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These half, full, or 2 day workshops occur throughout the SciX conference and are open to conference and non-conference attendees for a separate registration fee. You can add workshops when you register for SciX! 


   Half Day  Full Day 2 Day  
 Conferee $400  $700 $1,300 
 Non-Conferee $450  $850 $1,300 
 Early Career* $300  $550 $750 
 Student $225   $425 $750 


 Half Day- Early/At SciX  Full Day- Early/At SciX
 Conferee $250/$400  $500/$650
 Non-Conferee $400/$550  $600/$750
 Student $125/$200   $250/$325


 Half Day   Full Day 
Regular $75  $75
 Student $25  $25

*Early Career attendees are those who are working professionally and are within 5 years of receiving their terminal degree, including postdoctoral fellows. The Early Career category is applicable to those for whom the terminal degree is a bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree.”


Sunday, October 2

9:00am- 4:00pm (Full Day)

Beyond the Beaker: Strategies for elevating your career and emerging as a leader in STEM fields

Jeanita Pritchett, JSP Coaching and Consulting

Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Workshop Description: The Beyond the Beaker Workshop is designed to help early-, mid-, and senior career professionals explore the skills needed to advance their STEM careers. Looking beyond developing technical expertise, this interactive workshop helps attendees gain self-awareness, confidence, and clarity so they may emerge as leaders in their fields. Discussion topics include: Designing a career plan; Developing a personal brand; Creating an impactful professional bio; Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals; Networking and interviewing techniques; Effective communication; Tips for self-advocacy; Building your Personal Board of Directors. The Beyond the Beaker Workshop equips participants with tools and strategies that they can apply to advance their careers.

1:00pm- 4:00pm (Half Day)

3D printing for microfluidic devices
Greg Nordin, Brigham Young University
Adam Woolley, Brigham Young University
Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Bio: Gregory P. Nordin received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1992. From 1984 to 1992 he also worked at the Hughes Aircraft Company, the last three years of which were at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California. From 1992 to 2005 he was in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he was founding director of the university's Nano and Micro Devices Center. In 2005 Dr. Nordin joined Brigham Young University as Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research currently focuses on 3D printing for microfluidics, and micro- and nano-fabricated devices for biosensing, photonics, and MEMS. Adam T. Woolley earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, and was a Runyon-Winchell Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University from 1998-2000. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University since 2000, where he is currently University Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies. Woolley’s research is at the interface between miniaturization and biomolecules; he is developing 3D printed microfluidics for bioanalysis, devising miniaturized assays for disease-linked biomarkers, and developing biotemplated fabrication of nanoelectronic devices.

Workshop Description: The workshop will introduce the technique of 3D printing, describe different types of 3D printers, and detail how these printers can be used to create microfluidic devices, providing a comparison to traditional microfluidic fabrication methods. Based on their extensive experience, the presenters will then discuss the current state-of-the art for component miniaturization and integration of 3D printed active elements such as channels, columns, valves, and pumps into more complex device designs. Attendees will leave with (1) an understanding of advantages and limitations of 3D printing for microfluidic device fabrication, (2) an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities in creating 3D printed microfluidic devices, and (3) guidance on whether 3D printing microfluidics can advance their intended applications.

Monday, October 3

9:00am- 12:00pm (Half Day)

Fundamentals and Applications of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)

Annie Dowgiallo, SRI International

Bio: Anne-Marie Dowgiallo is a senior research scientist at SRI International, where her current research interests include trace chemical and biological detection using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), laser-based spectroscopic technologies, and understanding the unique interplay between nanoparticle (NP) structure and optical or electronic properties. Previously, she was a senior scientist at Ocean Insight, where she provided technical guidance on SERS technology and designed custom solutions for customers using optical spectroscopy in biomedical, industrial, food, agriculture, safety, security, and pharmaceutical markets. This included developing novel sensor materials based on gold NPs to test environmental samples such as water, soil, and food for pesticides, toxins, and pathogenic bacteria at concentrations as low as parts-per-billion (ppb) using SERS. She received her PhD in physical chemistry from Florida State University in 2013.

Workshop Description: This course serves as an introduction to surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and its relevance to a variety of applications such as pharmaceuticals, defense, medical, and the environmental. SERS is a versatile technique in its ability to identify chemical species and obtain structural information, impacting fields such as polymer and materials science, biochemistry and biosensing, catalysis, and electrochemistry. Attendees will learn the basics of Raman, SERS, nanotechnology, and ways to utlize this powerful spectroscopic tool.

