University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Spring Semester

Thursday, January 1st 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No speaker this week
Subject: University Closed, New Years Day
Friday, January 2nd 2009
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Friday, January 9th 2009
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Friday, January 16th 2009
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
To be announced.
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Monday, January 19th 2009
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, January 20th 2009
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.
Wednesday, January 21st 2009
3:35 pm:
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Thursday, January 22nd 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. S. Deemyad, Harvard
Subject: The Melt Line of Hydrogen: En-route to Metallic Hydrogen
Dr. Deemyad is a candidate for a CM Experimentalist Asst. Prof. position.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, January 23rd 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Megan Krejny, U Minnesota, Astronomy
Subject: The Hertz-VPM Polarimeter and Applications of Multiwavelength Polarimetry
Speaker: Douglas Allchin, Program in History of Science and Technology; Naomi Scheman, Department of Philosophy; Alan Gross, Department of Communications Studies; University of Minnesota.
Subject: Annual Science Studies Symposium
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Arkady Vainshtein
Subject: muon anomalous magnetic moment
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
Monday, January 26th 2009
10:00 am:
Speaker: Fran Mateycik, Department of Physics, Kansas State University
Subject: Facilitating Case Reuse Strategies for Problem Solving in Algebra-Based Physics
Ms. Mateycik is a visiting post-doc candidate. Note this is the first of two PES this week.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Evan Skillman, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
Tuesday, January 27th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Prof. Vidya Madhavan, Boston College
Subject: New Developments in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of High Temperature Superconductors
The speaker is a candidate for the Cond. Matter Experimentalist Asst. Prof. position.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Subject: Organizational Meeting
Note change of time will hold for the semester.
Wednesday, January 28th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Misha Voloshin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spontaneous and induced creation of semi-classical objects. (Is it safe to run high-energy colliders?)
Thursday, January 29th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Terry J Jones
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Xian Leng, University of Minnesota
Subject: Interfacial Superconductivity
Note the different day, time and place this week only.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, January 30th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Klaus Dolag, Max Planck Inst for Astrophysik, Garching
Subject: Magnetic Fields and Cosmic Rays in Galaxy Clusters
Speaker: David Sepkoski, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Subject: Stephen Jay Gould, Niles Eldredge, and the 'True' History of Punctuated Equilibria
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Shaul Hanany
Subject: Cosmic Microwave background observation
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Group Discussion
Subject: What is Physics Education Research?
There will be two Physics Education Seminars this week.
Monday, February 2nd 2009
11:30 am:
Regents Professor Lecture Series in Coffman Union Theater
Speaker: Allen Goldman, Regents Professor and Head of Physics
Subject: Superconductivity: High Science and High Technology
The entire University community is invited to attend.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Cyril Pitrou, University of Oslo, Norway
Subject: The non-linear evolution of the cosmic microwave background
Tuesday, February 3rd 2009
12:20 pm:
There will be no CM Sack Lunch Seminar this week. There will be two CM Seminars.
12:20 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Ania Bleszynski-Jayich, Yale University
Subject: Measurements of persistent currents in normal metal rings using a micromechanical magnetometer
Ania Bleszynski-Jayich is a candidate for the Cond. Matter Experimentalist Asst. Prof. position.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Bob Lysak, University of Minnesota
Subject: Alfvenic Aurora and Substorm Onset.
Wednesday, February 4th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Paul Crowell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spin Transport
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, February 5th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Paul Edmon
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Frank Petriello, University of Wisconsin Madison
Subject: Electroweak effects in Higgs production
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Natan Andrei - Rutgers University
Subject: Quantum Impurities Out-of-Equilibrium
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Amihay Hanany, MIT
Subject: Brane Tilings and Super Conformal Field Theories
Dr. Hanany is a high energy theory faculty candidate.
Friday, February 6th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. James Truran, U Chicago
Subject: The Rise, Decline, and Fall of Classical Novae
Speaker: Hugh Gorman, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Subject: The Story of N: Sustainability and Society's Changing Interaction with the Nitrogen Cycle
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Yuichi Kubota
Subject: canceled
Primarily for the first-year physics graduate students
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Group Discussion
Subject: What is Physics Education Research? (Part 2)
Monday, February 9th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jeff McMahon, University of Chicago
Subject: Cosmology with the South Pole Telescope
Tuesday, February 10th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Hung-Sheng Chiang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nonlinear transport in 2D electron systems
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: John Dombeck, University of Minnesota
Subject: Computer data analysis in space physics
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Niki Saoulidou , Fermi National Lab
Subject: Fermilab long baseline n oscillation experiments: From MINOS to NOvA and Beyond
Dr. Saoulidou is an experimental particle physics faculty candidate
Wednesday, February 11th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Misha Shifman, University of Minnesota
Subject: From superconductivity to quark confinement
Thursday, February 12th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Liliya Williams
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Paolo Gondolo
Subject: Dark Stars, or the Effect of Dark Matter on the First Stars
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Minhyea Lee, National Insitute of Standards and Technology
Subject: Large Thermopower and Strong Correlation in Sodium Cobalt Oxides
Minhyea Lee is a candidate for the Cond. Matter Experimentalist Asst. Prof. position.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
To be announced.
