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Faculty Activities H-L

Michael Heintz, professor of theology, participated in the Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology at Boston College July 31–Aug. 2, where he responded to the paper of Stephen Hildrebrand, “The Influence of Athanasius on Basil’s Trinitarian Theology.”

Jessica Hellmann, assistant professor, department of biological sciences, was an invited speaker at Frontiers of Science Symposium, at the National Academy of Sciences in Irvine, CA on November 12-13, 2009.  The title of the talk was "Managing a transformed planet: new paradigms for conservation in an era of global warming."

J. Christopher Howk, professor of physics, presented “On the Importance of Outflows and Infall in Spiral Galaxies: Interstellar Dust as a Probe of Galaxy Assembly" as a colloquium held at Indiana University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bloomington, on Oct. 13, 2009; presented a talk titled, “Using the Gas Phase of the Universe to Constrain New Physics,” Colloquium, The Catholic University of America, Physics Dept., November 4, 2009. Presented a colloquium “Interstellar Constraints on the Evolution of Cosmic Lithium,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, Astronomy Department, March 2, 2010.

Bei Hu, professor of mathematics, presented an invited seminar talk titled “Optimal Rate of Convergence for the Finite Difference Scheme for an Obstacle Problem” at the Ohio State University, Columbus, on June 9, 2009.

Libai Huang, research assistant professor in the Radiation Laboratory, presented “Surface Plasmon Enhancement Effect in Charge Separation to Photosynthetic Reaction Centers,” written with C. Posrtnikoff, at the DOE contractor meeting, Baltimore, June 8–10, 2009; and “Correlating Ultrafast Function with Structure in Single Crystals of the Photosynthetic Reaction Center,” written with D. Tiede and G. Wiederrecht, at the International Conference on Photochemistry, Toledo, Spain, July 19–24.

David R. Hyde, professor of biological sciences, presented seminar in Venice, Italy, in July, titled “Pax6-Mediated Regulation of Retinal Regeneration in the Light-Damaged Zebrafish Retina”; and an invited talk titled “Regulating Retinal Regeneration Through the Muller Glia: An Adult Neuronal Stem Cell” at the “Great Lakes Vision Conference” at Ohio State University on Nov. 20– 22, 2009.  Gave an invited talk at the Hungarian-American Symposium on Human Dignity and the Modern Academy in Esztergom, Hungary on May 18-22, 2010.  The title of the talk was: Molecular and Cellular Biology Research, Adult Stem Cells: Dignity of the Human Person.

Prashant V. Kamat, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, senior scientist in the Radiation Laboratory, and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, presented “Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells: Tale of Two Semiconductor Nanocrystals: CdSe and CdTe” and “TiO2-Carbon Nanostructure Based Proton Exchange Membrane Assembly for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production,” Aug. 16–20, 2009, at the 238th American Chemical Society national meeting in Washington, D.C.; “Nanostructure Architectures for Light Energy Conversion,” Sept. 1–3, 2009, at the 5th Handai Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Internation Symposium Nano-Advanced Materials Design, in Icho-Kanikan, Osaka University, Japan; on Sept. 2, 2009, presented a seminar at the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (SANKEN), Osaka University, titled “Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion”; presented a departmental seminar titled “Solar Cells by Design: Harvesting Light Energy with Nanostructure Assemblies” on Sept. 11, 2009, to the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis; presented a departmental colloquium on “Nanostructure Architectures for solar Energy Conversion” on Sept. 14, 2009, to the Department of Chemistry, Northern Illinois University , DeKalb, Ill.; presented “Nanostructure Architectures for Next generation Solar Cells” as a departmental Colloquium at the Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, on on Sept. 22, 2009; and presented “1-D and 2-D Carbon Nanostructures for Light Energy Conversion” at the “Fifth JNC Research Conference on Chemistry of Materials,” Alleppy, Kerala, India, Oct. 3–5, 2009. He presented a departmental seminar titled “Got Nanotubes? 1-D Architecture Based Light Harvesting Assemblies for Next Generation Solar Cells” for the Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, on Oct. 15, 2009; “Nanostructure Assemblies for Light Energy Conversion” at the Surface Science Society Japan meeting in Tokyo, Oct. 27, 2009; “The Adventures of Nanoscience and Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion” in the Oct. 28–29 lecture series at the Graduate School of Chemistry and Materials Science; and a seminar at Hokkaido University titled “Solar Cells by Design: Harvesting Light Energy with Nanostructure Assemblies” on Oct. 29, 2009. Kamat presented “Nanostructure Assemblies for Next Generation Solar Cells” at QUIM-UNAM, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Nov. 18–20, 2009. He presented “Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells, Manipulating Photoresponse Trough Size Control” (written with K. Tvrdy and David Baker) and “CdSe Quantum Dots Anchored on TiO2 and Carbon Nanotubes 1D: Architectures as Scaffolds to Improve the Efficiency of Solar Cells” (written with Blake Farrow) at the Material Research Society meeting held in Boston, Nov. 29–Dec. 4, 2009; and a seminar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, titled “Solar Cells by Design: Manipulating Charge Transfer at Nanostructure Interfaces” on Dec. 4, 2009.  Feb. 21-23, 2010, at the Second International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM), Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, presented "Nanostructure Nanoassemblies for Next Generation Solar Cells."  Lectured in Cairo, Egypt, at the NSF Advanced Studies Institute on “Nanomaterials and Nanocatalysis for Energy, Petrochemicals and Environmental Applications” held from March 27 to April 5. He presented three lectures, “Nanostructure Nanoasemblies for Next Generation Solar Cells”, “Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion”, and “Ethics of Scientific Research”. Presented Graphene Oxide as 2-D Carbon Support to Anchor Semiconductor and Metal Nanoparticles atElectrochemical Society Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, April 25-29.

