University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Academic Calendar

semester, 2014

Monday, January 20th 2014
Thursday, February 6th 2014
6:30 pm:
Van Vleck Lecture in 150 Tate Lab of Physics
Speaker: Don Gurnett, University of Iowa
Subject: The Epic Journey of Voyager 1 into Interstellar Space
Monday, March 17th 2014
Tuesday, March 18th 2014
Wednesday, March 19th 2014
Thursday, March 20th 2014
Friday, March 21st 2014
Wednesday, April 16th 2014
4:40 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
Speaker: Isaiah Gray, University of Minnesota
Subject: AC Magnetic Susceptibility in a Thin Film of Permalloy
Monday, April 21st 2014
4:40 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
Speaker: Ryan Frink, University of Minnesota
Subject: Superconducting fluctuations in the high-Tc cuprate superconductor LSCO
Wednesday, April 23rd 2014
4:40 pm:
Thesis Defense in 236A Physics
Speaker: Noah Trebesch, University of Minnesota
Subject: A Computational Method for Investigating Bifurcations in Oscillatory Biochemical Reaction Networks
Thursday, April 24th 2014
11:00 am:
Grand Opening Open House in Physics and Nanotechnology Building
Session I of the open house runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Session II runs from 4-7 p.m.
Monday, April 28th 2014
4:40 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
Speaker: Yang Ge, University of Minnesota
Subject: X-ray Absorption Study of Doped Holes in High-Temperature Superconductor HgBa2Cu4+δ
Tuesday, April 29th 2014
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 2-102 CMRR
Speaker: Jinjin Zhang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Development of frequency-modulated techniques for MRI of fast relaxing spins
This the public portion of Ms. Zhang's thesis defense.
3:35 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
Speaker: Tanner Lange, University of Minnesota
Subject: Z' Search in ATLAS eµ Events
Wednesday, April 30th 2014
4:40 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
Speaker: Johannes (Kevin) Nangoi, University of Minnesota
Subject: Photo-induced Conductance Changes in Composite nc-Ge/a-Si:H Thin Films
Thursday, May 1st 2014
5:30 pm:
Honor's Thesis in 110 PAN
Speaker: Matthew Epland, University of Minnesota
Subject: Simulation Studies of Proposed Upgrades to the ATLAS Detector Tracker
Friday, May 2nd 2014
09:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Physics 435
Speaker: Kyle Neary
Subject: Star Formation Histories of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds
This is the public portion of Mr. Neary's PhD thesis defense
Tuesday, May 6th 2014
1:30 pm:
Speaker: Michael Veit, University of Minnesota
Subject: Transport Measurements in the Cuprate Superconductor HgBa2CuO4+δ
4:00 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
Speaker: Christopher Nolting, University of Minnesota
Subject: Fitting DARKexp predictions to dark matter halo profiles from simulation
Wednesday, May 7th 2014
4:40 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
Speaker: Max Veit, University of Minnesota
Subject: Stochastic Simulation of Genetic Regulatory Networks
Friday, May 9th 2014
12:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 210 PAN
Speaker: Abe Reddy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nonlocal Field Theories at Finite Temperature and Density.
This the public portion of Mr. Reddy's thesis defense.
Monday, May 12th 2014
Thursday, May 15th 2014
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Derrick Toth, University of Minnesota
Subject: Measurement of non-DDbar decays of the psi(3770) resonance at BESIII
This is the public portion of Mr. Toth's defense.
Friday, May 16th 2014
4:30 pm:
Congratulations Graduating Seniors!
Monday, May 19th 2014
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dan Endean, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Origin of Magnetic Noise in Square Nanoscale Magnetic Dots
This the public portion of Mr. Endean's thesis defense.
Friday, May 23rd 2014
09:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Jianjie Zhang, University of Minnesota
Subject: A Dark Matter Search Using the Final CDMS-II Data and 100 mm SuperCDMS Ge Detector Ionization Test
This the public portion of Mr. Zhang's thesis defenser
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 120
Speaker: Aaron Smith, University of Minnesota
Subject: Ebert-Fastie Spectral Response Measurements and Simulation for EBEX Calibration
This is the public portion of Mr. Smith's defense.
Friday, May 30th 2014
12:00 pm:
Speaker: Hannes Hubmayr, NIST
Subject: Continuum polarimetry from the millimeter to the far-IR
Monday, June 2nd 2014
2:30 pm:
The School of Physics and Astronomy cordially invites you to a gathering to welcome our 2014 REU participants. Please stop by to say hello and enjoy some refreshments!
Friday, June 13th 2014
Monday, June 16th 2014
Tuesday, June 24th 2014
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 210 Tate
