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Voss Talks and Fireside Chat

MRGN Rm. 121 (Voss Talks will be live-streamed to the buildings.)

12:30-12:40 Welcome and Introduction to Discovery Park
Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Chief Scientist and Executive Director of Discovery Park
12:40-1:00 Electroceuticals Voss Talk
Pedro Irazoqui, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Neurosciences

In the fall of 2014 DARPA, the NIH, and Glaxo-Smith Kline joined forces to fund three new programs in “electroceuticals”. Electroceuticals being the newly coined term referring to the substitution of electrical stimulation for pharmacological therapy. The Purdue Center for Implantable Devices in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, competed for all three funding opportunities: DARPA’s ElectRx program, NIH’s SPARC program, and GSK’s Innovation Challenge. Uniquely in the world, we were selected for funding in all three. This talk will present a glimpse into Purdue’s response to this burgeoning field of electroceuticals.
1:00-1:15 Catching and Controlling Light Rays, Fireside chat
Alexandra Boltasseva, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hosted by Marietta Harrison, Special Adviser for Strategic Initiatives, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy

Boltasseva’s work on new plasmonic materials pushes the cross-disciplinary boundaries of the most active fields in optics – namely, plasmonics and metamaterials that enable unique optical functionalities through unprecedented light control at both the micro- and nanoscale. Her approach merging photonics and materials science promises to solve fundamental challenges of these fields, including high optical losses (too much light is being absorbed), lack of active control over optical functions and inability of nanoscale plasmonic devices to work at elevated temperatures and harsh environments. Boltasseva’s pioneering work on low-loss, tunable plasmonic materials could enable denser nanophotonic circuitry and improved data recording/storage, nanoscale resolution imaging, enhanced sensing and novel energy conversion schemes.
1:15-1:35 Purdue’s Innovation Ecosystem...the Next Level
Greg Deason, Senior Vice President and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Purdue Research Foundation
1:35-1:55 Mythbusting Scientific Knowledge Transfer with nanoHUB.org
Gerhard Klimeck, Reilly Director of the Center for Predictive Materials and Devices and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue

More than 1.4 million users in 172 countries annually participate in nanoHUB.org, a science and engineering gateway providing the capability to perform online simulation resources through a web browser without the installation of any software. nanoHUB is an online meeting place for simulation, research, collaboration, teaching, learning and publishing. Over 12,000 users run simulation software from their browser in nanoHUB’s science computing cloud. Cumulatively over 29,000 students in over 1,800 classes utilized nanoHUB simulations in classrooms and over 3,500 authors referenced nanoHUB in over 1,600 scientific publications. The platform has spawned nanoHUB-U and, in turn, Purdue HUB-U, interfaces for online courses that are broadly accessible around the world. This presentation provides an overview of all the challenges, doubts, and myths that have been overcome in the past 14 years to achieve global knowledge transfer from novel, original research.

Voss Talks named in memory of Janice Voss

Janice Voss

Purdue alumna Janice Voss was a pioneer in space travel for women. One of the few women launched into space, she logged five flights, spending a total of 49 days in space and traveling 18.8 million miles in 779 Earth orbits.

When she set her spacesuit aside in 2000, Voss continued to champion the space program, leading a payload effort for NASA’s station integration branch of the astronaut office and serving as a national spokesperson on space travel.

Until her death in 2012, Voss encouraged us through her words and her work to reach for the stars. Because her story has inspired so many, we’ve named our TED-style talks in her memory.

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