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 2022 Discovery Lectures:

Date Day Speaker Title
7/11 Monday Raja Guhathakurta The darkest secrets of the universe
7/12 Tuesday Yu Zhang (C6) Advanced learning and optimization for smart power grids
7/13 Wednesday Alison Galloway Search and recovery after wildfires
7/14 Thursday Michael Oye (C10) Semiconductor materials and device engineering
7/15 Friday David Belanger (C12) The structure of novel nanomaterials determined using X-ray and neutron scattering
7/18 Monday Holger Schmidt Single molecule detection on a chip with integrated nanopores
7/19 Tuesday Abraham Wolcott Nanodiamond
7/20 Wednesday Carrie Partch Circadian rhythms: How do we measure time and use it to control our biology?
7/21 Thursday Peter Weiss and Carlos Diaz-Castillo (C7) New frontiers in microbiology and environmental toxicology
7/22 Friday Andy Kulikowski and Gizelle Hurtado (C3) From natural history to scientific inquiry: using museum collections to drive research and inclusive education
7/25 Monday Shawn Noren (C8) Physiological research aids in conservation and management of marine mammals
7/26 Tuesday Ricardo Sanfelice (C11) From birds to flying machines, and into the future
7/27 Wednesday Robert Hingtgen (C1) Infinity: Decimals, lengths and size
7/28 Thursday Mirek Stolee (C5) Analog/digital hybridity in escape games
7/29 Friday Zhu Wang (C9) Cell-type-specific roles of androgen receptor in prostate homeostasis and cancers
8/1 Monday Sharmila Bhattacharya How do spaceflight experiments with biological model systems help keep astronauts safe?
8/2 Tuesday David Lederman TBD
8/3 Wednesday Rebecca DuBois TBD
8/4 Thursday Karen Miga TBD
8/5 Friday Steve Haddock Who glows there? Biodiversity, bioluminescence, and biotechnology of deep-sea organisms