August Lunch & Learn: Ions and Intimacy

Tue, Aug 18 2020, 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
/ Location: Zoom

Join us for Lunch & Learn, where you'll have the chance to socialize with other grad students and hear talks by students in Chemical Engineering and Linguistics. Lunch & Learn is co-sponsored by the Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Association, and the UCSB Library.

While we won't be able to share pizza together in person, all attendees will be entered into a raffle to win one of ten $15 Target gift cards.

August 2020 Edition: Ions and Intimacy
Tuesday, August 18
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Glue That Conducts Too: Adding Charge Transport Functionality to Battery Binders

Gordon Pace
Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering

Battery functionality centers around the controlled conduction of ions and electrons; yet battery electrodes are held together by a polymer binder that has neither property. While the main functionality of the binder is essentially that of a glue, the fact that it often constitutes about 20% of the total electrode means its electronic and ionic resistance has significant negative side effects with respect to electrochemical performance. I strive to develop the design rules for an emerging class of materials, termed “mixed ion electron conducting polymers”, which can functionalize this often overlooked battery component- still providing the necessary mechanical properties of a battery binder, but now facilitating, rather than inhibiting, ion and electron transport.

"I Love You": Normativity, Power, and Romance in Online Commentary

Aris Keshav
Graduate Student in Linguistics

Saying “I love you” for the first time is complicated. Exchanging the utterance is often treated as a milestone in romantic relationships, with tightly prescribed expectations around how you do it. This study examines metalinguistic commentary about "I love you" from Reddit: advice, anecdotes, and definitions of the phrase. When people tell the story of “I love you”, they are often telling the story of their relationship—and in that story, engaging deeply with norms of romance, gender, and power in their cultural context.

This event will be moderated by Josh Kuntzman, Assessment Coordinator, UCSB Office of Budget and Planning, CITRAL Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning.

Interested in being a presenter at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Click here to find out more! If you have any questions about this event or Lunch & Learn in general, please email Chava Nerenberg.

Event Contact : Chava Nerenberg