University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Spring Semester

Thursday, January 10th 2008
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Sujeewa Kumaratunga, Univ. of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino oscillations using quasielastic events in MINOS
This is the public portion of her thesis defense.
Friday, January 18th 2008
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
Monday, January 21st 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No seminar. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. University Closed.
Speaker: No seminar. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. University Closed.
Tuesday, January 22nd 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: There will be no seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, January 23rd 2008
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium this week.
Thursday, January 24th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: There will be no journal club this week.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Organizational Meeting
Friday, January 25th 2008
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Speaker: Organizational Meeting
Speaker: Michael Strevens
Subject: What Is Empirical Testing?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, January 28th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Asad Aboobaker
Subject: New Results from the ACBAR CMB Experiment
Speaker: Alexander Turbiner, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM
Subject: About ground state of anharmonic oscillator(s)
Tuesday, January 29th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mathew Loth, U of MN
Subject: Multiple Protons Biund by a Single Electron in a Strong Magnetic Field
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Organizational Meeting
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, January 30th 2008
2:30 pm:
Condensed Matter Speaker in Physics 435
Speaker: Volodymyr Turkowski, Missouri
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
Subject: When Will We Discover the Extraterrestrials?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 31st 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Paul Edmon and Terry Jones, U Minnesota
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Mikhail Voloshin, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Unusual Peaks around the Open Charm Threshold"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Speaker: Dr. M. Poggio, IBM Almaden Research Center
Subject: Ultrasensitive force detection applied to nuclear magnetic resonance
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
7:00 pm:
Speaker: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
Subject: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Cosmos
This lecture is free and open to the general public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Friday, February 1st 2008
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Richard Massey, Caltech
Subject: Viewing Dark Matter with Weak Gravitational Lensing
Speaker: Christian Fleck, Institute of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria
Subject: Austrian and German Émigré and Homeguard Social Scientists during the Nazi Period: A Prosopography
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, February 4th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: NO SEMINAR TODAY
Tuesday, February 5th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Paul Knutson, Univ of MN
Subject: Measuring students' qualitative analysis skill levels with respect to problem solving in introductory physics labs: Approaches and obstacles.
12:20 pm:
Speaker: DR. M. Warusawithana, Pennsylvania State University
Subject: New Electronic Functionality and Quantum Devices through Nanostructured Interfaces
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Seminar is cancelled. participants in the space physics seminar should attend the physics colloquium on Wednesday.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jim Napolitano, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Subject: Neutrino Oscillations, theta_13, and the Daya Bay Experiment
6:00 pm:
Art Exhibit in Coffman Union Art Gallery, First Floor
Subject: Deep Underground Sky: An Exhibit Explaining the MINOS Mural
Exhibit runs from January 30 through March 27
Wednesday, February 6th 2008
12:30 pm:
Astronomy Grad Student Colloquium in 358 Physics, Astro Reading Room
Speaker: Peter Mendygral
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Cary Forest, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Subject: Turbulent Liquid Metal Dynamo Experiments
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 7th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Jessica Ennis and Evan Skillman, U Minnesota
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Masahiro Ibe, SLAC
Subject: "Sweet Spot Supersymmetry and LHC"
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Joe Kapusta, University of Minnesota
Subject: Determination of Vector Meson Properties in Dense Matter via Relativistic Nuclear Collisions
Friday, February 8th 2008
2:30 pm:
Special Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Rachel Kolman Marshak, Director, Convertible Bond Trading, Credit Suisse
Subject: Careers in Finance for Science/Tech Majors"
Rachel will also present the Financial Mathematics Seminar in 570 Vincent
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. David Yuen, U Minnesota, Geology
Subject: Tsunami Waves Along the Chinese Coast from Earthquakes Along Nearby Subducting Zones
Refreshments served in 358 Physics at 4:00pm
Speaker: Susan D. Jones, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: Tracing Anthrax: History, Ecology, and Phylogenetics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, February 11th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Liliya Williams
Subject: Substructure and lumpiness in dark matter halos (multiple-image lensing)
Tuesday, February 12th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Abhay Pasupathy, Princeton University
Subject: Visualizing Superconducting Pair Formation at the Atomic Scale
Speaker: Bob Lysak
2:30 pm:
Speaker: No Seminar This Week.
