University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Fall Semester

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009
Monday, September 7th 2009
08:00 am:
University Closed
Tuesday, September 8th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Shun Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Discovery of a novel smectic liquid crystal phase
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jaroslaw Nowak, Louisiana State University
Subject: Pion production in the neutrino induced interactions
Dr. Nowak is a candidate for a postdoc position with HEP group.
Wednesday, September 9th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Organizational Meeting
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Daniel Cronin-Hennessy
Subject: Neutrinos@Minnesota
Friday, September 11th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: C.C. Huang
Subject: Perplexing behavior of one liquid crystal phase: smectic-C_alpha*
mainly for new graduate students
No Colloquium this week
Monday, September 14th 2009
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, September 15th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Thomas Dunn, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin Torque and Magnetic Switching
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Bob Lysak, University of Minnesota
Subject: Alfven Waves, Aurora and Substorms: A Tutorial
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: J. H. Broadhurst, University of Minnesota
Subject: Contraction of voluntary (skeletal) muscle fibers
2:30 pm:
Organizational meeting
Wednesday, September 16th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Michael Zudov
Subject: Magnetotransport in quantum Hall systems in very high Landau levels
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 17th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Ken Chen and Terry Jones
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Professor Maxim Vavilov, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Subject: Microwave photoconductivity in 2D electron systems with mixed disorder.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Maxim Vavilov, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Subject: Microwave photoconductivity in 2D electron systems with mixed disorder.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, September 18th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Marvin Marshak
Subject: Neutrino Physics at Minnesota
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Attila Kovacs, U of Minnesota, Astronomy
Subject: A Larger, Deeper Survey of Submillimeter Galaxies
No Colloquium this week
Monday, September 21st 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Meir Shimon-Moshe (UCSD)
Subject: CMB and Fundamental Physics
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Chad Geppert, University of Minnesota
Subject: M. Greiner, O. Mandel, T. Esslinger, T. W. Hansch, and I. Bloch. Quantum phase transition from a superfluid to a mott insulator in a gas of ultracold atoms. Nature, 415(6867):39–44, January 2002.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, September 22nd 2009
09:00 am:
Speaker: Meir Shimon-Moshe, UCSD
Subject: Discussion of CMB Systematics
This is a group discussion that is scheduled to last two-hours.
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 404 Walter
Speaker:  Jun Kyung Chung, University of Minnesota
Subject: The chain length dependence of correlations in polymer blends
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Yukitoshi Nishimura, UCLA and Nagoya University
Subject: Substorm auroral onset by earthward intrusion of new plasma: THEMIS imager and spacecraft observations.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: Boris Shklovskii, University of Minnesota
Subject: Virus Physics
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Ian Shipsey, Purdue University
Subject: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Wednesday, September 23rd 2009
12:15 pm:
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Walter Library 402
Speaker: Dan Polsgrove
Subject: The public portion of Dan's PhD oral exam
1:15 pm:
Thesis Defense in 182 Amundson Hall 
Speaker: Chunyong He, University of Minnesota
Subject: Doping fluctuation-driven magneto-electronic phase separation in La1-xSrxCoO3 single crystals
This is the public portion of Mr. He's thesis defence.