1:00- 4:00pm (Half Day)

Practical Raman Spectroscopy
Sarah Shidler, Renishaw

Problems with FT-IR Spectra and How to Avoid Them

Ellen Miseo, TeakOrigin, Inc.

Jenni Briggs, Pike Technologies

Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Bio: The course will be team taught by Ellen Miseo and Jenni Briggs. They are both practicing spectroscopists in industry and have hands-on practical experience with the material under discussion. Ellen Miseo has practiced infrared spectroscopy for her entire career. Her primary interest is in infrared microscopy and infrared imaging. Her accomplishments include development of equipment as well as foreseeing customer trends and adapting to them. Dr. Miseo is Past President (2016) of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and current President of the Coblentz Society and a member of the American Chemical Society. Jenni Briggs is the Senior Applications Engineer at Pike Technologies, a supplier of infrared, Raman and UV/Vis accessories. Jenni spends her time discussing spectroscopic techniques with a diverse set of instrument users.

Workshop Description: Users of FT-IR spectrometers may have received little or no formal training in spectroscopy and therefore cannot distinguish between “good” and “bad” spectra. In this course, we will show many of the problems that are commonly encountered with FT-IR spectra measured by inexperienced (and often experienced!) users and show how to avoid them. Problems can appear from the instrument, the sample accessory and/or presentation. Since the bulk of the samples that are currently analyzed are done by Attenuated Total Reflection we will cover it in detail. We will also address common problems associated with other accessories. This year we will also be including a “tricks of the trade” component to the class.

Sunday, October 2 and Monday October 3

9:00am- 4:00pm (Both Days)

IR-Raman Interpretation

Peter Larkin, Solvay
Gloria Story, P&G

Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Workshop Description: Infrared, Raman, NMR and Mass spectroscopies are essential techniques to elucidate chemical structure. These techniques all enjoy widespread usage. Innovations in vibrational spectroscopy capabilities and data analysis tools along with improved affordability have dramatically increased the user base. Unfortunately this is often at the expense of a foundational understanding of IR and Raman spectroscopy. The ability to understand and identify functional groups by interpreting IR and Raman spectra is essential for the successful use of these vibrational spectroscopy techniques. This two day course provides an introduction to the art and science of interpreting IR and Raman spectra. The course content focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of group frequencies, a general strategy to analyze the spectra as well as applying the lesson learned to determine molecular structure using both IR and Raman spectra. A discussion of digital library searching for unknown identification and a current list of useful resources are also included. The lectures are supplemented with multiple well illustrated examples as well as in-class spectral problem sets under the guidance of highly experienced industrial spectroscopists.

Thursday, October 6

9:00am- 4:00pm (Full Day)

Electrokinetic Microfluidics: Theory and Hands-on Problems
Neil Ivory, Washington State University
Facilitated in cooperation with AES

Workshop Description: This 6-hour workshop will focus on applying electrokinetic theory to relevant issues on microfluidic platforms. The 3-hour morning session will introduce novice participants to the software while focusing on a general strategy for setting up, running and interpreting simulations using the built-in physics provided in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The 3-hour afternoon session will explore classic problems in EK separations. Participants will learn how to: 1. transform a mathematical model into a COMSOL program, 2. mesh and execute their COMSOL program, and 3. visualize and interpret the results of their simulation.

Date and Time TBD

Laser Fundamentals for Spectroscopy
Rob Chimenti, Rowan University

Workshop Description: This course is designed to give attendees an introduction to the fundamentals of laser physics as well as a practical understanding of common laser designs and their applications in spectroscopy. This course will begin by providing a fundamental understanding of the three basic components of a laser: gain medium, resonator, and excitation source. You will learn how these components affect the laser characteristics that are important to spectroscopists, specifically, mode structure, spectral linewidth, pulse-width and average power. Finally, attendees will be introduced to the pros and cons of common gas, solid-state, and diode laser designs as they apply to various spectroscopy applications.

Spectroscopy of cosmetics and beauty products in industry

Samuel Gourion-Arsiquaud

Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Problems with FT-IR Spectra and How to Avoid Them
Ellen Miseo, TeakOrigin, Inc.
Jenni Briggs, Pike Technologies

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