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LINGUIST 208: Memory for Spoken Words

Research on memory for spoken words altered the course of much research in phonetics and psycholinguistics since the 1990s. In 2019, though, we are facing three main issues: (1) Much work was unmoved by this seminal work, carrying assumptions that need to be clearly thought through and addressed, (2) We still have no clear grasp of all the intricacies and predictions of this earlier work, and (3) Redundancy in research exists, where parts of our field appear to be caught in a loop. This seminar will be reading and discussion based, focusing on work related to each of these three points. Students will be expected to read two papers a week (one course paper, and one paper cited within that work) to bring us to a clear picture of past work. In addition, the final project involves close collaboration between each student and me, to arrive at a novel and feasible study proposal that addresses one of these three issues, with the expectation that the study will be conducted in the Spring and/or Summer quarters.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Repeatable 3 times (up to 9 units total)
Instructors: ; Sumner, M. (PI)

ME 208: Patent Law and Strategy for Innovators and Entrepreneurs (MS&E 278)

This course teaches the essentials for a startup to build a valuable patent portfolio and avoid a patent infringement lawsuit. Jeffrey Schox, who is the top recommended patent attorney for Y Combinator, built the patent portfolio for Twilio (IPO), Cruise ($1B acquisition), and 300 startups that have collectively raised over $3B in venture capital. This course is equally applicable to EE, CS, and Bioengineering students. For those students who are interested in a career in Patent Law, please note that this course is a prerequisite for ME238 Patent Prosecution.
Terms: Aut | Units: 2-3
Instructors: ; Lin, D. (PI); Schox, J. (PI)

ME 238: Patent Prosecution

The course follows the patent application process through the important stages: inventor interviews, patentability analysis, drafting claims, drafting a specification, filing a patent application, and responding to an office action. The subject matter and practical instruction relevant to each stage are addressed in the context of current rules and case law. The course includes four written assignments: an invention capture, a claim set, a full patent application, and an Office Action response.Pre-requisites: Law 326 (IP:Patents), Law 409 (Intro IP), ME 208, or MS&E 278.
Terms: Win | Units: 2-3
Instructors: ; Schox, J. (PI)

ME 258: Fracture and Fatigue of Materials and Thin Film Structures (MATSCI 358)

Linear-elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics from a materials science perspective, emphasizing microstructure and the micromechanisms of fracture. Plane strain fracture toughness and resistance curve behavior. Mechanisms of failure associated with cohesion and adhesion in bulk materials, composites, and thin film structures. Fracture mechanics approaches to toughening and subcritical crack-growth processes, with examples and applications involving cyclic fatigue and environmentally assisted subcritical crack growth. Prerequisite: 151/251, 198/208, or equivalent. SCPD offering.
Terms: Win | Units: 3
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