Dr. Jerzy Rozenblit is a University Distinguished Professor. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. He had served as a research scientist and visiting professor at Siemens AG and Infineon AG Central Research and Development Laboratories in Munich, Technical University of Munich, University of Perugia, and Fulbright Senior Scholar in Austria and Poland. Currently, jointly with the Arizona Surgical Technology and Education Center, he is developing virtually assisted surgical training methods and systems, and computer-guided techniques for minimally invasive surgery. He directs a Life-Critical Computing Systems Initiative intended to improve the reliability and safety of technology in life-critical applications.
The Artifact Dance Project is led by Ashley Bowman and Claire Hancock. They will be giving a talk on their latest dance collaboration. Artifact Dance Project is a collaborative performance group in the Tucson Community, strongly focused on the art forms of live music, dance and film. The mission of the organization is to innovatively combine these art forms for live performances.
Dr. Lauretta is a Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx Mission - a spacecraft will gather a sample of an asteroid and return it to earth. Dr. Lauretta studies the chemistry of planetary materials in our solar system and those around other stars. His research interests focus on the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets as determined by chemical models of planet formation, in situ laboratory analysis and spacecraft observations. This work is important for constraining the chemistry of the solar nebula, understanding the origin of complex organic molecules in the early solar system, and constraining the chemical inventories of solar and extrasolar terrestrial planets. He is an expert in the analysis of extraterrestrial materials. In particular, he uses inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis, and X-ray diffraction to study meteorites, lunar samples, and particles returned by Stardust. He also operates an experimental laboratory to reproduce mineral assemblages that occur in planetary materials.