Friday, February 13th 2009
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Ken Heller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Predicting Introductory Physics Performance
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Kris Sellgren, Ohio State U
Subject: Really Cool Stars in the Galactic Center
Speaker: David Schmit, Department of Psychology, College of St. Catherine
Subject: Sympathetic Contagions and Investment Scheme Crazes; Mesmerism and Nineteenth-Century Theories of Social Influence
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
Monday, February 16th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Christiano Galbiati, Princeton
Subject: Noble Liquids - The Revolution in Direct Dark Matter Searches Recent results from Borexino
Tuesday, February 17th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetic field induced superconductivity in Zn nanowires
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Ricardo Eusebi, Fermilab
Subject: Searching for experimental evidence on the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Mithat Unsal, Stanford University
Subject: On dualities and (de)confinement in gauge theories and spin systems.
Wednesday, February 18th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: David Thomas, University of Minnesota
Subject: Structural dynamics of muscle proteins resolved simultaneously on nanosecond and millisecond time scales
Thursday, February 19th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Karl Isensee
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Wade Fisher, Fermilab
Subject: The newest landmarks along the Tevatron's road to the Higgs
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Xiaoyang Zhu, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
Subject: Polarons, excitons, and correlated phenomena at organic semiconductor surfaces & interfaces
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Patrick Meade, Institute for Advanced Study
Subject: Interplay of Theory and Experiment in the LHC Era
Friday, February 20th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Howard Bond, STSci
Subject: V838 Monocerotis and the New Classes of Luminous Transients
Speaker: Peter Richerson, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis
Subject: Darwinian Evolutionary Ethics: Between Patriotism and Sympathy
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Jennifer Docktor, University of Minnesota
Subject: Applying a Simple Rubric to Assess Student Problem Solving
Monday, February 23rd 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Sam Waldman, LIGO MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139
Subject: Attometer Astrophysics: Gravitational wave astronomy with LIGO
Dr. Sam Waldman is an astro/cosmology faculty candidate,
Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Franco, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
Dr. Sebastian Franco is a particle theory faculty candidate,
Tuesday, February 24th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Eric Garlid, University of Minnesota
Subject: Large Interfacial Spin Accumulation in Lateral Fe/GaAs Devices
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: David Murr, Augsburg College
Subject: Initial Observations of Large Amplitude Pc5 Waves using GPS TEC
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Toyoko Orimoto, Caltech
Subject: Photon Physics with the CMS Detector
Dr. Toyoko Orimoto is a particle experiment faculty candidate.
Wednesday, February 25th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Keith Olive, University of Minnesota
Subject: Dark Matter: From Cosmology to Colliders
Thursday, February 26th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Pete Mendygral
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Gregory Gabadadze
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Smitha Vishveshwara, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject: Physics of coexistent superfluid-Mott insulator systems
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Laurens Keek, University of Minnesota
Subject: Recurring X-ray bursts from neutron stars
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Tesla Jeltema, University of California Observatories/Lick Observatory
Subject: Probing Cosmology and New Physics with Clusters of Galaxies
Dr. Tesla Jeltema is an astro/cosmology faculty candidate,
Friday, February 27th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Alex Fullerton, STSci
Subject: What Are the Mass-Loss Rates of O-Type Stars?
Speaker: Nathan Ensmenger, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
Subject: Is Chess the Drosophila of AI? Computer Games as Experimental Technologies in Artificial Intelligence
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: David Parent, Physics Teacher at Irondale High School
Subject: Modeling Instruction in High School Physics
Monday, March 2nd 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Amanda Weinstein, UCLA
Subject: Exploring the extreme universe: astronomy and particle physics with VHE gamma-rays
Dr. Amanda Weinstein is an astro/cosmology faculty candidate,
Tuesday, March 3rd 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: Kris Kersten, University of Minnesota
Subject: Simulating electron energization and loss in the radiation belts
Speaker: Dr. Chunhui Chen, SLAC
Subject: The Measurement of CP Violation Parameter Beta and Search for the New Physics from Babar Experiment
Dr. Chunhui Chen is an experimental particle faculty candidate.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Professor Stefano Profumo, University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Physics/SCIPP, Santa Cruz, CA
Subject: Fundamental Physics from the Sky
Professor Stefano Profumo is a particle theory faculty candidate.
