University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Academic Calendar

semester, 2010

Friday, January 1st 2010
Wednesday, March 10th 2010
5:00 pm:
Van Vleck Lecture in 150 Physics
Speaker: Anton Zeilinger, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, University of Vienna
Subject: Quantum physics
Thursday, April 1st 2010
3:00 pm:
Refreshments will be served
Tuesday, April 6th 2010
4:40 pm:
Thesis Defense in 143 Physics
Speaker: Mitchell Ahrens, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrinos and Plastic Bottles: A Measurement of the Rate of Water Vapor Diffusion Through HDPE and Buna-N
This is the public portion of Mr. Ahrens' Thesis Defense
Monday, April 19th 2010
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Tanner Prestegard, University of Minnesota
Subject: Effect of Hadron Calorimeter Segmentation on Electron Identification in the Compact Muon Solenoid.
This is the public portion of Mr. Prestegard’s Senior Honors Thesis Defense
Tuesday, April 20th 2010
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Brian Moth, University of Minnesota
Subject: Simulation of a newly discovered liquid crystal phase
Monday, April 26th 2010
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Tyler Hennen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic Force Macroscopy
This is the public portion of Mr. Hennen’s Senior Honors Thesis Defense
Wednesday, April 28th 2010
4:40 pm:
Speaker: David Stark, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Recovery of Massive Stars from Giant Eruptions
This is the public portion of Mr. Stark’s Senior Honors Thesis Defense
Thursday, April 29th 2010
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Adam Peterson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Muon Calorimetry in the CLEO-c Experiment
This is the public portion of Mr. Peterson’s Senior Honors Thesis Defense
Friday, April 30th 2010
10:00 am:
Speaker: Grant Remmen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Distortion of Black Holes caused by motion relative to the Cosmic Microwave Background
This is the public portion of Mr. Remmen’s Senior Honors Thesis Defense
Monday, May 3rd 2010
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Niclole LaHaye, University of Minnesota
Subject: Observation of the Moses Effect in Pure and Salt Water Solutions
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Thursday, May 6th 2010
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Nathan Mirman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Study of Bin Migration in Z Boson Rapidity Measurement at CMS
Monday, May 10th 2010
Tuesday, May 11th 2010
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 236 Physics
Speaker: Edwin Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Linear Sigma Model at Finite Temperatures and Chemical Potentials
This is the public portion of Mr. Bowman’s Thesis Defense
Saturday, May 15th 2010
Monday, May 24th 2010
Monday, May 31st 2010
Monday, June 7th 2010
Wednesday, June 9th 2010
Thursday, June 10th 2010
1:30 pm:
Ph. D. Thesis Defense in Physics 157
Speaker: Shun Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Investigating the orientational order in liquid crystals
This is the public portion of Shun Wang’s Thesis Defense
Friday, June 11th 2010
3:00 pm:
Monday, June 14th 2010
Monday, June 21st 2010
1:30 pm:
Ph. D. Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Eric Garlid, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electrical Detection of the Spin Hall Effect in Ferromagnet-Semiconductor Heterostructures
Monday, July 5th 2010
Friday, July 9th 2010
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 402 Walter Library 
Speaker: Dan Weisz, University of Minnesota
Subject: The History of Star Formation in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies
This is the public portion of Mr. Weisz's Ph.D. final oral exam.
Tuesday, July 13th 2010
10:30 am:
Speaker: Ruihua He, Stanford University
Subject: Experimental Studies of High-Tc Cuprate Superconductors with Density Wave Correlations
Tuesday, August 10th 2010
12:00 pm:
Special Lecture in Physics 210
Speaker: Hans Courant, University of Minnesota
Subject: First-hand account of the Manhattan Project
Note change of venue, again!
Wednesday, August 11th 2010
1:30 pm:
Speaker: Brian Andersson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Lecture demonstration apparatus demonstrated
Monday, August 23rd 2010
Thursday, August 26th 2010
08:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park Stage, Minnesota State Fair
Friday, September 3rd 2010
Monday, September 6th 2010
Tuesday, September 7th 2010
Friday, September 24th 2010
12:00 pm:
Physics Force Public Show in Coffman Union
Public shows are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
Friday, October 15th 2010
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics 157
Speaker: Steven Gardeen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Human Auditory Source Discrimination.
Saturday, October 16th 2010
08:00 am:
Gravitational Waves 2010 Workshop in Mayo Memorial Auditorium
Please contact gw2010 (@) physics.umn.edu for more information about the event.
Thursday, November 4th 2010
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 150 Physics
Speaker: Jesse Woodroffe, University of Minnesota
Subject: Ultra Low Frequency Waves, Magnetic Pulsations, and the Ionospheric Alfven Resonator
This is the public portion of Jesse Woodroffe's thesis defense.
Thursday, November 11th 2010
11:30 am:
Come find out about careers in physics, take a lab tour and enjoy free pizza.
6:30 pm:
See a Physics Force Show, take a lab tour and win a copy of the Physics of Super Heroes!
Saturday, November 13th 2010
10:30 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Coffman Union
Public shows are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
12:00 pm:
Physics Force Public Show in Coffman Union
Public shows are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
Friday, December 10th 2010
2:30 pm:
Probability Seminar in Vincent Hall 207
Speaker: Jun Yin, Harvard University
Subject: Random Matrix Theory: A short survey and recent results on universality
Monday, December 27th 2010
Tuesday, December 28th 2010
Wednesday, December 29th 2010
Thursday, December 30th 2010
Friday, December 31st 2010

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