The talk is about the on-going research efforts at ForMat (Form and Matter) Lab at to explore the relationship between matter and form mediated through the use of digital technologies. Current research in the lab includes work on adaptive digital fabrication, and the design and sustainable production of mycelium-based building parts and structures.

Presenter: Benay Gursoy  |  Architecture

Scientific discovery does not just happen, it occurs when smart people work with determination coupled with creativity. In this talk I will discuss ways to prepare yourself to make important new discoveries by moving in a new direction where your work can have global impact, for example in new materials that provide climate and energy solutions. I will give some examples of how Seed Grants from the Institutes at Penn State have unlocked new research directions for me and others and suggest a few new research challenges related to climate and energy.

This talk provides an overview of ongoing ultrasonic research in my lab which includes the characterization of disparate materials (cement-based materials, metals and additively manufactured metallic alloys) as well as ultrasonic/acoustic monitoring of complex materials systems (fractured rocks) under in-situ conditions.  I will also introduce some recent machine learning-based predictive modeling work for failure prediction and materials characterization.

There are critical connections between the role of voters in driving public policy, policy decisions driving the nation’s scientific priorities, and research findings driving legislation and regulations. Yet, there is a huge disconnect between scientific communities, policymakers, and the public.  We will discuss how the SPS facilitates conversations between these different groups to encourage better science-driven policy and policy-driven science.

Angela Cleri & Claire Rodman   |  Science Policy Society (SPS)

What:  In lieu of the standard Café there will be an interactive poster session (>25 posters) highlighting instrumentation and expertise available within the Huck, IEE, and MRI core facilities.  We will have the usual delicious coffee and pastries + - - -  donuts!

Where:  3rd Floor Café Commons of the Millennium Science Complex

When: Tuesday, November 1, 10:00 – 11:30am (stop by anytime as this is a come when you can event)

Why:  To provide an interdisciplinary opportunity for faculty, students, and staff to learn about the resources available within Huck, IEE, and MRI.

This talk will put forward a single challenge for materials scientists. How can we build a nanoscale irrigation system from biochar (pyrolyzed biomass) that can be dropped into a hole with every seed and act as a localized water storage and irrigation system. The solution must cost 1/10th the price of the seed.  Immediately after the talk there will be a brown bag lunch to start working on ideas.  Funding is possible. Scaling your results to millions absolutely guaranteed. Come join the fight against climate change.

David Hughes  |  Entomology