Page 1 of 8 RELATE Research, Education, Lectures Accessing the Technical Edge The official newsletter of the Charlotte Research Institute March 11, 2015 Events: Dissertation Defense Announcements iCONE Seminar The VisCenter Department of Research & Economic Development Academic Affairs North Carolina Research Campus Science & Technology EXPO Charlotte Venture Challenge Finals Office of International Programs Department of Biological Sciences Department of Mathematics and Statistics College of Computing and Informatics The William States Lee College of Engineering Department of Geography & Earth Sciences College of Health and Human Services Dissertation Defense Announcements “Spectral Theorems for Schrodinger Operator on General Graphs” Candidate: Lukun Zheng Sponsoring Chair: Dr. Stanislav Molchanov Committee: Dr. Stanislav Molchanov, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNC Charlotte, Dr.Boris Vainberg, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Yuri Godin, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Susan Sell, Graduate School Defense Date: March 18, 2015 - 3:30pm Location: Denny 102 Degree Program Name: Applied Mathematics “Determining the Efficiency of State-level RPS Policies in the U.S.: Examining the Impact of Federalized Energy and Environmental Policy on Electricity Quality” Candidate: Joseph Alleyn Cochran Sponsoring Chair: Dr. Peter M. Schwarz Committee: Dr. Roslyn Mickelson, Department of Sociology at UNC Charlotte Dr. Amanda (Manda) Adams, National Science Foundation Dr. Gloria Elliott, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at UNC Charlotte Defense Date: March 20, 2015 - 1:00pm Location: Friday 228 Page 2 of 8 Degree Program Name: Public Policy “Preserving Differential Privacy in Complex Data Analysis” Candidate: Yue Wang Sponsoring Chair: Dr. Xintao Wu Committee: Dr. Xintao Wu, Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Yong Ge, Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Zbigniew W. Ras, Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Shan Yan, Department of Biological Science at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Yuliang Zheng, Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte Defense Date: March 23, 2015 - 2:00pm Location: College of Education Building 010 Degree Program Name: Ph.D. In Computing and Information Systems “Institutional Dynamics in Corporate Political Linkages: Evidence from China's Emerging Economy” Candidate: Jianhua Ge Sponsoring Chair: Dr. Wei Zhao Committee: Dr. Franz Kellermanns, Department of Management at UNC Charlotte; Dr. Yang Cao, Department of Sociology at UNC Charlotte; Dr. Tammy Beck, Department of Management at University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Dr. Yu Wang, Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte Defense Date: March 24, 2015 - 10:00am Location: Fretwell 480C Degree Program Name: Organizational Science “Displacement Scale Based on Speckles” Candidate: Mahsa Farsad Sponsoring Chair: Dr. Christopher Evans Committee: Dr. Christopher Evans, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Dr. Gert Goch, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Dr. Faramarz Farahi, Department of Physics and Optical Science, Dr. Angela Davies, Department of Physics and Optical Science, Dr. Mohammad Kazemi, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Defense Date: March 24, 2015 - 10:00am Location: Grigg 131 Degree Program Name: Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering “Selective Heating of Vascular Structures to Create Contrast in Medical Mid-IR Images” Candidate: Jason Case Sponsoring Chair: Dr. Susan Trammell Committee: Dr. Susan Trammell, Department of Physics and Optical Science, Dr. Glenn Boreman, Department of Physics and Optical Science, Dr. Nathaniel Fried, Department of Physics and Optical Science, Dr. M. Yasin Raja, Department of Physics and Optical Science, Dr. Russell Keanini, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Dr. Didier Dréau, Department of Biological Sciences Defense Date: March 24, 2015 - 3:30pm Location: Grigg 132 Degree Program Name: Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering Page 3 of 8 “The Way the Cookie Crumbles: Assessing the Resilience of Starter-Home Neighborhoods through the Great Recession.” Candidate: Melissa Anne Currie Sponsoring Chair: Dr. Janni Sorensen , Geography and Earth Sciences Department Committee: Dr. Heather Smith, Dept. of Geography and Earth Sciences; Dr. Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs; and Dr. Jose Gamez, Architecture and Urban Design Defense Date: March 31, 2015 - 10:00am Location: McEniry 441 Degree Program Name: Geography PhD iCONE Seminar Candidate Series “Engineering Nanomaterials for Advanced Lithography, Optoelectronics, and Beyond” Speaker: Dr. Mahua Biswas, Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 Seminar: 9:30 – 10:30am | Open Discussion: 10:30 – 11:30am Location: Grigg, 132 Dr. Biswas is currently working as a post-doctoral appointee in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory with Dr. Jeffrey W. Elam. She is working on ‘nanoscale patterning of block copolymer assisted metal oxides using modified atomic layer deposition’. Dr. Biswas also worked as a post-doctoral research associate at New Jersey Institute of Technology on organic solar cells and as an adjunct assistant professor at City University of New York just after completing her Ph.D. She completed her Ph.D from Dublin City University, Ireland and her thesis work was on ‘Growth and Characterization of ZnO Nanostructures: Excitonic Properties and Morphology’. Her undergraduate