Wednesday, February 13th 2008
09:05 am:
Physics Education Seminar in 157 Physics (**Note change in day/time/location**) 
Speaker: Michael Marder, University of Texas, Austin
Subject: UTeach and its implications for Minnesota: A discussion
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Steve Warren
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Michael Marder, University of Texas, Austin
Subject: Rising above the gathering storm with U Teach
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 14th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Damon Farnsworth and Chick Woodward
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alyosha Yung, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Heterotic flux tubes"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. M. Grobis, Stanford University
Subject: Quantum Wave Functions: Decoherence and Spatial Characteristics
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Jeremiah Mans, University of Minnesota
Subject: Status of the LHC Collider and the CMS Detector
Speaker: Professor Dong-Hun Lee, Kyung-Hee University, Korea
Subject: Effects of heavy ions on ULF wave resonances near the equatorial region
Speaker: Pamela Smith, Department of History, Columbia University
Subject: Making and Knowing: Lived Experience and the Written Word in Early Modern 'Europe'
* NOTE Different Day, Time, and Place *
Friday, February 15th 2008
12:00 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 712 Social Sciencse Bldg (Ford Room) West Bank
Speaker: Pamela Smith, Department of History, Columbia University
Subject: Book Discussion: The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution
* NOTE Different Time and Place **
2:30 pm:
Special Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Rachel Kolman Marshak, Director, Convertible Bond Trading, Credit Suisse
Subject: Careers in Finance for Science/Tech Majors"
Rachel will also present the Financial Mathematics Seminar in 570 Vincent
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Juri Toomre, U Colorado, Boulder
Subject: Unfolding the Sources of Solar Magnetism with Helioseismology and Simulations
Refreshments will be in Physics 358 at 4:00pm
Monday, February 18th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jong-Zhong Qian
Tuesday, February 19th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Ken Heller & Yuichi Kubota, University of Minnesota
Subject: Graduate Education in Physics: Which Way Forward? A Report on the APS/AAPT Conference to Discuss the Status and Future of Graduate Education in Physics
Note change of place and time. This will be the new time and place for the seminar.
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dr. T. Baturina, Institute for Solid State Physics, Russia
Subject: Two faces of Cooper pairing: Superconductor and Superinsulator
This seminar is part of the condensed matter experiment faculty search
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Bela Fejer, Utah State University
Subject: Multi-satellite studies of the ionosphere-thermosphere system
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, February 20th 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Kristy McQuinn
Subject: TBA
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Richard Ellis, Cal Tech
Subject: The Case for a Significant Population of Sub-Luminous Star Forming Galaxies at Redshift 10
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 21st 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in Physics B49
Speaker: Pete Mendygral
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Will Kinney, University at Buffalo
Subject: "Inflationary Cosmology and Upcoming Observational Programs"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in B 75 Amundson Hall 
Speaker: Dr. R. Myers, University of California, Santa Barbara
Subject: Engineering Spin Landscapes in Semiconductors: From Bulk Ferromagnetism to Single Moments
Notice, change of the building
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Pasi Huovinen, Purdue University
Subject: Ideal fluid hydrodynamics at RHIC - is there really support for perfect fluid?
