University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Academic Calendar

semester, 2017

Monday, January 2nd 2017
Monday, January 16th 2017
Monday, February 20th 2017
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Keller Hall 4-178A
Speaker: Tao Qu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Ferromagnetic Material Properties and Performance in Spintronic Devices
This is the public portion of Ms. Qu's thesis defense. Her advisor is Randall H. Victora.
Thursday, March 9th 2017
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Yangmu Li
Subject: New insights into phase diagram and the emergence of superconductivity for the electron-doped cuprate superconductors
This is the public portion of Mr. Li's thesis defense. His advisor is Professor Martin Greven.
Friday, March 17th 2017
Thursday, April 20th 2017
7:00 pm:
Van Vleck Public Lecture in Ted Mann Concert Hall
Speaker: Arthur B. McDonald, Queen's University and Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Subject: A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.2 miles Underground
Thursday, May 11th 2017
12:15 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Andy Julin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Measurement of DD Decays from the psi(3770) Resonance
This is the public portion of Mr. Julin's thesis defense. His advisor is Ron Poling.
Friday, May 12th 2017
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Xiaoyu Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Interplay between charge, spin and superconducting properties in copper-based and iron-based superconductors.
This is the public portion of Mr. Wang's thesis defense. His advisor is Rafael Fernandes.
Saturday, May 13th 2017
3:35 pm:
Monday, May 22nd 2017
Monday, May 29th 2017
Tuesday, June 6th 2017
09:00 am:
Please contact Bill Voje at to sign up for class.
Friday, June 9th 2017
Monday, June 12th 2017
Wednesday, June 14th 2017
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Mehdi Lamee, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Ionized Intergalactic Medium and its Influence on Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters
This is the public portion of Mr. Lamee's PhD examination, advisor L. Rudnick
Friday, June 16th 2017
10:30 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 210
Speaker: Jiaming Zheng, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dark Matter Models in Non-Supersymmetric SO(10) Unification Theories
This is the public portion of Mr. Zheng's thesis defense. His advisor is Keith Olive.
Saturday, June 24th 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Saturday, July 1st 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Tuesday, July 4th 2017
Friday, July 7th 2017
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Yuriy Sizyuk, University of Minnesota
Subject:  4d and 5d compounds as the new frontier of the anisotropic spin physics
This is the public portion of Mr. Sizyuk's thesis defense. His advisor is Natalia Perkins.
Saturday, July 8th 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Monday, July 10th 2017
Thursday, July 13th 2017
09:30 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Samuel Ducatman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic Excitations of Hyperhoneycomb beta-Lithium Iridate.
This is the public portion of Mr. Ducatman's thesis defense. His advisor is Natalia Perkins.
Friday, July 14th 2017
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Han Fu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electron transport in SrTiO3 accumulation layers and semiconductor nanocrystal films
This is the public portion of Ms. Fu's Thesis Defense. Her advisor is Boris Shklovskii
8:00 pm:
Universe in the Park in Dodge Nature Center
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Friday, July 21st 2017
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Chun Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: A New Type of Many-Body Majorana Zero Modes in Fermionic Flux Ladder Model
This is the public portion of Mr. Chen's thesis defense. His advisor is Fiona Burnell.
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Saturday, July 29th 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Friday, August 4th 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Mille Lacs kathio State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Saturday, August 5th 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Father Hennepin State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Friday, August 11th 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Saturday, August 12th 2017
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Presentations typically run from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing. This event is free and open to the public, though a vehicle permit is usually required to enter state parks.
Sunday, August 13th 2017
12:00 pm:
Pre-eclipse Block Party in Outdoor space between Physics and Nanotechnology Building and Akerman Hall
Speaker: James Flaten, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics; Lindsay Glesener, School of Physics and Astronomy
Subject: "Live-streaming the Solar Eclipse from the Stratosphere," and "A Rare Look at the Sun's Corona."
Friday, August 18th 2017
Monday, August 28th 2017
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Akerman 225