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Purnendu Chakraborty , University of Minnesota
Subject: Viscosities from Linear Sigma Model
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Professor Ian Shipsey, Purdue University
Subject: Bionic Hearing:the Science and the Experience
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 24th 2009
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Jennifer Docktor, University of Minnesota
Subject: Development and Validation of a Physics Problem-Solving Assessment Rubric
This is the public portion of Ms. Docktor’s thesis defense
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Paul Edmon
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Belen Gavela, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Subject: Minimal Flavor Seesaw
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Toan Nguyen, Georgia Tech
Subject: Overcharging of viral DNA by Mg$^{+2}$ ions
Friday, September 25th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Boris Shklovskii
Subject: Self-assembly of viruses
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Giles Novak, Northwestern U
Subject: Observing the Large-scale Magnetic Fields of Giant Molecular Clouds
Speaker: Carl Mitcham, Hennebach Program in the Humanities, Colorado School of Mines
Subject: The Philosophical Inadequacy of Engineering
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, September 27th 2009
1:00 pm:
Physics Fall Picnic in Boom Island Park
Monday, September 28th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kin-Wang Ng, Academia Sinica/SLA
Subject: Dynamical dark energy and its coupling to matter
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Sean Bartz, University of Minnesota
Subject: K. Adcox, et al. Suppression of hadrons with large transverse momentum in central au + au collisions at snn = 130gev. Phys. Rev. Lett., 88(2):022301, Dec 2001.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
3:40 pm:
Speaker: Riccardo DeSalvo, California Institute of Technology
Subject: Dissipation in Metals, From Viscous to
Tuesday, September 29th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Te-Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nonlinear Magnetic Vortex Dynamics in the Presence of Pinning
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: Joachim Mueller, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Cronin-Hennessy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Status of the BESIII Experiment
Wednesday, September 30th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Laurens Keek, University of Minnesota
Subject: Type-I X-ray bursts with too short recurrence times.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Costas Soukoulis, Iowa State University, Ames Lab and Dept. of Physics
Subject: Bending Back Light: The Science of Negative Index Materials
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 1st 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Wayne Osborn
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Haibo Yu, University of California - Irvine
Subject: Hidden Charged Dark Matter
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Costas M. Soukoulis, Iowa State Univesity, Ames Lab and Dept. of Physics
Subject: Weakly and Strongly Coupled Optical Metamaterials
3:00 pm:
Speaker: Lucy Fortson, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Subject: The New World of Gamma Ray Astronomy
Lucy Fortson is a candidate for a faculty opening.
Friday, October 2nd 2009
Speaker: Fabio Franchini, ICTP Trieste
Subject: Horizon in Random Matrix Theory, Hawking Radiation and Flow of Cold Atoms
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Lucy Fortson, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Subject: Zooniverse: Constructing a Virtual Facility to get the best Science out of Citizen Science
Lucy Fortson is a candidate for a faculty opening.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Eric Ganz
Subject: Computational Study of Hydrogen Storage by Spillover at Room Temperature onto Metal-Organic and Covalent-Organic Frameworks
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: No colloquium this week.
Speaker: Katherine Brading, Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Subject: Objects, Individuals, and Structures: In Search of Fundamental Ontology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 3rd 2009
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
Speaker: Dr. Terry J. Jones, U Minnesota, Astronomy
Monday, October 5th 2009
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Alexey Finkel, University of Minnesota
Subject: Q. R. Ahmad et al. Direct evidence for neutrino flavor transformation from neutral-current interactions in the Sudbury neutrino observatory. Phys. Rev. Lett., 89(1):011301, Jun 2002.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, October 6th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: LiDong Pan, University of Minnesota
Subject: "Surface Phase Transitions in Liquid Crystal Films"
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Observations of Large Amplitude, Monochromatic Whistlers at Stream Interaction Regions
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: Vincent Noireaux, University of Minnesota
Subject: Motility of Listeria monocytogenes by actin polymerization
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Pete Zweber, University of Minnesota
Subject: D and Ds Semileptonic Decays at CLEO-c
7:00 pm:
Fourth Annual Misel Family Lecture in Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
Speaker: Professor Helen Quinn, Stanford University
Subject: Wandering planets, falling apples, curving spaces, whirling stars: How unravling the mysteries of gravity has taught us about the universe
Wednesday, October 7th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Ke-Jung Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Multi-Dimensional Simulations of Pair-Instability Supernovae
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Helen Quinn, Stanford University
Subject: The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 8th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Kathleen DeWahl and Attila Kovacs
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No Speaker Today
Rescheduled to Friday, October 9, 2009
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dark solitons in 1D Bose condensates
Friday, October 9th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Sylvester James Gates, Jr., University of Maryland
Subject: Codes, Graphs, Decorated Cubical Cohomology and Spacetime SUSY Representations
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Vincent Noireaux
Subject: Cell-free Expression: Application to Gene Network and Synthetic Vesicles
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Terry Oswalt, Florida Inst. of Technology
Subject: Fragile Binary Stars: Observational Leverage on Difficult Astrophysical Problems
Speaker: Thomas Mayer, Department of History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Augustana College-Rock Island, Ill.
