University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Fall Semester

Monday, September 1st 2008
Tuesday, September 2nd 2008
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
To be announced
Wednesday, September 3rd 2008
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week. Please note the permanent change in the colloquium time.
Thursday, September 4th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
To be announced.
Friday, September 5th 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Michael Garwood
Subject: Detecting Fleeting MRI Signals Using Frequency-Modulated (FM) Radio Waves
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: No colloquium this week
There is no HST Colloquium this week.
Monday, September 8th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: Stars powered by dark matter annihilation
The seminar will not be held this week.
Tuesday, September 9th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yves Adjallah, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electronic Transport in Co-Deposited Amorphous/Nanocrystalline Films
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Organizational meeting
2:30 pm:
To be announced
Wednesday, September 10th 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Pete Mendygral
Subject: Simulated X-ray Emission from MHD Jets
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Vuk Mandic, UMN
Subject: LIGO: Status and Recent Results
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 11th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Andrea Mehner and Terry Jones
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Professor C. C. Huang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Novel physical properties of the smectic-C_alpha* phase in liquid crystals
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Heger, University of Minnesota
Subject: Type I X-Ray Bursts - The most common thermonuclear explosions in the universe.
Friday, September 12th 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Marvin Marshak
Subject: Underground Physics: Neutrinos and More
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
Speaker: Hasok Chang, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London
Subject: Phlogiston Revisited: An Argument for Scientific Pluralism
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 15th 2008
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Tim Klein, University of Minnesota
Subject: Radiative D Decays at CLEO-c
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ilan Sagiv, University of Minnesota
Subject: CIP (Cosmic Inflation Probe) - a NASA funded Origins Probe mission study
Tuesday, September 16th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Te-Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dynamics of exchange biased vortices
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week. Participants in the Space Plasma Physics seminar should attend the Astronomy Colloquium on Friday this week.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Yuichi Kubota, University of Minnesota
Subject: What's happening at CMS and LHC
Wednesday, September 17th 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Erin Ryan
3:35 pm:
Speaker: James Kakalios, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Materials Science of Superheroes (All New! All Different!)
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 18th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Dan Weisz and Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alexander Monin
Subject: The spontaneous breaking of a metastable string
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Carlos Escudero Liébana, Departamento de Matem´aticas, Universidad de Oviedo
Subject: Dynamics of Curved Interfaces
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Todd Springer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Hydrodynamics, Gauge/Gravity Duality, and the Black Hole Membrane Paradigm.
Speaker: Joseph Eberly, Dept. of Physics, University of Rochester
Subject: Quantum Mechanics and Weird Quantum Optics
Friday, September 19th 2008
12:00 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 70 Willey Hall (Minn. Population Center Seminar Room), West Bank *** NOTE Different Time and Place 
Speaker: Carla Nappi, Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University
Subject: Bolatu's Pharmacy: Theriac in Early Modern China
2:30 pm:
Speaker: David Thomas, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spectroscopic Probes of Muscle Molecular Dynamics
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Robert Lysak, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Alfvenic Aurorae
Monday, September 22nd 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Eric Thrane, University of Minnesota
Subject: Recent Results from Super-Kamiokande
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, September 23rd 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Anthony Hatke, University of Minnesota
Subject: Non-linear transport in microwave-irradiated quantum Hall systems
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
7:00 pm:
Misel Family Lecture in 150 Physics
Speaker: P. James E. Peebles, Princeton University
Subject: Finding the Big Bang
Wednesday, September 24th 2008
3:35 pm:
Speaker: P. James E. Peebles, Princeton University
Subject: The Cosmological Tests
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 25th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Michael Milligan and Roberta Humphreys, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Peter Koroteev, University of Minnesota
Subject: Braneworld Models with Broken Bulk Lorentz Invariance.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Edwin Bowman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Self-Consistent Study of the Linear Sigma Model at Finite Temperature and Chemical Potentials and of Field Redefinitions
Friday, September 26th 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: James Kakalios, University of Minnesota
Subject: Conductance Fluctuations: From Amorphous Silicon to the Cerebral Cortex
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Heger, University of Minnesota