Friday, February 22nd 2008
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Annick Pouquet, High Altitude Obs., Boulder, CO
Subject: Interactions of Eddies and Waves in MHD Turbulence
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: Mark Walker, Department of History, Union College
Subject: Why Do We Care about 'Hitler's Bomb,' and Should We?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, February 25th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Prisca Cushman
Subject: Latest CDMS results
Tuesday, February 26th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Jon Anderson & Nancy Bresnahan, University of Minnesota
Subject: PhysTEC at the University of Minnesota: Start-up and Implementation
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dr. J. Bao, Harvard University
Subject: Nanophotonics, Nanofabrication and Nanomaterials
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Alfven eigenmodes in the plasma neutral sheet
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
7:00 pm:
Panel Discussion in Coffman Union Art Gallery, First Floor
Speaker: Bill Miller, Soudan Lab Supervisor, Joseph Giannetti, Artist, Marvin L. Marshak, Professor
Subject: Deep Underground Sky: Three Perspectives
Wednesday, February 27th 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Paul Edmon
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ray Bishop, University of Manchester
Subject: Confronting The Quantum Many-Body Problem: An Overview Of The Coupled Cluster Method And Its Applications In Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in Physics B49
Speaker: Michael Milligan
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Antigone Nounou, University of Minnesota
Subject: "One Real Gauge Potential is One too Many"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. V. Sih, Stanford University
Subject: Manipulating spins and photons in semiconductors
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Jim Kneller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Three Flavor Monte Carlo Neutrino Oscillations
Friday, February 29th 2008
Speaker: Stanley J. Brodsky, Stanford University
Subject: AdS/QCD and Hadronic Phenomena
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. David Brain, U.C. Berkeley
Subject: Aurora in the Lumpy Magnetic Fields of Mars
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: Michael D. Root, Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Stratifying a Population by Race
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 1st 2008
12:30 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in 358 Physics
Monday, March 3rd 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Hannes Hubmayer
Subject: New Measurements of CMB Polarization Power Spectra from CAPMAP
Tuesday, March 4th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Jennifer Docktor, Univ. of Minnesota
Subject: Robust assessment instrument for student problem solving
12:20 pm:
Student practice talks
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Keiling, UC Berkeley
Subject: First results on substorm physics with THEMIS
Wednesday, March 5th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Prof. Raymond Bishop, University of Manchester
Subject: Thermal and More General Mixed Coherent States for Open Systems and Quantum Information Theory
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Jessica Ennis
4:00 pm:
Van Vleck Public Lecture in 150 Physics
Speaker: David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB
Subject: The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 6th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Attila Kovacs, Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy
Subject: Extragalactic Science from the CSO and APEX Telescopes
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Graham Kribs, University of Oregon
Subject: "Supersymmetric Flavor Problem, R-Symmetry, and the LHC"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Student practice talks
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: New developments in flavor transformation of supernova neutrinos
4:00 pm:
Speaker: David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB
Subject: The Future of Physics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, March 7th 2008
11:00 am:
Special Nuclear Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Matt Braby, Washington University
Subject: Particle Physics and Neutron Stars: Transport Properties of High Density Quark Matter
Speaker: Yutaka Hosotani, University of Osaka
Subject: "Gauge-Higgs Unification in Electroweak Interactions"
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Mordecai-Mark Mac Low
Subject: Control of Star Formation by Gravitational Instability and Supersonic Turbulence
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: Brian A. Woodcock, Department of Philosophy, Carleton College
Subject: Quantum State Collapse Along a Light Cone: History and Objections
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, March 10th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
Subject: A Smorgasbord of Ultra-High Energy Particles
Tuesday, March 11th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Jennifer Docktor, Univ. of Minnesota
Subject: Robust Assessment Instrument for Student Problem Solving - Part II
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lynn Wilson, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Phenomenology of Small Scale Waves in Collisionless Shocks
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Xinjie Qiu, University of Minnesota
Subject: New Results of Searching for Dark Matter with CDMS-II Five Towers
Wednesday, March 12th 2008
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Weisz
4:00 pm:
Speaker: David Charbonneau (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Subject: The Era of Comparative Exoplanetology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 13th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Chelsea Tiffany
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: David Tucker-Smith, Williams
Subject: "Mixed sneutrinos at the LHC"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
The seminar will take place on Monday
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, March 14th 2008
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. John Monnier, U. Michigan
Subject: Young Stellar Objects: The Inner AU
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
There will be no seminar this week.
Monday, March 17th 2008
11:00 am:
Speaker: Dr. Phan Nam Hai, University of Tokyo
Subject: Rich spin-dependent transport phenomena in semiconductor nanostructures with ferromagnetic nanoparticles
12:15 pm:
Speaker: NO SEMINAR - Spring Break
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
Tuesday, March 18th 2008
11:15 am:
No seminar--Spring Break
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
2:30 pm:
No seminar--Spring Break
Wednesday, March 19th 2008
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium - Spring Break
Thursday, March 20th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
No Journal Club
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No Speaker This Week!
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Seminar is on Monday this week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar--Spring Break
Friday, March 21st 2008
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: The Astronomy Colloquium will not be held this week.
No Colloquium this week--Spring Break
Monday, March 24th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Terry Jones, U of MN
Subject: WMAP, 5 Year Foregrounds and Polarimetry
Tuesday, March 25th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Leon Hsu
Subject: To be announced.