Wednesday, March 4th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Juan-Carlos Campuzano (Univesity of Illinois in Chicago)
Subject: Pairing above $T_c$ in the high temperature superconductors
Thursday, March 5th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Andrew Helton and Megan Krejny
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Mark Trodden, University of Pennsylvania
Subject: Constraining Interactions in Cosmology's Dark Sector
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Nina Markovic, The Johns Hopkins University
Subject: Spin and charge transport in a carbon nanotube spin diode
This seminar is sponsored by the University of Minnesota MRSEC.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Professor, Clem Pryke, University of Chicago, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chicago, IL
Subject: Viewing the Beginning of the Universe from the Bottom of the World
Professor Clem Pryke is an astro/cosmology faculty candidate,
Friday, March 6th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. You-Hua Chu, U Illinois
Subject: Debris Disks around Hot White Dwarfs
Speaker: John Powers, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
Subject: Herman Boerhaave and the Demarcation of Chemistry from Alchemy
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Group Discussion
Subject: Learning Physics in China and the U.S.
Monday, March 9th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Eric Thrane, University of Minnesota
Subject: Probing Anisotropies in the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background
Tuesday, March 10th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Matt Parker, Hung-Sheng Chiang, Yen-Hsiang Lin, Te-Yu Chen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Talks for the the APS March Meeting
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Jim Crumley, St. John's University
Subject: Ion Composition Effects on Ion Cyclotron Waves Observed by FAST in the Auroral Zone
Wednesday, March 11th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jeremiah Mans, University of Minnesota
Subject: Year Zero at the LHC
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, March 12th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Kathleen DeWahl and Larry Rudnick
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alexander Gorskiy
Subject: Some applications of gauge/string duality for nonconformal gauge theories
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Yu Chen, Anthony Hatke, Mun Chan, Eric Garlid, University of Minnesota
Subject: Practice talks for the APS March Meeting
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Yong-Zhong Qian, University of Minnesota
Subject: Chemical Evolution of the Early Universe
Friday, March 13th 2009
2:30 pm:
Physics Education Seminar in 236A Physics
Speaker: Brita Nellermoe, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Force Concept Inventory
Note change in time and place
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Morag Hastie, MMT
Subject: The MMT's Instrument Suite
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Monday, March 16th 2009
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, March 17th 2009
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, March 18th 2009
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, March 19th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: No Journal Club - Spring Break
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alessio Marrani, Stanford
Subject: Moduli Spaces and Space-Time: Attractors in Extremal Black Holes
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, March 20th 2009
Monday, March 23rd 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Liliya L.R. Williams, University of Minnesota
Subject: Relaxation of Dark Matter Halos
Tuesday, March 24th 2009
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Polar spacecraft observations of time varying, field aligned Poynting flux and electron kinetic energy flux observed by FAST during a major geomagnetic storm in the inner magnetosphere
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Professor Kostya Novoselov, University of Manchester
Subject: Graphene and its Chemical Derivatives
There will not be a sack lunch seminar this week. Please see the announcement for a special condensed matter seminar at this time in Room 210.
Wednesday, March 25th 2009
12:30 pm:
Speaker: Theodore Wahl
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Konrad Gelbke, Michigan State University
Subject: Plans for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University
Thursday, March 26th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Steve Warren and Yong Qian
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mike Erickson, University Minnesota
Subject: Temperature dependence of the non-local spin signal in Cu-based lateral spin-valves
Friday, March 27th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Laurens Keek, U of Minnesota
Subject: Studying neutron stars in binaries with large thermonuclear explosions
Speaker: Frederick Kronz, National Science Foundation
Subject: On Actual and Virtual Chances
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Cindy Cattell & Jon Anderson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Update on the UM PhysTEC Program: LAs and Peer Groups
Monday, March 30th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Benjamin Gold, John's Hopkins University
Subject: Five Years of WMAP: Galactic Foreground Emission
Tuesday, March 31st 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Tanner Schulz, University of Minnesota
Subject: Ordered Vortex Arrays in Superconducting Niobium Films
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Lei Dai, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cluster observations of the dynamics and structure of waves driven by reconnection jets in the Geomagnetic tail
Wednesday, April 1st 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Prof. Gary J. Ferland, University of Kentucky
Subject: What powers the intra-cluster filaments in large clusters of galaxies?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, April 2nd 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Danielle Berg and Chick Woodward
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Alexei Yung, ITEP
Subject: "Crossover from weak to strong coupling and non-Abelian duality in N=2 supersymmetric QCD."