degree is in Electronics and Communication Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology, India. The VisCenter Distinguished Lecture In cooperation with the School of Architecture, UNC Charlotte “The State of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage: Massive 3D Mapping and Simpiricism” Speaker: Bernard Frischer, Indiana University Date: Thursday, March 12, 12:30 pm Location: Woodward, 130 In this talk, I will present my view of the current state of the application of 3D technologies to the study of cultural heritage. It seems to me that there are two interesting areas: massive 3D mapping of artifacts, monuments, and entire landscapes; and what I can "simpiricism," or the use of computer simulations to support empirical research of historic monuments and environments not otherwise possible without true time travel. As an example of the first, I will present my lab's work in progress in creating a 3D map of Atzompa, a Zapotec elite hilltop settlement just north of the World Heritage Site of Monte Albán near modern Oaxaca, Mexico. This project was initiated in January, 2015 in partnership with INAH. To exemplify the second topic, I will present my research group's reconstruction model of the northern Campus Martius in the reign of the Emperor Augustus. The model has been used to test the validity of a theory first proposed in 1976 by German historian Edmund Page 4 of 8 Buchner according to which the Ara Pacis (13-9 BC) and first obelisk brought to Rome were positioned in such a way that the shadow of the obelisk reached the center of the Ara Pacis on the emperor's birthday. Bernard Frischer is a leading virtual archaeologist and the author of seven printed books, three e-books, and dozens of articles on virtual heritage, Classics, and the survival of the Classical world. He is the founding editor of Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, an innovative online, peer-reviewed journal where scientists can publish interactive 3D models. Dr. Frischer is a Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows and a Fellow and trustee of the American Academy in Rome. He has overseen many significant modeling projects, including "Rome Reborn," the virtual recreation of the entire city of ancient Rome within the Aurelian Walls. Department of Accounting The Accounting Research Series Date: Friday, March 13, 2015, 10:30 – noon Location: Friday Building, Room 207 Please feel free to join us as Dr. Kim presents her working paper, “Hedge Funds and Voluntary Disclosure.” The paper is a co-authored work with Bok Baik, Seoul National University, Jin-Mo Kim, Rutgers University, and Sukesh Patro, Northern Illinois University. Dr. Kim’s research interests include compensation contracts, firms’ voluntary disclosure, and financial analyst coverage. She has published in top-tier research journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Journal of Management Accounting Research, and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Kim during her visit or have further questions about the Accounting Research Series, please contact Dr. Keejae Hong or Dr. Kristin Roland. Department of Biological Sciences "Tissue Engineering Strategies for Neoinnervation of the Gut*" Speaker: Date: Location: Stephen L. Rego, Postdoctoral Researcher, Wake Forest Medical Center March 13, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm COED, 010 "Do we need to understand microbial community assembly to predict ecosystem function?" Speaker: Date: Location: Diana Nemergut, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Biology March 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm COED, 010 "Harnessing Natural Variation for Gene Discovery in Plant Specialized Metabolism" Speaker: Date: Location: Sirius Xu Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, NCSU March 27, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm COED, 010 For more Biological Sciences events, visit their website. Page 5 of 8 Department of Geography & Earth Sciences Speaker Series Speaker: Date: Location: Steve Billings, UNC Charlotte March 13, 2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm McEniry, 116 Speaker: Date: Location: Cuizhen (Susan) Wang - University of South Carolina March 27, 2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm McEniry, 116 Speaker: Date: Location: Gregory Hancock, College of William and Mary April 17, 2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm McEniry, 116 College of Computing and Informatics 2015 College of Computing and Informatics Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker: Date: Location: Speaker: Director of Jennifer Gardy, Senior Scientist, Genomics & Molecular Epidemiology, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control March 13, 2015 - 3:00pm Woodward 106 Rick Stevens, Department of Computer Science The University of Chicago; and Associate Date: Location: Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Laboratory Argonne National Laboratory April 10, 2015 - 3:00pm Woodward 106 Speaker: Date: Location: Oussama Khatib, Professor, Computer Science Department, Stanford University April 17, 2015 - 3:00pm Woodward 106 Speaker: Michael Dulin, Senior Scientist, Genomics & Molecular Epidemiology British Columbia Centre for Disease Control April 24, 2015 - 3:00 PM Woodward, 106 Date: Location: For more Computing and Informatics events, click here. Department of Research & Economic Development STEM Education Workshop: Presentations and Discussion Training Date: March 16, 2015 - 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM Location: Student Union, room 265 Page 