University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Fall Semester

Monday, September 3rd 2007
Tuesday, September 4th 2007
Thursday, September 6th 2007
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Takemichi Okui, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: The 't Hooft Model As A Hologram
4:00 pm:
Electrical Engineering Colloquium in 3-210 EECS Building
Speaker: M. Mansuripur, University. Arizona
Subject: Radiation Pressure and the Momentum of Light in Dielectric Media
Please note: There is no Condensed Matter Seminar today, please attend EEC event.
Friday, September 7th 2007
2:30 pm:
Monday, September 10th 2007
Speaker: Pearl Sandick
Subject: Neutralino Dark Matter from GUT-less SUSY
Tuesday, September 11th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Thompson
Subject: Measuring Distances, Orientation and Structural Dynamics in Muscle Proteins Using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 236A Physics
No Seminar This Week
Wednesday, September 12th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Juan Collar, Enrico Fermi Institute
Subject: Something Old, Something New
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 13th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Helton and Terry Jones. both from the University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Andreas Karch, University of Washington
Subject: "The N=4 super Yang-Mills plasma"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Joe Skinner, University of Minnesota
Subject: Fluorescence Fluctuation Spectroscopy Extended Beyond Diffusion: Flow and Immobilization
This talk is also his final Ph.D. Thesis
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, September 14th 2007
2:30 pm:
FTPI Seminar in Physics 435
Speaker: Alon Faraggi, University of Liverpool
Subject: "Novel Symmetries in Heterotic Vacua"
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Priscilla Cushman
Subject: Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Michael Kelley, U. Central Florida
Subject: The Size Distribution and Surface Properties of Comet Nuclei
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Daniel Kennefick, Department of Physics, University of Arkansas
Subject: Traveling at the Speed of Thought: Theorists Attempt to Prove the Existence of Gravitational Waves
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 17th 2007
Speaker: Matthew Sexton, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Nonperturbative Decay of Supersymmetric Flat Directions During Preheating with "realistic" Gauged Lagrangians"
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Walter Library, Room 402
Speaker: Dale Jackson, Dept. of Astronomy
Subject: Dust at Low Metallicity: A Spitzer Survey of Local Group Dwarf Galaxies
Speaker: Dr. Matthias Bode, Argonne National Laboratory
Subject: Imaging Magnetic Surfaces with Atomic Resolution
Tuesday, September 18th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Alex Levchenko
Subject: Coulomb Drag Resistance and Zero Temperature
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Cynthia Cattell, University of Minnesota
Subject: STEREO observations of large amplitude whistler wave in the Van Allen belts: Implications for electron energization
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Kregg Arms
Subject: New results from the MINOS experiment
Wednesday, September 19th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Nigel Cooper, Cambridge University
Subject: Spinning Topological Phases out of Cold Atomic Gases
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 20th 2007
12:00 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Randy Jokipii, University of Arizona
Subject: Implications of Recent Remote and In Situ Observations of the Outer Heliosphere and the Local Interstellar Medium
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Erich Poppitz, University of Toronto
Subject: "Lattice chirality and the decoupling of mirror fermions"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Nigel Cooper, Cambridge
Subject: Pumping and Probing Nuclear Spins in Semiconductor Quantum Wires
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No Seminar This Week
Friday, September 21st 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Vuk Mandic
Subject: Searching for Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background with LIGO
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Jan-Uwe Ness, Arizona State University
Subject: The X-ray view of Classical Novae
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Staffan Mueller-Wille, The ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS), Univ. of Exeter. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Fleck and Kuhn on Scientific Change
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 24th 2007
Speaker: Yong-Zhong Qian
Subject: "Chemical Evolution of Heavy Elements: Implications for Stellar Sources"
Tuesday, September 25th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Greg McKusky
Subject: Differential Conductance Measurements of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
No Seminar This Week
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, September 26th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Susan Coppersmith
Subject: Quantum computing: Opportunities and challenges
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 27th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Dan Polsgrove and Larry Rudnick
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dan Hooper, Fermilab
Subject: "Evidence of Dark Matter Annihilations in the WMAP Sky"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Sue Coppersmith, University of Wisconsin
Subject: Computational complexity and complex systems
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, September 28th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: James Kakalios
Subject: Conductance Fluctuations: From Amorphous Silicon to the Cerebral Cortex
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Subject: No colloquium this week.