Speaker: Quentin Ebner, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Effects of Alloy Disorder and Density on Non-Equilibrium Transport in Two-Dimensional Electron Gases
Tuesday, August 29th 2017
12:15 pm:
Thesis Defense in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Melanie Galloway, University of Minnesota
Subject: Morphology is a Link to the Past: examining formative and secular galactic evolution through morphology
This is the public portion of Ms. Galloway's thesis defense. Her advisor is Lucy Fortson
Monday, September 4th 2017
Thursday, September 7th 2017
09:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Cheng-Hsien Li, University of Minnesota
Subject: Astrophysics and Physics of Neutrino Detection
This is the public portion of Mr. Li's thesis defense. His Advisor is Yongzhong Qian.
Thursday, September 14th 2017
All School undergraduate majors and graduate students are welcome to attend.
Monday, September 18th 2017
12:30 pm:
National Postdoc Association Townhall in Mayo Memorial Auditorium, Room 3-100
Tuesday, September 19th 2017
2:00 pm:
National Postdoc Association Seminar in Weaver-Densford Hall W2-110
Speaker: Noro Andriamanalina
Subject: My IDP
Wednesday, September 20th 2017
3:00 pm:
Friday, September 22nd 2017
Saturday, September 23rd 2017
08:30 am:
An International Conference Honoring Mitchell Luskin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday
Sunday, September 24th 2017
An International Conference Honoring Mitchell Luskin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday
Monday, September 25th 2017
08:30 am:
An International Conference Honoring Mitchell Luskin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday
Saturday, September 30th 2017
12:00 pm:
School Picnic in Boom Island Park Shelter B
Monday, October 16th 2017
09:00 am:
Live-stream of press conference, followed by Q & A with LIGO members.
Thursday, October 19th 2017
09:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Tate 201-20
Speaker: Allison Kennedy, University of Minnesota
Subject: SuperCDMS Prototype Detector Design and Testing
This is the public portion of Ms. Kennedy's thesis defense. Her advisor is Vuk Mandic.
11:00 am:
Special Seminar in B50 Tate
Speaker: Andrew Matas, University of Minnesota
Subject: Implications of LIGO announcements
Thursday, October 26th 2017
10:30 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Qianhui Shi, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magneto-transport in quantum Hall systems at high Landau levels
This is the public portion of Ms. Shi's thesis defense. Her advisor is Michael Zudov.
Thursday, November 9th 2017
09:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Tate 201-20
Speaker: Chris Conklin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electrokinetic Phenomena and Singularity-Driven Flows in Nematic Liquid Crystals
This is the public portion of Mr. Conklin's thesis defense. His advisor is Jorge Vinals.
Thursday, November 16th 2017
4:30 pm:
Climate and Diversity Meet and Greet in Tate Hall, Church Street Lobby
Subject: Introduction and Information gathering session
Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, November 29th 2017
7:00 pm:
Speaker: Philip Kim, Harvard University
Subject: Stacking atomic layers: quest for new materials and physics
Refreshments in atrium after the lecture .
Monday, December 4th 2017
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Akerman 317
Speaker: Sheng Tian, University of Minnesota
Subject: The flow of Poynting flux into the terrestrial cusp and auroral zone and its role in powering energy intensive collisionless acceleration mechanisms
This is the public portion of Mr Tian's thesis defense. His advisor is John Wygant.
Tuesday, December 12th 2017
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Ziran Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetism for Data Storage: Magnetoresistance Enhancement by Wave Vector Filtering and Transition Shifts in HAMR
This is the public portion of Mr. Wang's thesis defense. His advisor is Randall Victora.
Wednesday, December 13th 2017
09:05 am:
Friday, December 15th 2017
4:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Sean Kalafut, University of Minnesota
Subject: Search for a WR boson and heavy neutrinos using the LHC and the CMS experiment
This is the public portion of Mr. Kalafut's Thesis Defense. His advisor is Roger Rusack.
Tuesday, December 19th 2017
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Gordon Stecklein, University of Minnesota
Subject: Generation and Absorption of Pure Spin Currents Using Graphene Nonlocal Spin Valves
This is the public portion of Mr. Stecklein's thesis defense. His advisor is Paul Crowell.
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Tate 201-20
Speaker: Mark Mackey, University of Minnesota
Subject: End-Effects in Diblock Copolymer Melts
This is the the public portion of Mr. Mackey's MS Thesis defense.
Friday, December 29th 2017
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in M10 library
Speaker: Pamela Sooriyan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dose enhancement in bone due to the 16O(γ,n)15O reaction
This is the public portion of Ms. Sooriyan's thesis defense. Her thesis advisor is John Broadhurst.

The weekly calendar is also available via subscription to the physics-announce mailing list, and by RSS feed.