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    • September 12 -- Adrian Marquez is selected to represent the INSET program and UCSB at the 2014 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, which will be held in Arlington VA in late October. Congratulations, Adrian!

    • September 10-13 -- MTV attends the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Program held at the Beckman Center in Irvine CA. The goal of the FOE program is to bring together a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. Learn more about this exciting program here.

    • August 19 -- Ben Lopez and MTV's paper on the Mechanical effects of EB1 on Microtubules is accepted for publication in Cytoskeleton. Congratulations, Ben!

    • July 23 -- Dr. Alfredo Quinto Hernandez, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Zacatepec, Morelos, Mexico arrives. Alfredo will study the Mechanical Properties of Lignocellulosic Biomass. His work is sponsored by the Mexican Academy of Sciences and The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science. Welcome, Alfredo!

    • July 15 -- MTV is awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to Design and Study Tough Resilient Gels Using Adhesive Rigid-Rod Polymers. Read more here: Link.

    • July 9 -- The Valentine Lab research on the understanding the effects of force-based injuries in neurons is highlighted in the UCSB Convergence Magazine. Read all about it: Link.

    • July 6-11 -- MTV attends the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, and presents 2 invited podium talks, one on the effects of EB1 on microtubule mechanics and one on the Mechanics of Mussel Adhesion.

    • July 1 -- MTV is promoted to tenure! Great work and a big thanks to everyone who contributed to the lab's success over the past 6 years!

      Valentine Lab selfie @ lunch to celebrate tenure! (with Adrian, Ben, MTV, Dezhi, Donna, Jamie, Emma, and Kuang)

    • July 1 -- MTV joins the Biophysical Society's Early Careers Committee for a 3-year term. This committee is responsible for increasing the involvement of early career (graduate student, postdoctoral, or newly independent scientist) members in Society affairs and recognizing the challenges unique to early career scientists.

    • June 23 -- Kuang Wei, an undergrad Physics major from UCSB continues his work in the lab through the UC Leads scholar program, and Adrian Marquez, a Chemical Engineering major at Santa Barbara City College joins the lab through the INSET and VIBRANT summer programs. Welcome Adrian, and welcome back Kuang!

    • June 18-20 -- Ben Lopez is selected to present a talk on the regulation of microtubule mechanics and function by EB1 at the 15th annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium in Irvine CA. Congratulations, Ben!

    • May 15-19 -- MTV is invited to speak at The 1st International Workshop on Multiscale Mechanobiology (IWMM 2014) in Hong Kong, where she presents on the Molecular Design of Adpative and Stimuli-Responsive Materials.

    • May 1 -- Emmanouela Filippidi joins the Valentine Research Group as a postdoctoral fellow to work on mussel-inspired adhesion -- Welcome Emma!

    • April 17 -- MTV presents on "New insight into biomaterials design through molecular and geometric control of protein-based structure" at a Biophysics Mini-Symposium at Lehigh University.

    • April 4 -- MTV presents a guest lecture in the Introduction to Engineering Class at Santa Barbara City College on Opportunities in Bioengineering.

    • March 3-7 -- Ben Lopez, Ken Desmond, and MTV present talks at the American Physical Society's March Meeting, in Denver CO on EB1 diffusion, Mussel Adhesion, and the Impact of Bond Lability on Network Mechanics, respectively. MTV organized a DPOLY focus session on Biological and Bio-inspired Adhesive Polymers.

    • Feb. 17 -- MTV is a featured speaker at the Future of Biophysics Symposium at the Biophysical Society's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (more here).

    • Feb. 15-19 -- Ben Lopez, Nick Zacchia, and MTV present posters at the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco on their work on the effects of EB1 on microtububle mechanics, design optimization for magnetic tweezers, and microscope measurements of microtubule network mechanics, respectively.

    • Nov. 7 -- MTV presents the Physics Colloquium at UC Irvine on microtubule mechanics.

    • Sept. 8 -- Dezhi Yu, Nikki LaPointe, Elmer Guzman, Veronica Pessino, Les Wilson, Stu Feinstein, and MTV's paper on the impact of disease-linked tau mutations on kinesin translocation is accepted to the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

    • Sept. 3, 9 -- MTV visits the Institut Curie and Institut Jacques-Monod in Paris and presents two talks on microtubule mechanics and magnetic tweezers development.

    • August 26 -- Yali Yang and MTV's chapter on the structure-mechanics relationships of microtubule networks for the 2013 Methods in Cell Biology Volume on Microtubules is sent to press.

    • July 14-19 -- Ken Desmond and MTV attend the Gordon Research Conference on Adhesion at Mount Holyoke College in MA. Ken presented a poster on his work on mussel-inspired adhesion, and MTV presented a poster on the role of adhesive bonds in rigid rod network rheology. Ken also attended the associated Gordon Research Seminar, where he served as a discussion leader.

    • June 23-26 -- MTV attends the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference in Atlanta, presenting an overview of her efforts in introducing community college students to university research.

    • June 19-21 -- Ben Lopez and MTV attend the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium in San Diego. MTV gave a short talk on Development of Magnetic Tweezers Devices for Nanofiber Gel Characterization, and Chaired the Stem Cell and Mechanobiology Session, and Ben presented a poster on his work on the effects of EB1 on microtubule mechanics and function. MTV also represented UCSB at the Bioengineering Institute of California's Annual Steering Committee Meeting.

    • June 13 -- Ben Lopez is awarded a travel grant to support his attendance at the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium in San Diego. Congratulations, Ben!

    • June 12 -- MTV is awarded an Academic Senate Research Grant to support the synthesis of fluorescent tau proteins for Alzheimer's research.

    • June 6 -- Nick Zacchia has been awarded a Post-Graduate Research Scholarship by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; only 36 such awards were given out this year, divided between all masters level and first or second year PhD students studying outside of Canada (more here). Nick has also been awarded a Research Fellowship by the Quebec Research Counsel in Nature and Technology. Congratulations, Nick!

    • June 3-7 -- MTV presents an invited talk on Applications of Magnetic Tweezers Technologies to Cell Matrix Characterization at the NSF-sponsored International Workshop on Stem Cell Differentiation: The Influence of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China.

    • May 29 -- Steve Kuei, a former RISE intern and Valentine Lab alum, has accepted a position in the Ph.D program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University starting in Fall 2013, where he will continue his experimental research in fluid mechanics and polymer physics. Congratulations, Steve!

    • April 14-18 -- MTV presents an invited talk on Development of Magnetic Tweezers for Microrheology Applications at the Optical Society of America's Optics in the Life Sciences Congress in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii.

    • April 1-5 -- Veronica Pessino and MTV attend the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Two talks and a poster were presented on the effects of chemotherapeutic drugs on microtubule structure and function, on microtubule network mechanics and on MTV's educational outreach efforts.

    • March 22 -- Ken Desmond is awarded an MRL/Dow travel grant to support his attendance at the Gordon Research Conference on Adhesion this summer. Congratulations, Ken!

    • March 18-22 -- MTV attends the American Physical Society March Meeting in Baltimore, where she presented two talks on microtubule mechanics and education.

    • February 2-6 -- Ben Lopez and MTV attended the Biophysical Society Meeting in Philadelphia, and together presented three posters and a talk on microtubule mechanics and education. MTV also served as a session chair.

    • January 1 -- Nick Zacchia and Jamie Wilcox join the Valentine Research Group as PhD candidates. Nick plans to develop next-generation instrumentation to apply intracellular forces, and Jamie plans to study the collective dynamics of motor proteins. Welcome Nick and Jamie!

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