University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Spring Semester

Thursday, January 1st 2015
Friday, January 2nd 2015
Monday, January 19th 2015
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, January 20th 2015
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, January 21st 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Thursday, January 22nd 2015
12:00 pm:
Speaker: Dmitry Reznik, University of Colorado-Boulder
Subject: Anomalous Phonons and High Temperature Superconductivity in Copper Oxides
Note: change of time and location for seminar, this week only.
Faculty Host: Martin Greven
12:15 pm:
No Seminar
Friday, January 23rd 2015
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Speaker: Christian Wuthrich, Department of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
Subject: Space and Time from Causality
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
To be announced
Speaker: Elias Puchner, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced
Monday, January 26th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Liliya Williams, University of Minnesota
Subject: Small scale problems of LCDM re-re-revisited
Tuesday, January 27th 2015
Speaker: Tim Peterson, University of Minnesota
Subject:  "The Spin Lifetime in Ferromagnet/GaAs Heterostructures"
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Elias Puchner, University of Minnesota
Subject: Clustering of a cellular signaling complex provides a mesoscopic hierarchy for tuning pathway gain
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Kent Bodurtha, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electronic transport in nanocrystalline germanium/hydrogenated amorphous silicon composite thin films
This is the public portion of Mr. Bodurtha's Thesis Defense.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Chun Chen
Subject: Elementary Introduction to Fractional Quantum Hall Effects: A Chern-Simons Approach
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Deborah Jin (JILA, University of Colorado)
Subject: Ultracold Polar Molecules
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, January 29th 2015
Speaker: Terry J. Jones
Speaker: James Unwin (Notre Dame U.)
Subject: High Scale Supersymmetry and F-theory GUTs
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Deborah Jin (JILA, University of Colorado)
Subject: Universal Dynamics of a Degenerate Unitary Bose Gas
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Friday, January 30th 2015
No colloquium this week.
Speaker: Andrew Odlyzko, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Subject: Gravity Models, Information Flows, and Inefficiency of Early Railroad Networks
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Speaker: Jochen Mueller, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
Monday, February 2nd 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Chaoyun Bao, University of Minnesota
Subject: Foreground cleaning method for CMB experiments in the presence of instrumental effects
Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
Speaker: Yang Tang, UMN
Subject: Neutron scattering study of antiferromagnetic fluctuations in HgBa2CuO4+δ
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Brian Walsh, Space Sciences Lab, UC Berkeley
Subject:  The Earth’s Magnetosphere and the Art of Self-Defense
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Marc Schulz
Subject: Confinement effects in Cobalt Niobate
Wednesday, February 4th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Hugh Hudson, UC Berkeley
Subject: Solar Flares, X-ray Astronomy, and Black Swans
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: John Wygant
Thursday, February 5th 2015
Speaker: Simon Knapen (UC Berkeley / LBL)
Subject: The Orbifold Higgs
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Rebecca Flint, Iowa State
Subject: Hidden order in URu2Si2: hybridization with a twist
Faculty Host: Fiona Burnell
Friday, February 6th 2015
Speaker: No Astrophysics Colloquium this week.
Speaker: Ann Johnson, Department of History, University of South Carolina
Subject: Engineers in the Early American Republic: Where the Political Meets the Mathematical
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Speaker: Tony Gherghetta, University of Minnesota
Subject: Theoretical Particle Physics in the LHC Era
Monday, February 9th 2015
12:15 pm:
Cosmology Lunchtime Seminar in Tate Lab - RM 435
Speaker: Brian Fields, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Subject: When Stars Attack! Live Radioactivities as Signatures of Near-Earth Supernovae
Faculty Host: Keith Olive
Tuesday, February 10th 2015
Speaker: Brent Perreault, UMN
Subject: Spectroscopy of Dynamics in Spin Liquids
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Gershman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Subject: Space: a Plasma Physics Laboratory
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Ben Intoy Department of Physics, Virginia Tech
Subject: Pure and Mixed Strategies in Cyclic Competition
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 326A Tate
Speaker: Jian Kang
Subject: Fractionalized Fermi Liquid for the Pseudogap Metal
Wednesday, February 11th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jennifer Thomas, University College London
Subject: Neutrino Oscillations at Work
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Marvin Marshak
Thursday, February 12th 2015
Speaker: Larry Rudnick
Speaker: Yang Bai (U. Wisconsin)
Subject: Towards Understanding IceCube High Energy Neutrinos
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Ian Fisher, Stanford University
Subject: Probing electronic nematicity via elastoresistance measurements
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Friday, February 13th 2015
11:30 am:
Speaker: Maciej Koch-Janusz, Weizmann Institute of Science
Subject: Two-dimensional Valence Bond Solid (AKLT) states from t_{2g} electrons
Speaker: Terry J. Jones, U Minnesota, MIfA
Subject: Probing the Earliest Stages of Massive Star Formation
Speaker: Craig Hassel, Department of Food, Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota
Subject: Spanning Cultural Difference in Food and Health
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Ken Heller, University of Minnesota
Subject: A Systems Approach to Teaching: Why the Introductory Physics Courses at Minnesota Work and How They Can Fail.
