2018 Summer Weekly Seminars Series

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Summer RSCA at CPP

In collaboration with the College of Business, McNair Scholars Program, and Achieve Scholars Program, the Office of Undergraduate Research will host the Summer Weekly Seminars Series. The seminars provide an opportunity for CPP faculty, students, and academic/industry guest speakers to share their research with others.

Every Wednesday from 12 to 1pm from June 20 th through August 8 th, 2018

The Summer Weekly Seminars are held in the University Library (Bldg 15), Room 1807.

After the Summer Weekly Seminars Series conclude, please join us the following Thursday, August 16 th, 2018  for the 4 th Annual Creative Activities & Research Symposium ! This page will be updated regularly with information on upcoming speakers.

June 20, 2018

Dr. Maryam Shafahi

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Cal Poly Pomona

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Aquaponics – A Sustainable Food Production System

Dr. Maryam Shafahi

Aquaponics is a sustainable farming technology that combines aquaculture and hydroponics, essentially growing fish and plants together in a symbiotic environment. In this mutually beneficial cycle, nutrient wastes from fish are utilized to fertilize plants. In turn, the plant bed functions as a biofilter for the water contaminated with fish manure, algae and decomposing fish feed. The unique advantages of aquaponic systems include: conservation through minimizing water exchange (recycling), organic fertilization of plants using dissolved fish waste, utilizing plants as natural alternative biofilters, and less water quality monitoring.

Besides being efficient and environmentally friendly, aquaponic systems showcase many engineering concepts and elements including piping, heating, structural analysis and controls.

Dr. Shafahi's Presentation

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June 27, 2018

Ms. Amanda Riggle

M.A. English Literature

Cal Poly Pomona

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Radicalizing Shakespeare: Reimagining Shakespeare's Women


This thesis examines the construction of Shakespeare’s female comedic women in five of his plays, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest, through the lens of Poststructural Marxism and feminism. The material, social, and historical conditions that women of Shakespeare’s period experienced are compared to the women constructed in Shakespeare’s comedies to challenge claims from Tina Packer of Shakespeare’s feminist tendencies as well as Kiernan Ryan’s revival of Howard Bloom’s claim of Shakespeare’s universal appeal. The Early Modern period was a time of transition, and the beginning of modernity – a movement our society is still in to this day, and it is not Shakespeare’s appeal to humanity but his critique of modernity that western audiences have been enthralled by for the past 400 years. Oppressive systems like capitalism were just starting out while patriarchy had been a strong structural societal norm under feudalism and continued during the transition between economic systems of the period. Within these five plays, marriage as a form of control, pacification, and power comes to light. While Shakespeare created compelling women for the stage like Portia from The Merchant of Venice and Rosalind from As You Like It, these women rhetorically and ideologically weren’t meant to be interpreted as feminist figures but rather models for women to relinquish agency and marry. Instead of branding Shakespeare as a feminist or claiming his work has universal human appeal, I offer that Shakespeare should be considered a great critic of modernity for his ability to recognize and analyze the social, political, and sexual systems in place during his era that persisted throughout early capitalism and continues to do so into the late stages of capitalism we currently occupy.

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July 11, 2018

Dr. Stephanie Leifer

Member of Technical Staff

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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Combing the Skies for Exoplanets

Stephanie Leifer

Optical frequency combs are fantastic measurement tools for time, frequency, length, positioning and navigation, astronomical spectroscopy, ranging, signal detection, and chemical analysis. They are the tools needed to calibrate high-resolution spectrographs for performing precision radial velocity detection of exoplanets by measuring the tiny Doppler shifts in stellar spectra caused by a planet’s motion about its host star. This talk will introduce the frequency comb concept, show how they can be used to find Earth-analogues, and tell of our experience in implementing them at telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

About Dr. Leifer: Stephanie Leifer is a Technologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She studied magnetic properties of amorphous metallic alloys as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1989, she began working in the Advanced Propulsion Concepts group at JPL. She received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 1995 from the California Institute of Technology for experiments involving properties of fullerene molecules as they relate to their use as propellants in electric thrusters. From 1995-1997 she worked at Hewlett-Packard in the ink-jet printhead division. She returned to JPL in 1997, leading development tasks in electric propulsion technology. Since 1999, she has worked on exoplanet related projects – first on the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), and then on the Kepler Science Analysis System team starting in 2008. Since 2013, she has led an effort to develop optical frequency combs for exoplanet detection through the radial velocity method.

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July 18, 2018

Dr. Claire E. O'Hanlon

Health Services, Economics, and Policy Researcher

Current: Pardee RAND Graduate School, September 2018: Post Doctoral Fellow at Veterans Affairs Center

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Getting Old in America

Stephanie Leifer

The share of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to rise from 15% to 22% by 2040, and the number of Americans over age 85 is expected to rise from 6 million to 15 million over the same time period. The aging of the “Baby Boom” generation brings immense challenges for their families, communities, and service providers as their ability to care for themselves and live independently decreases. This overview of challenges we face as this population ages will approach these issues from a variety of methodologies and disciplinary perspectives. Critical areas include changing demography and family structures; community, home, and institutional caregiving; social isolation and mental health; health and long-term care finance. Dr. O’Hanlon will also discuss her journey from undergraduate engineering major to interdisciplinary health researcher at one of the country’s most well-known think tanks.

About Dr. O’Hanlon: Dr. Claire E. O’Hanlon is a health services, economics, and policy researcher experienced in applied quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Her research interests include health care markets, aging and the end of life, and emerging health technologies. She is starting a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the Veterans Affairs Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy in Los Angeles in September 2018. Claire received her doctorate from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During her doctoral studies, she worked as an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as a student liaison for RAND Health. She has authored 12 peer-reviewed articles, including serving as lead author of publications in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Systematic Reviews, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Clinical Therapeutics, and Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice. Her work has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Hill, congressional testimony, and numerous health care trade publications and military news sources.

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July 25, 2018

Student Researcher Panel

Cal Poly Pomona

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August 1, 2018

Professional Research Presentations Workshop

Cal Poly Pomona

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August 8, 2018

Dr. TingTing Chen

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Cal Poly Pomona

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Research Ethics – A Lens Through Cybersecurity Research

Dr. Ting Ting Chen

The ethical and responsible conduct research is important in modern scientific research. Using the cases in cybersecurity research, this talk will introduce the definition of research ethics, discuss the ethical issues, and explain the main principles and strategies to make moral decisions in research.

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