Page 1 of 6 RELATE Research, Education, Lectures Accessing the Technical Edge The official newsletter of the Charlotte Research Institute April 8, 2015 Events: Atkins Library Vis Center Nanoscale Science Seminar Series College of Computing and Informatics iCONE Seminar Science Cafe SciVisit Department of Geography & Earth Sciences Office of International Programs Science & Technology EXPO The William States Lee College of Engineering Infrastructure, Design, Environment, and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center Atkins Library "Pressing Matters: The Conservation of Books and their Enduring Legacy" Speaker: Matt Johnson, Senior Conservator at ECS Conservation Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM Location: Atkins Library, Halton Room Matt Johnson specializes in the treatment of rare books and manuscripts and trained under internationally recognized conservator and binder Don Etherington. Matt is a member of the American Institute for Historic Works (AIC) and is past-president and board member of the Southeast Regional Conservation Association (SERCA). He will discuss the nature and development of his profession in the context of the books' societal impact since 1450. Vis Center Distinguished Lecture "Visual Analysis of Social Media and Tools for Sentiment Analysis" Speaker: Date: Location: Christopher Healey, NC State University, Thursday, April 9, 12:30 PM Woodward, 130 During this presentation I will discuss our sentiment visualization project, an attempt to estimate and visualize sentiment and other properties of short text snippets in a variety of ways. We are currently Page 2 of 6 focusing on recent tweets, obtained through Twitter's tweet capture API, although our techniques can be applied to any short text block. I will review current techniques for sentiment estimation and text visualization, then demonstrate a web-based application we have made available to allow the general public to explore recent tweets based on keywords they provide. I will conclude by briefly discussing a collaboration with colleagues in Public Policy at NCSU and San Jose State University designed to apply our work to emergency management risk mitigation and communication during wildfire incidents. Christopher G. Healey is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He also teaches at the Institute for Advanced Analytics. He received a B. Math from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is an Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Applied Perception. His research interests include visualization, graphics, visual perception, and areas of applied mathematics, databases, artificial intelligence, and aesthetics related to visual analysis and data management. Nanoscale Science Seminar Series “The Breaking and Mending of Porphyrins: Synthesis of Pyrrole-Modified Porphyrins” Speaker: Dr. Christian Bruckner, University of Connecticut Date: Thursday, April 9, 3:30 PM Location: Burson 115 Please contact Dr. Michael Walter (Chemistry Department) if you would like to meet with Dr. Bruckner. “Programmed Drug Delivery” Speaker: Dr. Zhen Gu, Department of Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University Date: Thursday, April 16, 3:30 PM Location: Burson 115 Please contact Dr. Juan Vivero-Escoto (Chemistry Department) if you would like to meet with Dr. Gu. “Therapeutic RNA Nanotechnology” Speaker: Dr. Peixuan Guo, William Farish Endowed Chair in Nanobiotechnology, Markey Cancer Center, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky Date: Wednesday, April 22, 4:00 PM Location: Burson 115 Please contact Dr. Kirill Afonin (Chemistry Department) if you would like to meet with Dr. Guo. “Application of Engineering in Cancer Research and Treatment” Speaker: Dr. Andrew Wang, UNC Chapel Hill Date: Thursday, April 23, 3:30 PM Location: Burson 115 Please contact Dr. Juan Vivero-Escoto (Chemistry Department) if you would like to meet with Dr. Wang. Page 3 of 6 College of Computing and Informatics 2015 College of Computing and Informatics Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker: Rick Stevens, Department of Computer Science at The University of Chicago; and Associate Director of Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Laboratory Argonne National Laboratory Date: April 10, 2015 - 3:00pm Location: Woodward 106 Speaker: Date: Location: Oussama Khatib, Professor, Computer Science Department, Stanford University April 17, 2015 - 3:00pm Woodward 106 Speaker: Centre for Michael Dulin, Senior Scientist, Genomics & Molecular Epidemiology British Columbia Date: Location: Disease Control April 24, 2015 - 3:00 PM Woodward, 106 Click here for more Computing and Informatics events. iCONE Seminar interdisciplinary Colloquium of Optics, Nanoscale Science & Engineering "New Optics for Solar Concentration and Smart Lighting: Making Megawatts and Negawatts" Speaker: Date: Location: Brian Wheelwright, PhD Candidate, Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona Monday, April 13th, 2:30 EPIC, G287 With advisor Roger Angel of the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, Brian is investigating novel solar concentrators, freeform optical design, glass shaping, and optical testing. He is an SPIE Scholar, NDSEG Fellow, Renewable Energy Network scholar, and ARCS awardee. In 2014, Brian was the recipient of the Michael Kidger Memorial Award for optical design. After completing his degree in August, Brian is joining Oculus VR. Science Cafe Presented by the Charlotte Area Science Network (CASN) Man-Eating Plants with Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Emeritus, UNC Charlotte Carnivorous plants are strangely specialized members of the plant kingdom. There are over 600 species occuring all around the world - the world-famous Venus flytrap, pitcher plants, sundews, butterworts, and bladderworts all come from North Carolina. Page 4 of 6 They may look like flowers and attract unwary insects seeking nectar. Or they can resemble dead meat - all red and rotten - to attract carrion feeders. The victims are variously drowned, squeezed to death, chopped to pieces, or smothered in glop on odd-looking leaves that resemble tubular pitfalls, fast-acting beartraps, slimy flypaper surfaces, or "roach-motels." Often the prey is devoured by other organisms living in co-habitation with the carnivorous plant. If this tale of gruesome monsters of the plant kingdom intrigues you, come see them in person. Date: Location: Wednesday, April 16, 2015 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 East 9th Street, Room 204 Parking is free and across the street from Center City. UNC Charlotte faculty and staff should visit their website. All others should visit this web page. SciVisit Hosted by Gaston College as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Date: April 17, 2015, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Location: Dallas Campus of Gaston College Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medical (STEMM) faculty at Gaston College lead interactive sessions for high school students at various locations across campus. This year’s session topics of the sessions include chemistry, biotechnology, biodiversity, anatomy and physiology, computer security, psychology, math, disease transmission, robotics and health among many others. We hope you will join us for a morning filled with fun while learning about STEM disciplines! To participate in this year’s event, please sign up at sciVisit Registration. For more information please contact us at [email protected] Click here to view the agenda and other items of possible interest. Department of Geography & Earth Sciences Speaker Series Speaker: Date: Location: Gregory Hancock, College of William and Mary April 17, 2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm McEniry, 116 Page 5 of 6 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. Yesterday Date: Location: Contact: April 21, 2015 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm Student Union Theater Office of International Programs 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. UNC Charlotte Study Abroad Photo Exhibit The 6th annual Study Abroad Student Photo Exhibit will feature photography from UNC Charlotte students taken while abroad and entered into one of five categories – Defining Moment, Landscape, Portrait, Self Portrait, and Travelling 49ers. Exhibit will be shown in Student Union through May 10, 2015. Contact the Office of Education Abroad for details regarding an opening reception. Student Union Monday, April 27 through Sunday, May 10 Contact: Office of Education Abroad at [email protected] 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. There are many events leading up to the main EXPO from April 10 - 26th in various locations. Click here to visit the website. 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. Page 6 of 6 If you have questions or need assistance please contact: Karyn Williamson-Coria at 704-687-1932 or by email at [email protected] Click here for more information about the BioEnergy Symposium.