Speaker: Dan Cronin-Hennessy, University of Minnesota
Subject: The mu2e Experiment
Monday, February 16th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Clement Pryke, University of Minnesota
Subject: Results from Joint analysis of BICEP2/Keck and Planck data
Tuesday, February 17th 2015
Speaker: Chris Conklin, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Lindsay Glesener, Space Science Lab, UCBerkeley
Subject: Exploring the Sun at high energies: progress and new instrumentation
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Subject: There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, February 18th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
To be announced.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota
Subject: The centenary of general relativity: How did Einstein find his gravitational field equations?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, February 19th 2015
Speaker: Ryan Arneson
Speaker: Scott Davies, UCLA
Subject: Enhanced Cancellations and Ultraviolet Finiteness in Supergravity
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Victor Gurare, University of Colorado - Boulder
Subject: Unconventional Anderson localization in high dimensions and Dirac materials
Faculty Host: Alex Kamenev
Friday, February 20th 2015
Speaker: Sally Oey, University of Michigan
Subject: The fate of ionizing radiation from massive stars in star-forming galaxies
Speaker: Amy Fisher, Science, Technology, and Society Program, University of Puget Sound
Subject: Hare's Calorimotor: Rethinking Thermodynamics in Early 19th-Century America
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Miranda Pihlaja, University of Minnesota
Subject: College in Schools: The benefits, drawbacks, and challenges of implementation for physics
Speaker: Vuk Mandic,University of Minnesota
Subject: Astrophysics and Cosmology with Gravitational Waves
Monday, February 23rd 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Tom Jones, University of Minnesota
Subject: Cosmic Rays in Galaxy Clusters; Their Acceleration and Emissions
Contrary to previous calendar, there will be no MIFA Colloquium today.
Tuesday, February 24th 2015
APS Practice Talks
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Marc Palupa, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California-Berkeley
Subject: Measuring electrons in the solar wind: current status and future missions
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Yiannis Kaznessis, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Subject: Multiscale models for antibiotic cellbots
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Chen Hou, University of Minnesota
Subject: The ODT Model And Its Applications On PRE bursts
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Adam Cohen, Harvard University
Subject:  Bringing Bioelectricity to Light
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Jochen Mueller
Thursday, February 26th 2015
Speaker: Soroush Sotoudeh and Evan Skillman
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jesse Thaler (MIT)
Subject: What is Sudakov Safety?
