University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester

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.
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.

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