University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Fall Semester

Monday, September 3rd 2018
Tuesday, September 4th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Nikolaos Biniskos, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS
Subject: Structural, magnetic and electrical properties of La1-xBixMnO3+δ (δ>0) perovskite compounds
Faculty Host: Martin Greven
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Organizational meeting
Wednesday, September 5th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Nikolaos Biniskos, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS
Subject: : Inelastic neutron scattering investigations in the series Mn5-xFexSi3
Faculty Host: Martin Greven
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
There will be no Journal Club this week.
Thursday, September 6th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Walter Kohn and the Creation of Density Functional Theory
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Michel Janssen
Friday, September 7th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Dmitry Chichinadze
Subject: Specific heat in strongly hole-doped Iron-based superconductors
Speaker: Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Four Facts Everyone Ought to Know About Science
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Ke Wang, Condensed Matter
Subject: Introduction
Tuesday, September 11th 2018
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Subject: Organizational Meeting
Note the change of time, day and room from the previous calendar announcement. This is the time slot for the seminar for the rest of the semester.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Meg Foster
Subject: "Soviet Space Race Propaganda - Women in space and the status of women in science."
Wednesday, September 12th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Elbio Dagotto, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Subject: Iron-Based High-Tc Superconductors: Brief Review and New Results in Superconducting Ladders BaFe2S3 and BaFe2Se3
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
There will be no seminar this week.
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 110
Subject: Organizational Meeting
Thursday, September 13th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
Speaker: Terry Jones, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Raman Sundrum, University of Maryland College Park
Subject: Fundamental Physics and the Fifth Dimension
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Friday, September 14th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Brenda Knauber
Subject: Noise of the Noise in Amorphous Semiconductors
No seminar this week.
Speaker: Paul Woodward, University of Minnesota
Subject: 3-D Stellar Hydrodynamics of Convective Boundary Mixing and its Consequences for Stellar Evolution
4:40 pm:
Speaker: No Speaker Due to Schedule Change
8:00 pm:
Observing Night in 510-02 Tate
Rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. Presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting).
Monday, September 17th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Matt Fritts, University of Minnesota
Subject: Detector R&D for SuperCDMS
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Tuesday, September 18th 2018
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Benjamin Frigo Vaz , Bionanotechnology Lab, UMn
Subject: Orbital Mirrors for Terraforming Mars
4:00 pm:
Wednesday, September 19th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
Subject: Visualizing quantum Hall liquids and their boundary modes
Faculty Host: Andrey Chubukov
Organizational Meeting
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 110
Subject: No journal club this week
Thursday, September 20th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 110 PAN
Speaker:  Prakash Kara, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota
Subject: Determining the precision of networks in the living brain with multi-photon microscopy
PLEASE NOTE THE SEMINAR IS IN ROOM PAN 110 THIS WEEK
Speaker: Trevor Knuth & Liliya Williams
Subject: To be announced
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
Subject: Spotting the elusive Majorana under the microscope
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, September 21st 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Scott Dossa
Subject: Simulating Crystal Growth in an Optical Floating Zone Furnace
No seminar this week.
Party for Terry Thibeault, no colloquium.
Speaker: Sarah Robins , Department of Philosophy - University of Kansas
Subject: The Neurophilosophy of Memory: Reconciling Stable Engrams and Neural Dynamics
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Martin Greven, Condensed Matter
Subject: New developments and opportunities in quantum materials research
8:00 pm:
Observing Night in 510-02 Tate
Rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. Presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting).