Subject: Trying Galileo
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 12th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jose Cembranos, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dark Matter from Effective Theories
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Shanxu Shi, University of Minnesota
Subject: B. P. Abbott et al. An upper limit on the stochastic gravitational-wave background of cosmological origin. Nature, 460(08278):990-994, August 2009. This is the paper written by our very own Vuk Mandic
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, October 13th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Matthew Loth, University of Minnesota
Subject: Ionic conductivity on a wetting surface
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Chris Colpitts, Dartmouth University
Subject: “Swishers” and “Stripes”: Examinations of Dispersed Features of Auroral HF Waves Observed with Sounding Rockets
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: Jie Zhang, Department of Radiology
Subject: Problems associated with imaging of human subjects with implanted solid state devices.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Bryan Dahmes, University of Minnesota
Subject: Prospects for Selected New Phenomena Searches with Early LHC Data
Wednesday, October 14th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Speaker: Dan Dahlberg, University of Minnesota
Subject:  A Microscopic Understanding of Exchange Anisotropy in Fe/MnF_2 Bilayers
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 15th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Steve Warren and Larry Rudnick
Subject: PAndAS: The Andromeda - Triangulum Connection
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Subhaditya Bhattacharya, Harish-Chandra Research Institute
Subject: Relating high-scale non-universality in SUGRA scenario, to the low-energy observables at the LHC
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Prof. Jörg Schmalian, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
Subject: Inferring the Cooper pair wave function of the iron arsenides superconductors from their phase diagram.
Friday, October 16th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dan Dahlberg
Subject: AN INVESTIGATION OF MAGNETIC REVERSAL AT THE NANOSCALE
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Terry J. Jones, U Minnesota, Astronomy
Subject: UM Astronomy, the LBT, and You
Speaker: Joost Vijselaar, Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University
Subject: Psyche and Electricity
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, October 19th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kyle Zilic, University of Minnesota
Subject: Experimental Design of EBEX
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Tianran Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: A. K. Geim and K. S. Novoselov. The rise of graphene. Nat Mater, 6(3):183–191, March 2007.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, October 20th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Matt Parker, University of Minnesota
Subject: Extinction in a Predator-Prey System
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Bela Fejer, Utah State University
Subject: Dynamics of the Equatorial Electric Field
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 21st 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Joe Kapusta, University of Minnesota
Subject: Equation of State and Phase Fluctuations near the Chiral Critical Point
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Kent, Irwin, NIST
Subject: Superconducting detectors: from nuclear non-proliferation to cosmology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 22nd 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Jennifer Delgado and Megan Krejny
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Matthew Kleban, NYU
Subject: Prospects for Observing Cosmic Bubble Collisions
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Boris Shklovskii, University of Minnesota
Subject: Compensation driven superconductor-insulator transition.
Friday, October 23rd 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: David Thomas (Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics)
Subject: Spectroscopic Probes of Muscle Molecular Dynamics
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Robert Pepin, U Minnesota, Physics
Subject: A Look at Stardust's Comet Cargo
Subtitle: Ed Ney wouldn't have been surprised, but many others were
3:35 pm:
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in *** NOTE: Carlson School of Management Room 1-142 ***
Speaker: Emily Grosholz, Department of Philosophy, Penn State University
Subject: The Representation of Time: Awareness, Mathematics, and the Puzzle of Asymmetry
Monday, October 26th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Yong-Zhong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: What can we learn from supernova neutrinos?
Suggested free will donation $5.