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Ivan Fedorov, University of Minnesota
Subject: Kauffman's model for the origin of life: spontaneous generation of metastable autocatalytic chemistry
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, April 3rd 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Mark Jirsa, MN Geological Survey
Subject: "The Sudbury Meteorite Impact Layer in the Lake Superior Region
Speaker: Chandra Mukerji, Communication Studies, University of California, San Diego
Subject: Impersonal Rule: Logistical Power and the Canal du Midi
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Kawin Chaumklang & Brita Nellermoe, U of MN Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Subject: Physics education in Thailand
Monday, April 6th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: Weighing the Milky Way and Its Black Hole
Tuesday, April 7th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Nin Ji, University of Minnesota
Subject: XMCD study on FeCo based nanocrystals
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Jesse Woodroffe, University of Minnesota
Subject: Alfven Waves and the Dynamics of Nearly Incompressible Plasmas
Wednesday, April 8th 2009
Speaker: Albert Fert, 1Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, 91767 Palaiseau, and Université Paris-Sud
Subject: Spintronics: electrons, spins, computers and telephones
Reception to follow lecture in Physics 216
Thursday, April 9th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Tom Vonderharr
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Xerxes Tata, University of Hawaii
Subject: Supersymmetry, LHC and Dark Matter
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week because of the Van Vleck lecture.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Evan Frodermann, University of Minnesota
Subject: Sources of photons in heavy-ion collisions at both forward and mid-rapidity.
4:00 pm:
Speaker: Albert Fert, 1Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, 91767 Palaiseau, and Université Paris-Sud
Subject: Carbon nanotubes, graphene, molecules : promising materials for spintronics
Note different day for the colloquium, this week only. Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Friday, April 10th 2009
Speaker: Ido Ben-Dayan, Ben-Gurion University
Subject: Surprises in small field models of inflation
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. John Hackwell, Aerospace
Subject: An Astronomer Looks Down
Speaker: Richard Burkhardt, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Subject: Studying Behavior Biologically: Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Founding of Ethology
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Monday, April 13th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Robert Gehrz, University of Minnesota
Subject: Stardust review: Astrophysical grains in stellar winds, debris disks, the ISM, and the Solar System
Tuesday, April 14th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Lee Wienkes, University of Minnesota
Subject: Optical Absorption Spectra of Mixed Phase Thin Film Semiconductors
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Cindy Cattell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Running a lab plasma experiment at LAPD: Intro to mode conversion and preliminary results
Wednesday, April 15th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Dmitri "Mitya" Chklovskii (Janelia Farm, Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Subject: Statistical physics meets neurobiology: Is your brain wired optimally?
Thursday, April 16th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Ted Wahl and Evan Skillman
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No Speaker This Week
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Professor Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Carleton College
Subject: Transport and magnetotransport properties of Eu-rich EuO thin films
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, April 17th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Krysztof Stanek, Ohio State U
Subject: Drinking Coffee, Writing Papers
Speaker: Jed Z. Buchwald, Department of History, California Institute of Technology, and Noel M. Swerdlow, Professor Emeritus of History and of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago
Subject: Symposium in honor of Alan E. Shapiro
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Monday, April 20th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Gerald J. Wasserburg, California Institute of Technology
Subject: The Origin of Lithium-rich Giant Stars & Some Broader Implications on Galactic Inventory of 7Li & 3He
Speaker: G. J. Wasserburg, Caltech
Subject: The Origin of Lithium-rich giant stars & some broader implications on Galactic inventory of 7Li & 3He
Tuesday, April 21st 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Chunyong He
Subject: Doping fluctuation-driven magneto-electronic phase separation in La1-xSrxCoO3 single crystals
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Adam Hupach
Subject: Physical Properties of Electron Solitary Waves in the Earth's Magnetosphere
Wednesday, April 22nd 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Paul Canfield (Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory)
Subject: Ending of the tyranny of copper: Intermetallic superconductivity in the post copper-oxide age.
