Iota Sigma Pi: Aurum Iodide Chapter
Announcement for Meeting

Undergraduate Symposium

Saturday February 24, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Amanda Smeigh

SOFI Knowledge Map: Changing the Way We Search Scientific Manuscripts

Lewis University

Science Building, AS-0014-L

1 University Parkway

Romeoville, IL 60446


8:30 am Registration

9:00 am Poster Presentations

10:30 am Keynote: Dr. Amanda Smeigh

11:30 am Lunch

12:30 pm Oral Presentations

1:30 Awards Ceremony


All are welcome to attend!  



Continental Breakfast

Lunch: Southwest Chicken Salad (or vegetarian option available by request)


Cost (including registration fees, breakfast and lunch):

Free to student presenters.  $25 for other attendees.



RSVP: by Evite or to Teresa Bixby at 

by Tuesday February 20, 2018.

Remember it is our policy that if you make a reservation, but cannot attend, and do not cancel by the RSVP date you will be charged for the dinner.


As scientists we are accustom to identifying problems and solutions. We embrace the iterative process of the Scientific Method and celebrate every result as a victory of knowledge. This process can take weeks, months, and even years to coalesce on a conclusion. We then package these results into a beautifully crafted manuscript and publish in a leading research journal.

All of the facts and metrics from our efforts are neatly compressed into a PDF with a single click. This last click buries useful information in descriptive pros, shielding it from standard search engines. With publication numbers increasing dramatically, it can be nearly impossible to stay current with all of the research in a given field. Changing the way scientific manuscripts are searched is essential to increasing time in the lab and decreasing time spent searching the literature. To this end, SOFI has developed a knowledge management platform for the field of solar fuels research. The aims of the SOFI Knowledge Map is to increase the availability of field specific information, provide a mechanism to quantitatively measure research progress, and ultimately accelerate the commercialization of solar fuel technologies. Implementing such a platform requires a change in how science is reported, but to solve global pressing issues we as scientists need to work smarter and let technology help us towards our goals.

Both the process of developing the SOFI Knowledge Map and my pathway to SOFI will be discussed.


Speaker Biography:  Amanda is the Assistant Director of the Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI) at Northwestern University. SOFI is a global consortium of universities, national labs, and industry united behind the development of renewable energy storage solutions and carbon utilization technologies. Amanda enjoys the collaborative efforts of SOFI, working with members to expedite breakthroughs in their science and leverage resources to advance research toward renewable energy storage – specifically liquid fuels.

Amanda’s academic background is in ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy and characterization of electron transfer processes. Her work focused on both n- and p-type dye-sensitized solar cells and various small molecules. Amanda received her B.A. from the College of Wooster in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2007. She has worked at Uppsala University as part of the Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis and the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center at Northwestern University. Amanda has been at the Solar Fuels Institute since 2014.

Directions to Lewis University

From downtown Chicago: Take I-55S towards St. Louis.  Take exit 268 to merge onto S. Joliet Rd. Continue on IL-53/N Independence Blvd.  Turn right onto University Pkway then turn left onto University Drive East. 

From the north suburbs: Take I-294S to I-55S.  Continue on I-55S for ~8 miles.  Take exit 268 to merge onto S. Joliet Rd. Continue on IL-53/N Independence Blvd.  Turn right onto University Pkwy then turn left onto University Drive East.

From I-355S: Take the 159th St./IL-7 exit.  Turn right onto IL-7 S/W 159th St.  Slight left onto IL-7 S/E 9th St and continue to follow IL-7 S.  Turn right onto S Independence Blvd.  Turn left onto University Pkwy then left onto University Drive E.

Parking:  Lots C and D.

Registration is in the Science building (building 16 on the map), AS-0014-L.

A map can also be found at: