University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico Chapter of Sigma Xi Science and Society Distinguished Public Lecture Series 


Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the Division of Continuing Education.

Free and open to the public

5:30 PM

UNM Conference Center 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM

Meet and greet with refreshments at 5 PM

7 September 2017:
Addressing Lithium-ion Battery Resilience

Heather Barkholtz, Sandia National Laboratory

19 October 2017
Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes – Understanding Them and Staying Safe

Gregory S. Forbes, The Weather Channel

16 November 2017

Why Are We Here?: The Mystery of Matter?”
Wick Haxton, UC Berkeley

25 January 2018:  
How To Tame a Fox (And Build a Dog)

Lee Alan Dugatkin, University of Louisville

15 February 2018
Manufacturing of Silicon Materials for Microelectronics and PV 
Babu Chalamala, Sandia National Laboratory

22 March 2018:

Can Your iPhone Check if Your Food is Safe? - Nanosensors for Rapid
Detection of Food Pathogens
Omowunmi Sadik, State University of NY, Binghamton

19 April 2018:

Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Energy
M. V. Ramana, Princeton University

14 May 2018

Annual Sigma Xi/IEEE awards banquet
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

A Voyage to the Moon on Saturn's Wngs
Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt



Upcoming Events

  • Can Your iPhone Check if Your Food is Safe? Nanosensors for rapid detection of food pathogens

    Mar 22, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (MT)
    Can Your iPhone Check if Your Food is Safe? Nanosensors for rapid detection of food pathogens
    Dr. Omowunmi Sadik
    Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:30 PM
    Meet and Greet at 5
    The University of New Mexico Conference Center, Auditorium
    1634 University Blvd. NE
    Free and Open to the Public
    Pizza with the speaker will follow the lecture

    Omowunmi (Wunmi) Sadik is Professor of Chemistry & Director, Center for Advanced Sensors & Environmental Systems at State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY-Binghamton). Her research areas include surface chemistry, sensors, and new measurement approaches and their application to solving problems in biological system, energy and the environment. Sadik holds five U.S. patents for her work on biosensors.

    Abstract: Rapid and accurate detection of food and waterborne pathogens is important because millions of people suffer from food poisoning every year, resulting in hospitalization and death. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that 48 million people suffer from food-borne pathogens every year. Current methods of pathogen detection are time consuming, expensive, and often require specialized training. Hence early detection of bacterial pathogens is difficult. Contaminated products may pass through the screening process undetected. A false positive that a food item is contaminated may also result in unnecessary recall of the item and a negative impact on the economy. E. coli, being one of the most widely used indicators for fecal contamination, is a rational choice for determining the safety of food. We have developed nano-structured sensor/membranes capable of rapid, ultrasensitive, and highly selective detection
    of E.coli and other pathogens. This talk will explore how the pattern of lines on our nano-structured membranes could be analyzed visually and with mobile phones
    Albuquerque, NM, United States