Thursday, April 23rd 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Damon Farnsworth and Tom Jones
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ian Lowe, Northwester/Argonne
Subject: Implications of the Higgs Discovery in MSSM
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Todd Springer, University of Minnesota
Subject: Second Order Hydrodynamics from the Gravity Dual
Friday, April 24th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Brian O'Shea, Michigan State U
Subject: Galaxy Clusters and the WHIM as Cosmological Probes
Speaker: Jon Marks, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Subject: Evolution and Relativism
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Paul Knutson
Subject: Qualitative Probelm Solving Skills in Introductory Labs
Monday, April 27th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Kris Davidson
Subject: Why VM Stars are Dangerous for Theory
Tuesday, April 28th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Brian Skinner
Subject: Charge inversion and non-monotonic swelling of a large molecule
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dr. John Dombeck, U of M
Subject: Findings on Intense Auroral Electrons During Large Geomagnetic Storms
4:40 pm:
Senior Thesis Defense in 143 Physics
Speaker: Daniel J. Kennedy
Subject: Protein Structure Determination by Computationally-Assisted Site-Directed Spin Labeling and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Wednesday, April 29th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Eva Andrei (Rutgers)
Subject: Graphene: the magic of electrons in flatland
Thursday, April 30th 2009
12:10 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in B49 Physics
Speaker: Kristen McQuinn
12:15 pm:
Speaker: No Speaker This Week
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Professor Eva Andrei, Rutgers University
Subject: Scanning tunneling spectroscopy and transport measurements in suspended graphene
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Projjwal Banerjee
Subject: Supernova Nucelosynthesis in Population III 13-50 Solar Mass Stars and Abundance Patterns of Extremely Metal-Poor Stars
Friday, May 1st 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Oleg Gnedin, U Michigan
Subject: The final frontier: dark matter and smallest galaxies
Speaker: Kathryn Steen, Department of History & Politics, Drexel University
Subject: What's 'The Big Idea'?: Patents and the Ideology of Invention
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Brita Nellermoe, U MN Dept. Curriculum and Instruction
Subject: Accurately Measuring Faculty Perceptions of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Physics Departments
Monday, May 4th 2009
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Lawrence Rudnick, University of Minnesota
Subject: First Light: a parliament of White Papers
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Mayo 3-100
Speaker: Andrew Thompson, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Structural Dynamics of Force Generation in Muscle, Probed by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of Bifunctionally Labeled Myosin
This is the public portion of Mr. Thompson's thesis defense.
Tuesday, May 5th 2009
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Elizabeth Smith, University of Minnesota
Subject: Quantifying Protein Expression in Living Cells
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
Speaker: Eric Donovan, University of Calgary
Subject: New Perspectives on Auroral Arcs
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Leo Kadanoff, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago
Subject: To be announced.
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Wednesday, May 6th 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Professor Eric Donovan, University of Calgary
Subject: Using the Aurora to Remote Sense Plasma Physical Processes in Near-Earth Space
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:00 p.m. this week only.
Thursday, May 7th 2009
12:00 pm:
Astronomy Journal Club in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley
Note change of time, place and speaker from earlier calendar.
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBA
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Matthew Loth, University of Minnesota
Subject: Non-mean-field screening by multivalent counterions
Note different day, time and place: second CM sack Lunch this week
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
7:00 pm:
Karlis Kaufmanis Public Lecture in Bell Museum Auditorium
Speaker: Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley
Subject: Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
Friday, May 8th 2009
12:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alex Levchenko, University of Minnesota
Subject: Transport properties of low-dimensional mesoscopic conductors: interplay of disorder, interaction and fluctuation effects
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Eduardo Telles, Observatorio Nacional, Brazil
Subject: HII Galaxies
There is no HST Colloquium this week.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Leon Hsu, University of Minnesota Dept. of Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
Subject: Using Computers as Problem-Solving Coaches for Students
Monday, May 11th 2009
12:15 pm:
No seminar this week. Finals week.
Tuesday, May 12th 2009
12:20 pm:
No seminar this week. Finals week.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 143 Physics
No seminar this week. Finals week.
2:30 pm:
No seminar this week. Finals week.
Wednesday, May 13th 2009
3:35 pm:
No Colloquium this week--Finals week.
Thursday, May 14th 2009
12:15 pm:
No seminar this week. Finals week.
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
No seminar this week. Finals week.
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
No seminar this week. Finals week.
Friday, May 15th 2009
3:00 pm:
Astronomy Colloquium in 210 Physics
No seminar this week. Finals week.
No seminar this week. Finals week.
4:40 pm:
No seminar this week. Finals week.
Monday, May 25th 2009
08:00 am:
University Closed
Tuesday, May 26th 2009

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