Speaker: Kenneth Lipartito, Department of History, Florida International University
Subject: It's Not Rocket Science: Operations Engineering and Human Space Flight
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 1st 2007
Speaker: Shaul Hanany, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Science and Politics of a CMB polarization satellite"
Tuesday, October 2nd 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Craig Zaspel University of Montana–Western
Subject: Spin Dynamics from a Spin-Polarized Current in Vortex State Magnetic Disks
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Alexander Scott, University of Minnesota
Subject: Measuring Quantum Correlations in Entangled D0-D0bar Decays at CLEO-c
Wednesday, October 3rd 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Leo P. Kadanoff
Subject: The Good, the Bad and the Awful - Scientific Simulation and Prediction
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 4th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Paul Edmon and Chuck Woodward, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Shufang Su, University of Arizona
Subject: Left-Right Twin Higgs Models: Collider Phenomenology and Dark Matter Implication
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No Condensed Matter Seminar today. Attendance at the Meisel Lecture at 4:45 by Leo Kadanoff in Room 150 is recommended.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Speaker: Leo P. Kadanoff
Subject: Making a Splash; Breaking a Neck: The Development of Complexity in Physical Systems
Friday, October 5th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Marco Peloso
Subject: Cosmological Inflation
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. David Ciardi, Caltech
Subject: A Search for Dust in the Habitable Zones Around Solar-like Stars
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Michael Weisberg, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Three Kinds of Idealization
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 8th 2007
Speaker: Keith Olive, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, October 9th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Masaya Nishioka
Subject: Magnetoresistance of Graphene Spin Valves
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Professor Gordon Rostoker, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Subject: Substorms: the Evolution of a Concept
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Oleg Kamaev, Center for Accelerator and Particle Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology
Subject: Rare nonleptonic decays of the Omega hyperon: measurement of the branching ratios for Omega -> Xi*(1530) pi and Omega -> Xi pi pi
Wednesday, October 10th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Bonnie Fleming
Subject: Unexpected Results from MiniBooNE
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 11th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Dan Weisz and Liliya Williams, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Raymond Bishop, University of Manchester, University of Minnesota
Subject: "The Hamiltonian Lattice: Towards a Many-Body Treatment of SU(N) Gauge Theory"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Matteo Cococcioni, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota
Subject: Improved numerical methods for transition-metal compounds
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, October 12th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Joachim Mueller
Subject: Fluorescence Fluctuation Spectroscopy of Biological Systems: What optical noise can teach us about proteins, cells and viruses?
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Jason Harris, Steward Observatory
Subject: Magellanic Mystery Tour
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
No Colloquium This Week
Monday, October 15th 2007
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
Subject: The Square Kilometer Array and the Early Universe
Tuesday, October 16th 2007
12:20 pm:
No Seminar This Week
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Ed Smith, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA
Subject: The Heliospheric Plasma Sheet: Structure and Dynamics
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Bob Zwaska, Fermilab
Subject: Fermilab Accelerator Improvements for Neutrino Beams
Wednesday, October 17th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ed Smith, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA
Subject: The Heliospheric Magnetic Field: Origin, Structure and Interaction with the Solar Wind and Interstellar Medium
Refreshments moved to Main Hall in front or room 148 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 18th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Shea Brown and Tom Jones, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Philip Mannheim, University of Conneticut
Subject: Conformal Gravity Challenges String Theory
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Baruch Meerson, Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Subject: Particle Clustering in Granular Flows: Hydrodynamic Singularities in a Box of Sand?
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino Mass Hierarchy and Stepwise Spectral Swapping of Supernova Neutrino Flavors
Friday, October 19th 2007
2:30 pm:
FTPI Seminar in Physics 435
Speaker: Ken Intriligator, University of California, San Diego
Subject: "IR Free or Interacting? Proposed diagnostics."
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Robert Lysak
Subject: Plasma Physics in the Solar System and Beyond
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Robert Benjamin, U. Wisconsin, White Water
Subject: The Milky Way Galaxy: A (Re)Introduction
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Stuart McCook, Department of History, University of Guelph
Subject: The 'Malaria of Coffee': Hemileia vastatrix and Changing Ideas about Health and Disease in Plants, 1870-1930
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 22nd 2007
Speaker: Shea Brown, University of Minnesota
Subject: "A 280 Mpc Void and the WMAP Cold Spot"
Tuesday, October 23rd 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Tsuyoshi Kondo
Subject: Tunneling Anisotropic Magnetoresistance in Fe/GaAs Heterostructures
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Paul Kellogg, University of Minnesota
Subject: How to measure density and electric field with only 3 antennas
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 24th 2007
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium This Week
Thursday, October 25th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Steve Warren, University of Minnesota and Ken Rines, Harvard Center for Astrophysics
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jose Cembranos, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Goldstones and Solitons in Brane Worlds"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Matthieu Wyart, Harvard University
Subject: Soft Modes, Rigidity and Relaxation in Amorphous Solids
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week.