Kwan Kim, fellow for the Institute for International Studies, presented “The Global Crisis and the Developing World: Impacts, Strategies and Challenges” at Global Crisis and Beyond, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL on May 7, 2010.

Christopher Kolda, associate professor and provost fellow of physics, presented “Minimal Flavor Violation and Neutrinoless Double b-Decay,” given at the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields meeting (DPF ’09), July 31, 2009, Detroit, Michigan. Also presented “Theory of Lepton Flavor Violation,” given at the 2009 Conference on the Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics (CIPANP ’09), May 30, 2009, San Diego, California.

Jay A. LaVerne, professional specialist and concurrent research professor in the Radiation Laboratory, presented “OH Radical Yields and DNA Damage,” written with M. Ryan and J. Milligan, at the annual meeting of the Radiation Research Society, Oct. 4–7, 2009, in Savannah, Ga.

David C. Leege, professor emeritus of political science, was coauthor with S.T. Mockabee and K.D. Wald of a paper titled “Is there a Religious Left? Evidence from the 2006 and 2008 ANES” delivered at the American Political Science Association annual convention held in Toronto, Sept. 4, 2009, where Leege also served as a discussant on the panel “Religion, Public Opinion, and Politics.”

Michael Lykoudis, dean of the School of Architecture, presented “Resurgence of Classical Architecture in Modern Times” at the Greenwich (Conn.) Public Library, Greenwich, October 2006; presented a response to Stefano Vassalo at “The Acquisition and Exhibition of Classical Antiquities: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives Conference,” University of Notre Dame, February 2007; was a panelist on “Sustainability and Tradition: Ways of Building and Ways of Life" at the Traditional Building Roundtable, September, 2007; presented “Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming" at “Ecological Sciences and Engineering: Keeping the World Green: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability,” a symposium, Purdue University, November 2007; chaired the Academic Panel on the Environment at the Congress for the New Urbanism, Green Building Council, December, 2007; chaired the jury for the Richard H. Driehaus Prize in Classical Architecture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2008; served as a member of the European jury for the Philip Rotthier Prize for Architecture The Reconstruction of the European City, Brussels, Belgium, June 2008; served as a jury member of the doctoral dissertation committee at TU Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, June, 2008; presented “Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming: Principles of Architecture and Urbanism for the 21st Century" at the Congress for New Urbanism, Washington, D.C., June 2008; was the keynote speaker at the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference “Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming: Principles of Architecture and Urbanism for the 21st Century," Chicago, September 2008; and presented the 2009 Hesburgh Lecture “Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming" for the Notre Dame Club of San Diego, April 2009.