University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Spring Semester

Wednesday, January 23rd 2008
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium this week.
Wednesday, January 30th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
Subject: When Will We Discover the Extraterrestrials?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 31st 2008
7:00 pm:
Speaker: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
Subject: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Cosmos
This lecture is free and open to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Wednesday, February 6th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Cary Forest, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Subject: Turbulent Liquid Metal Dynamo Experiments
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Michael Marder, University of Texas, Austin
Subject: Rising above the gathering storm with U Teach
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Richard Ellis, Cal Tech
Subject: The Case for a Significant Population of Sub-Luminous Star Forming Galaxies at Redshift 10
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ray Bishop, University of Manchester
Subject: Confronting The Quantum Many-Body Problem: An Overview Of The Coupled Cluster Method And Its Applications In Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5th 2008
4:00 pm:
Van Vleck Public Lecture in 150 Physics
Speaker: David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB
Subject: The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 6th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB
Subject: The Future of Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: David Charbonneau (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Subject: The Era of Comparative Exoplanetology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19th 2008
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium - Spring Break
Wednesday, March 26th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: J.V. Porto, NIST
Subject: Controlled exchange interactions in a double-well optical lattice
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2nd 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Saskia Fischer, University of Bochum
Subject: Coupling of quantum conductors
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Martin White , UC Berkeley
Subject: The echo of Einstein's greatest blunder
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: John Martinis, UCSB
Subject: Entanglement of Josephson-Junction Quantum Bits
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23rd 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ramon Lopez, University of Texas, Arlington
Subject: Space Weather
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Kam-Biu Luk, University of California, Berkeley
Subject: Reactor Experiments for Neutrino Oscillations
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: G. J. Wasserburg, Cal Tech
Subject: Imagination, pulp fiction, science & exploration
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14th 2008
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium - Finals Week
Wednesday, May 21st 2008
4:00 pm:
The colloquium has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008

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