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Brian Andersen, University of Copenhagen
Subject: Recent developments of cuprates and pnictides; pairing symmetry, competing order, and nematicity
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Friday, February 27th 2015
12:00 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in in Physics 435
Speaker: Paula Melado, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Adolfo Ibanez University, Santiago, Chile
Faculty Host: Andrey Chubukov
Speaker: Adam Peterson
Subject: High energy applications in Condensed matter: Non-Abelian vortices in superfluid $^3$He-B
Speaker: Robert Lysak, Department of Physics and MIfA
Subject: Alfven Waves and the Aurora
Speaker: Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
Subject: From Plants to Pills: Take Bitter Roots for Malaria
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Leon Hsu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Using the Cognitive Apprenticeship Framework to Inform and Shape Instruction in Physics
Speaker: Ken Heller, University of Minnesota
Monday, March 2nd 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Yong-Zhong Qian - University of Minnesota
Subject: Supernova Neutrinos and Nucleosynthesis: Implications for Chemical Evolution of Galaxies
Tuesday, March 3rd 2015
There will be no sack lunch this week due to APS March Meeting
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Lauren Blum, UC Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory
Subject: Investigating the dynamics of Earth’s radiation belts through new CubeSat measurements and conjunction studies
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, March 4th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker:  Zhu Li, University of Minnesota
Subject: Study on Nucleosynthesis of Low Mass Supernovae
3:35 pm:
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Thursday, March 5th 2015
Speaker: Evan Nuckolls and Liliya Williams
Speaker: Marco Bochicchio (INFN, Rome)
Subject: An asymptotic solution of large-N QCD, and of large-N n=1 SUSY YM
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week due to APS March Meeting
Friday, March 6th 2015
11:00 am:
Special Space Physics Seminar in 435 Tate Lab of Physics
Speaker: Lois Sarno-Smith, University of Michigan
Subject: High Energy" Ion depletion in the Post-Midnight Plasmasphere - Using the Van Allen Probes Satellite Suite to Uncover Mysteries of the Inner Magnetosphere
Speaker: Charles Steinhardt, IPAC
Subject: Are All Galaxies the Same? A Synchronized, Uniform Framework for Galaxy and Black Hole Evolution
Speaker: Andrea Woody, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington
Subject: A Methodological Role for Explanation in Science: Mechanistic Explanation and the Functional Perspective
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Peter Bohacek, Sibley Senior High
Subject: Using Generation-2 Direct Measurement Videos for student inquiry
Speaker: Boris Shklovskii, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
Monday, March 9th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Marco Peloso, University of Minnesota
Subject: A particle physics model for inflation and the baryon asymmetry of the universe
Tuesday, March 10th 2015
Speaker: Yangmu Li, UMN
Subject: To be announced.
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Sabrina Savage, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Subject: Solar Flares
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
Special Condensed Matter Seminar in 435 Tate Lab of Physics
Speaker:  Alexander Tsirlin, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn, Estonia
Subject: Unconventional ferrimagnetism driven by the magnetic anisotropy on the kagome lattice
Wednesday, March 11th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Zhen Yuan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Chemical Evolution Model of Fornax Spheroidal Dwarf Galaxy
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Philip Schuster, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Subject: Accelerating our Understanding of Dark Matter
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Priscilla Cushman
Thursday, March 12th 2015
Speaker: Chris Nolting and Robert Lysak
Speaker: Marc Sher, College of William & Mary
Subject: The Instability of the Standard Model Vacuum
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Ioannis Rousochatzakis, UMN
Subject: Multiscale theory of Cu2OSeO3: helimagnetism, skyrmions, and beyond
Friday, March 13th 2015
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
Speaker: Ed Loh, Michigan State
Subject: Molecular hydrogen knots in the Crab Nebula--New light on an old subject
There will be no colloquium this week.
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Speaker: Dan Dahlberg, University of Minnesota
Subject:  Low Frequency Noise in Mesoscopic Magnetic Dots
Monday, March 16th 2015
Tuesday, March 17th 2015
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Speaker: John Ellis, CERN
Subject: Future circular colliders
Faculty Host: Keith Olive
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Morten Holm Christensen
Subject: Effect of Hund's coupling on Mott physics in multi-band systems
Wednesday, March 18th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Subject: Spring Break - No colloquium
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, March 19th 2015
Speaker: No Seminar, SPRING BREAK
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Eugene Levin, Iowa State
Subject: Recent findings for the Seebeck effect in thermoelectric tellurides
Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii
Speaker: No Journal Club - Spring Break
Friday, March 20th 2015
Speaker: No colloquium - Spring Break
There will be no colloquium this week.
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
There will be no seminar this week.
Monday, March 23rd 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Karl Young - University of Minnesota
Subject: The assembly of 'normal' galaxies at z~7 probed by ALMA
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
Speaker: Chun Chen, UMN
Subject: Splitting the topological ground-state degeneracy of parafermions in fractional quantum Hall heterostructures
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Allan MacDonald, University of Texas, Austin
Subject: Exciton Condensates are Super!