6 of 8 Presentations will provide an overview of current funding initiatives for STEM Education and discuss strategies for designing successful proposals. For questions, please contact Lesley Brown, Director of Proposal Development. Visit website to register. STEM Education Networking Reception Training Date: March 16, 2015 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Location: Student Union, room 266 Reception to meet colleagues who are interested in STEM Education projects. Attendance of workshop session is not required to attend this networking reception. For questions, please contact Lesley Brown, Director of Proposal Development. Visit website to register. Department of Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Lectures "On a problem by Steklov." Speaker: Serguei Denissov, University of Wisconsin-Madison Date: March 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM Location: Fretwell, 379 College of Health and Human Services Asian American Lecture Series: Voices for Change Guest lecture and Panel Discussion with Dr. Jane Hamilton-Meritt, Author of Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992. Click here to RSVP (Recommended but Not Required) Date: Location: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM McKnight Hall, Cone Center, UNC Charlotte Free Event funded by the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund at UNC Charlotte. Academic Affairs Dismantling Racism Workshop UNC Charlotte invites you to participate in a powerful two-day anti-racist workshop. Dismantling Racism is a two-day workshop provided by Race Matters for Juvenile Justice & the Racial Equity Institute. Dismantling Racism builds the capacity of educators, health practitioners, judicial officers, elected officials, law enforcement officers, child welfare advocates, and other community leaders who are interested Page 7 of 8 in understanding and eliminating racial inequities, disparities, and disproportionality across multiple systems including education, health, and justice. Dates: March 24-25, April 14-15, June 10-11, or July 15-16 9am – 5pm Light breakfast and lunch provided (2 day attendance mandatory) Location: Hope Haven Conference Center, 3815 N. Tryon St. Learn more, click here If you are having problems accessing the Google Docs registration page from the link on the flyer, please follow these instructions. NOTE: This should only apply to individuals who are attempting to register from a non-UNC Charlotte computer. Sign in to Google Apps using your UNC Charlotte username and password. You can then proceed to the url. Registration will close on Sunday, March 15th. Workshop registration fees paid for by the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Grant. North Carolina Research Campus Science Café Sponsored by CASN, Charlotte Area Science Network “Collaboration for Science” “The Science of Sports” Charlotte Area Science Network’s Science Café includes networking and the presentation. For more information, contact Clare Faggart. Speaker: Patrick J. Moyer, Ph.D., Director of Athletics, Cannon School Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 5:00 - 6:00pm Location: UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street Office of International Programs International Film Series: The campus community is invited to one or all of five films looking at health, the environment, and culture as part of a film series sponsored by International Studies and a grant from the Chancellor’s Diversity Fund. The Milagro Beanfield War Date: March 24, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Student Union Theater Contact: Office of International Programs at [email protected] About the film: In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition because of the short term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe Mondragon illegally diverts Page 8 of 8 water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the rich like Devine. When the Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before the lucrative development is cancelled, a small war threatens to erupt. Yesterday Date: Location: Contact: April 21, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm Student Union Theater Office of International Programs at [email protected] About the film: After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. Charlotte Venture Challenge Finals The 2015 Southeast Venture Conference will take place at Le Méridien Charlotte, NC, 555 South McDowell Street, North Tower • Charlotte, NC 28204 | 704-372-9610 The dates are March 31st thru April 1st. You can see the agenda and other items of possible interest by clicking here. Science & Technology EXPO Main Event: Sunday, April 26th, 12-4 pm in the UNC Charlotte Union Plaza Join faculty, staff, and students as they present exhibits, discussions, and films in the weeks leading up to the main event. April 10 - 26th in various locations. Visit the website to learn more. The William States Lee College of Engineering Senior Design Spring Expo Date: April 30, 2015 - 11:00am - 2:30pm Location: Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC) Open to the Public Infrastructure, Design, Environment, and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center BioEnergy Symposium The UNC Charlotte IDEAS Center is pleased to announce the fourth annual BioEnergy Symposium on May 14th, 2015. This year's symposium has a focus on Beneficial Byproducts of Bioenergy. If you have questions or need assistance please contact: Karyn Williamson-Coria at 704-687-1932 or by email at [email protected] For more information about the BioEnergy Symposium click here.