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Upcoming Events

2014 AAPT National Summer Meeting

"Welcome American Association of Physics Teachers
July 26-30, 2014

More information here.

Past Events

2013 Van Vleck Lecture

"The Epic Journey of Voyager 1 into Interstellar Space
6:30 p.m., February 6, 2014

Don Gurneett, University of Iowa, will delliver the 2013 Van Vleck Lecture. More information here. Lecture will be streamed live.

Physics Force at the Convention Center

Physics Force to perform before thousands of elementary students
December 9-13, 2013

Shows are free and open to the public but reservations are required.

More information at www.physics.umn.edu/events/calendar/pf.all/future/. Information about bus parking.

School of Physics and Astronomy Open House

Physics Force to perform at School Open House
Thursday, November 7

A full day of events is planned, talks on careers in physics, lab tours and a performance from the Physics Force.

More information and RSVP here

Special School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Azwindini Muronga to speak on Scientific endeavour in South Africa
Wednesday, October 31

Muronga will deliver the Colloquium on Wednesday, October 31, at 3:35 p.m..

More information here

Misel Lecture

Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell to deliver Misel Lecture
Tuesday, September 24

Eric Cornell will deliver the Misel Lecture on Wednesday, September 24,2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Saul Perlmutter

Nobel Laureate Perlmutter to deliver public lecture
July 29, 2013

Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter discusses "Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Our Accelerating Universe" at 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 29, in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union

http://www.physics.umn.edu/events/Perlmutter.html

Physics Slam on Ice

Six Physicists or “contestants” will present their ideas to be judged by the public in a game show style format.
August 2, 2013

Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter discusses "Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Our Accelerating Universe" at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 2 at the Ridder Arena on the U of MN Campus

http://www.hep.umn.edu/physicsslam/

See a video of the whole slam on youtube!

Van Vleck

Nobel Laureate Andre Geim to deliver Van Vleck Lecture
May 2, 2013

Andre Geim will deliver the 37th Van Vleck Lecture, "A Random Walk to Graphene" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, in Room 150 Tate Lab of Physics.

http://www.physics.umn.edu/events/vanvleck/

Physics Open House

featuring the Physics Force
Thursday, November 1, 2012

You are cordially invited to our open house. Daytime events (11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) include pizza lunch, overview of physics program, straight talk about jobs in physics, meeting physics majors and lab tours. Evening program (6:00 - 8:15 p.m.) includes lab tours, overview of the physics program and the Physics Force show.

To RSVP contact Annie Bartels bartel@physics.umn.edu / 612-624-1625

Celebration

of the designation of Tate Lab as a site of historical significane for physics
October 24, 2012

This event will include a plaque-unveiling, reception (by invitation only) and colloquium.

http://www.physics.umn.edu/events/celebration.html

Physics Open House

featuring the Physics Force
Thursday, November 1, 2012

You are cordially invited to our open house. Daytime events (11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) include pizza lunch, overview of physics program, straight talk about jobs in physics, meeting physics majors and lab tours. Evening program (6:00 - 8:15 p.m.) includes lab tours, overview of the physics program and the Physics Force show.

To RSVP contact Annie Bartels bartel@physics.umn.edu / 612-624-1625

Meeting on Massive Stars

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
September 30- October 3, 2012

This workshop will bring together theoreticians and observers working on the most massive stars and their instabilities with those studying the terminal stages, SNe, GRB's, their progenitors, and possible outcomes, such as gravity waves.

http://www.astro.umn.edu/massive/

Misel Family Lecture

John Ellis: Topic to be determined
Sept 18, 2012
John Ellis, Kings College London and CERN

More information

Colloquium on Citizen Science

Chris Lintott: ""Bulgeless galaxies, unusual planets and ancient texts: research results from 600,000 citizen scientists"
May 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

How arm chair scientists can make genuine contributions to research
Chris Lintott, Director of Citizen Science, Adler Planetarium; Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Details
Abstract

Van Vleck Public Talk

Mildred Dresselhaus: "The Promise of Nanomaterials for Theromelectric Applications"
April 26, 2012 at 5:00pm

How nanomaterials may impact the future of energy production
Mildred Dresselhaus, Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Details
Abstract

Kaufmanis Lecture

"How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming"
Thursday April 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
Mike Brown, Professor of Planetary Astronomy, California Institute of Technology http://www.astro.umn.edu/outreach/Kaufmanis2012.html

The Physics of Cooking

Public Lecture, February 9, 2012
David Weitz, Harvard University delivered a public lecture on "The Physics of Cooking" to 550 people at the School of Physics and Astronomy. The lecture is available online. The recipes used in the lecture are also available to download.

Calendar

Thursday, October 2nd
12:05 pm:
Tessa Vernstrom, U British Columbia
12:15 pm:
Photon Lines From Decaying Goldstini Dark Matter —
Zachary Thomas (U. Minnesota)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
"Quantum phase transitions in topological Anderson insulators and superconductors" —
Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota
Friday, October 3rd
2:00 pm:
TBA —
Peter Koroteev (Perimeter Institute)
2:30 pm:
Star Formation as Seen by Low Mass Stars —
Dr. Nino Pangia, STSci
3:35 pm:
Author Meets Readers: —
Author: Roy Cook, Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota. Readers: Stephen Donaho, Department of Philosophy, Normandale Community College and Roy Sorensen, Department of Philosophy, Washin
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Spin Transport in Semiconductors —
Paul Crowell, University of Minnesota
Monday, October 6th
12:15 pm:
Kyle Willett, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 8th
3:35 pm:
Dan Cronin-Henessey
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 9th
12:05 pm:
Micaela Bagley and Liliya Williams
12:15 pm:
Tetraquarks at large Nc —
Thomas D. Cohen (Univ. of Maryland, College Park)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Problems in Human Motion Planning —
Brian Skinner, Argonne NL
Friday, October 10th
2:30 pm:
Puzzles in the Structure of Disk Galaxies —
Dr. Stephan Courteau, Queen's University
3:35 pm:
Life on Display: The Exhibits Revolution in U.S. Science and Natural History Museums —
Karen Rader, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
TBA —
Priscilla Cushman
Monday, October 13th
12:15 pm:
Tania Regimbau, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
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