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Alex Kamenev
Thursday, March 26th 2015
Speaker: Taryn Heilman and Amit Kashi
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Clay Córdova (Harvard)
Subject: TBA
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Michael Schuett, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electronically-induced resistivity anisotropy in underdoped cuprates and iron pnictides
Friday, March 27th 2015
Speaker: Brant Robertson, U Arizona
Subject: New Constraints on Cosmic Reionization from Planck and Hubble Space Telescope
Speaker: Kristin Peterson, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
Subject: Transcontinental Drug Traffic: Chemical Arbitrage, Speculative Capital, and Pharmaceutical Markets in Nigeria
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Julie Vievering, University of Minnesota
Subject: Reimagining the Physics TA: A Deeper Look Into the Essential Role of Coach
Speaker: Jeremiah Mans, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
Monday, March 30th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Tova Yoast Hull, University of Wisconsin
Subject: Cosmic Ray Interactions: Implications for Nearby Starbursts
Speaker: Greg Fuchs, Cornell
Subject: Coherent control over diamond nitrogen-vacancy center spins with a mechanical resonator (and other recent results)
Tuesday, March 31st 2015
Speaker: Gordon Stecklein, UMN
Subject: Spin Transport in CVD Graphene Using Co/AlOx contacts
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Cindy Cattell, University of Minnesota
Subject: Location of excitation of whistler-mode waves during geomagnetic storms: van Allen Probes observations of unusually low frequency chorus
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Brent Perreault
Subject: Classifying Fractionalization
Wednesday, April 1st 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker:  Projjwal Banerjee (U. Minnesota)
Subject: Origin of Short-Lived Isotopes in the Early Solar System
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Laura Greene, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject: Deciphering Electron Matter in Unconventional Superconductors
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Thursday, April 2nd 2015
Speaker: Mehdi Lame'e
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Chris Brust (Perimeter Institute)
Subject: Resurgent SUSY, Accidental SUSY and String Theory
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: James Analytis, UC Berkeley
Subject: Magnetoresistance near a quantum critical point
Faculty Host: Andrey Chubukov
Friday, April 3rd 2015
12:00 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics 435
Speaker: Dmitrii Maslov, University of Florida
Subject: "Transport in strongly correlated electron systems"
Faculty Host: Andrey Chubukov
Speaker: Pavel Bolokhov, Premiere Institute
Subject: Low-Energy Effective Action of CP(N-1) Model at large N
Speaker: Kris Davidson, MIfA
Subject:  The Great Impostor Trying to Recover
Speaker: Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Subject: Rural Health and Striking Urban Doctors: The Aftermath of Mexico's Attempt to Provide Healthcare for All
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Speaker: Bob Lysak, University of Minnesota
Monday, April 6th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Jason Evans, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Moduli and Gravitino (non)-Problems in Models with Strongly Stabilized Moduli
Tuesday, April 7th 2015
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
Speaker: Xiaoyu Wang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Probing quantum critical pairing in the iron-based superconductors: a Quantum Monte Carlo study
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Broughton, Dartmouth University
Ground and Space Observations of Auroral Medium Frequency Radio Emissions
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 110 PAN
Speaker: Jasmine Foo, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Subject: Evolutionary dynamics in spatially structured populations
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Tianbai Cui
Subject: Majorana modes in solid-state systems
Wednesday, April 8th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Steven Kivelson, Stanford University
Subject: Quenched disorder and vestigial nematicity in correlated electronic systems
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Thursday, April 9th 2015
Speaker: Matt Gomer
12:15 pm:
Speaker: David McGady (Princeton)
Subject: Constructing massless S-matrices
1:15 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Steve Kivelson, Stanford University
Subject: Enhancement of superconductivity near a nematic quantum critical point
Please note: change of time for seminar, in effect for rest of semester.
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Friday, April 10th 2015
Speaker: Laura Chomiuk, Michigan State
Subject: The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: Clusters from Explosion Environments and Galactic Binaries
Speaker: Mazviita Chirimuuta, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: Ontology of Colour, Naturalized
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Brita L. Nellermoe, University of St. Thomas
Subject: The gap: Where faculty perceptions of teaching and learning disconnect from practice.
