Hi everyone! Welcome back for spring semester! We hope you had great winter breaks and are well-rested and ready to dive back into school!
So far, CU Café is hosting three events this semester (see below for details) but we might be adding more so make sure you check here/our Twitter feed often for more updates as the semester progresses. Here’s what we have planned so far:
- February 17, 2016 – Enrique de la Cruz seminar
Dr. Enrique De la Cruz is a world expert in cellular biophysics. His work focuses on molecular motors and cytoskeletal protein dynamics. His interdisciplinary research studying the kinetics and thermodynamics of enzymes and polymers that span the central dogma of molecular biology has provided insights of pathology of diseases in muscle, kidney, heart and brain. He has taken leadership positions in several scientific societies, where he sparked several initiatives for diversity in STEM; headed many outreach activities that focus on minority participation in research; and is an active SACNAS member.
- April 4, 2016 – Geronimo Villanueva seminar
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and Catholic University of America (CUA) Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Geronimo Villanueva brings experience as a bilingual science communicator (Spanish and English). Dr. Villanueva’s recent research highlights include mapping the “heavy water” (deuterated water, D/H) content on Mars and the first detection of “heavy water” in a comet. He also is the group leader for future Mars studies by the James Webb Space Telescope, a co-investigator of the Exo-Mars Trace-Gas-Orbiter 2016 and has experience with three major space agencies, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) the German Aerospace Agency.
- April 28, 2016 – Kalai Mathee seminar
Dr. Kalai Mathee leads a multi-faceted research group focused on molecular pathogenesis in the model organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa that is responsible for the high mortality and morbidity in cystic fibrosis patients. She is as passionate about her research as she is about mentoring students of all backgrounds.
Stay tuned for more details about these seminars and for more information regarding other events. In addition, if you would like to be involved in CU Café, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail!