CAR Seminar Series- Quanqi Dai @ Center for Automotive Research
Mar 7 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

CAR Seminar Series: Quanqi Dai, graduate student, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Weekly seminar series during spring semester 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 4:30 pm
Center for Automotive Research
930 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212

Presenter: Quanqi Dai, graduate student, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Topic: “Ambient vibration energy harvesting with bistable platform for sustainable structural health monitoring applications”

Join faculty, staff, visiting scholars and graduate students to learn about various automotive engineering topics during this weekly seminar series in spring semester 2017. Held in the classroom/room 198 at the Center for Automotive Research. Follow the conversation online: #CARSeminarSeries.


President and Provost’s Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series- Dr. David R Williams @ The Ohio State University Faculty Club
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


The Ohio State University Faculty Club

181 South Oval Drive | Columbus Ohio 43210

President Michael V. Drake and Provost Bruce A. McPheron invite you to attend the eighteenth annual Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series at The Ohio State University. This program offers the campus and the Columbus community the opportunity to benefit from some of the most eminent scholars, artists, and professionals who discuss and exemplify inclusive excellence through diversity.

David R. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. Previously, he served six years on the faculty of Yale University and 14 at the University of Michigan. He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Professor Williams is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health. The author of more than 400 scientific papers, his research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies.


Dr. Williams has been involved in the development of health policy at the national level in the U.S. He has served on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and on eight committees for the National Academy of Medicine, including the committee that produced the Unequal Treatment report.

Free and open to the public

(Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

Space is limited. 

RSVP required.

RSVP at:

BME Seminar Series- Dr. Martin L. Yarmush, Rutgers University @ L035 The James
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

BME Seminar Series: Dr. Martin L. Yarmush, Rutgers University

Paul and Mary Monroe Chair and Distinguished Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
James L035
460 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

“New Approaches to Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy”

Recently there has been a paradigm shift in what is considered to be the therapeutic promise of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in diseases of vital organs.  Originally, research focused on MSCs as a source of regenerative cells through the differentiation of transplanted cells into lost cell types.  It is now clear that trophic modulation of inflammation, cell death, fibrosis, and tissue repair are primary mechanisms of MSC therapy.  This has been clarified in studies where delivery of growth factors, cytokines, and other signaling molecules secreted by MSCs is often sufficient to obtain the therapeutic effects.  In this presentation, examples of MSC therapy in disease models of vital organs using models of acute liver failure, acute renal injury, and spinal cord injury will be described.



Martin L. Yarmush is an internationally recognized bioengineer and translational scientist whose laboratory has been a pioneer and leader in multiple fields including: tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, applied immunology and biotechnology, and BioMEMS and medical devices.  Dr. Yarmush currently serves as the Paul and Mary Monroe Chair and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University, and the Director of the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  Over the last 30 years, Dr. Yarmush has: 1) published more than 480 journal articles, 2) has co-authored more than 50 patents and patent applications, 3) has mentored over 140 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and 4) has taught a spectrum of courses from Molecular Genetics and Immunology, to Thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena.  More than 70 of his former fellows have gone on to successful careers in academia both here and abroad, while many others have gone on to become leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. In addition to his teaching and research achievements, Dr. Yarmush has contributed to the advancement of science and engineering through service as: (1) a member of NIH, NSF, FDA, and Office of Technology Assessment review panels; (2) an advisory board member for foundations (e.g. the Whitaker Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Doris Duke Foundation), academic-based centers, and industrial firms; and 3) an editor of several science and engineering journals. A frequent invited speaker at major conferences and institutions, and winner of over 25 local and national awards, Dr. Yarmush’s research “pushes the envelope” on several healthcare technology frontiers through the use of state-of-the-art techniques that include microfabrication and nanotechnology; genomics, proteomics and genetic engineering; advanced microscopic imaging; physiologic instrumentation; and numerical simulation.  He has been credited with many pioneering scientific and technological advances including: innovative cell culture systems and tissue constructs, stem cell therapies, venous access devices, dynamic cell and tissue microsystems, pulsed electric field therapies, bioartificial organs development, targeted therapies for tumors and infections, recombinant protein purification techniques, and recombinant retrovirus production and purification techniques.  Some of these developments have resulted in patents and the formation of companies based on these advances. Dr. Yarmush received his BA degree in biology and chemistry from Yeshiva University, his MD degree from Yale University, and completed PhD work at The Rockefeller University in biophysical chemistry and at MIT in chemical engineering.


Industry Engagement 101: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises @ Research Commons, 18th Avenue Library
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Industry Engagement 101: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises (Workshop)

March 9 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Who: OSU faculty, staff, and postdocs
When: Thursday, March 9, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Follow the link to register.


