National Lab Day at The University of Toledo 2019


Thursday, Oct. 10

Registration and coffee service (8-8:45 a.m.)
Nitschke (NI) Hall, 1st floor lobby

Plenary – NI Auditorium

Introduction and welcome (8:45-9 a.m.)
Dr. Sharon L. Gaber, president, The University of Toledo

Opening remarks (9-9:30 a.m.)
The Honorable Marcy Kaptur, congresswoman; chair, House of Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Dr. Chris Fall, director, Office of Science, Department of Energy

National Lab 101, Panel #1 (9:30-10:45 a.m.)
Supporting the Nation’s Scientific Ecosystem - A roundtable discussion about the national laboratories’ user facilities, educational opportunities, and core research programs.

  • Karen Bjorkman, interim provost, The University of Toledo
  • Michael Witherell, director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Doon Gibbs, director, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
  • Stuart Henderson, director, Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Bill Goldstein, director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
  • Steven Ashby, director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Break (10:45-11 a.m.)

National Lab 101, Panel #2 (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
Moving Solutions to Society - A roundtable discussion about how the national laboratories work with universities, industry, and governments to move technology to society.

  • Frank Calzonetti, vice president for research, The University of Toledo
  • Mark Peters, director, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Thomas Zacharia, director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • Brian Anderson, director, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
  • Vahid Majidi, director, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)
  • Paul Kearns, director, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

Lunch (12:15-1:45 p.m.)
Exhibition and Networking – exhibition of national scientific user facilities capabilities and expertise; employment and educational opportunities.

The Land-Water Interface: The Great Lakes Region and the World (1:45-3:15 p.m.)
This session explores complex environmental challenges facing the Great Lakes region and that exist increasingly throughout the world. Special attention is on the challenge of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and factors that contribute to this problem, including the impact of a changing climate, nutrient loading into waterways, and human activities. The importance of understanding the terrestrial-aquatic interface is emphasized. The session explores how a better understanding of the relationship among climatic conditions and ecological variables provides guidance in addressing problems as well as preparing for biomes in transition. The session considers how such changes challenge land use practices in rural and metropolitan areas.

  • Tom Bridgeman, professor, The University of Toledo
  • Allison Campbell, associate laboratory director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Phillip Wolfram, scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  • Mary Maxon, associate laboratory director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Peter Thornton, distinguished scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Break (3:15-3:30 p.m.)

Breakout sessions (3:30-5 p.m.)
NI Auditorium/NI 1027/Brady Center
Choose your preferred session from three topics:
  • Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment
  • Structural Biology, Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Astrophysics

Reception and Networking (5-6:30 p.m.)
Nitschke Hall, 1st floor lobby NI, 1st floor lobby

Friday, Oct. 11

Coffee service (7:30-8 a.m.)
NI, 1st floor lobby

Breakout sessions (8-9:30 a.m.)
NI Auditorium/NI 1027/Brady Center
Learn more about your preferred research area, choosing from:
  • Exposure Science – ‘Omics’ Applications for Human Health
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Photovoltaics

Break (9:30-9:45 a.m.)

Breakout sessions (9:45-11:15 a.m.)
NI Auditorium/NI 1027/Brady Center
Dive deeper with experts in these fields:
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Energy Storage and Distribution

Break (11:15-11:30 a.m.)

Plenary – NI Auditorium or NI 1027

High Performance Computing Addressing Critical Issues for Northwest Ohio (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. )
The DOE national laboratories’ suite of HPC assets and deep bench of computing experts and computational infrastructure are available for researchers throughout the country. This session will explore and provide examples of how DOE’s computing and computational resources can be applied to issues critical to Ohio universities and Northwest Ohio. These include development of next generation photovoltaics, gaining a better understanding of watershed dynamics and forecasting, and addressing major health issues.

  • Yanfa Yan, professor, The University of Toledo
  • Jack Wells, director of science, National Center for Computational Sciences, ORNL
  • Irene Qualters (LANL)
  • Michael Zarnstorff (PPPL)
  • Sudip Dosanjh, div. director, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) (LBNL)
Last Updated: 2/23/23