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Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Summer Semester

Thursday, June 3rd 2010
12:30 pm:
Speaker: John Dickey, University of Tazmania
Subject: The Distribution of cool ISM gas in R and Z
Monday, June 7th 2010
Wednesday, June 9th 2010
Thursday, June 10th 2010
1:30 pm:
Ph. D. Thesis Defense in Physics 157
Speaker: Shun Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Investigating the orientational order in liquid crystals
This is the public portion of Shun Wang’s Thesis Defense
Friday, June 11th 2010
3:00 pm:
Monday, June 14th 2010
Monday, June 21st 2010
1:30 pm:
Ph. D. Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Eric Garlid, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electrical Detection of the Spin Hall Effect in Ferromagnet-Semiconductor Heterostructures
Wednesday, June 23rd 2010
2:00 pm:
Speaker: Dr. Ranjan Gupta
Subject: Interstellar Dust Modeling
Monday, June 28th 2010
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: Alexander Monin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Effects of extra degrees of freedom on decay rate of metastable topological objects
This is the public portion of Mr. Monin's oral exam.
11:00 am:
Speaker: Yves Adjallah, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electronic transport in mixed-phase hydrogenated amorphous/nanocrystalline silicon thin films
This is the public portion of Mr. Adjallah's Ph.D. final oral exam.
Monday, July 5th 2010
Friday, July 9th 2010
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 402 Walter Library 
Speaker: Dan Weisz, University of Minnesota
Subject: The History of Star Formation in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies
This is the public portion of Mr. Weisz's Ph.D. final oral exam.
Tuesday, July 13th 2010
10:30 am:
Speaker: Ruihua He, Stanford University
Subject: Experimental Studies of High-Tc Cuprate Superconductors with Density Wave Correlations
Thursday, July 22nd 2010
12:00 pm:
Speaker: Lauren M. Scott, Rutgers University
Subject: The Telescope Array Experiment: Measuring cosmic rays at the highest energies using the fluorescence technique
Dr. Scott is here as a post-doctoral candidate to work with Dr. Lucy Fortson
Wednesday, July 28th 2010
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in Walter 402
Speaker: Paul Edmon, University of Minnesota
Subject: Multidimensional Cosmic Ray Acceleration in the Winds from Massive Stars
This is the public portion of Paul's PhD thesis defense
Thursday, August 5th 2010
12:00 pm:
Speaker: Tomo Matsumura, CalTech
Subject: bsolute polarization angle calibration using polarized diffuse Galactic emission observed by BICEP
Tuesday, August 10th 2010
12:00 pm:
Special Lecture in Physics 210
Speaker: Hans Courant, University of Minnesota
Subject: First-hand account of the Manhattan Project
Note change of venue, again!
Wednesday, August 11th 2010
1:30 pm:
Speaker: Brian Andersson, University of Minnesota
Subject: Lecture demonstration apparatus demonstrated
Thursday, August 19th 2010
3:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 435 Physics
Speaker: A. Emir Gumrukcuoglu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Coupled Quantum Systems in Inflationary Cosmology
Monday, August 23rd 2010
Thursday, August 26th 2010
08:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park Stage, Minnesota State Fair
09:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park Stage, Minnesota State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park Stage, Minnesota State Fair
1:00 pm:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park Stage, Minnesota State Fair
3:00 pm:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park Stage, Minnesota State Fair

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