Subject: Burning Neutron Stars
Speaker: Jennifer Karns Alexander, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: Author Meets Readers: The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 29th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Keith Olive, University of Minnesota
Subject: What the LHC is searching for: The Higgs boson and Supersymmetry
Tuesday, September 30th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Feng Guo, University of Minnesota
Subject: Low Frequency Noise in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions Part II
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
To be announced
Wednesday, October 1st 2008
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Mikhail Katsnelson, Radboud University Nijmegen
Subject: New bridge between condensed matter physics and quantum electrodynamics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 2nd 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Pete Mendygral and Tom Jones
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Tonnis ter Veldhuis, Macalester College
Subject: Brane Vector Phenomenology
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Mikhail Katsnelson, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University of Nijmegen
Subject: Gauge fields in corrugated graphene
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:30 pm:
Special Geoneutrino Seminar in 121 Pilsbury Hall
Speaker: Dr. William McDonough, University of Maryland, Department of Geology
Subject: Antineutrino Detection, Geoneutrinos and Heat Production in the Earth
Friday, October 3rd 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Dahlberg
Subject: Magnetism at the Nanoscale
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:35 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 555 Diehl Hall *** NOTE Different Place ***
Speaker: Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, Professor of Medical Humanities, George Washington University
Subject: Striking a Blow at Medical School Segregation: Edith Irby Goes to Medical School
Reception before the talk in the Wangensteen Library (Diehl Hall 5th floor)
Monday, October 6th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Keith Olive
Subject: What the LHC is searching for: The Higgs boson and Supersymmetry (part II)
Tuesday, October 7th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Matthew Parker, University of Minnesota
Subject: Extinction Time in a Predator-Prey Relationship
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lynn Wilson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Low Frequency Magnetic Fluctuations at Interplanetary Shocks
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, October 8th 2008
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Marvin Marshak, UMN
Subject: Exploring the Neutrino Frontier
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 9th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Dan Polsgtrove and Alex Heger
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jose A.R. Cembranos, University of Minnesota
Subject: Gravitational Dark Matter
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Balatsky, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Subject: Dirac Materials
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Evan Frodermann, University of Minnesota
Subject: A view of heavy ion collision dynamics and geometry through electromagnetic signatures
Friday, October 10th 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Cynthia Cattell
Subject: Space Physics
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Josh Semeter, BU
Subject: Structure and Motion in the Aurora
Speaker: Jeremy Butterfield, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Subject: The Uses of Infinity: A Philosopher Looks at Emergent Phenomena in Physics
Refreshments served in Room 236A Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 13th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jan Harms, University of Minnesota
Subject: Big Bang Observer - How to Listen to the First Heart Beat of the Universe
Tuesday, October 14th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Xi Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin-wave mediated interaction between spin torque nano-oscillators
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, October 15th 2008
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Joerg Schmalian, Ames Laboratory
Subject: Emergent symmetries and dimensionality reduction at quantum critical points
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 16th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Steve Warren and Evan Skillman
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Guido Festuccia, University of California, Santa Cruz
Subject: Symmetric Points in the Landscape as Cosmological Attractors
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Joerg Schmalian, Ames Laboratory
Subject: Quantum critical transport in clean graphene
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yong Zhong Qian , University of Minnesota
Subject: Simple Pictures of Neutrino Flavor Transformation in Supernovae
Friday, October 17th 2008
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jeremy Kasdin, Princeton University
Subject: Are We Alone? Imaging Extrasolar Earthlike Planets from Space
Speaker: Tara Nummedal, Department of History, Brown University.
Subject: Kunst and Cabala: Anna Zieglerin's Alchemical Secrets
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 20th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Terry Jones
Subject: Quasar Alignment and Photon-Pseudoscalar Particle Mixing
Tuesday, October 21st 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Sun Wang , University of Minnesota
Subject: Recovery of a reversed phase sequence in one liquid crystal ternary mixture system
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Robert Pepin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Stardust: First Results from the Comet Sample Return Mission.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, October 22nd 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Karl Isensee
1:30 pm:
Speaker: Tirthabir Biswas, IGC at PennState University.
