Kersten Forsthoefel

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First Name: 
Kersten
Last Name: 
Forsthoefel
Official Title: 
Executive Director
Contact Information
Office Location: 
127 Chemistry
Email: 
kerstenf@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: 
215-898-4193

Physical Chemistry Seminar (Zahra Fakhraai, The University of Pennsylvania)

Thu, 2017-02-16 13:00 - 14:00
Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Camille Pride at campride@sas.upenn.edu

Physical Chemistry Seminar (Katherine A. (Kallie) Willets, Temple University)

Thu, 2017-01-26 13:00 - 14:00
Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Camille Pride at campride@sas.upenn.edu

Faculty Working Group Lecture (Carl Wieman, Stanford University)

Wed, 2017-03-22 15:00 - 16:00
Speaker: 

Dr. Carl Weiman

 

Title: "Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education"

 

Abstract: Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, the learning and teaching of these subjects meanwhile has remained largely medieval. Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to learn, teach, and evaluate learning than what is in use in the traditional college class. The combination of this research with information technology is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science and engineering education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science and engineering learning and teaching, where the data is the most compelling, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely.

Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Rosa M. Vargas  at rvargas@sas.upenn.edu

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY SEMINAR (Haw Yang, Princeton University)

Thu, 2017-05-04 13:00 - 14:00
Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Attached Document: 

 

Real-Time 3D Single-Particle Tracking Spectroscopy and Its Applications


Physical Chemistry Seminar (David Glowacki, University of Bristol)

Thu, 2017-04-27 13:00 - 14:00
Speaker: 

Prior to widely available commodity computational machinery, room-sized “Kendrew” models1 were popular within protein modelling and visualization in the 1950s/60s, allowing researchers to understand the first protein crystal structures. Models like these have played an important role in chemical research, allowing us to visualize the design intricacies of complicated nano-architectures across both biology and materials science. Driven by the consumer market, state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) hardware now allows us to carry out broad new classes of video-gaming tasks which were previously impossible: wielding light-sabres, making 3d sculptures, and even simulating surgery. Applying these technologies to the molecular sciences allows us to re-engage with the sorts of large, immersive, tangible models that were once popular in molecular research.2, 3 Along with state-of-the-art advances in high performance computing (HPC), we can even go one step further: whereas the older models were time stationary objects that could only capture a single conformation of a molecule (e.g., a protein or DNA crystal structure), it is now possible to construct room-sized tangible and interactive models of molecu-lar structures which are “animated” in real-time by rigorous dynamics, building on the significant progress made in computational molecular physics over the last 60 years. In this presentation, I will discuss (and hopefully demo) the work we have carried out to design a new environment which fuses commodity VR and GPU-accelerated HPC to allow (up to 8) researchers to natively inhabit a fully interactive 3d virtual molecular simulation environ-ment. Using wireless ‘atomic tweezers’, it is possible to fluidly chaperone a real-time research-grade biomolecular MD simulation in a fully co-located 3d space with surgical precision. This platform opens up a new domain of “interactive simulation”,4 allowing researchers to tackle a range of biomolecular design problems as they express their chemical design intuition to explore dynamical pathways and conformational states in hyperdimensional biomolecular systems. I will discuss some initial applications of our multi-person VR-HPC environment, including our at-tempts to understand the fundamental kinetic mechanisms and dynamical pathways whereby: (1) proteins form knotted structures, and (2) small molecular ligands (e.g., a drug or substrate) dock with a larger molecular receptor (a protein or enzyme).5

 

 

DEMO to follow

 

 

[1] Kendrew et al., Nature 181, 662 (1958);

[2] Glowacki et al., Multi Person Molecular Virtual Reality: https://vimeo.com/200789130;

[3] O'Connor et al., in Supercomputing 2016 (2016);

[4] Glowacki et al., Faraday Discuss. 169, 63 (2014);

[5] Glowacki, O'Connor, Deeks, Interactive drug docking using real-time MD within the Nano Simbox: https://vimeo.com/202556275;

Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Rosa Vargas rvargas@sas.upenn.edu

Physical Chemistry Seminar (Oren Tal, Weizmann Institute)

Thu, 2017-03-02 13:00 - 14:00
Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Camille Pride at campride@sas.upenn.edu

Physical Chemistry Seminar (Alan Grossfield, University of Rochester)

Thu, 2017-02-02 13:00 - 14:00
Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Camille Pride at campride@sas.upenn.edu

Biological Chemistry Seminar (Leonid Mirny, MIT)

Thu, 2017-04-27 15:00 - 16:00
Location: 
Lynch Lecture Hall

Title: "Genome in 3D: models of chromosome folding"

 

Biological Chemistry Seminar (Jonas Korlach, Pacific BioSciences)

Thu, 2017-03-16 15:00 - 16:00
Location: 
Lynch Lecture Hall

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