Speaker: Jeremiah Mans, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
Monday, April 13th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Tanner Prestegard - University of Minnesota
Subject: Star formation at high redshift and the stochastic gravitational-wave background from black hole ringdown
Tuesday, April 14th 2015
Speaker: Terry Bretz-Sullivan, University of Minnesota
Subject: Collective Charge Transport in Ionic Liquid Strontium Titanate Nanowires
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
Update: The space physics seminar is cancelled this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 110 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Chris Conklin
Subject: Hydrodynamics of Liquid Crystals
Wednesday, April 15th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Chen Guangyao, Iowa State University
Subject: BFLQ approach to lepton pair production in ultraperipheral heavy ion collisions
3:35 pm:
Speaker:  Reinhardt Schuhmann, Physical Review Letters
Subject: Physical Review Letters - managing a peer review journal
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, April 16th 2015
Speaker: Tony Young
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (Caltech/JPL)
Subject: A Particle Physicist's Nightmare: What If Dark Matter is Truly Dark?
1:15 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: David Hsieh, Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, CIT
Subject: Subtle structural distortions and a hidden magnetic phase in Sr2IrO4 revealed using nonlinear optical measurements
Please note: change of time for seminar, in effect for rest of semester.
Faculty Host: Natalia Perkins
Friday, April 17th 2015
There will be no colloquium this week.
Speaker: Francesca Bray, Social Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara/University of Edinburgh
Subject: Happy Endings: Narratives of Reproduction in Late Imperial China
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Nathan Moore, Winona State University
Subject: Small Oscillations via Energy Conservation as a University Physics Lab
Speaker: Oriol T Valls
Subject: The competition between magnetism and superconductivity
Monday, April 20th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Liliya Williams, University of Minnesota
Subject: The behaviour of dark matter associated with central cluster galaxies
Tuesday, April 21st 2015
Speaker: Biqiong Yu, UMN
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 110 PAN
Speaker: Dr. Frank Vollmer,Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany
Subject: Advances in Biodetection with Optical and Mechanical Microresonators
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Jiashen Cai
Subject: Superconductivity and spin density wave correlations in multiband metals
Wednesday, April 22nd 2015
10:30 am:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Speaker: Xiangwei Tang, University of Minnesota
Subject: Observations of Plasma Waves at the Earth's Dayside Magnetopaus
This is the public portion of Ms. Tang's thesis defense.
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Margaret J. Geller, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Subject: The Ultimate Mass of Galaxy Clusters
Refreshments served in Tate Foyer after colloquium. This is the more technical portion of the Van Vleck Lecture series. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 23rd 2015
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in PaN 110
Speaker: Addis Woldesenbet, University of Minnesota
Subject: Model-free analysis of quadruply imaged gravitationally lensed systems.
This is the public portion of Ms. Woldesenbet's thesis defense.
Speaker: Cody Carr and Kristy McQuinn
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Natsumi Nagata (Minnesota)
Subject: Direct search for electroweak-charged dark matter
1:15 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Alan Goldman, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
The Condensed Matter Seminar has been cancelled this week
7:00 pm:
Speaker: Margaret J. Geller, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Subject: Click: The 3D Universe
This is event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled to last an hour.
Friday, April 24th 2015
Speaker: Chat Hull, Center for Astrophysics
Subject: From Filaments, to Core, to...Filaments?! The Role of Magnetic Fields in Multi-Scale, Filamentary Star Formation
Speaker: Leslie Tomory, History and Classical Studies, McGill University
Subject: London's Water Supply before 1800 and the Origins of Network Modernity
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Speaker: Cindy Cattell, University of Minnesota
Subject: To be announced.
Monday, April 27th 2015
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Mark Pepin - University of Minnesota
Subject: The CDMS Low Ionization Threshold Experiment
Speaker: Alexander Gorsky
Subject: Condensates and instanton-knot duality
Tuesday, April 28th 2015
Speaker: Joseph Sobek, UMN
Subject: Tunneling into the LAO/STO Interface
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
Subject: Planetary Magnetospheres
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 110 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Ruiqi Xing
Subject: ​Spin-Fermion Model for d-wave Superconductivity
Wednesday, April 29th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Dr. Rajan Gupta, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Subject: Probing TeV physics using neutron decays and nEDM
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Leslie Rosenberg, University of Washington
Subject: Searching for Dark-Matter Axions
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, April 30th 2015
Speaker: Vihang Mehta and Claudia Scarlata
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Erich Poppitz (Toronto)
Subject: Confining strings on R^3xS^1
1:15 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: James Kakalios, UMN
Subject: Is the Conductivity in Amorphous Semiconductors Thermally Activated?
