Science Café Program

The LRSM, through the NSF-supported Penn MRSEC, continues a series of Science Cafés that began in 2011 to promote NOVA’s four part TV series on materials, ‘Making Stuff with David Pogue,’ on public television. The Science Cafés, which are science talks for laymen about materials-related topic of current interest, will take place at 7:30 pm at Stoney’s British Pub, 3007 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE and The Black Sheep Pub, 247 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, at 6:00 pm.

These programs are free and anyone who is interested is invited to attend. No purchase is necessary.

For further information contact:

Andrew R. McGhie at

Current Schedule

September 11, 2019
The Black Sheep Pub

247 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Ritesh Agarwal / Silicon Nanophotonics: Using Light to Speed up Computers Ritesh Agarwal
University oof Pennsylvania
Silicon Nanophotonics: Using Light to Speed up Computers

In this talk I will briefly review the amazing progress made in the area of computer technology outlining some key advances leading to the development of modern computers. However, in order to continue the same rate of progress, we have to find new ways to make Silicon, a workhorse material in our computers perform new tricks or be able to integrate new technologies on a Silicon platform. This also includes new materials and devices that can perform the functions required for quantum computing technologies. I will motivate the use of light in making our computers faster and to do so, we will have to learn how to make Silicon emit light and perform basic computing functions, especially at the nanoscale. We will also discuss how more information can be encoded in light to assemble optical communication systems that can process much more information than what is possible with current technologies. Some of the ideas that are being pursued in my research group in enabling Silicon-based nanophotonics will be discussed along with how such nanodevices can also be used for quantum computers.

September 9, 2019
Stoney’s British Pub

3007 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE

Erin Crowgey / Translational Bioinformatics and Genomics Erin Crowgey
Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
Translational Bioinformatics and Genomics

Precision medicine continues to be a driving force for utilizing complex genomic data at the bedside, and analyses of these high-density data requires high-performance computing workflows. Advancements in DNA sequencing technology and computing capabilities have propelled the use of genetic and genomic data in precision medicine efforts. The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (NCCBD) is actively developing new techniques in genomic sequencing that are enabling the diagnosis of rare diseases and improving our understanding of pediatric cancers. Dr. Crowgey will present on these translational research efforts and how bioinformatics is driving new technologies.

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