Friday, October 26th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Allen Goldman
Subject: Superconductivity: What It Is and What We Know
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Dean Townsley, University of Chicago
Subject: Explosions in Mass Transferring White Dwarf Stellar Binaries
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Amit Hagar, Indiana Univ., Don Howard, Univ. of Notre Dame, Chris Smeenk, Univ. of Western Ontario
Subject: Einstein's Distinction between Principle Theories and Constructive Theories
Please see comments in Abstract section
Monday, October 29th 2007
Speaker: Vuk Mandic
Subject: LIGO: Status and Plans
Tuesday, October 30th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Chunyong He
Subject: Heat Capacity Investigation of Phase Separation and Spin-State Transitions in La1-xSrxCoOx
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Yan Song, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic Reconnection or Irreversible Reactive Interaction in Cosmic Plasmas?
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jason Haupt, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electron Efficiencies from Data in the CMS detector
Wednesday, October 31st 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Larry Rudnick, Liliya Williams, Marco Peloso, Shaul Hanany, Shea.Brown
Subject: The CMB, Dark Energy, and the Giant Void in the Universe
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 1st 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Pete Mendygral and Sebastian Hidalgo, both University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Witold Skiba, Yale University
Subject: "Light Scalar at LHC: the Higgs or the Dilaton?"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Raymond Bishop, Manchester
Subject: Quantum Phase Transitions in Spin-Lattice Systems With and Without Frustration
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Jim Kneller, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Lithium-6 Plateau
Friday, November 2nd 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Mikhail Shifman
Subject: HEP theory
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Doug Leonard, SDSU
Subject: Seeking the Type Ia Supernova Progenitor
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
3:35 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in Carlson School of Management, Room: t.b.a.
Speaker: Kenneth Manders, Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Representation vs Ontology in Mathematics
Note: Different Place
Monday, November 5th 2007
Speaker: Terry Jay Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: Fundamental constants, not so variable after all
Speaker: Igor Burmistrov, L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics
Subject: Energy relaxation in the spin-polarized disordered electron liquid
Tuesday, November 6th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Trapping carriers in organic field-effect transistors by metal nanoparticles
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Deborah Harris, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Subject: The MINERvA Experiment
Wednesday, November 7th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Walter Gekelman
Subject: Three-dimensional current systems produced by colliding plasmas in a background Magnetoplasma
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 8th 2007
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Physics 358B (Astronomy Reading Room)
Speaker: Jeremy Gogos
Subject: An Atmospheric Muon Neutrino Disappearance Measurement with the MINOS Far Detector
10:10 am:
Space Physics Seminar in 170 Physics
Speaker: Walter Gekelman from UCLA
Subject: Experiments relevant to space at the UCLA Basic Plasma Science Facility
Please note different time and place.
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Karl Isensee and Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Yuri Shirman, University of California, Irvine
Subject: Low energy gauge mediation from metastable vacua
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Daniel Sheehy, Iowa State
Subject: The Low-Temperature Phases of Polarized Fermionic Superfluids
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yang Li, Iowa State
Subject: Gluon recombination in high parton density QCD
Friday, November 9th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Roger Rusack
Subject: CMS experiment
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Dean C. Hines, NM Office, Space Science Institute
Subject: The Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: John P. Jackson, Department of Communication, University of Colorado-Boulder
Subject: The Boundary Work of the ‘Blank Slate’: Creating the Disciplines of Evolutionary Psychology and Cultural Anthropology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 12th 2007
Speaker: Liliya Williams
Subject: Cosmology WITHOUT Supernova and CMB
Tuesday, November 13th 2007
12:20 pm:
No Seminar This Week
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Survey and Significance of Bipolar Electric Fields observed near a Magnetic Reconnection Region in the Geomagnetic tail
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Mark Kos, Queen's University
Subject: Low Energy Threshold Analysis of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Salt phase Data
Wednesday, November 14th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Prof.Earl Peterson and Prof.Keith Ruddick
Subject: History of High Energy Physics at Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Crystal Austin and Bob Gehrz, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Michael Ramsey-Musolf, University of Wisconsin
Subject: Baryogenesis, Electric Dipole Moments, and the Higgs Boson
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Eugene Tsiper, Scientific Perfect LLC, St. Paul, MN
Subject: Application of Lanczos technique to Hermitian and certain non-Hermitian problems in Physics
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No Seminar This Week
Friday, November 16th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Cronin-Hennessy
Subject: MINOS/NOvA experiment
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Andy Sheinis, U. Wisconsin, Madison
Subject: Host Galaxies of Luminous Quasars: Structural Properties and the Fundamental Plane
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Lillian Hoddeson, Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana
Subject: Analogy and Inventive Style: Stanford Ovshinsky's Radical Approach to Inventing Alternative Energy Technologies
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 19th 2007
Speaker: Barun Kumar Dhar
Subject: "Reconstructing Dark Matter halos in Clusters of galaxies: A new approach"
Tuesday, November 20th 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lynn Wilson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Waves at Interplanetary Shocks: New Results from Wind and STEREO
Wednesday, November 21st 2007
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium This Week
Thursday, November 22nd 2007
No events scheduled for today.
