College of Engineering Students Set for Finals of 2017 Grad Slam

Friday, April 21, 2017

Two students from the College of Engineering are among the nine finalists in the 2017 UCSB Grad Slam competition. The finals will be held today, Friday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in Corwin Pavilion. 

The annual event began last week with 64 competitors from across UCSB, who presented their graduate research in three-minute talks. The field was reduced to 29 semi-finalists — seven from the College of Engineering — who competed this week. The final nine were announced yesterday afternoon.

The CoE finalists and their talk titles are:

Kelly Ibsen, Chemical Engineering
“No More Needles: The Promise of Non-Invasive Drug Delivery via Ionic Liquids”

Max Nowak, Chemical Engineering 
“Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier”

The other finalists are:

Leah Foltz, Biomolecular Science & Engineering
“Personalized Medicine: How to Cure Blindness with Your Own Cells”

Jim Mondo, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
“Many in Motion: Modeling Metastasis in the Fly”
David Miller. Geography
“Plants, Cities, and Satellites: High Resolution Mapping of Carbon Uptake by Urban Vegetation”
Amanda Kaczmarek, Psychological and Brain Sciences
“Tylenol and Advil Effects on Mental Rotation”
Daniel Phillips, Geography
“Defining the Community of Interest as a Cognitive Region”
Eric Jorgensen, Theater Studies
“Reacquired: I, Thou and the American AIDS Play”
Dominique Houston, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology 
“DID I PAUSE? DIAPAUSE: A Story of Suspended Animation”

++ The final round will be covered live on the UC Santa Barbara facebook page.