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Xiang Leng, University of Minnesota
Subject: Interfacial Effect in Oxides
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Adam Hupach, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Prof. Vuk Mandic, University of Minnesota
Subject: Searching for Stochastic Gravitational Radiation with LIGO: New Results Implications
Wednesday, March 26th 2008
12:30 pm:
There will be no journal club this week.
4:00 pm:
Speaker: J.V. Porto, NIST
Subject: Controlled exchange interactions in a double-well optical lattice
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 27th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Jennifer Delgado and Robert Gehrz
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Scott Dodelson, FermiLab
Subject: "Dark Matter v. Modified Gravity"
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: J.V. Porto, NIST
Subject: Cold atoms in optical lattices: the 2D Mott insulator and a new approach to optical lattice engineering
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Evan Frodermann, Ohio State University
Subject: Brightness of the Quark Gluon Plasma
4:00 pm:
FTPI Seminar in Physics 435
Speaker: Lev Cofman, CITA, University of Toronto
Subject: "Probing Inflation"
Friday, March 28th 2008
Speaker: Emil Akhmedov, ITEP
Subject: "Quantum instability of the deSitter space"
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Brad Peterson, Ohio State U
Subject: Masses of Black Holes in Active Galactic Nuclei
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: Jonathan Kahn, School of Law, Hamline University
Subject: Race, Medicine, and Money: Contextualizing the Emergence of 'Ethnic' Drugs
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, March 31st 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Chris Savage, University of Minnesota
Subject: Hadronic uncertainties in the elastic scattering of supersymmetric
Tuesday, April 1st 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Charles Campbell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Using Learning Assistants During Lectures
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Feng Guo, University of Minnesota
Subject: Low Frequency Noise in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: John Wygant, University of Minnesota
Subject: The RBSP Electric Field Instrument: An experimental investigation of the collisionless energization and loss of relativistic particles in the inner magnetosphere of the Earth
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, April 2nd 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Raymond F. Bishop, The University of Manchester
Subject: Thermal and More General Mixed Coherent States for Open Systems and Quantum Information Theory II
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Saskia Fischer, University of Bochum
Subject: Coupling of quantum conductors
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 3rd 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Andrea Mehner and Bob Lysak
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Howard Baer, Flordia State University
Subject: SO(10) SUSY GUTs: consequences for cosmology and collider searches
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Saskia Fischer, University of Bochum
Subject: Spin-splitting and magneto-oscillations of mode-coupling
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Projjwal Banerjee, University of Minnesota
Subject: Testing Supernova Explosion Mechanism by Neutrino Signals in SNO
Friday, April 4th 2008
2:30 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 131 Physics *** NOTE DIFFERENT TIME ***
Speaker: SPEAKER 1: John Doris, Department of Philosophy, Washington University
Subject: On Reflection (...more or less)
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Pauline Barmby, U. Western Ontario
Subject: Big and Little Pictures of M31
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
4:00 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 131 Physics *** NOTE DIFFERENT TIME ***
Speaker: SPEAKER 2: Robert Kohler, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
Subject: Wildlife Ecology: A Residential Science
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 7th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
Tuesday, April 8th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Vazgen Shekoyan, Rutgers University
Subject: Using Ill-structured or Multiple-Possibility Physics Problems in Introductory Physics Courses
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Eric Garlid, University of Minnesota
Subject: Bias Dependence of Electrical Spin Injection and Detection in Lateral Fe/GaAs Devices
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic Reconnection in Astrophysical Systems.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, April 9th 2008
08:00 am:
Speaker: Martin White - UC Berkeley
Subject: To be announced.
Speaker: Nikolai Sinitsyn, Los Alamos National Lab
Subject: "Geometric phases in dissipative and stochastic kinetics"
4:00 pm:
Untitled in Physics
Speaker: Martin White - UC Berkeley
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Martin White , UC Berkeley
Subject: The echo of Einstein's greatest blunder
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Andrew Helton and Sebastian Hidalgo
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Sally Dawson, Brookhaven National Lab
Subject: "b's and Higgs 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
Speaker: Scott Bowman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Phase Diagram of the Linear Sigma Model with Quarks at Finite Temperature and Density
Friday, April 11th 2008
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Alex Lazarian, U Wisconsin, Madison
Subject: Quantitative Theory of Grain Alignment and its Implications
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
There will be no seminar this week.