Subject: Dark Energy vs. Local Void
3:35 pm:
Speaker: George Fuller, UCSD
Subject: Neutrinos: Stealthy Agents of Destruction and Creation in the Cosmos
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 23rd 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: No journal club this week.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Wan-il Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Subject: Thermal Inflation, Gravitiational Waves, Baryogenesis and Dark Matter
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, October 24th 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Michael Zudov
Subject: Non-equilibrium transport in very high Landau levels of quantum Hall systems
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Justin Revenaugh, UMN Geology
Subject: The Bowels of the Earth
Speaker: Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University
Subject: The Role of Vivisection in 17th-Century Anatomy
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 27th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Osamu Keto
Subject: Possible correlations among neutrino, higgs and dark matter
Tuesday, October 28th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yen-Hsiang Lin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Tuning the Superconductor-Insulator Transitions by Perpendicular Magnetic Fields
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, October 29th 2008
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Salman Habib, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Subject: The Dark Universe Challenge
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 30th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Jennifer Delgado and Liliya Williams
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Stefano Profumo, University of California Santa Cruz
Subject: Electro-weak Baryogenesis: a Multi-faceted Approach
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Purnendu Chakraborty , University of Minnesota
Subject: Viscosities in Hot QCD
Friday, October 31st 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Paul Crowell
Subject: Spin Dynamics and Transport in Solids
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Juergen Ott, Caltech
Subject: Ammonia in the Local (and not so local) Universe
Speaker: Samir Okasha, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol
Subject: Philosophical Issues in the Levels of Selection Debate: Reduction, Causality, Emergence
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 3rd 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Liliya Williams
Subject: Strong field GR and stars near the Galactic Center
Tuesday, November 4th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Alex Levchenko, University of Minnesota
Subject: Coulomb drag in quantum circuits
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Collisionless Magnetic reconnection: an Alfven-eigenmode approach
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, November 5th 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Damon Farnsworth, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Joys of Extragalactic Radio Astronomy
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week. There will be no refreshments.
Thursday, November 6th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Chelsea Tiffany and Chick Woodward
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Nemanja Kaloper, University of California, Davis
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Sang-Hyun Oh, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Subject: Plasmonic Nanostructures for Biosensing, Spectroscopy and Photovoltaics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, November 7th 2008
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Vincent Noireaux
Subject: Cell-free Expression: Application to Gene Network and Synthetic Vesicles
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Robert Gehrz, UMN Astronomy
Subject: The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
No HST Colloquium this week.
Monday, November 10th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Chris Savage
Subject: The status of DAMA and direct detection of WIMP dark matter
Tuesday, November 11th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mun K. Chan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nuclear field effects in ferromagnet-semiconductor heterostructures
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Polar spacecraft measured evolution of small and large scale Poynting flux during a majorgeomagnetic storm in the inner magnetosphere.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, November 12th 2008
Speaker: Steve Warren
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Charles Dermer, US Naval Research Laboratory
Subject: Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Ray Origin in Light of First Results from the Pierre Auger Observatory and the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 13th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Paul Edmon
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alfredo Aranda Fernandez, Universidad de Colima
Subject: Electroweak scale neutrinos and Higgses
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Yaroslav Lutsyshyn, University of Minnesota
Subject: Elastic transmission of identical particles through a strongly correlated Bose-Einstein condensate
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, November 14th 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Boris Shklovskii
Subject: Biological Physics
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Brian McNamara, U Waterloo
Subject: A New Spin on AGN Feedback in Clusters and Galaxies
Speaker: Michael S. Reidy, Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University
Subject: Mountaineering and Physics: Practicing Science Vertically
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 17th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Daniel J. Whalen
Subject: Primordial Supernovae and the Assembly of the First Galaxies
Tuesday, November 18th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Li Dong Pan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Phase behavior of Free Standing AFLC Films
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Adam Hupach, University of Minnesota
Subject: Solitary Waves in the Magnetosphere
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, November 19th 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Andrea Mehner
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Konstantin Matveev, Argonne National Laboratory
Subject: Charge and spin propagation through quantum wires
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 20th 2008
09:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Kaiyan Gao
Subject: Study of Radiative Decays of Psi(2S) Mesons
This is the public portion of Ms. Gao's thesis defense.