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Ryo Namba, University of Minnesota
Subject: Tomi Koivisto and David F. Mota. Accelerating cosmologies with an anisotropic equation of state. TheAstro- physical Journal, 679(1):1-5,2008.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, October 27th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Lee Wienkes, University of Minnesota
Subject: Hopping Transport in Amorphous Silicon
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Jesse Woodroffe, University of Minnesota
Subject: The global structure of magnetospheric ultra low frequency waves and its relation to ionospheric conductivity.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
There will be no seminar this week. Post-poned due to illness.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 28th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Zohreh Davoudi, University of Minnesota
Subject: The effect of second order dissipation on the sound velocity in the QCD plasma using the effective potential of the linear sigma model
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Professor Ikaros Bigi, University of Notre Dame
Subject: The Cathedral Builder's Paradigm' or `Studies of Heavy Flavour Dynamics: Its Glorious Past and Equally Promising Future
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 29th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Chelsea Tiffany and Alex Heger
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Tirthabir Biswas, St. Cloud State University
Subject: Cyclic cosmologies: playing the devil's advocate
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Chris Leighton, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nanoscopic Magnetic Phase Separation in the Doped Perovskite Cobaltites
Friday, October 30th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: JianPing Wang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Subject: Challenges and Opportunities of Nanomagnetism and Quantum Spintronics
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Robert Williams, Space Telescope Science Institute
Subject: The Nova Outburst: Evidence for a New Paradigm?
Speaker: Michel Janssen, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: Inside the Black(body) Box: Jordan on the Wave-Particle Duality of Light
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 2nd 2009
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, November 3rd 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Brian Skinner, University of Minnesota
Subject: The world's thinnest capacitor
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: David Odde, University of Minnesota
Subject: Microtubule self-assembly
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jason Haupt, University of Minnesota
Subject: A differential cross-section measurement of the Z boson decay into two electrons as a function of Z rapidity
Wednesday, November 4th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Thomas Kelley, University of Minnesota
Subject: Holography in Finite-Temperature Field Theory
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Alexander Heger, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Deaths of the Biggest Stars
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 5th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Andrew Helton and Tom Jones
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ilia Gogoladze, The Bartol Research Institute, University of Delaware
Subject: Yukawa Unification and Sparticle Spectroscopy
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Prof. Daniel Spirn, Department of Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Subject: Motion of Micromagnetic Vortices
Friday, November 6th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Joachim Mueller
Subject: Protein Assemblies and their Role in Viruses and Gene Regulation
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, U.S. Naval Academy
Subject: Mapping the Asymmetric Thick Disk: I. Field Star Distributions of the Hercules Thick Disk Cloud
Speaker: Robert W. Seidel, Thomas Misa, Margaret Hofius, Nathan Crowe, and Ronald Frazzini, Program in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: Institute of Technology 75th History Project
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 9th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Laurens Keek, University of Minnesota
Subject: X-ray bursts with too short recurrence times
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Adam Schreckenberger, University of Minnesota
Subject: K. Lang. Neutrino Oscillations Results from MINOS, 2006
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, November 10th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yen-Hsiang Lin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Indirect magnetic-field-tuned superconductor-insulator transitions
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Jesse Woodroffe, University of Minnesota
Subject: The global structure of magnetospheric ultra low frequency waves and its relation to ionospheric conductivity
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, November 11th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Meng-Ru Wu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spectral split of supernova neutrinos
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Brian Anderson, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Subject: Lessons in extreme solar wind-planetary interactions at Mercury: Results from the three MESSENGER flybys in anticipation of orbital observations in 2011
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 12th 2009
11:15 am:
Special Space Seminar in 170 Physics
Speaker: Brian Anderson, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Subject: "Continuous Global Birkeland Currents from the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment: AMPERE.
