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Upcoming Events

Soudan Open House

The Soudan Underground Physics Lab is holding an open house on Saturday, May 2, starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Visitors can travel 1/2-mile underground and discover the data collected during the years that the MINOS detector has been operating.

More information here.

Past Events

Van Vleck Public Lecture

Margaret J. Geller, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will present the 2015 Van Vleck Lecture. The lecture titled "Click the 3D Universe will take place at 7:00 p.m. on April 23rd in Room 150 of the Tate Laboratory of Physics

More information here.

Physics Force Public Show

The Physics Force will present their annual Physics Circus for area school children. The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform a public show on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. Register for the public show at the Physics Force Eventbrite linked below.

More information here.

Erickson Lecture to Feature Expert on Solar Cycles

Dr. Mark Giampapa, National Solar Observatory will speak on Perspectives on the Solar Cycle and Activity in Solar-Type Stars
3:30 p.m., December 5, 2014 in Tate 170 Lab of Physics

More information here.

2014 AAPT National Summer Meeting

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

More information here.

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

Monday, August 31st
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
Wednesday, September 2nd
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
Thursday, September 3rd
2:00 pm:
Surprising New Insights into Quasars from WISE and the Future of Wide-Field Infrared Surveys from Space —
Daniel Stern, JPL
Monday, September 7th
Wednesday, September 9th
1:25 pm:
Electron correlation physics revealed in high mobility MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures —
Joseph Falson, University of Tokyo
Thursday, September 10th
7:00 pm:
The 2015 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series in McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
Spacetime versus the Quantum —
Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Friday, September 11th
2:00 pm:
Chaos in the Black Hole S-matrix —
Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Wednesday, September 16th
1:25 pm:
Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, September 17th
12:05 pm:
Betsey Adams, Astronomy, NL
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
TBD —
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh
Friday, September 18th
12:30 pm:
TBA —
John Terning, U California, Davis
2:30 pm:
No colloquium on the 18th. See MIfA Journal Club listing for Thursday, September 17th.
Wednesday, September 23rd
1:25 pm:
Ivar Martin, Argonne
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