Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Registration desk will be open at the Graduate Lincoln hotel between 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Students who arrive on this day can use the Graduate Lincoln restaurant to have dinner and put charges on their room (only Wednesday dinner, no alcoholic beverages please!).


Thursday, November 7, 2019
Nebraska Champions Club

Shuttle Bus Schedule

8:30 a.m. & 8:45 a.m. - Graduate Hotel to Champions Club
7:20 p.m. & 7:35 p.m. - Champions Club to Graduate Hotel
9:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. - Graduate Hotel to Sun Valley Lanes
10:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. - Sun Valley Lanes to Graduate Hotel

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration will be open all day (Nebraska Champions Club)
9:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks/Meeting Kick-Off
Mark Button
(Dean, College of Arts & Sciences), Dan Claes (Department Chair, Physics & Astronomy), Rebecca Lai and Jocelyn Bosley (Conference Chairs, Chemistry and Nebraska MRSEC)
Morning Session I (Session Chair: Rebecca Lai)
9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Maria Calhoun (Tuskegee University)
"Bionanomaterials From Agricultural Waste: Science and Strategies for a Greener Future"

10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
Morning Session II (Session Chair: Brad Shadwick)
10:50 a.m. Invited Student Speaker: Alexandra Matei (Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA)
“Catalytic Enantioselective Birch-Heck Reaction Sequence for the Efficient Generation of Potentially Therapeutic Molecules”
11:10 a.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Winifred Waters (Lawrence University, Appleton, WI)
“Deuterated Diisopropylammonium-Bromide: Structural Studies of an Organic Ferroelectric”
11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Harbison (University of Nebraska)
"Planetary Ring Occultations and the Cassini Spacecraft"

12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session III (Session Chair: Eva Schubert)
1:50 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Virginia Wheeler (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
"The Power of Atomic Layer Deposition — Moving Beyond Amorphous Films in a 3D, Nano World"

2:50 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Mary Sutton (University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA)
“Stochastic Lattice Simulation of the RAD51 Nucleoprotein Filament Formation on Single-Stranded DNA”
3:10 p.m.
Coffee Break
Afternoon Session IV (Session Chair: Shireen Adenwalla)
3:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Kyungwha Park (Virginia Tech)
"Nanoscale Magnetic Molecules and Their Applications"

4:30 p.m.
Poster Session
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner Buffet
9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
HyperBowling at Sun Valley Lanes!


Friday, November 8, 2019
Nebraska Champions Club

Shuttle Bus Schedule

8:30 a.m. & 8:45 a.m. - Graduate Hotel to Champions Club
5:05 p.m. & 5:20 p.m. - Champions Club to Graduate Hotel
6:15 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. - Graduate Hotel to Jorgensen Hall
8:40 p.m. & 8:55 p.m. - Jorgensen Hall to Graduate Hotel

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration open (Nebraska Champions Club)
Morning Session V (Session Chair: Zahra Ahmadi)
9:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Amy Betz (Kansas State University)
"The Joys of Research"

10:00 a.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Bridgette Davey (Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL)
“Lucy: An Epic Journey To the Fossils of Our Solar System”
10:20 a.m.
Coffee Break
Morning Session VI (Session Chair: Christos Argyropoulos)
10:35 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Maha Achour (Metawave Corp.)
"Passion for Success Drivers, Attitude, and Perseverance in the New Age of Opportunities and Distractions"

11:35 a.m.

Graduate School and Career Panel

12:30 p.m.
Lunch with UNL faculty
Afternoon Session VII (Session Chair: Ken Bloom)
1:50 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Kaitlin Gili (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ)
“Using Quantum Computers for Machine Learning”
2:10 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Courtney Johnson (Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ)
“Systematic Analysis of Quantum Dot Synthesis in Reverse Micelles”
2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Armani (University of Southern California)
"Traveling Through Disciplines"

3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
Afternoon Session VIII (Session Chair: Channing Stellato)
3:45 p.m. Invited Student Speaker: Sriyankari Chitti (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL)
“Carbenoid-Boronate Building Blocks Enable Iterative Assembly of Saturated Small Molecules”
4:05 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Naomi Lee (Northern Arizona University)
"From Rez to Researcher, and Everything in Between"

5:05 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner at food trucks (Jorgensen Hall Atrium), with entertainment by Prime Objective, feat. members of the UNL Physics Department
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday Night Talk (136 Jorgensen Hall)
Mark Griep (University of Nebraska)
"A Periodic Table of Chemistry in the Movies"

8:30 p.m.
Student Observatory Open Night

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Jorgensen Hall, Room 136

Shuttle Bus Schedule

8:45 a.m. - Graduate Hotel to Hamilton Hall
9:30 a.m. - Graduate Hotel to Jorgensen Hall
5:10 p.m. & 5:25 p.m. - Jorgensen Hall to Graduate Hotel

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Chemistry lab tours (Hamilton Hall)
Engineering lab tours (Scott Engineering Center)
9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Physics and NCMN lab tours (Jorgensen Hall)
Morning Session IX (Session Chair: Lucia Fernandez-Ballester)
11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Ritu Raman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Biohybrid Design: How I Learned to Build with Biology"

12:30 p.m.
Lunch at the Physics Department
Afternoon Session X (Session Chair: Joan Dreiling)
1:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Laurie McNeil (University of North Carolina)
"Optics Meets Biology: Using Optical Probes to Gain Fundamental Understanding of Biological Materials"

2:30 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Emily Silich (University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA)
“HaloSat Observations of the Vela and Puppis A Supernova Remnants”
2:50 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Kaity Szymborski (Creighton University, Omaha, NE)
“Using Data Science for Sustainability Metrics”
3:10 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Avery McLain (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, WI)
“Ceramic Sourcing and Pastoralism in Prehistoric Africa”
3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
Afternoon Session XI (Session Chair: Rebecca Lai)
3:45 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Vida-Michelle Nixon (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE)
“Simulating the Compression of Ultrashort Relativistic Electron Beams for Tabletop X-Ray Sources”
4:05 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Julia Dokko (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA)
“Baking Soda and Vinegar Power Soft Robots”
4:25 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Lilian Odom (Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO)
“Computational Modeling of Linker-Free BODIPY-GlyCINE Conjugates Substituted at the Boron Atom”
4:45 p.m.
Invited Student Speaker: Madeleine Wilsey (Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL)
“Effect of Silver Nanoparticles on the Fluorescence of Praseodymium (Pr3+) Ions”
5:05 p.m.
Bus or Walk to the Graduate Lincoln hotel
6:30 p.m.

Conference Dinner at the Graduate Lincoln (Scarlet Ballroom)


Sunday, November 10, 2019