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Michael Milligan and Bob Gehrz
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Andrei Frolov, Simon Fraser University
Subject: Primordial Non-Gaussianity from Preheating
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Martin Greven, University of Minnesota
Subject: Novel magnetic excitations in the pseudogap phase of a cuprate superconductor
Friday, November 13th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jeremiah Mans
Subject: Experimental Physics on the High Energy Frontier
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Beers, Michigan State U
Subject: The Chemo-Dynamical History of the Milky Way as Revealed by SDSS/SEGUE
Speaker: Jeffrey Yost, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota
Subject: Programming Enterprise: Women Entrepreneurs in Software and Services, 1965-1990
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, November 16th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Barun Dhar, University of Minnesota
Subject: Surface Density profiles of Dark Matter Halos and the Light distribution in Ellipticals
3:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 170 Physics
Speaker: Greg McKusky, University of Minnesota
Subject: Density of States Effects in Nickel Based Magnetic Tunnel Junctions
This is the public portion of Mr. McKusky's thesis defence.
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Michael Schecter, University of Minnesota
Subject: P. M. Platzman and M. I. Dykman. Quantum Computing with Electrons Floating on Liquid Helium. Science,284(5422):1967–1969, 1999.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, November 17th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Anthony Hatke, University of Minnesota
Subject: Shubnikov-de Haas Oscillations in Microwave-irradiated 2D Electron Systems
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lynn B. Wilson III, University of Minnesota
Subject: Strong Particle Heating at an Atypical Interplanetary Shock
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Zeb Krahn, University of Minnesota
Subject: "The NOvA Project: Experimental Status"
Wednesday, November 18th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Projjwal Banerjee, University of Minnesota
Subject: Detection of Supernova Neutrinos by Neutrino-Proton Elastic Scattering
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: Oxide Nanoelectronics
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 19th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Kerri Cahoy
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Thomas Cohen, University of Maryland
Subject: Baryons and holography
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: Possible Observation of Integer and Fractional Quantum Hall States in an Interfacial Oxide Nanostructure
Friday, November 20th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Chris Leighton, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Novel Magnetic Materials
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: No colloquium this week.
No Colloquium this week
Monday, November 23rd 2009
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
There will be no journal club this week.
Tuesday, November 24th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Professor Jorge Vinals, McGill University
Subject: Pattern formation in extended systems.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Wave dynamics in the geomagnetic tail
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, November 25th 2009
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
No colloquium this week. Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 26th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
There will be seminar this week.
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be seminar this week.
Friday, November 27th 2009
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
No colloquium this week.
There will be no colloquium this week.
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Monday, November 30th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Larry Rudnick, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Cold Spot and the Void - a two year retrospective
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Miranda Pihlaja, University of Minnesota
Subject: Steven J. Pollock and Noah D. Finkelstein. Sustaining educational reforms in introductory physics. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 4(1):010110, Jun 2008.
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, December 1st 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Feng Guo, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Noise is the signal: Noise Measurements in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: John Dombeck, University of Minnesota
Subject: Evidence for Nightside Low-Latitude Low-Potential Inverted-V and Alfvénic Accelerated Electron Precipitation During Large Geomagnetic Storms
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: Kevin Dorfman: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Subject: DNA Electrophoresis in Microfabricated Arrays
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Michael Ehrlichman, Cornell University
Subject: A New Platform for Accelerator-Based X-Ray Science
Wednesday, December 2nd 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Sener Ozonder, University of Minnesota
Subject: Chiral Magnetic Effect
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, December 3rd 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Pete Mendygral and Evan Skillman
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alexei Bazavov, University of Arizona
Subject: Recent results on QCD thermodynamics on the lattice
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Mun Chan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electrical detection of a hyperfine-induced spin-dependent Hall effect in ferromagnet-semiconductor heterostructures
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Haselmo Hall, 2-101
Speaker: Roman Agafonov, University of Minnesota
Subject: Structural dynamics of the myosin force-generating region
This is the public portion of Mr. Agafonov's thesis defence.
