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Dr. Kerrie Wilkins-Yel is CSN’s 2022 Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Kerrie Wilkins-Yel has accepted our invitation to become our CSN Scholar-in-Residence for summer 2022. Dr. Wilkins-Yel is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She also founded and co-directs the I Can Persist STEM Initiative, “a multi-component research-based program aimed at promoting STEM persistence among women and girls of color.” She will participate in various activities with the center, including a Wednesday seminar about her research and mentoring summer undergraduate students on translating science through an equity-centered lens.

Juan Pablo Giraldo Podcast Appearance

Podcast interview on Nano Matters with CSN faculty member Juan Pablo Giraldo. He discusses how nanosensers will be able to communicate their health status with plants via fluorescence/light intensity. This technology can be used to detect hazardous substances as well. Listen here.

UMN Article Highlights CSN Associate Director Christy Haynes

REad the article highlighting our CSN Associate Director on the importance and use of nanoparticles: https://cse.umn.edu/college/faculty-science-small “You can’t see any of the nanoparticles we make but they can be used to deliver drugs to fight disease or transport nutrients to increase crop yield. They can also be used to sense things or to make things visible. For example, we have a collaboration with Ecolab on some nanoparticles we make, and the goal is to incorporate them into products so you can trace where the products have been used.”  Christy Haynes

Graduate Student Diamond Jones Defends Thesis

Diamond Jones (Mason group) successfully defended her doctoral thesis, “First principles and thermodynamics approach to understanding metal release from complex metal oxides” on November 23, 2021. Congratulations, Dr. Jones!

Graduate Student Rebeca Rodriguez Defends Thesis

Rebeca Rodriguez (Haynes group) successfully defended her doctoral thesis, titled “Leveraging Linear Polymer Affinity Agents and Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering for the Detection of Food Contaminants” on November 5, 2021. Becky will be here at UMN for a bit longer before departing for a position as an analyst at a government agency. Congratulations, Dr. Rodriguez!

Lifeology Flashcard Course by CSN Students Teaches How to Write About Science Collaboratively

View the Deck Here Check out the Lifeology virtual flashcard deck created by University of Minnesota Ph.D. student Stephanie Mitchell, University of Wisconsin-Madison grad students Paige Kinsley, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station postdoctoral scholar Dr. Jaya Borgatta, Lifeology co-founder Paige Jarreau, and artist Alberta Torres. This deck is a quick introduction to how to write about science collaboratively.

CSN Graduate Student Becky Curtis Receives Prestigious Sea Grant Fellowship

UWM PhD Graduate Student Becky Curtis Receives Prestigious Sea Grant Fellowship. Becky Curtis’ research in the Klaper lab analyzes how nanoparticles are affecting aquatic organisms. She will be a fisheries management specialist in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, where she will monitor and report on highly migratory species such as tunas, sharks, swordfish, and billfish, in the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. She will learn about fisheries reporting/monitoring, rulemaking, and presenting data and policy information to stakeholders.

Graduate Student Dongyue Liang Defends Thesis

Dongyue Liang (Cui group) successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis,entitled “Computational Studies at Nanomaterial-Biological Interfaces” onAugust 12th, 2021. He’s now a postdoc at the University of Chicago in the lab of Juan de Pablo. Congratulations, Dr. Liang!

CSN Affiliate Dr. Mike Curry Skegee Spotlight

“As an HBCU faculty and researcher, I aim to increase the number of highly trained minority professionals within the STEM and entrepreneurship pipelines, I want to strategically move the needle forward on minority-inspired innovation, and powerfully influence the movement of STEM diversity,” Mike Curry Read the full article here.