The BEST Seminar Series occurs weekly each semester. In Fall 2015, all talks are from 12:00PM to 1:15PM, Monday, in COB 267. For questions about the BEST seminar series in Fall 2015, please contact Dr. Changqing Li (

Fall 2015

  • August 31: Slide-free histology via MUSE: UV surface excitation microscopy for imaging unsectioned tissueProfessor Richard Levenson, MD, Professor and vice chair for strategic technologies, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis.
  • September 7: Labor day.
  • September 14: Nanomechanical measurements in polymers: Bubble inflation and nanoindentation, Professor Gregory B. McKenna, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
  • September 21: Studying brain function using transcranial magnetic stimulation, Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam, Cognitive & Information Sciences, University of California Merced.
  • September 28: Sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ handling in normal and failing hearts: Insights into arrhythmogenesis, Professor Crystal Ripplinger, Department of Pharmacology, UC Davis.
  • October 5: Small scales big, Professor Michael Scheibner, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced
  • October 12: Oxidation/Reduction reaction on actinide surfaces: an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study, Dr. Art J. Nelson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550.
  • October 19: Oxidation/Reduction reaction on actinide surfaces: an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study, Dr. Art J. Nelson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550.
  • October 19:  Computational Mechanics with Applications to the Study of Bio-inspired Microarchitectures, Dr. Alejandro Gutiérrez, School of Engineering, UC Merced.
  • October 26: Engineering Functional Properties in Perovskite Oxide Heterostructures and Nanostructures, Prof. Yayoi Takamura, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis
  • November 2:  Advances in Optical Coherence Tomography: Translation of OCT Technology from Bench to Bedside, Prof. Zhongping Chen, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Beckmann Laser Institute, The Edwards Life Sciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 
  • November 16:  Coupling of Dynamical Systems in the Heart and Arrhythmia Mechanisms, Prof. Ye Chen Izu, Department of Pharmacology and Department of Cardiology, School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, UC Davis
  • November 23:  Molecular Mechanisms that Control Excitation-evoked Calcium Influx Through L‐type CaV1.2 Channels, Prof. Riccardo OlceseProfessor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Division of Molecular Medicine BH 570 CHS, Cardiovascular Research Laboratory, Brain Research Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles
  • November 30:  Regenerative Fuel Cell Systems, Next Generation Energy Storage for Space Applications, Dr. Thomas I Valdez,  Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA.
  • December 7: Many faces of dispersants: Effects on the marine environment during oil spills, Prof. Wei-chun Chin, Bioengineering, School of Engineering, University of California Merced

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