Biochemistry Seminar- Dr. Tijana Grove, Virginia Tech @ 0111 Parks Hall
Mar 9 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dr. Tijana Grove – Biochemistry Seminar Series

CBE Seminar- Fabio Ribeiro @ 130 Koffolt Laboratories, CBEC
Mar 9 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

CBE – Fabio Ribeiro

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:30 am
130 Koffolt Laboratories, CBEC
151 W. Woodruff Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Physics Seminar Series- Wei Han, Peking University of China @ 1080 Physics Research Building
Mar 9 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Condensed Matter Seminar Series: Wei Han

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 11:30am to 12:30pm
1080 Smith Seminar Series Room, PRB

Please join us for a CME Seminar presented by Professor Wei Han from ICQM, Peking University, China as he shares his research on “Spin and Charge Conversion in 2D Quantum Materials”.


Spintronics aims to use the spin degrees of freedom for future information technologies. A key challenge for spintronics is the efficient generation of spin currents from charge currents. Recently, emergent 2D quantum materials are very attractive for spintronics since they provide new mechanisms of spin currents generation [1].
In this talk, I will present the spin and charge conversion in three quantum materials. The first part of my talk will discuss the facet-dependent spin Hall effect and spin orbit torque in single crystalline antiferromagnetic IrMn3 [2], This result suggests a novel mechanism of the spin current generation arising from the triangular spin configurations in the single crystalline IrMn3. The second part of my talk will discuss the spin to charge conversion in the spin-momentum locked surface states of the topological Kondo insulator (SmB6), of which pure surface states exist at low temperatures [3]. At the end, I will present on the gate tunable charge to spin conversion at room temperature using the Rashba-split 2DEG at the complex oxides (SrTiO3 and LaAlO3) interface [4].
[1] Wei Han, APL Materials 4, 032401 (2016).
[2] Weifeng Zhang*, Wei Han*, See-hun Yang, Yan Sun, Yang Zhang, Binghai Yan, and Stuart S. P. Parkin, Science Advances, 2: e1600759 (2016).
[3] Qi Song, Jian Mi, Dan Zhao, Tang Su, Wei Yuan, Wenyu Xing, Yangyang Chen, Tianyu Wang, Tao Wu, Xian Hui Chen, X. C. Xie, Chi Zhang, Jing Shi, and Wei Han, Nature Communications (In press) (2016).
[4] Qi Song, Hongrui Zhang, Tang Su, Wei Yuan, Yangyang Chen, Wenyu Xing, Jing Shi, Ji Rong Sun, and Wei Han, arXiv:1609.06207.
Chemistry Mack Lecture- Dr. Dave MacMillan, Princeton University
Mar 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Edward Mack, Jr. Lecture

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 4:30pm
Friday, March 10, 2017 – 11:30am

2017 Mack Lecture: Professor David MacMillan

Dave MacMillan was born in Bellshill, Scotland and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Glasgow, where he worked with Dr. Ernie Colvin. In 1990, he began his doctoral studies under the direction of Professor Larry Overman at the University of California, Irvine, before undertaking a postdoctoral position with Professor Dave Evans at Harvard University (1996). He began his independent career at University of California, Berkeley in July of 1998 before moving to Caltech in June of 2000 (Earle C. Anthony Chair of Organic Chemistry). In 2006, Dave moved to the east coast of the US to take up the position of James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and he served as Department Chair from 2010-15.  To date he has trained nearly 200 co-workers (55 graduate students, 145 postdoctoral coworkers), and has placed over 40 members of his group into academia around the world.

Dave has received several awards including the Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize (2016), Max Tischler Prize Harvard (2016), Ernst Schering Award in Biology, Chemistry and Medicine, Germany (2015), ACS Harrison Howe Award (2014), NJ ACS Molecular Design Award (2014), ACS Award for Creativity in Synthesis (2011), the Mitsui Catalysis Award (2011), ACS Cope Scholar Award (2007), ACS EJ Corey Award (2005), the Corday-Morgan Medal (2005).

In 2012 Dave became a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dave helped launch and was editor-in-chief of Chemical Sciences (2009-2014) and is currently Chair of the NIH Study Section SBCA.

Dave is a scientific consultant with Merck (worldwide), Amgen (worldwide), Biogen Biopharma, Abbvie Research Laboratories, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, UCB-Celtech, Constellation Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Research Laboratories.  Dave is also a member of the scientific advisory boards of Firmenich (Switzerland) and Kadmon Pharmaceuticals (US), and a permanent member of the RSRC board at Merck Research Laboratories.

Along with Dr. Paul Reider, Dave is a co-founder of Chiromics LLC, a growing biotech that seeks to devise new strategies and screening techniques for the identification of drug-like molecules.


March 9, 2017 – 4:30pm, CBEC 130 “Why does the world need new chemistry and new catalysts?”

