Physics Open House


The Physics Department invites you to an Open House on Friday, April 26 from 12:00-4:30pm.

Lab Tours: From noon to 1:30pm
We will be featuring lab tours for those interested in seeing some of the exciting research our faculty and graduate students are doing, including the opportunity to tour our new lab facilities at 2300 Delaware. To reserve a space on a lab tour, please RSVP to Amy Radovan (our physics department assistant) at by April 5.

Special Colloquium: From 2:00 to 3:15pm
We will feature a special colloquium for alumni, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students featuring physics alumna, Dr. Luisa Bozano. This colloquium will be held at at the BSOE Events Center. Dr. Bozano has been a research scientist at IBM’s Almaden Research Center (California, USA) since 2000. She joined the OLED (organic light emitting diode) group in IBM the last year of her Ph.D. program at U.C. Santa Cruz. In 2005 she started working on electron-beam lithography, focusing on the properties of electron-beam chemically amplified resists.  She led an IBM team that, in collaboration with the IBM Mask House and a Japanese chemical company, resulted in the development of a commercial material used for semiconductor manufacturing.  She has managed the nanofabrication facility in Almaden and she is currently leading the Electronic Nose project. The title of her talk will be "The Electronic Volatile Analyzer: A Nose with a Brain”.
Talk abstract: Smell is one of the last human senses we have yet to truly embed in technology. The question of how the nose works was mysterious to scientists until quite recently. Linda Buck and Richard Axel, who later won the Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking work, discovered that humans have about 1,000 olfactory receptor types that decode airborne chemicals into smells, and that each receptor type is represented by a different gene. Based on this finding, researchers are now able to use molecular biology and genetic strategies to further understand the human nose.  Tapping into IBM’s experience in materials research, nanofabrication technology and machine learning, we developed a device that combines an array of optimized, nonspecific sensors with novel digital signal processing and deep learning algorithms to interpret odors. This novel prototype electronic-nose IoT (internet of things) device is called the Electric Volatile Analyzer (EVA) and is based on a multidisciplinary effort of scientists.  We are interested in applications spanning from environmental monitoring, food safety, healthcare, automotive and security, among other industries.

Reception: From 3:15 to 4:30pm
Join us directly after the colloquium in front of BSOE Event Center for some delicious refreshments, where everyone will have a chance to mingle and to catch up with friends, both new and old!


Friday, April 26 at 12:00pm to 4:30pm

2300 Delaware Avenue
2301 Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz, California 95060

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