Monday, April 14th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Eric Grashorn
Subject: Cosmic Rays and MINOS: Physics in the Background
Tuesday, April 15th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Joel Donna, Univ. of Minnesota
Subject: TPACK and the RAT - Frameworks for Exploring Technology for the Teaching and Learning of Physics
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yen Hsiang Lin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Tuning the Superconductor-insulator Transition by Magnetic Fields
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Jesse Woodroffe, University of Minnesota
Subject: MHD wave modification by plasma inhomogeneities in the magnetosphere-ionosphere system
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, April 16th 2008
4:00 pm:
Speaker: John Martinis, UCSB
Subject: Entanglement of Josephson-Junction Quantum Bits
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Brian Batell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Elementary/composite mixing in Randall-Sundrum models
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: John Martinis, UCSB
Subject: Magnetism in Superconducting Devices at Millikelvin Temperatures
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, April 18th 2008
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 4-101 Hasselmo Hall
Speaker: Mohac Tekmen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Single Molecule Fluorescence Techniques: Spectroscopy and Imaging
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 220 Physics
Speaker: Bin Wu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Fluorescence Cumulant Analysis in Fluorescence Fluctuation Spectroscopy
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Henric Krawcyznski, Washington U, St. Louis, MO
Subject: Gamma-ray Astronomy with the VERITAS Experiment
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: John K. Brown, Department of Science, Technology, and Society, University of Virginia
Subject: Professional Imperatives in Engineering Communities: A Contest in Constructing the St. Louis Bridge, 1867 - 1874
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, April 21st 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: NO SEMINAR - External Review
Tuesday, April 22nd 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Ramon Lopez, University of Texas, Arlington
Subject: Visual representation in space and geoscience
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
3:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Ramon Lopez, University of Texas, Arlington
Subject: The Current-Driven Magnetosphere
Note: Change of time This week only.
7:30 pm:
IEEE Distinguished Lecture Series in 101 Walter Library 
Speaker: Professor Paul Freitas, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon
Subject: Spintronic Biochips for Biomolecular Recognition
Wednesday, April 23rd 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Raymond Bishop, University of Manchester
Subject: Journeys to and in quantum phase space: extended quantum phase space formulations of Quantum Many Body Theory and Quantum Information Theory
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Martha Boyer
Subject: AGB stars in the Local Group
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Ramon Lopez, University of Texas, Arlington
Subject: Space Weather
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24th 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Atilio Ferrari
Subject: LAUNCHING MECHANISMS OF ASTROPHYSICAL JETS, WINDS AND OUTFLOWS
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Richard Holman, Carnegie Melon University
Subject: "Enhanced Non-Gaussianity from Excited Initial States"
1:25 pm:
Speaker: LiDong Pan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Surface induced ordering effect in a smectic liquid crystal compound
Note: Change of date, time and room. This week only.
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: Tom Kelley, University of Minnesota
Subject: Towards an AdS/QCD Model that Incorporates Chiral Symmetry Breaking
Friday, April 25th 2008
Speaker: Claudia de Rham, Perimeter Institute
Subject: "Field theory on codimension-two branes and the Hierarchy problem"
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Ben Davies, Rochester Institute of Technology
Subject: The Scutum Red-Supergiant Clusters
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: Lisa Downing, Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University
Subject: Maupertuis on Attraction as an Inherent Property of Matter
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, April 28th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Burak Himmetoglu
Subject: Anisotropic inflation: motivations and consistency checks'
Tuesday, April 29th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Tamara Moore, University of Minnesota
Subject: Getting Students Interested in STEM Through Realistic Nanotechnology Modeling Problems
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Tanner Schulz, University of Minnesota
Subject: Examining Hysteresis Loop Criticality Using Co/CoO Thin Films
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Paul Kellogg, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, April 30th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Raymond Bishop, University of Manchester
Subject: EXACT RESULTS FOR SOME NON-INTEGRABLE MODELS OF INTERACTING SPINS AND BOSONS
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Daniel Polsgrove
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Kam-Biu Luk, University of California, Berkeley
Subject: Reactor Experiments for Neutrino Oscillations
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 1st 2008
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Yong Qian
Subject: TBA
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Zackaria Chacko, University of Maryland
Subject: Folded Supersymmetry and the LEP Paradox
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, May 2nd 2008
Speaker: www.ftpi.umn.edu/quantummag08/index.html
1:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Todd Springer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Transport Coefficients from the Gravity Dual
Note change of date and time, this week only.
