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Physics and Astronomy Calendar

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Thursday, September 3rd 2015
Speaker: Daniel Stern, JPL
Subject: Surprising New Insights into Quasars from WISE and the Future of Wide-Field Infrared Surveys from Space
Friday, September 4th 2015
10:00 am:
Thesis Defense in 120 PAN
Speaker: Zhen Yuan, University of Minnesota
Subject: A Model for Gas Dynamics and Chemical Evolution of the Fornax Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
This is the public portion of Zhen Yuan's thesis defense.
Monday, September 7th 2015
Wednesday, September 9th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Joseph Falson, University of Tokyo
Subject: Electron correlation physics revealed in high mobility MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures
Faculty Host: Michael Zudov
Speaker: Masahiro Takimoto
Subject: Singlino Resonant Dark Matter
Thursday, September 10th 2015
7:00 pm:
The 2015 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series in McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall 
Speaker: Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Subject: Spacetime versus the Quantum
Faculty Host: Keith Olive
Friday, September 11th 2015
Speaker: Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Subject: Chaos in the Black Hole S-matrix
Wednesday, September 16th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Speaker: Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: Facilitating thinking and learning in physics classroom
Thursday, September 17th 2015
Speaker: Betsey Adams, Astronomy, NL
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: Improving student understanding of quantum mechanics
Faculty Host: Kenneth Heller
Friday, September 18th 2015
Speaker: John Terning, U California, Davis
Subject: TBA
2:30 pm:
Speaker: No colloquium on the 18th. See MIfA Journal Club listing for Thursday, September 17th.
Speaker: Mary Domski, University of New Mexico
Subject: Descartes and Newton on Deducing True Laws of Nature
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23rd 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Ivar Martin, Argonne
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Thursday, September 24th 2015
Speaker: Terry Jones
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: MIkhail Voloshin, University of Minnesota
Subject: TBD
Friday, September 25th 2015
Speaker: Richard Holman (CMU)
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Laura Fissel, U Toronto
Speaker: Harold Cook, Brown University
Subject: A Different Descartes: The New Galen
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m. A Charles E. Culpeper Lecture in the History of Medicine. Co-sponsored with the Center for Early Modern History.
Thursday, October 1st 2015
Speaker: Mellanie Galloway
Speaker: D. Basov, UCSD
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Lance Dixon, SLAC/Stanford
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Friday, October 2nd 2015
12:00 pm:
Speaker: D. Basov, UCSD
Please note change of day for the CM seminar, this week only.
Faculty Host: Andrey Chubukov
Speaker: Lance Dixon, SLAC
Subject: TBA
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Oleg Gnedin, U Michigan
Speaker: Christopher Noble, Villanova University
Subject: Leibniz and Technology: What Automata, Mills, and Calculators Teach Us about Cognition
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7th 2015
08:00 am:
Speaker: Eugene Kolomeisky - University of Virginia
Subject: Optimal number of terms in QED series and its consequence in condensed matter implementations of QED
Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii
Thursday, October 8th 2015
Speaker: Stou Sandalski
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Giovanni Zocchi, UCLA
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Jochen Mueller
Friday, October 9th 2015
Speaker: Matthew Walters (BU)
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Jim Truran, U Chicago
Speaker: Richard Scheines, Carnegie Mellon University
Subject: The Revolution in Computational Causal Discovery
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Oleg Tchernyashov, Johns Hopkins
Faculty Host: Natalia Perkins
Thursday, October 15th 2015
Speaker: Karlen Shahinyan and Roberta Humphreys
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Oleg Tchernyshyov, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Natalia Perkins
Friday, October 16th 2015
Speaker: David Curtin (Maryland)
Speaker: Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School
Subject: How to be a Patient: Patienthood and Medical Thinking in the Medieval Islamicate World
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Center for Early Modern History, and the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World
4:30 pm:
Speaker: Randall McEntaffer, U Iowa
Thursday, October 22nd 2015
Speaker: Karl Young and Claudia Scarlata
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: James Bullock, University of California, Irvine
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Evan Skillman
Friday, October 23rd 2015
Speaker: Jessie Shelton, U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Subject: TBA
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Luke Roberts, Caltech
Speaker: Joseph Gabriel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Subject: Origins of a Legitimation Crisis: Medical Science, Private Profit, and the Challenge of Big Pharma
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, October 29th 2015
Speaker: Ryan Arneson and Michael Rutkowski
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Claudia Scarlata, University of Minnesota
Subject: TBD
Friday, October 30th 2015
Speaker: Yonatan Kahn (Princeton)
