Spring 2018

Susan Fullerton and colleagues are one of five winners of international circular materials challenge

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

Each year more than eight million tons of plastics pollute the ocean, forming mammoth, so-called “garbage patches” via strong currents. Even with new collection methods, only 0.5 percent out of that volume is currently removed from the seas. One solution to this growing crisis is to prevent plastic from becoming waste, to begin with – and Susan Fullerton and colleagues are one of five international teams awarded for their novel solutions to this problem. The group was one of two winners in Category 1: “Make unrecyclable packaging recyclable,” and proposes using nano-engineering to create a recyclable material that can replace complex multi-layered packaging – mimicking the way nature uses just a few molecular building blocks to create a huge variety of materials.

Finding Funding: Resources & Opportunities for New Researchers

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

An introductory session to Pivot led by Ryan Champagne from the Office of Research and Robin Kear from the University Library System. The hands-on session will provide an overview of this resource and how it may be used to find funding and collaboration opportunities to support your research. Additional resources related to funding competitions coordinated within the University, as well as funding programs for early career faculty, will also be presented.
Please bring a laptop or another device with Web access.​

Date:  Thursday, January 25, 2018
Location:  Hillman Library, Digital Scholarship Commons, G-49​
Register Here https://pitt.libcal.com/event/3808929

DARPA DSO Driven and Nonequilibrium Quantum Systems (DRINQS) Proposers Day

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

The DRINQS Proposers Day will be webcast on February 1, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time. There is no registration fee for the Proposers Day webcast. Registration opens: As of publication of this announcement. Registration website: http://www.cvent.com/d/3tq4sp  Registration closes: January 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first. Advance registration via the above website is required in order to receive access to the webcast and is mandatory for every individual intending to view the webcast either alone or as part of a group

Pitt Seed Projects

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

This new initiative, funded through the office of the chancellor, broadens the ways in which you can directly and actively contribute to Pitt’s strategic transformation. At the same time, this initiative gives me an opportunity to identify and support some of the best and brightest ideas emerging from our own community.All faculty and staff members are eligible to apply for a Pitt Seed Project, which must support one or more of the six goals and strategies outlined in the Plan for Pitt. Chosen applicants can receive up to $50,000 to advance their project, and this call for submissions closes on March 5, 2018, by noon EST.

Spring School on Quantum Computation

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 24 January 2018

The 3.5-day Spring school will bring TCS researchers up to speed on the current excitement in quantum computing. The past decade had marked tremendous experimental progress, from one or two-qubit devices to dozens of qubits and more. What are the theoretical models for such devices, and what are their prospects? Can they be classically simulated, and if not, can they accomplish algorithmic speed-ups? What are the obstacles to full-blown fault-tolerant quantum computation? And what does all this tell us about complexity theory, cryptography, and quantum information?

Experts Developed a Road-map for Quantum Computation at NASA's Workshop on Quantum Computing

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 17 January 2018

What are the latest developments in quantum information science and computation?  

What are the current challenges in algorithms, hardware, and technology transition to engineering applications?

NASA brought word leading scientist and industry leaders come together at Quantum Computing workshop to answer these questions and discuss future of the Quantum Computers.  

Exploiting Orbital Angular Momenta and Nonlinear Frequency Conversion in Plasmonic Devices

Speaker(s): 
Chen-Bin (Robin) Huang
Dates: 
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Surface plasmons (SPs) are evanescent waves generated through the collective oscillations of electrons at a metal/dielectric interface under optical excitation. Due to the strong light-electron coupling and near-field nature, surface plasmons offer: (1) the opportunity for sub-wavelength spatial confinement of optical waves is enabled; and (2) giant local field enhancement of optical waves is permitted. These unique attributes lead to the long-envisaged optical circuits, and allowed breakthroughs in the generally termed “plasmonics” [1]. For example, in the realizations of optical nano-...

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Grants

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 17 January 2018

The mission of the Kaufman Foundation is to support fundamental research in biology, chemistry, and physics at Pennsylvania institutions of higher education. The Kaufman Foundation grants to institutes of higher learning in Pennsylvania for scientists pursuing research that explores their field’s essential questions and/or crosses disciplinary boundaries. Mr. Kaufman believed in the potential impact of fundamental, curiosity-driven science and the strength of working across interdisciplinary boundaries. He also recognized the importance of supporting early and mid-career scientists, while acknowledging the major accomplishments achieved after a lifetime of high-impact contributions. When he died in 2010, Charles Kaufman, a respected chemical engineer, left $50 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation of which $40 million is earmarked for continuing his life-long commitment to scientific research with the potential to improve human life. Since 2013, and including 2017, the Foundation has awarded 43 grants totaling $9.1 million. 

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