March 10, 2017 – 11:30am, MP 1015 “New Photoredox Reactions”


The Edward Mack, Jr. Lectures

Professor Edward Mack, Jr. was a long time faculty member of the Chemistry Department at The Ohio State University. After fourteen years as chairman, he resigned in October, 1955, to be devoted full time to teaching and research. Not long thereafter his friends and former students learned of his death in June, 1956.

Professor Mack’s research interests included the determina- tion of the sizes and shapes of molecules from collision cross-sections using kinetic gas measurements. He also studied the rates and mechanisms of gas phase reactions, surface films, and biochemical problems. Professor Mack is remembered as a man of great energy and enthusiasm for research as well as his students.

Professor Mack became a member of the faculty at Ohio State in 1919 when he immediately began to take a personal interest in graduate students. He was their continual advocate, aiding his students through difficult years by soliciting grants from many companies and businesses. In many cases, he even took funds out of his own pocket for their support. Professor Mack was entirely dedicated to his graduate students, both scientifically and personally. In this spirit, the graduate students are responsible for every aspect of the Mack Memorial Award.

Graduate Students participate in the Mack Memorial Award by serving on the Mack Award’s committee, nominating individuals, voting for the Mack Award recipient, and, of course, for attending the talks and joining the celebration.
Previous Lecturers:

2016 – Omar Yaghi

2015 – George Whitesides

2014 – Robert S. Langer

2013 – T. Don Tilley

2012 – Sunney Xie

2011 – Vincent Rotello

2010 – Chad A. Mirkin

Note: This lecture was made possible by financial support from the Dr. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. Endowed Fund in Chemistry, the Dr. Kurt L. Loening Endowment Fund in Chemical Nomenclature and Chemical Information, the Chemistry Lecture Fund, as well as numerous other donors.


MAE Seminar- Dr. I. Y. (Steve) Shen, University of Washington @ E001 Scott Lab
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Seminar: Vibration Analysis of Spinning Rotors with Flexible Bearings and Housing Supports

Dr. I. Y. (Steve) Shen, University of Washington
Friday, March 10, 2017, 3:00 pm
E001 Scott Lab
201 W. 19th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Rotary machines appear everywhere in our daily life ranging from jet engines to computer hard disk drives.  Every rotary machine consists of three basic elements: a rotary part (rotor), a stationary part (housing), and multiple bearings that connect the rotary and stationary parts.  The rotor can be axisymmetric (e.g., hard disk drives) or cyclic symmetric (e.g., wind turbines).

In this presentation, we will discuss how bearings and housing affect vibration of a spinning rotor.  Mathematical models are developed through use of Lagrange equation, finite element analyses and component mode synthesis.  The mathematical modeling leads to the following conclusions.  First, when a rotor is assembled to housing via bearings, some vibration modes will not change their natural frequencies and mode shapes. These modes have the characteristics of zero inertia force and inertia moment.  Therefore, they are called “balanced modes.”  Otherwise, a vibration mode is called an “unbalanced mode.”  Only unbalanced modes will be coupled to the housing and bearings.  Second, for axisymmetric rotors, unbalanced modes will appear in the form of precession or axial translation when they are coupled with the housing and bearings.  In the case of hard disk drives, one-nodal-diameter disk modes present precession and axisymmetric disk mode present axial translation. Disk modes with 2 or more nodal diameters are balanced modes.  Third, for cyclic symmetric rotors, balanced or unbalanced modes will depend on the number of repeated substructures  and a “phase index” , which determines the phase angle between two neighboring substructures.  A vibration mode is a balanced mode if , , or .  Finally, when mistuning is present in a cyclic symmetric rotor, localized vibration modes may appear.  Presence of bearings may introduce more localized modes and may couple the housing to the rotor. Localized modes are unbalanced with larger bearing forces.

Majority of the mathematical predictions have been validated via calibrated experiments.

About the Speaker

Professor Steve Shen received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University and Ph.D. from the University of California (Berkeley), both in Mechanical Engineering.  Professor Shen’s general research area is vibration, dynamics, sensing, and actuation.  In particular, his expertise includes PZT thin-film micro-sensors/actuators, flapping-wing micro aerial vehicles, medical devices (hearing and dental implants), and spindle and rotor dynamics.

Professor Shen is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  He is currently the Technical Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics.  Professor Shen is a recipient of ASME N. O. Myklestad Award and IBM Partnership Award.

Hosted by Professor Kiran D’Souza


Science Sundays- John Beacom @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
John Beacom

Neutrino Astronomy Made Easy

Neutrinos barely exist: They have almost no mass or interactions.  Yet they are blazing forth from the hot, dense centers of nuclear reactors, the Sun, supernova explosions and who knows what else?  If only we could see them!  With new detectors, now we can, but faintly, opening up new vistas, questions and possibilities.

John Beacom is Ohio State professor of physics and astronomy; director, Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP); and frequent public speaker and contributor to online publications.