University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Fall Semester

Wednesday, September 6th 2006
4:00 pm:
This event will start September 13, 2006
Wednesday, September 13th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Michel Janssen
Subject: John Van Vleck and the Dawn of Quantum Mechanics in Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Terence Hwa
Subject: Statistical Physics of Gene Regulation
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Peter Lax - Courant Institute, New York University
Subject: Mathematics and Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4th 2006
Speaker: Frank Wilczek, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 2004 Nobel Laureate
Subject: The Origin of Mass and Feebleness of Gravity
Refreshments to follow in the Atrium.
Wednesday, October 11th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Mark Robbins, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: Connecting Atomic-Scale Dynamics to Macroscopic Friction Laws
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Physics of Comet Dust
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Tony Tyson, University of California Davis
Subject: The New Digital Sky: Solar System to Dark Energy
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1st 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Misha Stephanov - University of Illinois at Chicago
Subject: The Phase Diagram of Quantum Chromodynamics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: David Weiss
Subject: Experiments with one-dimensional gases
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Cyrus Hirjibehedin
Subject: Building a magnet one atom at a time: STM studies of magnetism at the atomic scale
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22nd 2006
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium this week.
Wednesday, November 29th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Andrey Chubukov, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Subject: Are spin fluctuations a glue to the pairing in the high-temperature superconductors?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 6th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Edward Redish
Subject: Problem Solving and the Use of Math in Physics Courses
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13th 2006
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ian Fisk
Subject: Physics, Analysis, and Computing Challenges of the LHC
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20th 2006
4:00 pm:
Colloquium is done for this semester.

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