University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Academic Calendar

semester, 2015

Thursday, January 1st 2015
Friday, January 2nd 2015
Monday, January 19th 2015
Tuesday, January 27th 2015
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Kent Bodurtha, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electronic transport in nanocrystalline germanium/hydrogenated amorphous silicon composite thin films
This is the public portion of Mr. Bodurtha's Thesis Defense.
Friday, March 6th 2015
11:00 am:
Special Space Physics Seminar in 435 Tate Lab of Physics
Speaker: Lois Sarno-Smith, University of Michigan
Subject: High Energy" Ion depletion in the Post-Midnight Plasmasphere - Using the Van Allen Probes Satellite Suite to Uncover Mysteries of the Inner Magnetosphere
Monday, March 16th 2015
Tuesday, March 17th 2015
Wednesday, March 18th 2015
Thursday, March 19th 2015
Friday, March 20th 2015
Wednesday, April 22nd 2015
10:30 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Xiangwei Tang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Observations of Plasma Waves at the Earth's Dayside Magnetopaus
This is the public portion of Ms. Tang's thesis defense.
Thursday, April 23rd 2015
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PaN 110
Speaker: Addis Woldesenbet, University of Minnesota
Subject: Model-free analysis of quadruply imaged gravitationally lensed systems.
This is the public portion of Ms. Woldesenbet's thesis defense.
7:00 pm:
Speaker: Margaret J. Geller, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Subject: Click: The 3D Universe
This is event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled to last an hour.
Saturday, May 2nd 2015
08:30 am:
Soudan Laboratory Open House in Soudan Underground Laboratory
Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 7th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Mitchell Wendt, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Detection of Bright but Rare Particles Carrying One or Two Distinct Fluorescent Colors: A Simulation Study
Friday, May 8th 2015
11:15 am:
Methods of Experimental Physics Poster Session in Physics and Nanotechnology Building Atrium
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Benjamin Ihde, University of Minnesota
Subject: Statistical Validation of Density-Specific-Volume Covariance Transport in a Two-Fluid System
Monday, May 11th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Exra Hart, University of Minnesota
Subject: Investigation of Missing Cell Events to Improve NOvA Far Detector Data
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Asad Kahn, University of Minnesota
Subject: Study of source of timing variations in ECAL using Z to ee events
Friday, June 5th 2015
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Chaoyun Bao, University of Minnesota
Subject: Foreground Cleaning for Cosmic Microwave Background Polarimeters in the Presence of Instrumental Effects
Thursday, June 11th 2015
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: J J Nelson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Hopping Conduction and Metallic behavior in 2D Silicon Surface States induced by an Ionic Liquid
This is the public portion of Mr. Nelson's thesis defense.
Saturday, June 13th 2015
11:00 am:
Memorial Service in First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis
There will be a memorial service for the late Professor Erwin Marquit at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis located at 900 Mount Curve Avenue.
Wednesday, June 24th 2015
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Wednesday, July 8th 2015
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Wednesday, July 15th 2015
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Wednesday, July 29th 2015
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Monday, August 3rd 2015
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Bern Youngblood, University fo Minnesota
Subject: Noise and stochastic resonance in nanoscale magnetic particles
This is the public portion of Mr. Youngblood's thesis defense.
Wednesday, August 5th 2015
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Tuesday, August 11th 2015
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Susan Lein, University of Minnesota
Subject:  Muon Neutrino Contained Disappearance in NOvA
This is the public portion of Ms. Lein's Thesis Defense.
Wednesday, August 12th 2015
Speaker: REU Stduents, with Welcome by Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota
Subject: See abstract for titles
Friday, August 21st 2015
10:30 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Andrew Galkiewicz, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic domain wall dynamics in patterned nanowires
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Kanika Sachdev, University of Minnesota
Subject: Muon to Electron Neutrino Oscillation in NOvA
Thursday, August 27th 2015
09:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park, MN State Fair
Monday, August 31st 2015
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
Friday, September 4th 2015
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 120 PAN
Speaker: Zhen Yuan, University of Minnesota
Subject: A Model for Gas Dynamics and Chemical Evolution of the Fornax Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
This is the public portion of Zhen Yuan's thesis defense.
Monday, September 7th 2015
Friday, September 11th 2015
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 120
Speaker: Joe Kinney, University of Minnesota
Subject: Kinetic Inductance and Ionic Liquids, Tools for Understanding High-Tc Superconductors
This is the public portion of Mr. Kinney's thesis defense.
Sunday, September 27th 2015
12:00 pm:
School picnic in Boom Island Park
Please go here for map and RSVP information.
Thursday, October 8th 2015
3:15 pm:
School Photo in Steps of Civil Engineering Building
Refreshments will be served in the PAN lobby at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21st 2015
08:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Kwang Ho Hur, University of Minnesota
Subject: Advancing Fluorescence Fluctuation Microscopy in living cells: From non-stationary signals to tricolor FFS
This is the public portion of Mr. Hur's Thesis Defense.
Tuesday, November 3rd 2015
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PaN 120
Speaker: Tambe Ebai Norbert, University Of Minnesota
Subject: Search for massive long-lived neutral particles decaying to photons and large missing transverse energy using the Compact Muon Solenoid(CMS) particle detector.
This the public portion of Mr. Norbert's defense. His advisor is Yuichi Kubota.
Thursday, November 5th 2015
Pizza lunch, lab tours, an overview of the School, and a chance to win a copy of the book The Physics of Superheroes.
Subject: Overview of the school, lab tours, admissions information and a performance by the Physics Force.
Friday, November 6th 2015
3:30 pm:
Warren Lecture Series in Civil Engineering 210
Speaker: Victor Berdichevsky, Wayne State University, Detroit
Subject: Variational Principle for Probabilistic Measure in Theory of Materials with Random Microstructures and Beyond
Monday, November 23rd 2015
4:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 434 PAN
Speaker: Michael Albright, University of Minnesota
Subject: Thermodynamics of Hot Hadronic Gases at Finite Baryon Densities
This is the public portion of Mr. Albright's thesis defense. His advisor is Joseph Kapusta
Thursday, November 26th 2015
Friday, November 27th 2015
Thursday, December 10th 2015
09:30 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 120
Speaker: Xin Li, University of Minnesota
Subject: Phenomenology of Hadrons Containing Heavy Quarks
This is the public portion of Mr. Li's thesis defense. His adviser is Mikhail Voloshin.
Friday, December 11th 2015
7:00 pm:
Bell Museum Social in Bell Museum of Natural History
Speaker: Larry Rudnick, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Biggest Things in the Universe
Wednesday, December 16th 2015
Thursday, December 17th 2015
Wednesday, December 23rd 2015
Thursday, December 24th 2015
Friday, December 25th 2015

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