Discovery Lecture Series

Renowned scientists, engineers and mathematicians will host lectures on a plethora of research topics during the four weeks COSMOS operates. The lecturers usually focus on their current research, as the presentations are designed to introduce students to the wide variety of STEM subjects and research taking place at University of California campuses, expanding their learning outside of their cluster topics. Discovery Lectures are required by all COSMOS students to attend and are also open to the entire campus community.

*COSMOS 2021 is entirely remote.  Therefore, Discovery Lectures will be held via Zoom. 

COSMOS 2021 Discovery Lectures:

Date Day Speaker Title
7/6 Tuesday Shaowei Chen (C2) Nanoscale Chirality
7/7 Wednesday Alison Galloway Search and Recovery after Wildfires
7/8 Thursday Peter Weiss (C7) Global Mercury Pollution and Human Health Risks
7/9 Friday Raja Guhathakurta The Darkest Secrets of the Universe
7/12 Monday Holger Schmidt Single molecule detection on a chip with integrated nanopores
7/13 Tueday Shawn Norem (C3) Physiological Research Aids in Conservation & Management of Marine Mammals
7/14 Wednesday Steve Haddock Who glows there? Biodiversity, bioluminescence, and biotechnology of deep-sea organisms
7/15 Thursday Carol Greider Telomeres and Telomerase in health and disease
7/16 Friday Sharmila Bhattacharya How do spaceflight experiments with biological model systems help keep astronauts safe?
7/19 Monday Abhishek Halder (C11) Uncertainties and Feedback Control in Mars Entry-Descent-Landing
7/20 Tueday Jairo Velasco Jr (C4) Atomically Thin Nanoelectronics
7/21 Wednesday Rebecca DuBois Blood memory: evaluating antibody responses to COVID-19 infection and vaccination
7/22 Thursday Michael Oye and Nobby Kobayashi (C10) Semiconductor Processing and Memristors
7/23 Friday Zhu Wang (C9) How to maintain an organ: stem cells and cancer
7/26 Monday Carrie Partch Circadian rhythms: How do we measure time and use it to control our biology?
7/27 Tueday Gabriel Intriago and Yu Zhang (C6) Smart power awareness
7/28 Wednesday Michelle Whittingham TBA
7/29 Thursday Scott Oliver (C12) Removing pollutants from water with inorganic materials