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September 2020

CBE Seminar: “Understanding and Engineering Catalytic Materials Using Nanocrystal Precursors”

September 30 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Abstract Catalytic processes are central to the goal of a sustainable future. A promising approach in developing catalytic materials is represented by the design of catalytic sites based on the knowledge of reaction mechanisms and structure-property relationships and aided by computation, and in the precise synthesis of these sites at the atomic and molecular level. Nanocrystal precursors, with tunable active sites and compositions, can help in this mission. The goal of this talk is to show how this approach can…

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October 2020

PSOC Webinar: “The DNA Damageome and Cancer” (Susan Rosenberg)

October 5 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

“The DNA Damageome and Cancer” Physical Sciences in Oncology Center PSOC@Penn Fall 2020 Webinar Series Mondays @ Noon (EST) For webinar links, please contact manu@seas.upenn.edu

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PICS Seminar: “Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics”

October 9 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom – Email CIS for link, cherylh@cis.upenn.edu

Abstract: Thermodynamics provides a robust conceptual framework and set of laws that govern the exchange of energy and matter. Although these laws were originally articulated for macroscopic objects, nanoscale systems also exhibit “thermodynamic-like” behavior – for instance, biomolecular motors convert chemical fuel into mechanical work, and single molecules exhibit hysteresis when manipulated using optical tweezers. To what extent can the laws of thermodynamics be scaled down to apply to individual microscopic systems, and what new features emerge at the nanoscale? I…

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PSOC Webinar: “Manipulating Macrophage Signaling” (Meghan Morrissey)

October 12 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Manipulating Macrophage Signaling - How macrophages measure 'Eat me' and 'Don't eat me' signals" Physical Sciences in Oncology Center PSOC@Penn Fall 2020 Webinar Series Mondays @ Noon (EST) For webinar links, please contact manu@seas.upenn.edu

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CBE Seminar: “Fuels and Chemicals Decarbonized”

October 14 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Abstract Fuels based on hydrocarbons, taken together with the processing of raw hydrocarbons into chemicals, account for about half of the United States’ CO2 emissions. Efforts to lessen the CO2 footprint of these activities have the potential to make a significant impact on total greenhouse emissions. We focus on taking CO2 and – with energy supplied by low carbon/renewable electricity – turning it into fuels and fuel additives such as methane, ethanol, and propanol. I will update on progress in…

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PSOC Webinar: “A three dimensional extracellular matrix supports organoid phenotype by reducing cortical actin tension to maintain endoplasmic reticulum function” (FuiBoon Kai)

October 19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

“A three dimensional extracellular matrix supports organoid phenotype by reducing cortical actin tension to maintain endoplasmic reticulum function” Physical Sciences in Oncology Center PSOC@Penn Fall 2020 Webinar Series Mondays @ Noon (EST) For webinar links, please contact manu@seas.upenn.edu

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CBE Seminar: “Engineering Pathways Across Biological Barriers”

October 21 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Abstract Engineering pathways across biological barriers is entering a new era with the rapid advancement of computational resources. My research group focuses on developing multi-scale simulation methods to elucidate the interfacial phenomena associated with biological barriers that play a role in life-threatening diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and chronic infections. Our goal is to influence this experimentally-dominated research field by providing mechanistic, structural, and molecular insights into the barrier functions that were computationally unattainable prior to our work. In past…

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PSOC Webinar: Joel Bader

October 26 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Talk title TBC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center PSOC@Penn Fall 2020 Webinar Series Mondays @ Noon (EST) For webinar links, please contact manu@seas.upenn.edu

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CBE Seminar: “Antibiotic Discovery by Means of Computers”

October 28 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Abstract Until now, the natural world has supplied us with antibiotics. Bacteria, however, are increasingly resistant to these drugs. The next generation of antibiotics will likely come not from nature but from computer-based discovery. Computer-driven approaches have the potential to outperform humans, as demonstrated for pattern recognition of images and text. In order for machines to discover novel drugs and optimize antimicrobial properties, they have to be able to understand, read and write molecules. In this talk, I will describe…

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November 2020

PSOC Webinar: Emily Hatch

November 2 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Talk title TBC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center PSOC@Penn Fall 2020 Webinar Series Mondays @ Noon (EST) For webinar links, please contact manu@seas.upenn.edu

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