University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Academic Calendar

semester, 2018

Wednesday, January 10th 2018
12:00 pm:
Community Recognition Luncheon in Tate B50 lobby
Monday, January 15th 2018
Monday, February 19th 2018
09:30 am:
Thesis Defense in Tate-301
Speaker: Kate Raach, University of Minnesota
Subject: Characterization, Optimization, and Operation of TES Bolometers for EBEX
Please note time of defense was incorrect in previous message.
Thursday, March 1st 2018
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Eric Bullock, University of Minnesota
Subject: Polarization Angle Calibration and B-Mode Characterization with the BICEP and Keck Array CMB Telescopes
This is the public portion of Mr. Bullock's Thesis Defense. His advisor is Clem Pryke
Monday, April 16th 2018
Speaker:  Professor Sudhakar Prasad, University of New Mexico and University of Minnesota
Subject: The Modern Imaging Paradigm: There is Plenty of Room in the Middle
Tuesday, April 17th 2018
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Timothy Peterson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Characterization of spin transport, torques, and dynamics in Heusler compound-based epitaxial structures
This is the public portion of Mr. Peterson's Thesis Defense. His advisor is Paul Crowell.
Wednesday, April 18th 2018
7:00 pm:
Kaufmanis Public Lecture in McNamara Alumni Center
Speaker: Victoria Kaspi, McGill University
Subject: Astronomy's Newest Extragalactic Mystery: Fast Radio Bursts!
Monday, May 7th 2018
Friday, May 11th 2018
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 301-20 Tate
Speaker: Anthony Young
Subject: Post-merger configurations of gravitationally bound dark matter systems
This is the public portion of Mr. Young's thesis defense. His advisor is Liliya Williams.
Tuesday, May 15th 2018
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Tate-301-20
Speaker: Michael Janas, University of Minnesota
Subject: Applications of Semiclassical Theory in Statistical and Quantum Mechanics
This is the public portion of Mr. Janas' thesis defense. His advisor is Alex Kamenev.
Friday, May 18th 2018
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Li He, University of Minnesota
Subject: Exploiting the spin of photons and electrons in light-matter interaction
This is the public portion of Mr. He's Thesis Defense. His advisor is Mo Li.
3:35 pm:
Thesis Defense in 129 Amundson
Speaker: Taher Ghasimakbari, University of Minnesota
Subject: Simulation Studies of Correlations, Dynamics and Phase Transitions in Diblock Copolymer Melts
This is the public portion of Mr. Ghasimakbari's thesis defense. His advisor is Prof. David Morse.
Monday, May 21st 2018
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Hannah Rogers, University of Minnesota
Subject: Effective Field Theory Analysis and Active Neutron Veto Design for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search.
This is the public portion of Ms. Roger's Thesis Defense. Her advisor is Vuk Mandic.
Monday, May 28th 2018
Friday, June 8th 2018
Monday, June 11th 2018
Friday, June 22nd 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Friday, June 29th 2018
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Ilana Percher, University of Minnesota
Subject: 2D Mott Hopping of Vortices in an Amorphous Indium Oxide Film
This is the public portion of Ms. Percher's Thesis Defense. Her adviser is Allen Goldman
Saturday, June 30th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
Wednesday, July 4th 2018
Thursday, July 5th 2018
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Jie Yang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Development and Validation of a Physics Problem Difficulty Measure
This is the public portion of Ms. Yang's thesis defense. Her Adviser is Ken Heller.
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Yang Tang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutron Scattering Study of the Cuprate Superconductor HgBa_2CuO_{4+\delta}'
This is the public portion of Mr. Tang's thesis defense. His advisor is Martin Greven.
Saturday, July 7th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State Park
Saturday, July 14th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Friday, July 20th 2018
8:00 pm:
Minnesota Sky-lights in Southwest sky
Jupiter just below the Moon
Friday, July 27th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Dodge Nature Center
Saturday, July 28th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
Saturday, August 4th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Monday, August 6th 2018
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Vladimir Bychkov, University of Minnesota
Subject: Escaping Events at the NOvA Far Detector
This is the public portion of Mr. Bychkov's thesis defense. His advisor is Gregory Pawloski.
Wednesday, August 8th 2018
09:00 am:
Presentations from 9-3
Thursday, August 9th 2018
12:00 pm:
REU Poster Session in PAN 110
Poster session with pizza.
Friday, August 10th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Saturday, August 11th 2018
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State Park
Monday, August 20th 2018
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: D'Ann Barker
Subject: SuperCDMS Background Models for Low-Mass Dark Matter Searches
This is the public portion of Ms. Barker's Thesis Defense. Her adviser is Prisca Cushman.
Friday, August 31st 2018
09:00 am:
Observational Cosmology Lab at the State Fair in U of M Crossroads Exhibit Building—Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Monday, September 3rd 2018
Friday, September 14th 2018
8:00 pm:
Observing Night in 510-02 Tate
Rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. Presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting).
Tuesday, September 18th 2018
4:00 pm:
Friday, September 21st 2018
8:00 pm:
Observing Night in 510-02 Tate
Rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. Presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting).
Friday, September 28th 2018
8:00 pm:
Observing Night in 510-02 Tate
Rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. Presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting).
Thursday, October 11th 2018
3:10 pm:
School Photo in Tate Mall Entrance
Refreshments will be served before the photo. Photo will be at 3:20 sharp on the steps.
Tuesday, November 6th 2018
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Justin Watts, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin Relaxation and Size Effects in Cu and Al Nanowires
This is the public portion of Mr. Watts' Thesis Defense. His advisors are Paul Crowell and Chris Leighton.
Thursday, November 22nd 2018
Friday, November 23rd 2018
Wednesday, December 12th 2018
09:05 am:
Methods of Experimental Physics Poster Session in Tate Hall Basement Atrium
Join us for a poster session recognizing the work this semester's MXP II students have accomplished this Fall.
Friday, December 14th 2018
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Peik Hall 325
Speaker: Miranda C. P. Straub, Curriculum and Instruction Department.
Subject: An Empirical Model of Physics Instructors’ Beliefs about the Purpose, Actions, and Context of Doing Homework
This is public portion of Ms. Straub's Thesis Defense. Her advisors are Leon Hsu and Ken Heller.
Monday, December 24th 2018
Tuesday, December 25th 2018

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