Please note: change of time for seminar, in effect for rest of semester.
Friday, May 1st 2015
09:00 am:
Symmetries and Interactions in Topological Matter Workshop in The Commons Hotel/Keller Hall 3-180
Speaker: John Vaillancourt, SOFIA
Subject: The Polarized, Dusty Interstellar Medium
Speaker: Erik Angner, Department of Philosophy, George Mason University
Subject: There Is No Problem of Interpersonal Comparisons
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Speaker: J. Woods Halley, University of Minnesota
Subject: Physics of the origin of life: the problem and paths to a solution.
Saturday, May 2nd 2015
08:30 am:
Soudan Laboratory Open House in Soudan Underground Laboratory
Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3rd 2015
Monday, May 4th 2015
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week. The Cosmology Lunchtime Seminar is finished for the semester.
Tuesday, May 5th 2015
12:20 pm:
Condensed Matter Sack Lunch in Tate Room 435
The sack lunch this week has been cancelled.
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Paul Kellogg, University of Minnesota
Subject: Physics of Global Warming
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 110 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Speaker: Xiaoyu Wang
Subject: Migdal's theorem and the spin-fermion model
Wednesday, May 6th 2015
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Speaker: Frank Pollmann, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Subject: Efficient numerical simulations of quantum many-body systems
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium. 3:35 pm Award Ceremony. 3:50 - 4:50 pm Colloquium
Faculty Host: Fiona Burnell
Thursday, May 7th 2015
Speaker: Brian O'Neill and Bob Gehrz
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Surjeet Rajendran (UC Berkeley)
Subject: Cosmological Relaxation of the Electroweak Vacuum
1:15 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Premala Chandra, Rutgers University
Subject: Frustration, Unexpected Order and Criticality in 2D Heisenberg Antiferromagnets
Please note: change of time for seminar, in effect for rest of semester.
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Mitchell Wendt, University of Minnesota
Subject: The Detection of Bright but Rare Particles Carrying One or Two Distinct Fluorescent Colors: A Simulation Study
Friday, May 8th 2015
11:15 am:
Methods of Experimental Physics Poster Session in Physics and Nanotechnology Building Atrium
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Benjamin Ihde, University of Minnesota
Subject: Statistical Validation of Density-Specific-Volume Covariance Transport in a Two-Fluid System
Speaker: Josh Feinberg, U Minnesota, Earth Sciences
Subject: "Shining a Light Into the Dark: Using Cave Deposits to Illuminate Fine-Scale of the Geomagnetic Behavior
Speaker: Michael Worboys, Life Sciences, University of Manchester
Subject: The Making of the Modern Dog: Breed, Blood and Britishness
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
There will be no seminar this week. The Intro to Research Seminar is finished for the semester.
Monday, May 11th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Exra Hart, University of Minnesota
Subject: Investigation of Missing Cell Events to Improve NOvA Far Detector Data
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Asad Kahn, University of Minnesota
Subject: Study of source of timing variations in ECAL using Z to ee events
Tuesday, May 12th 2015
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 157 Tate
Speaker: Tobias Gulden
Subject: Bulk-edge correspondence in driven topological systems
Thursday, May 14th 2015
1:15 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Gia-Wei Chern, LANL
Subject: Stiffness from Disorder in Frustrated Quasi-2D Magnets
Please note: change of time for seminar, in effect for rest of semester.
Faculty Host: Natalia Perkins
Tuesday, May 19th 2015
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 110 PAN
Speaker: Ioannis Rousochatzakis
Subject: Tower of States Spectroscopy
Wednesday, May 20th 2015
1:00 pm:
Speaker: Alex Gude
Subject: Measurement of the phistar distribution of Z bosons decaying to electron pairs with the CMS experiment at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV

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