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Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences




Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Registration desk will be open at the Holiday Inn between 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Students who arrive on this day can use the Holiday Inn restaurant to have dinner and put charges on their room (only Wednesday dinner, no alcoholic beverages please!).


Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Nebraska Champions Club

Shuttle Bus Schedule
8:30 a.m. & 8:45 a.m. - Holiday Inn to Champions Club
7:20 p.m. & 7:35 p.m. - Champions Club to Holiday Inn
8:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. - Holiday Inn to Skate Zone
10:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. - Skate Zone to Holiday Inn

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration will be open all day (Nebraska Champions Club)

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks/Meeting Kick-Off
Axel Enders
(Conference Chair), Joe Francisco (Dean, College of Arts and Science), Brad Shadwick (Associate Dept. Chair, Physics)
Morning Session I (Session Chair: Axel Enders)
9:30 a.m.
Plenary Speaker: Susan Trolier-McKinstry (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA)
"Piezoelectric Films for Microelectromechanical Systems"
10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
Morning Session II (Session Chair: Brad Shadwick)
10:50 a.m.
Plenary Speaker: Kimberley Cousins (California State University-San Bernardino, CA)
"From Laboratory Robots to Functional Materials"
11:50 a.m.
Nelly Ayllon (University of New Mexico)
"3D Silicon Sensors for Future Colliders"
12:10 a.m.
Christina Miller (Creighton University)
"Applying Nonlinear Optics to Monitor Changes in Cellular Metabolism with the Onset and Progression of Disease"
12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session III (Session Chair: Xiaoshan Xu)
2:00 p.m.
Marena Minelli (College of the Holy Cross)
"Analysis of Multi-Year Cosmic Ray Flux Measurement to Determine Solar and Atmospheric Periodic Relationships"
2:20 p.m.
Jessica Duron (California State University-Fullerton)
“A New Apparatus for Studies of Low Energy Electron Collisions with Nucleotide Molecules”
2:40 p.m.
Alana Rister (Mary Baldwin College)
“Development of Practical, Low Cost, Portable Water Purification System via Titanium Dioxide Thin Films”
3:00 p.m.
Jessica Pitzek (California State University-San Bernardino)
"Organic Ferroelectric Thin Film Capacitors"
3:20 p.m.
Afternoon Session IV (Session Chair: Greg Snow)
3:30 p.m.
Plenary Speaker: Flera Rizatdinova (Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK)
"Quest for Fundamental Structure of the Universe"
4:30 p.m.

Poster Session

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner Buffet
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Skate Night at Skate Zone (300 N 48th St, Lincoln, NE 68504)
with a special appearance by Lincoln's No Coast Derby Girls


Friday, October 16th, 2015
Nebraska Champions Club

Shuttle Bus Schedule
8:30 a.m. & 8:45 a.m. - Holiday Inn to Champions Club
4:30 p.m. & 4:45 p.m. - Champions Club to Holiday Inn
5:45 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - Holiday Inn to Jorgensen Hall
8:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m. - Jorgensen Hall to Holiday Inn

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration open (Nebraska Champions Club)
Morning Session V (Session Chair: Matthias Fuchs)
9:00 a.m.
Laura Lewis (Northeastern University, Boston, MA)
"From the Cell to the Cosmos: Bonding and Consequences in Magnetic Materials"
10:00 a.m.
Arti Kashyap (Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, India)
"Ab Initio Computation - A Powerful Tool for Materials Study"
11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:15 a.m.
Grad School / Career Discussion (Session Chair: Axel Enders)
Stacy Dam (Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment UNL), Kirill Belashchenko (Chair Graduate Admissions Physics)
12:05 p.m.
Lunch with UNL faculty
  Afternoon Session VI (Session Chair: Kees Uiterwaal)
1:35 p.m.
Allison Groninger (Colorado State University)
"Exploring Benzoic Acid Affects on Proton Motive Force in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis"
1:55 p.m.
Susan Njoki (Benedict College)
"DFT Study of CO Oxidation by Molten Carbonate"
2:15 p.m.
Coffee Break
Afternoon Session VII (Session Chair: Sitaram Jaswal)
2:30 p.m.
John W. Alred (NASA Johnson Space Center)
"Materials Challenges for Current and Future NASA Programs"
3:30 p.m.
Eva Schubert (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
"Nanohybrid Functional Materials and Applications"
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Dinner - Grill Out, Jorgensen Hall Atrium
Rock Band: Fluffy Psycho Bunnies (featuring members of the physics department)
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Friday Night Talk (136 Jorgensen Hall)
Herman Batelaan (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
"Controlled Double Slit Electron Diffraction"
8:15 p.m.
Student Observatory Open Night


Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Jorgensen Hall, Room 136

Shuttle Bus Schedule
9:00 a.m. & 9:15 a.m. - Holiday Inn to Jorgensen Hall
5:00 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. - Jorgensen Hall to Holiday Inn

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lab tours
Morning Session VIII (Session Chair: Axel Enders)
11:30 a.m.
Amy Graves (Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA)
"Of Rice and Men (and Women)"
12:30 p.m.
Lunch at the Physics Department
Afternoon Session IX (Session Chair: Xia Hong)
1:30 p.m.
Guohan Hu (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY)
"Magnetic Memory --- from Basics to Application"
2:30 p.m.
Fatima Cabral (California State University-San Bernardino)
"Smoothness Study for Tris‐‐(﴾8‐‐hyrdozyquinoline)﴿ aluminum Organic Thin Films"
2:50 p.m.
Samantha Pedek (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)
"Characterizing the Emission from Light Emitting Diodes in IceCube cDOMs"
3:10 p.m.
Coffee Break
Afternoon Session X (Session Chair: Sudeep Banerjee)
3:40 p.m.
Bridgette Lafaye (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Self-assembly of Biomineralization Scaffolds from Ultrashort Peptide Amphiphiles”
4:00 p.m.
Simeon Gilbert (South Dakota State University)
"Effect of Disorder on the Structural, Magnetic, and Electron Transport Properties of CoFeCrAl1-xSix Spin Gapless Semiconductor"
4:20 p.m.
Berit Goodge (Carleton College)
“Exploring Possible Phase Inhomogeneity in EuO1-x Films”
4:40 p.m.
Danielle Desa (Creighton University)
"Ototoxic Aminoglycosides Increase Reactive Oxygen Species Formation and Decrease Endogenous Antioxidant Levels in Cochlear Cells"
5:00 p.m.
Bus or Walk to Holiday Inn
6:30 p.m.

Conference Dinner at the Holiday Inn (Husker Ballroom)


Sunday, October 18th, 2015