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Handedness and the Future of Electronics

Meeting for the week of September 24-30, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Handedness and the Future of Electronics

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Wade

Is this your first time to visit us? If so, welcome to our weekly online meeting! To complete our meeting, please continue reading from here to the bottom of this page.

Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.

Note that you can easily read this meeting with your favorite device, so feel free to take our meeting on the go with you; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! Please also make sure to complete the attendance form at the bottom and leave a comment. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Andrew:

Greetings Members and Guests,

I’m constantly reminded that I’m not all that smart. And frankly, I love most of these moments. There is a sense of adventure to every bit of the unknown and enigmatic. With so much to know and the rapid succession of innovations and discoveries of our time, there is no dearth of new knowledge to adventure into. This week we have such staggeringly interesting stuff about cutting edge applications for nanostructures! How cool are our speakers?! Thank you so much for presenting, Dr. Wade. I’m sure our members and guests will have a bunch of cool questions in the Disqus below.


Andrew Taw, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Weekly Funny with the Lady of Laughter (LOL)

We believe laughter is an important part of life, and we should all make time to laugh a little. This segment of our meeting is meant to tickle you just enough. These funnies are curated by member Yvonne Kwan, our “Lady of Laughter!”

Autumn is officially upon us in the Northern Hemisphere! (Whether the weather is being autumn-y… that’s up in the not-so-crisp air.)

What did one leaf say to another?
I’m falling for you!

What is a tree’s least favorite month?

Why did summer catch autumn?
Because autumn had a fall!

Weekly Inspiration

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.

The coldest materials in the world aren’t in Antarctica or at the top of Mount Everest. They’re in physics labs: clouds of gases held just fractions of a degree above absolute zero. Lina Marieth Hoyos explains how temperatures this low give scientists a window into the inner workings of matter, and allow engineers to build incredibly sensitive instruments that tell us more about the universe.

What is the coldest thing in the world? – Lina Marieth Hoyos

World of

Our very own District 5170 is organizing an Avenues of Service Training.
Members, there is a Rotary events grant of up to $150 available to you, and this event is eligible for reimbursement! Sign up soon as this event is on October 4, 2018

Learn more at https://events.rotarydistrict5170.org/rotary-district-5170-events/2018-avenues-of-service.

Coffee With a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee With a Rotarian is a monthly program of our club where we match participating club members for one-on-one virtual (or in some cases in person) coffee meetings, so they can learn more about each other. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

This week we have Tzviatko from Harare, Zimbabwe reporting on a chat with Yvonne from Newark, CA, USA.

Tzviatko CWR Aug 2018

We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!

Service Report

Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey


On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!

For Members Only

Past Announcements

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we do regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of the events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

Past Events:

Here is a screenshot from our last online member social!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email [email protected]

What would you like to do?

Hey Members! What would you like to do? We’re working on putting together some exciting socials and impactful service projects for our upcoming quarter’s event calendar. Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.


Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Member Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
Please contribute towards TRF-Annual Fund.

Member Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
All is still well. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus!

Member Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Just had a super time speaking to Rushton Hurley’s class at Serra High School: wow, was I ever as mature as those high school boys that Rushton teaches?

Paul Andrus made a $10 donation.
Please donate this to the club account. About to go hiking the Appalacians for four days in New Hampshire. Happy to have Silicon Valley eClub for doing make-ups. Thanks guys!!!

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

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Selected Comments

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select a few comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.


Here are the comments selected from last week’s meeting.

Rushton Hurley said:
Michael, your enthusiasm is contagious! Keep up the great work. I quite lichened the NatGeo video, too. Hahaha.

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne said:
Oh, Rushton, that was bad. Very punny. Thank you, Michael, for such great enthusiasm! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nan Herron said:
This was a great meeting. I love the lichen piece, the pizza jokes (tho now I’m hungry) and the article on Doc Bledsoe’s SAAB. Very inspiring! And, the Rabbi, wow…. Really got my creative gears churning and reassessing how I can make more of my life focused on that “sweet spot.” Amazing talk, and a great way to try to live my whole life!

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Program: Handedness and the Future of Electronics

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others.

Jess is an excitable scientist with an enthusiasm for equality. She has been involved in several projects to improve gender inclusion in science, as well as encouraging more young people to study science and engineering. Jess won the Institute of Physics (IOP) Early Career Communicator Prize (2015), “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!” (2015), the IOP Jocelyn Bell Burnell Award (2016), the Institution of Materials, Mineral and Mining’s ‘Robert Perrin Award’ (2017), the Imperial College Dame Julia Higgins Certificate (2017) and the IOP Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize (2018). Jess sits on the committees of the IOP’s Women in Physics Group, Physics Communicators Group and London & South East Branch. She is on the Council of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Young Women’s Board. In 2017 Jess was the UK representative on a US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program, travelling across America for a month looking at initiatives to recruit and retain women in ‘STEM’. Jess co-led the UK Team at the 2017 International Conference for Women in Physics. She is a keen Wikipedian, and is helping to upload the biographies of women, LGBTQ+ and POC scientists – creating one every day in 2018.
Jess works on organic light emitting diodes that emit circularly polarised light. To achieve this, she creates chiral nanostructures out of carbon-based materials. Jess believes that when it comes to nanoscale molecular engineering; nature is the expert and we humans are only just catching up. Our world and our bodies are full of “chiral” systems – non-superimposable mirror images, like your left and right hand, DNA, or the stacks of fibrous chitin in the shell of a beetle. Understanding how to create and control left and right-handed systems will transform drug discovery, cryptography, the diagnosis of diseases and even our televisions.

Nanostructures are a fascinating feature of nature – from butterflies to beetles, when it comes to manipulating molecules we are only just catching up. We using chiral small molecules to template the active layer of organic electronic devices so that they emit circularly polarised light. Circularly polarised light will revolutionise everything from display technology to biological sensors – and I’m going to tell you how!

Handedness and the future of electronics Dr Jessica Wade

Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Upcoming Program Recording Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online over Zoom video conference. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. You are welcome to join us! Please note the timezone listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to [email protected]

You’re Almost Done! One last thing: The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, we have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

Visiting Rotarians, this is how you can get an email receipt to pass along to your club’s secretary as proof that you’ve attended our meeting if you need it for makeups.

Non-Rotarian Guests, we would love to see who is dropping by our meetings! This part is optional for you. If you think you may want to join our eClub at some point in the future, we would strongly recommend you fill out the attendance form as it will improve your chances of success for your membership application.

More importantly, for all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment below in our comments area below. Tell us how you enjoyed the program. Ask this week’s speaker any questions you might have. Or just stop by and say hello and tell us where you’re from!

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