerging technologies, services and ideas. Enjoy exhibits, poster sessions and business development opportunities. Full-day registration includes breakfast, lunch and the networking reception. Or, sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor to be part of the action. There are four ways to participate in the 2015 CleanTech Showcase:     Register to Attend     Apply to Present     Apply for a Poster Session (To Be Announced)     Sponsor and/or Exhibit More info:…

  • Jul 3: Independence Day (no classes)

    Fri Jul 3, 2015 12:00 am | Friday, July 3, 2015 University holiday, no classes Year: 2015 Quarter: Summer

  • Sep 7: Labor Day (no classes)

    Mon Sep 7, 2015 12:00 am | Monday, Sep. 7, 2015 University holiday, no classes Year: 2015 Quarter: Summer

  • Sep 16: Nanomedicine & Drug Delivery Symposium

    Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:00 am | Wednesday, Sep. 16 - Friday, Sep. 18, 2015 About NanoDDS Seattle The 13th International Nanomedicine & Drug Delivery Symposium (nanoDDS 2015) will be chaired by University of Washington Professors Patrick Stayton and Suzie Pun and will be held at the University of Washington on September 16-18, 2015. The symposium follows nanoDDS 2014 Carolina, which was co-chaired by Kam Leong (James B. Duke Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University) and Alexander V. Kabanov (Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery; Mescal S. Ferguson Distinguished Professor; Codirector, Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). nanoDDS is the key annual event for researchers developing next-generation delivery vehicles — targeted, responsive, biodegradable nanomaterials to make diagnostics more sensitive and drugs more effective. Since 2003 nanoDDS has been held annually in different locations across North America. Over years it has attracted more than 2,000 participants from 30 different countries and became one of the most authoritative forums in its field. Each year the meeting comes to a different University campus, thereby promoting knowledge and becoming a major world-class scientific event for its students and scholars. 2015 Sponsors Sigma Aldrich UW Molecular Engineering and Sciences Miltenyi Biotec Event sponsors: Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, Sigma Aldrich, Miltenyi Biotec Twitter: #nanoDDS2015 More info:

  • Oct 1: GeekWire Summit 2015

    Thu Oct 1, 2015 12:00 am | Sheraton Seattle Hotel1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 Thursday, Oct. 1 - Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conversation about the future of business and technology. Now in its fourth year, the 2015 GeekWire Summit is expanding to two days, drawing hundreds of attendees and speakers from a variety of industries. For sponsorship opportunities contact Daniel Rossi: Event sponsors: GeekWire More info:…

  • Oct 10: Sally Ride Science Festival

    Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:00 am - 4:00 pm | 18115, Bothell, WA 98011 United States Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT Sally Ride Science Festivals delivers a fun-filled day of science and socializing for 5th-8th grade students  They are an ideal way for educators and parents to ignite student interest in STEM fields and careers. With hands-on STEM workshops, a Street Fair with STEM exhibits, and more, Sally Ride Science Festivals spark today’s students to become tomorrow’s STEM leaders. The festivals offer an unequaled way for a sponsoring partner to generate awareness in its own backyard and across the nation. More info:…