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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course Proposals

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 20 March 2018

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Pitt is seeking course proposals for its Fall 2018 Term. OLLI courses are typically 1x a week for 5 weeks. Each term offers 2 sessions of courses. We seek course proposals in a variety of areas including: literature, history, political science and government, the arts, sciences, languages and more. Most OLLI designed courses are similar to actual college courses (but no tests or grades, abbreviated content, and shortened to run for 5 weeks).

OLLI Instructors are often university professors and instructors, visiting lecturers, Postdoctoral fellows, and others with content and teaching expertise. Instructors in the program are paid. Course proposals for Fall term are due by April 27.

Transition of surface phase of cobalt oxide during CO oxidation

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 19 March 2018

CO oxidation is used for testing the catalytic activity to design new catalytic materials. However, because of  low abundance of precious metals in the earth, it is probably not realistic to use precious metal-based catalysts at an industrial scale for CO oxidation. Therefore, there have been continuous efforts towards searching catalysts made of earth-abundant elements for CO oxidation. In the recently published paper in Journal of Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., Judith Yang and colleagues have shown CO oxidation on cobalt oxides via ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS), demonstrating the transition of the active surface phase of a transition metal oxide-based catalyst under catalytic conditions with no change in the bulk phase of the catalyst.

Google Quantum-Hardware Lab Visit!

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 16 March 2018

PQI always assists to organize an educational and informative visit in the development of Quantum Science, encouraging the collaborations between various industry and academia.

On March 9th, 2018, four students and one postdoc from University of Pittsburgh were invited to visit Google Quantum-Hardware lab at UC Santa Barbara which was organized by PQI. Eric Ostby and Pedram Roushan, Research Scientists at Google were helped us to arrange this visit.

Google's research team do work hard to build a quantum computer which will be millions of times more powerful than today’s supercomputers. Such visit helps to initiate more academic people to get involved in such projects, playing a hub role for quantum technologies.