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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"New Connections: Creating Interdisciplinary Knowledge through Community Engagement" features diverse topics involving UD faculty, staff and experts throughout the tri-state area. The series is sponsored by The Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories and The Community Engagement Initiative. The sessions will be held each Monday through May 1st, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Room 110 of the Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab). Each session highlights projects presented in a TED-style talk ending with a discussion session.

Monday, April 10, 2017​​​


Emily Day obtained her B.S. in Physics with a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 2006, graduating summa cum laude. Emily received the Carl Albert Award, granted to the top senior in the College of Arts and Sciences based on academics, moral force of character and promise of future service to the state and nation. In 2006, Emily moved to Rice University, where she joined the laboratory of Jennifer West. There, her research focused on developing nanoparticle-based photothermal therapy for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, which is the most aggressive and lethal form of primary brain tumor. During her time at Rice University, Emily received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Rice President’s Graduate Fellowship, and was also named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Into-Grad Fellow. Upon completing her Ph.D. in 2011, Emily was awarded an International Institute for Nanotechnology postdoctoral fellowship and joined the laboratory of Chad Mirkin at Northwestern University, where her research focused on developing small interfering RNA-gold nanoparticles conjugates known as spherical nucleic acids to treat glioblastoma multiforme through gene regulation. Emily also received a National Institutes of Health F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship during her time at Northwestern University. Emily joined the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware in 2013. Her research builds upon the theme of engineering nanoscale materials for management of disease developed during her graduate and postdoctoral work.​


​Tom Powers, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy and Administration, is a specialist in scientific ethics, with specific interests in the ethics of emerging technologies, the environment, nanotechnology and research. He directs UD's Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy. He is conversational in biomedical ethics and ethics related to computers and information technology. He is the Co-editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for “Ethics and Information Technology.” Recent articles of his have appeared in such diverse places as the Journal of Nano Education, Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, Machine Ethics, IEEE Robotics and Automation, and, Philosophy Now. Has also conducted extensive research on the work of German philosopher Immanuel Kant. ​​

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