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Henry Lee (Gemini Observatory) and Andrey Beresnyak (U Wisconsin)
Subject: "Gemini South Project to Examine the Multiple Merger System Abell 3827" & "Strong Imbalanced MHD Turbulence"
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Andreas Weiler, Cornell University
Subject:  "Warped extra dimensions as a model of flavor: GIM, RS-GIM and flavor symmetries"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Konstantin Matveev, Argonne National Laboratory
Subject: Resistivity of inhomogeneous quantum wires
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Laurens Keek, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research and Astronomical Institute, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Subject: Thermonuclear burning on accreting neutron stars
Friday, November 21st 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Mikhail Shifman
Subject: HEP theory
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Nathan Smith, UC Berkeley
Subject: Mass Loss and Pre-SN evolution of Massive Stars
Speaker: Speaker had to CANCEL
Refreshments will still be served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 24th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
Subject: Epoch of Reionization Experiments - 2008 status report
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 155 Nicholson Hall
Speaker: Crystal Austin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Analytical and Numerical Studies of Dark Matter Halos
This is the public portion of Crystal Austin's thesis defense.
Tuesday, November 25th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Robert O'Connell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Image Enhancement of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxides Using a Novel MRI Technique
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: John Wygant, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, November 26th 2008
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, November 27th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: No journal club - Thanksgiving holiday
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No Speaker Today
Subject: Thanksgiving Holiday, University Closed
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, November 28th 2008
2:30 pm:
Subject: no seminar (Thanksgiving Break)
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: No colloquium this week - Thanksgiving Holiday
No HST Colloquium this week.
Monday, December 1st 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kyle Zilic
Subject: Alternative measurements of the presence of Dark Matter
Tuesday, December 2nd 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Bryce Beverlin II , University of Minnesota
Subject: Coherent oscillations from real and modeled neurons
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, December 3rd 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Jennifer Delgado
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Gerardo Ortiz, Indiana University
Subject: Physics and Quantum Computation
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, December 4th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Brian Wecht, IAS
Subject: Semi-direct Gauge Mediation
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Gerardo Ortiz, Indiana University
Subject: Topological Quantum Order from Symmetry and the Role of Temperature
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Projjwal Banerjee, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
Friday, December 5th 2008
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Oriol Valls
Subject: Spin vs. Spin: The Proximity Effect in Layered Superconductor/Ferromagnet Nanostructures
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Brian Hart, U California, Irvine
Subject: Galaxy Clusters: Giants of the Universe
Speaker: Mithat Unsal, Stanford University, SLAC
Subject: "On the IR dynamics of vector-like and chiral gauge theories and spin systems"
No HST Colloquium this week.
Monday, December 8th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Oleg Kamaev
Subject: Axion search with germanium detectors: CDMS and CoGeNT
Tuesday, December 9th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Stephen Snyder, University of Minnesota
Subject: Anomalous magnetic field response in Zn nanowires
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Kris Kersten, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
2:30 pm:
To be announced.
Wednesday, December 10th 2008
10:00 am:
Speaker: Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT
Subject: Why are we so excited about carbon nanostructures?
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Piotr Grzywacz, University of Minnesota
Subject: A renormalized theory of fluctuations in polymer blends and diblock copolymer melts
Speaker: Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT
Subject: Women in Leadership Roles in Science and Engineering
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Anna Hayes, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Subject: Application of Nuclear Physics to Energy and National Security
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, December 11th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Moved to Friday at 2:30pm in 435 Physics
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, December 12th 2008
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Katie Freese, University of Michigan
Subject: Dark Stars: a new phase of stellar evolution due to dark matter annihilation
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: No colloquium this week
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Monday, December 15th 2008
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Physics Education Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Andrew Mason, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: A Reflection on Problem Solving: Prompting Student Evaluation
Note: change of time and place for this seminar.
Tuesday, December 16th 2008
11:15 am:
Seminar will take place on Monday this week, instead.
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, December 17th 2008
12:30 pm:
There will be no journal club this week.
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Matthew G. Sexton, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Evolution and Decay of Supersymmetric Flat Directions in the Early Universe
This is the public portion of Mr. Sexton's thesis defense.
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, December 18th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
Subject: Finals Week
Friday, December 19th 2008
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Kimia Ghanbeigi, University of Minnesota
Subject: Prediction of Templates in the Auditory Cortex system
This is the public portion of Ms. Ghanbeigi's thesis defense.
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Thursday, December 25th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No Speaker Today
Subject: Holiday, Univeristy Closed
Friday, December 26th 2008
There will be no Colloquium this week.

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