Speaker: Chad Geppert, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electromotive force generated by spin accumulation in ferromagnet/n-GaAs heterostructures
This the public portion of Mr. Geppert's thesis defense.
Friday, July 4th 2014
Monday, July 7th 2014
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Chien-Te Wu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Proximity Effects in Ferromagnet/Superconductor Layered Heterostructures with Inhomogeneous Magnetization
This is the public portion of Mr. Wu's PhD thesis defense
Wednesday, July 9th 2014
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Tianran Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Disorder Effects on Electron Transport in Nanocrystal Assemblies and Topological Insulators.
This the public portion of Ms. Chen's PhD thesis defense.
Friday, July 11th 2014
Monday, July 21st 2014
08:00 am:
NOvA Collaboration Meeting in various locations in Tate and PAN
Tuesday, July 22nd 2014
08:00 am:
NOvA Collaboration Meeting in various locations in Tate and PAN
10:00 am:
Academic Calendar in NHH 2-101 
Speaker: Jesse McCaffrey, Biochem, Molec Biol/Biophysics, University of Minnesota
Subject: Elucidating the Structural Dynamics of SERCA-PLB Regulation by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
This is the Public Portion of Mr. McCaffrey's thesis defense
Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
08:00 am:
NOvA Collaboration Meeting in various locations in Tate and PAN
Thursday, July 24th 2014
08:00 am:
NOvA Collaboration Meeting in various locations in Tate and PAN
Friday, July 25th 2014
08:00 am:
NOvA Collaboration Meeting in various locations in Tate and PAN
11:00 am:
Speaker: Andrew W. Howard, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii - Manoa
Subject: Earth-sized Exoplanets
Saturday, July 26th 2014
08:00 am:
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Wednesday, August 6th 2014
09:00 am:
Please stop by and view Powerpoint presentations by the students in the 2014 REU program, poster session ends at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 7th 2014
12:00 pm:
REU Poster Session in 110 PAN
Please stop by and view posters by the students in the 2014 REU program, poster session ends at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, August 8th 2014
Wednesday, August 13th 2014
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Mike Schecter, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dynamics of Mobile Impurities in One-Dimensional Quantum Liquids
Friday, August 15th 2014
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Kyle Zilic, University of Minnesota
Subject: Calibration and Design of the E and B EXperiment (EBEX) Cryogenic Receiver
This the public portion of Mr. Zilic's thesis defense.
Thursday, August 21st 2014
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Sean Bartz, University of Minnesota
Subject: Meson Spectra from a Dynamical Three-Field Model of AdS/QCD
This is the public portion of Mr. Bartz's thesis defense.
Friday, August 22nd 2014
Monday, September 1st 2014
Tuesday, September 16th 2014
7:00 pm:
Misel Public Lecture in McNamara Alumni Center
Speaker: Andrei Linde, Stanford University
Subject: Universe or Multiverse?
Faculty Host: Keith Olive
Wednesday, September 17th 2014
10:30 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Jeff Klein
Subject: Design, Implementation, and Calibration of Half-Wave Plate Polarimetry for the E and B Experiment
This is the public portion of Mr. Klein's thesis defense.
Tuesday, October 21st 2014
7:00 pm:
Café Scientifique in Bryant Lake Bowl
Speaker: Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Café Scientifique: Einstein: The Old Sage Versus Young Turk
Thursday, October 30th 2014
11:20 am:
Thesis Defense in PaN 110
Speaker: Kevin Christie, University of Minnesota
Subject: Non-equilibrium spin accumulation in Co_2 Fe_x Mn_(1-x) Si/GaAs heterostructures
This is the public portion of Mr. Christie's thesis defense.
Tuesday, December 9th 2014
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 120 PAN
Speaker: Justin Hietala, University of Minnesota
Subject:  Ds Semileptonic Decays
This is the public portion of Mr. Hietala's Thesis Defense.
Thursday, December 11th 2014
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 130 PAN
Speaker: Tom Hofer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Development of CDMS-II Surface Event Rejection Techniques and Their Extensions to Lower Energy Thresholds
This is the public portion of Mr. Hofer's Thesis Defense.
Friday, December 12th 2014
Speaker: Agnes Mocsy, Pratt Institute
Subject: On Being a Woman in Physics: My Experiences Where the Sidewalk Ends
Talk is at 1 pm. Lunch (by reservation) is at 12:30
Thursday, December 18th 2014
08:00 am:
09:30 am:
Thesis Defense in 120 PaN
Speaker: Scott Fallows, University of Minnesota
Subject: Measurement of Nuclear Recoils in the CDMS II Dark Matter Search
This is the public portion of Mr. Fallows Thesis Defense
Thursday, December 25th 2014
Friday, December 26th 2014

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