University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

semester, 2016

Thursday, January 28th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Kathy Levin, University of Chicago
Subject: Atomic Gases as a Proxy-Laboratory for Condensed (& Other) Matter
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Oriol T. Valls
Thursday, February 4th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Eva Halkiadakis, Rutgers University
Subject: Exploring the Energy Frontier at the Large Hadron Collider
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Jeremiah Mans
Thursday, February 11th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Scott Dodelson, Fermilab
Subject: Myth-Busters: Dark Energy Survey and South Pole Telescope
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Marco Peloso
Thursday, February 18th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Karl Gebhardt, University of Texas, Austin
Subject: Black Holes and Dark Energy through the Eyes of Texas
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Evan Skillman
Thursday, February 25th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: John Wilkerson, University of North Carolina
Subject:  The Neutrino — Beyond the Standard Model
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Marvin Marshak
Thursday, March 3rd 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Leo Radzihovsky, University of Colorado
Subject: Critical matter, chiral symmetry breaking and emergent Higgs mechanism
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Natalia Perkins
Thursday, March 10th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: David Brain, University Colorado at Boulder
Subject: Has the Martian Atmosphere Disappeared Over Time?
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Cynthia Cattell
Thursday, March 17th 2016
Speaker: There will be no colloquium this week--SPRING BREAK
Thursday, March 24th 2016
3:35 pm:
No colloquium due to late cancellation
Thursday, March 31st 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Abhay Pasupathy, Columbia University
Subject: Experiments in Flatland
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Thursday, April 7th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Adam Lyon, Fermilab
Subject:  The New Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium
Faculty Host: Dan Cronin-Hennessy
Thursday, April 14th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Wendy Freedman, University of Chicago
Subject: Measurement of Cosmological Parameters
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Clement Pryke
Thursday, April 21st 2016
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
There will be no colloquium this week due to the Kaufmanis lecture
Speaker: Nobel Laureate Dr. Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Subject: Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe.
For more information refer to: http://www.astro.umn.edu/seminars/kaufmanis/
Thursday, April 28th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Maxim Pospelov, University of Victoria and Perimeter Institute
Subject: Neutrino portal
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Thursday, May 5th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Josh Klein, University of Pennsylvania
Subject: Neutrinos, Antineutrinos, and No Neutrinos
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium. Student Awards will be presented at the start of Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Marvin Marshak
Thursday, September 8th 2016
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, September 15th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Vuk Mandic
Subject: First Direct Detections of Gravitational Waves
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Thursday, September 22nd 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Lucy Fortson
Subject: Blazar Observations with VERITAS: expanding the cosmic gamma-ray horizon
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Thursday, September 29th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Greg Pawloski
Subject: Looking at the weird building blocks of the universe with the NOvA detectors
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Thursday, October 6th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Tommaso Treu, UCLA
Subject: The other 95%: insights from strong gravitational lensing
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: M. Claudia Scarlata
Thursday, October 13th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Rafael Fernandes
Subject: High-temperature superconductivity near a quantum critical point
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Thursday, October 20th 2016
Speaker: John Preskill, California Institute of Technology
Subject: Quantum Information and Spacetime
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Thursday, October 27th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Amir Yacoby, Harvard University
Subject: A New Spin on Superconductivity
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Thursday, November 3rd 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Vincent Noireaux
Subject: DNA programmed dynamical systems outside cells: from gene circuits to self-assembly
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Thursday, November 10th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Michel Devoret, Yale University
Subject: Fighting Decoherence with Dissipation
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Thursday, November 17th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Fai Mak, Penn State University
Subject: Superconductivity in single-layer van der Waals’ metals
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii
Thursday, November 24th 2016
Speaker: There will be no colloquium this week due to Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 1st 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: David Kohlstedt
Subject: From Reaction-driven to Stress-driven Melt Segregation – Formation of High-permeability Paths through Earth’s Mantle
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Thursday, December 8th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: David Poland, Yale University
Subject: Critical Phenomena and the Conformal Bootstrap
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Thursday, December 15th 2016
3:35 pm:
There is no colloquium this week.

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