Discovery Lectures 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.

The list of speakers and topics is updated every year.

COSMOS 2024 Discovery Lectures:

Date Day Speaker Title
7/8 Monday Tim Johnstone (C8) How we understand what molecules look like
7/9 Tuesday Gizelle Hurtado and Andy Kulikowski (C3) From natural history to scientific inquiry
7/10 Wednesday Raja Guhathakurta The Universe of Galaxies and the James Webb Space Telescope
7/11 Thursday Alison Galloway Life of the Dead
7/12 Friday Yu Zhang (C6) TBD
7/15 Monday Bob Hingtgen (C1) Is a line an infinite collection of points?
7/16 Tuesday Steve Haddock Who glows there? Biodiversity and bioluminescence of deep-sea animals?
7/17 Wednesday Tamara Duplantis (C5) Spatialized Audio in Games
7/18 Thursday Nader Pourmand Nanpipette for single cell application
7/19 Friday A. Ali Yanik (C7) Beyond Limits: Exploring Light-Speed Brain-Machine Interfaces through Neurophotonics
7/22 Monday Jimmy Shanks (C9) Bacteriophages: Small but Powerful
7/23 Tuesday Holger Schmidt Single molecule detection on a chip with integrated nanopores
7/24 Wednesday Jason Eshraghian (C11) Artificial Intelligence vs. Natural Stupidity
7/25 Thursday Scott Oliver (C12) TBD
7/27 Friday Jairo Velasco, Jr. (C4) Imaging and Probing Atomically Thin Quantum Devices at the Nanoscale
7/29 Monday Mike Oye (C10) COSMOS Cluster 10: Semiconductor Processing and Device Engineering
7/30 Tuesday Chad Saltikov TBD
7/31 Wednesday Shaowei Chen (C2) Chiral Molecules and Nanostructures
8/1 Thursday
8/2 Friday