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Hear some of UC San Diego’s brightest share their groundbreaking ideas.


Adah Almutairi

Adah Almutairi

Director, Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine

The Art of Falling Apart

We build materials from atoms and molecules that fall apart on demand. These materials are useful for ocular drug delivery; when the patient walks outside and their eye is exposed to light, the encapsulated material falls apart and the therapeutic is released. We also wrap diagnostics in these materials such that they won’t turn ‘ON’ until encountering inflammation, say in cancer or heart disease, this stops when the inflammation subsides.

Adah Almutairi is a Professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and an affiliate member of the departments of NanoEngineering and Radiology. She serves as the Director of UC San Diego's Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine, a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary research collaborative team developing tools for the future of biology and medicine. Her research group, the Laboratory for Bioresponsive Materials, creates novel smart materials for on-demand drug delivery, regeneration of damaged tissue, and safe image-based diagnosis. Professor Almutairi came to UC San Diego in 2008 from UC Berkeley, where she worked with Professor Jean Fréchet to develop several nanoprobes for in vivo imaging. Prior to her appointment at UC San Diego, she completed her Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry at UC Riverside on polymers for electromechanical actuation. Professor Almutairi has won an NIH New Innovator Award and been invited to speak at universities and conferences around the world, from Stockholm, Sweden, to Doha, Qatar, to Changchun, China.

Todd Coleman

Todd P. Coleman

Professor, Department of Bioengineering

Wireless Tattoo Electronics

We have developed a sensor that is virtually invisible to the observer or user. You don’t feel it on you, and it doesn’t impede your natural daily actions. Yet this wireless sensor, embedded in a temporary tattoo, can pick up relevant information for a range of applications from monitoring premature babies in the ICU to monitoring brain signals for mind-reading applications that facilitate self-expression, education and productivity in society.

Todd P. Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego. He currently directs the Neural Interaction Laboratory at UC San Diego, where his research group builds flexible "tattoo electronics" for neurological monitoring and brain-computer interfaces applications. His research is highly inter-disciplinary and lies at the intersection of bio-electronics, neuroscience, medicine, and applied mathematics. Professor Coleman’s undergraduate and graduate studies, at Michigan and MIT respectively, were in electrical engineering and computer science. He then studied neuroscience as a postdoctoral scholar at MIT and Mass. General Hospital. Professor Coleman is a science advisor for the Science & Entertainment Exchange (National Academy of Sciences). His research has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, and Popular Science. He will be an invited speaker at the 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, on the topic of “Advances in Brain-Machine Interfaces: Applications and Implications.”

Amanda Datnow

Amanda Datnow

Chair, Department of Education Studies

The Future of Teacher Education

Producing high quality teachers is of key importance for improving K-12 public education. We need to equip children to have the 21stcentury learning skills, and teachers require a host of critical skills and experiences in order to be effective. This presentation will discuss research in teacher education and explain how UC San Diego is having an impact in schools in the region by putting these ideas into practice.

Amanda Datnow is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on educational reform, particularly with regard to issues of equity. Her goals are to both improve policy and practice in education and advance theory about educational change. Professor Datnow has conducted prior research on various school and district reform initiatives, including data informed decision making, comprehensive school reform, and detracking. She received her Ph.D. in Education, and her B.A. from UC San Diego. She is currently co-principal investigator of the Pathways to Postsecondary Success study, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Datnow is author or editor of six books and over 60 articles and book chapters. She is currently Editor of the Journal of Educational Change. She has been the recipient of several awards for her research, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G Dissertation of the Year Award, the AERA Early Career Award, and the AERA Division H Outstanding Publication Award.

Seth Lerer

Seth Lerer

Dean, Division of Arts & Humanities

The Social Impact of Reading and Writing

As we enter the digital age, we need to recognize how the media of literature and language has always been changing. As a scholar, I recover past ways of understanding books and their personal and social use. As a teacher, I bring that past to students faced with the challenges of understanding why reading matters. And as an administrator, I seek to foster a creative dialogue between scholars and artists.

Seth Lerer is a Distinguished Professor of Literature and Dean of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego. His research and teaching interests include medieval and Renaissance studies, comparative philology, the history of scholarship, and children's literature. Prior to his appointment at UC San Diego in 2009, he was a member of the Stanford University faculty where he had a joint professorial appointment in English and Comparative Literature and was the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1976, a B.A. from Oxford University in 1978, an M.A. from Oxford University in 1978, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1981. Dean Lerer has received many awards and fellowships, most notably from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of eight books and the editor of four collections. His most recent book, Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter (Chicago, 2008) won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Prize in Literary Criticism. While serving as Dean at UC San Diego, he has continued his teaching and research: he has taught in the Revelle College Humanities sequence and will teach Shakespeare this spring; and his new book, Prospero’s Son: Life, Love, Books, and Theater, will appear from the University of Chicago Press this March.

Stephen Mayfield

Stephen Mayfield

Co-Director, Food & Fuel for the 21st Century
Director, San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology

Food and Fuel for the 21st Century

Fuel and food are simply two different forms of closely related chemical energy. Both are derived from photosynthesis, the process by which sunlight energy is converted to chemical energy. Using “designed for purpose” photosynthetic organisms, we have the opportunity to develop production platforms for fuel and food that have unmatched efficiencies and productivities, which will be required if the world is to rise to our standard of living.

Stephen Mayfield is the John Doves Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy in the UC San Diego Molecular Biology section, director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, and a Co-director of the Food & Fuel for the 21st Century organized research unit at UC San Diego. His research focuses on the molecular genetics of green algae, and on the production of high value recombinant proteins and biofuel molecules using algae as a production platform. Professor Mayfield received his B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Plant Biology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from UC Berkeley. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Geneva Switzerland he joined the Scripps Research Institute where he was the first person to achieve transformation of a green algae nuclear genome, work that allowed algae to become dominant organisms for the study of photosynthesis and gene function. His lab was the first to show high levels of recombinant protein expression in algae, setting the stage for the use of algae as a platform for recombinant protein production, including the expression of human therapeutic proteins. Recent studies from the lab have shown the potential of engineering algae for the production of superior biofuel molecules as a source of renewal energy, and he is a scientific founder of Sapphire Energy, the world’s largest company developing biofuels in algae and photosynthetic bacteria. His latest commercial undertaking is Trion Algae Innovations, a company developing high value recombinant proteins as animal and human nutraceuticals.

Valerie A. Ramey

Valerie A. Ramey

Chair, Department of Economics

Can the Government Spend Us to Prosperity?

Governments in many industrialized nations are facing the difficult choice of either adopting more stimulus programs, which will add to their already high deficits, or reducing their deficits by raising taxes and cutting spending, potentially throwing their already weak economies into another recession. I will discuss what we can learn from history and why there is so much uncertainty about the potential effects of these two paths.

Valerie Ramey is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at UC San Diego and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her current research uses historical data to estimate the government spending multiplier and to analyze how that multiplier varies with the state of the economy. Professor Ramey received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum laude, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. She has served as Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and as a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Panel. She currently serves on the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the American Economics Association. Professor Ramey has published numerous scholarly articles on the role of inventories in the business cycle, trends in wage inequality, the effects of monetary and fiscal policy, the impact of volatility on growth, and trends in time use over the 20th Century. She has received a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation.

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