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Cluster Field Trips
Field trips offer COSMOS students behind-the-scenes access to many regional resources utilized by UCSD researchers. Weekly field trips will vary between clusters.
On certain days, students will have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities. These may include round-table discussions, study groups, and advising activities. The Teacher Fellows will guide each student in his or her cluster to select appropriate sessions to attend. All students also attend "Cluster Info Sessions," at which each cluster faculty team provides information about their cluster topic.
Discovery Lecture Series
Renowned scientists and engineers will hold talks on a wide range of research topics. These talks focus on current research in the speaker's field and are designed to introduce students to a broad spectrum of subjects, expanding their learning outside of their cluster topics. They will take place each Tuesday of the summer session and are presented at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
The scheduled presenters for the 2012 Discovery Lectures Series are:
Heidi Dewar: Fisheries Research Biologist, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Center, San Diego
Heidi Dewar’s Doctoral thesis focused on the energetics, swimming mechanics and thermoregulatory capabilities of tropical tunas. She participated in an Atlantic Bluefin tuna-tagging program on the species movements and behaviors critical to management and conservation. She helped develop techniques for attaching satellite tags to mola and implement a highly migratory species program. She is a shark working group leader with the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics project. Heidi has worked with tuna and swordfish and tagged the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark. http://oceansunfish.org/dewar.php; http://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?Division=FRD&id=16327
Michael Kalichman, Co-founder and Director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology
Dr. Kalichman has taught multiple seminars and courses to help UCSD Training Grant Program Directors comply with NIH requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research. He has been a consultant or speaker on the topic of research ethics for both national and international workshops and advisory groups and has taught numerous courses for instructors of research ethics courses. He is project director for a web-based resource for instructors of courses in the responsible conduct of research (http://research-ethics.net) and directs NIH-funded projects to assess the effectiveness of teaching research ethics and standards of conduct in research. He is also the founding leader for the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Committee (RCREC, http://rcrec.org) of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. He is the founding director of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium (http://sdrec.ucsd.edu). http://www.ethicscenter.net/michael-kalichman-phd
Mark Thiemens: Dean, Division of Physical Sciences, Distinguished Professor Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD
In our laboratory, we have developed the analytical capability to measure stable isotope variations at ultra-high precision in sulfur, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen. We have developed experimental programs in atmospheric chemistry, the physical chemistry of photochemical reactions, early solar system history, paleo atmospheres, and the origin of life and of the solar system. We employ stable isotope measurements to delineate the fates of different atmospheric species. Combining laboratory photochemistry experiments and field (tropo- and stratospheric) measurements, we can determine specific reaction pathways. High altitude samples are taken from aircraft, balloons and rockets. Our research focuses on the global impact of atmospheric molecules, including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and sulfate (acid rain). These samples are collected throughout the world and including the South Pole and tropical rainforests. Hemispheric aerosol transport is also studied. http://physicalsciences.ucsd.edu/ ; http://chem-faculty.ucsd.edu/thiemens/index.html
Liangfang Zhang: Associate Professor, NanoEngineering JSOE, UCSD
Dr. Zhang’s research works on the design, synthesis, characterization and evaluation of lipid- and/or polymer-based nanostructured biomaterials. One specific interest lies in developing nanomaterials for healthcare and other medical applications, for example, drug delivery to improve or enable treatments of human diseases. He also seeks to understand the fundamental sciences underlying the arenas of nanomedicine. His research covers a broad scope of multidisciplinary areas including chemical & molecular engineering, materials science, chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology and medicine. http://ne.ucsd.edu/faculty/l7zhang/index.phphttp://ne.ucsd.edu/faculty/l7zhang/index.php