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Upcoming Events

Riess to deliver Kaufmanis Lecture

Nobel Laureate Adam Riess will deliver the annual Kaufmanis Public Lecture on April 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the McNamara Alunmni Center. Riess will speak on the topic of "Supernovae Reveal an Accelerating Universe."
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Marx to deliver Henry Erikson Lecture

Dr. Jay Marx, Senior Advisor, LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of Technology will talk about "The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes" on May 6 at 4:00 p.m. in 101 Fraser Hall.
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Past Events

School of Physics and Astronomy Open House

The 2015 Open House will feature a pizza lunch, lab tours, an overview of the School, a performance by the Physics Force and a chance to win a copy of the book The Physics of Superheroes. The Open House will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 11:30 -2:00 p.m. and 6:00 -8:15 p.m. in room 110 of the Physics and Nanotechnology Building.

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Physics Force announces January shows

The Physics Force will present their annual week of shows for area school children. The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 11-15, 2016. The Physics Force will also perform a public show on Thursday, January 14 at 7 PM; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. RSVP is required for attendance. Please follow link below.
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School Picnic

Undergrads, Grads, Postdocs, Staff, Faculty and Families of the School of Physics and Astronomy are invited to a picnic to help kick off the new school year. The event, which will include games and socializing, will be held at Boom Island Park on Sunday, September 27 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM.

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The 2015 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series

Spacetime Versus the Quantum, by Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB. Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.

More information here.

MIFA Public Lecture

To the Stars We Will Go: The Worlds of Exoplanets, by Charles Woodward, Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota. Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Museum Auditorium.

More information here.

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.

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

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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

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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

Friday, April 29th
11:15 am:
Achieving High Baryon Densities in the Fragmentation Region in Heavy Ion Collisions at Top RHIC Energy —
Ming Li, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Tunable splitting of the Ground-State Degeneracy in Quasi-1D Parafermion systems —
Chun Chen, University of Minnesota
Please note change of speaker from last announcement.
12:30 pm:
TBA —
Sebastian Ellis (Michigan)
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
3:35 pm:
Progress in the Sciences -- and also in the Arts —
Philip Kitcher, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
4:40 pm:
Group Presentations, Part 2
Monday, May 2nd
12:15 pm:
Probing the Stochastic Gravitational-wave Background in the Advanced LIGO Era —
Patrick Meyers, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, May 3rd
12:00 pm:
Partitioning of Energy Flow from Reconnection —
Evan Tyler, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, May 4th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Michael Guy Poirier, Ohio State University
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
TBA
Thursday, May 5th
12:05 pm:
Karl Young and Claudia Scarlata
2:30 pm:
A Model of the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background due to Core Collapse to Black Holes —
Kyle Crocker
3:35 pm:
Neutrinos, Antineutrinos, and No Neutrinos —
Josh Klein, University of Pennsylvania
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Friday, May 6th
12:20 pm:
Magnetotransport in NdTiO3/SrTiO3 Interface —
Yilikal Ayino, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Some aspects of Axion Electrodynamics —
Chris Hill (Fermilab)
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