Friday, November 23rd 2007
No events scheduled for today.
Monday, November 26th 2007
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Walter Library, Room 404
Speaker: Longhua Hu
Subject: Statistical Mechanics Problems in Biopolymer Physics
Speaker: Marco Peloso, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nonperturbative reheating after inflation: is it testable?
Tuesday, November 27th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mike Erickson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin injection, transport, and detection in lateral metallic spin valves
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. John Dombeck, University of Minnesota
Subject: Intense, Earthward, Broadband Electron Events Observed at Low Latitude During Major Geomagnetic Storms at FAST
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
3:00 pm:
Special Astrophysics Seminar in Astronomy Reading Room (358)
Speaker: Massimo Marengo, Harvard Center for Astrophysics
Subject: A Spitzer View of the epsilon Eridani Planetary System
Wednesday, November 28th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Timothy Newman, Arizona State University, Center for Biological Physics
Subject: Discrete, mesoscale, stochastic dynamics in biological systems: applications to embryogenesis and biochemical networks
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 29th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Jessica Ennis and Evan Skillman, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kenji Kadota, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cosmology in warped extra dimensions
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Chris Leighton, CEMS, University of Minnesota
Subject: Tunable spin polarization in Co1-xFexS2: Engineering half-metallic ferromagnets
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Todd Springer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Thermodynamics and Transport Coefficients from Gauge/Gravity Duality
Friday, November 30th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Dahlberg (changed from Dec 7)
Subject: Experimental Condensed Matter
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Kris Davidson, University of Minnesota, Astronomy Department
Subject: ETA and the Supernova Impostors
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Evelynn Hammonds, Holyoke Center, Harvard University
Subject: The Marginalization of Experience
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 3rd 2007
4:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Scott
Subject: Measuring Quantum Correlations in Entangled D Decays at CLEO-c
Tuesday, December 4th 2007
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Shun Wang
Subject: Unexpected Phenomenon in Smectic A Liquid Crystalline Phase
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cluster observation of extremely oblique low frequency waves in the magnetic reconnection jet in the geomagnetic tail.
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
Wednesday, December 5th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Thomas Delworth, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Subject: Decadal-scale changes in the Atlantic Ocean - natural variability and human-induced climate change
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 6th 2007
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Martha Boyer and Roberta Humphreys, University of Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alex Kusenko, UCLA
Subject: "Dark matter and sterile neutrinos: the dark side of the light fermions"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Russell Holmes,CEMS, U of M
Subject: Small molecular weight organic photovoltaic cells – Recent progress, current challenges, and future potential
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Linear Sigma Model at Finite Temperature and Isospin Chemical Potential
Friday, December 7th 2007
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Vincent Noireaux (Changed from Nov 30)
Subject: In vitro expression in synthetic vesicles: expressing, feeding, degrading
This is intended to introduce research projects within the department to new graduate students.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Cattell, University of Minnesota, Physics
Subject: STEREO observations of large amplitude whistler-mode waves in Earth’s radiation belts: Implications for relativistic electron acceleration and loss
Refreshments served following the talk in the Astronomy Reading Room, 358 Physics
Speaker: Laura Snyder, Department of Philosophy, St. John’s University. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.
Subject: Bold Leaps: Guesses or Inferences? Analogical Reasoning in Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 10th 2007
12:00 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in Carlson School of Management, Room: TBA
Speaker: Giovanni Giorgini, Department of Ancient History, University of Bologna. Cosponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
Subject: Relativism and Its Discontents
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Speaker: Michael Milligan
Subject: "Stars Powered by Dark Matter"
Tuesday, December 11th 2007
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
Wednesday, December 12th 2007
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Bob Pepin, U of M
Subject: Stardust Mission
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 13th 2007
12:10 pm:
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Veronica Sanz, Boston University
Subject: "Benchmarks for new strong interactions at the LHC"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
Friday, December 14th 2007
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Tom Bing, University of Maryland, College Park
Subject: Upper Level Physics Students' Framing of Math Use
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week. This event will resume spring semester.
3:00 pm:
Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
No colloquium this week. This event will resume spring semester.
Tuesday, December 18th 2007
This event will resume spring semester.
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Joss Ives, University of British Columbia
Subject: Reforming a Large Introductory Physics Course at the University of British Columbia
This event will resume spring semester.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Sinjini Sengupta, University of Minnesota
Subject: W and Z Boson Asymmetries at the Tevatron
Wednesday, December 19th 2007
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Paul Barsic
Subject: Thermodynamics, Triplets, and Transport: The Proximity Effect in Superconductor/Ferromagnet Nanostructures
This event will resume spring semester.
Thursday, December 20th 2007
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.
Friday, December 21st 2007
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.
This event will resume spring semester.

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