Friday, December 4th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Cynthia Cattell
Subject: Particle acceleration and energy transfer in space plasmas
mainly for new graduate students
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Judith Cohen, Caltech
Subject: Going, Going, Gone - The Formation of the Galactic Halo
No Colloquium this week
Monday, December 7th 2009
12:10 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics 157
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Wave Dynamics in the Geomagnetic Tail.
This is the public portion of his Ph.D. thesis defense.
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Speaker: Alexander Turbiner, National University of Mexico, Mexico City
Subject: A new family of planar solvable and integrable Schroedinger equations
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
Speaker: Joffrey Peters, University of Minnesota
Subject: D. J. Kapner, T. S. Cook, E. G. Adelberger, J. H. Gundlach, B. R. Heckel, C. D. Hoyle, and H. E. Swanson. Tests of the gravitational inverse-square law below the dark-energy length scale. Physical Rev
Students are welcome to read the paper and come discuss! (Professors are less welcome.)
Tuesday, December 8th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Stephen Snyder, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic Field Enhanced Superconductivity in Zn Nanowires
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Kris Kersten, University of Minnesota
Subject: Langmuir wave generation and mode conversion on linear density structures in a laboratory plasma
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
The seminar will be held on Friday, this week only.
Wednesday, December 9th 2009
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Sean Bartz, University of Minnesota
Subject: Masses of the mesons from a soft wall AdS/QCD model
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, December 10th 2009
09:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Physics 435
Speaker: Xinjie Qiu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Advanced analysis and background techniques for the cryogenic dark matter search
This is the public portion of Mr. Qiu's thesis defence.
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Andrea Mehner and Yong Qian
12:15 pm:
Speaker: This weeks seminar will be presented Monday, Dec. 7 at 2:00pm
Subject: Room 435
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Matteo Palassini, University of Barcelona
Subject: Thermodynamics of the electron glass and the Coulomb gap
Friday, December 11th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Shaul Hanany
Subject: Reaching to the Big Bang
mainly for new graduate students
Speaker: John Kwong, Princeton University
Subject: Scintillation Pulse Shape Discrimination in a Two-Phase Xenon Time Projection Chamber
Mr. Kwong is a candidate for the experimental neutrino physics post-doc position.
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Farhad Zadeh, Northwestern U
Subject: The Massive Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy
Speaker: David Queller, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
Subject: What Is an Organism?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, December 14th 2009
12:15 pm:
Note: this week only the seminar will be replaced with the Hubmayr thesis defense
12:15 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Johannes Hubmayr, University of Minnesota
Subject: Bolometric detectors for EBEX: a balloon-borne cosmic microwave background polarimeter
3:35 pm:
Student Journal Club in 140 Physics
There will be no journal club this week.
Tuesday, December 15th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Xiang Leng, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electrostatic Tuning of the Superconductor-Insulator Transition
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 166 Physics
Speaker: John H .Broadhurst, University of Minnesota
Subject: Local enhancement of therapeutic x ray photon radiation dose by implantstion of high Z materials.
2:30 pm:
The seminar has been canceled. Prof. Rusack will give a special School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium on Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 16th 2009
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics 435
Speaker: Charlie Blackwell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Effects of nanocrystalline silicon inclusions in doped and undoped thin films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon
This is the public portion of Mr. Blackwell's thesis defense.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Roger Rusack, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Startup of the Large Hadron Collider and First Observations from CMS
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, December 17th 2009
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, December 18th 2009
Speaker: Oleg Kamaev, University of Minnesota
Subject: New results from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment
3:35 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
There will be no colloquium this week.
There will be no colloquium this week.
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, December 22nd 2009
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic field tuned nonequilibrium transport in Zn nanowires
This is the public portion of Yu Chen's thesis defense.
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Hung-Sheng Chiang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Non-linear Magnetoresistance Oscillations in Intensely Irradiated Two-Dimensional Electron Systems Induced by Multi-Photon Processes
Thursday, December 24th 2009
Friday, December 25th 2009

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