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Ben Williams, U. Washington
Subject: The Chandra View of M31 and M33
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: Thomas Zeller, Department of History, University of Maryland
Subject: Consuming Landscapes: Parkways and Driving Cultures in the United States and Germany, 1920-1970
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 3rd 2008
Speaker: www.ftpi.umn.edu/quantummag08/index.html
Sunday, May 4th 2008
Speaker: www.ftpi.umn.edu/quantummag08/index.html
Monday, May 5th 2008
12:15 pm:
Speaker: G. J. Wasserburg, Caltech
Tuesday, May 6th 2008
11:15 am:
Speaker: Brita L. Nellermoe, Univ. of Minnesota
Subject: Faculty Development and Teacher Training in Post-secondary Physics Departments
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Prof. M. Greven, Stanford University
Subject: Crystal Growth, Neutron Scattering and Spin Correlations: A Tale of two Complex Oxides
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Craig Dukes, Univeristy of Virginia
Subject: A High-Sensitivity Search for Charged Lepton Flavor Violation at Fermilab
Wednesday, May 7th 2008
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Jan Bording, University of Stavenger, Norway
Subject: Chemically detailed tight binding model of high Tc YBCO
4:00 pm:
Speaker: G. J. Wasserburg, Cal Tech
Subject: Imagination, pulp fiction, science & exploration
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 8th 2008
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Beth Masimore, University of Minnesota
Subject: Fluctuation Phenomena in Neurological Local Field Potentials.
This is the public portion of Ms. Masimore's Oral Examination.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Mu-Chun Chen, UCI
Subject: Tri-bimaximal Neutrino Mixing and Quark CKM Matrix from Finite Group (d)T
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
The seminar will be held in the Sack Lunch time slot, this week only.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Mikhail Shifman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Highly Excited Mesons, Linear Regge Trajectories and the Pattern of the Chiral Symmetry Realization
Friday, May 9th 2008
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Tao Hu, University of Minnesota
Subject: How proteins search for their targets on DNA.
This is the public portion of Mr. Hu's Oral Examination.
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. John Moustakas, New York U.
Subject: Ten Billion Years of Chemical Evolution in Star-Forming Galaxies
Refreshments will follow in Physics 358
Speaker: Alan C. Love, Department of Philosophy; Arun Saldanha, Department of Geography; J. B. Shank, Department of History; C. Kenneth Waters, Department of Philosophy
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:30 pm:
Faculty, Staff and Students invited. Please RSVP by May 2nd.
Monday, May 12th 2008
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, May 13th 2008
11:15 am:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Boris Spivak, University of Washington, Seattle
Subject: Theory of disordered d-wave superconductors
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, May 14th 2008
4:00 pm:
No Colloquium - Finals Week
Thursday, May 15th 2008
Speaker: www.ftpi.umn.edu/qcd08/
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
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, May 16th 2008
Speaker: www.ftpi.umn.edu/qcd08/
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 157 Physics
Speaker: Brian Batell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Unraveling strong dynamics with the fifth dimension
This is the public portion of Mr. Batell's Oral Examination.
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
There will be no Colloquium this week.
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Saturday, May 17th 2008
Speaker: www.ftpi.umn.edu/qcd08/
Sunday, May 18th 2008
Speaker: www.ftpi.umn.edu/qcd08/
Monday, May 19th 2008
12:15 pm:
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
Tuesday, May 20th 2008
11:15 am:
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
12:20 pm:
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
1:00 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
2:30 pm:
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
Wednesday, May 21st 2008
Speaker: Professor Kai-Lun Yao, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Subject: Organic Magnets: Modeling, Design and Mechanism
There will be two talks presented at this seminar
Speaker: Professor Zu Li Liu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Subject: Preparation, Characterization and Applications of Nanoparticle Composites
This is the second of two talks presented at this seminar
12:30 pm:
The Journal Club has ended for the semester.
4:00 pm:
The colloquium has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
Thursday, May 22nd 2008
12:15 pm:
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
The seminar has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
Friday, May 23rd 2008
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Masaya Nishioka
Subject: Transport Properties of Carbon Based Devices
This is the public portion of Mr. Batell's Oral Examination.
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
The colloquium has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008
The colloquium has ended for the semester. It will return in September 2008

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