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Aleks Diamond-Stanic, U Wisconsin-Madison
Speaker: Margaret Morrison, University of Toronto
Subject: Fictional Models and Models as Fictions: Disentangling the Difference
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 5th 2015
Speaker: Amit Kashi and Stou Sandalski
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Abhay Pasupathy, Columbia University
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Friday, November 6th 2015
Speaker: Joe Bramante (Notre Dame)
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Abhay Pasupathy, Columbia University
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Charlotte Christensen, Grinnell University
Speaker: Michael Reidy, Montana State University
Subject: Mountains and Minds: Verticality and the Rise of Science
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker:  Xiang Cheng, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Thursday, November 12th 2015
Speaker: Tony Young and Liliya Williams
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: James Wells, University of Michigan
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Friday, November 13th 2015
Speaker: James Wells, University of Michigan
Subject: TBA
Speaker: Donna Bilak, Columbia University
Subject: Michael Maier's Alchemical Emblem Book Atalanta fugiens (1618) and the Art of Secret Writing
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 19th 2015
Speaker: Soroush Sotoudeh and Thomas Jones
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Joe Lykken, Fermilab
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Friday, November 20th 2015
Speaker: Seyda Ipek, Fermilab
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Katsumi Matsumoto, U Minnesota, Geology
Speaker: James Justus, Florida State University
Subject: Ecological Theory and the Niche
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 26th 2015
Speaker: No Journal Club - Thanksgiving holiday
Speaker: No Colloquium today due to Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 27th 2015
There will be no seminar this week: University closed for Thanksgiving
2:30 pm:
Speaker: No colloquium. U of M closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
No Colloquium: Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, December 3rd 2015
Speaker: Chris Nolting and Lucy Fortson
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Heather Wilkens
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: E. Dan Dahlberg
Friday, December 4th 2015
Speaker: Francesco D'Eramo (UC Santa Cruz)
2:30 pm:
Speaker: Robert Benjamin, U Wisconsin-Whitewater
Speaker: Peter Distelzweig, University of St. Thomas
Subject: Method and Morals in William Harvey's Philosophical Anatomy
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, December 10th 2015
Speaker: Melanie Beck Larry Rudnick
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Josh Klein, University of Pennsylvania
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Marvin Marshak
Friday, December 11th 2015
Speaker: Gilly Elor (MIT)
Speaker: Nicholas Buchanan, History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
Subject: Tanked: On Keeping This Alive in Places They Shouldn't Be
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16th 2015
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Nadya Mason, University of Illinois
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Thursday, January 21st 2016
Speaker: There will be no colloquium this week
Friday, January 22nd 2016
Speaker: No Seminar
Thursday, January 28th 2016
Speaker: Kathy Levin, University of Chicago
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Oriol T. Valls
Friday, January 29th 2016
Speaker: Robert Caldwell (Dartmouth)
Thursday, February 4th 2016
Speaker: Eva Halkiadakis, Rutgers University
Subject: TBD
Friday, February 5th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, February 11th 2016
Speaker: Scott Dodelson, Fermilab
Subject: TBD
Friday, February 12th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, February 18th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, February 19th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, February 25th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, February 26th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, March 3rd 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, March 4th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, March 10th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, March 11th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, March 17th 2016
Speaker: There will be no colloquium this week--SPRING BREAK
Friday, March 18th 2016
Speaker: No Seminar (Spring Break)
Thursday, March 24th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, March 25th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Wednesday, March 30th 2016
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Michel Devoret - Yale
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Thursday, March 31st 2016
Speaker: Michel Devoret, Yale University
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Friday, April 1st 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, April 7th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, April 8th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, April 14th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, April 15th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, April 21st 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, April 22nd 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, April 28th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, April 29th 2016
Speaker: TBA
Thursday, May 5th 2016
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Friday, May 6th 2016
Speaker: TBA

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