Monday, September 24th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Joshua A. Frieman, Fermilab
Subject: Probing Cosmology with the Dark Energy Survey
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
2:00 pm:
FTPI Seminar in Physics 301-20
Speaker: Alexander Monin
Subject: EFT for CFT with large charge
Speaker: Natalia Perkins, University of Minnesota
Subject: The pursuit of Majorana fermions in Kitaev materials
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Tuesday, September 25th 2018
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Rafid Mahbub, University of Minnesota
Subject: Primordial Black Hole formation in Inflation models
Wednesday, September 26th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Inna Vishik, UC Davis
Subject: ARPES studies of the model cuprate HgBa2CuO4+d (Hg1201)
Faculty Host: Martin Greven
To be announced
Thursday, September 27th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Keehun Kim, graduate student in Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan’s lab, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, University of Minnesota
Subject: A cell-free FRET-based assay for profiling the intrinsic efficacy of GPCR ligands
Speaker: Aliza Beverage, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Physics Tate B50
Speaker: Raymond Jeanloz, UC Berkeley
Subject: Pressure as a Probe for Atoms, Molecules and Planets
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium
Faculty Host: Cynthia Cattell
Friday, September 28th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Shuhui Luo
Subject: Elastic transmission of a Helium beam through a slab of superfluid Helium
Speaker: Vladimir Rosenhaus (IAS)
Subject: SYK and Conformal Field Theory
No Colloquium. Physics Colloquium speaker is a planetary physicist.
Speaker: Deirdre Cooper Owens Department of History Queens College, CUNY
Subject: Exploring Hapticity, Slavery and the Emergence of American Gynecology
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Vlad Pribiag, Condensed Matter
8:00 pm:
Observing Night in 510-02 Tate
Rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. Presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting).
Monday, October 1st 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Iary Davidzon, IPAC/Caltech
Subject: Probing the early universe *without* JWST
Faculty Host: M. Claudia Scarlata
Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Aleksey Cherman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Patricle vortex systems and the nature of cold quark matter.
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Chiara Amato, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Subject: Validation of Hypersonic Flow Simulations via Molecular-Scale Physics
Wednesday, October 3rd 2018
Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Day, No Seminar this Week
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 110
Subject: No journal club this week
7:00 pm:
Misel Public Lecture in McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
Speaker: Professor Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Subject: Gravitational Waves: A New Window to the Universe
Thursday, October 4th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Jon Garamella, graduate student in Vincent Noireaux’s lab, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Synthetic cell prototyping using a cell-free transcription-translation system (TXTL)
Speaker:  Jamie Cheshire, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Professor Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Subject: Gravitational wave detectors: past, present and future
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, October 5th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Mengxing Ye
Subject: Quantization of the thermal Hall conductivity at small Hall angles
Speaker: Daniel Harlow (MIT)
Subject: Symmetries in Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Gravity
There will be no colloquium this week
Speaker: Erik Peterson, Department of History - University of Alabama
Subject: "Epigenetics is 76 years old, so why are you just now hearing about it?"
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Patrick Kelley, MIFA
Monday, October 8th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Ali Kheirandish, UW - Madison
Subject: The first evidence for the origin of high-energy cosmic neutrinos: multimessenger observation of a flaring blazar
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Speaker: Fiona Burnell, University of Minnesota
Subject: The emergence of topology in strongly correlated many-body systems
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Tuesday, October 9th 2018
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Andre Sieverding, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrinos in core-collapse supernova nucleosynthesis
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: No seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 10th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Joel Moore, UC Berkeley
Subject: Unconventional hydrodynamics in 1D and 2D quantum matter
Faculty Host: Andrey Chubukov
Speaker: Nhan Viet Tran, FNAL
Subject: Fast & Furious 10: triggers, ML, and computing at the LHC and beyond
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
Subject: Resonant Valence Bond
Thursday, October 11th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Dushyant Mehra, graduate student in the biomedical engineering department at the Mayo Clinic
Subject: Mapping and Manipulation of DNA Architecture in Vivo
Speaker: Andrew Helton (SOFIA)
Subject: Understanding the long-term variability of the dusty, symbiotic Mira variable star, R Aquarii
3:10 pm:
School Photo in Tate Mall Entrance
Refreshments will be served before the photo. Photo will be at 3:20 sharp on the steps.
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Joel Moore, UC Berkeley
Subject: Topology and the electromagnetic responses of quantum materials
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
7:00 pm:
Dark Matter Detectives in John T. Tate Hall, Room B50
Speaker: Professor Priscilla Cushman
MIfA Public Lecture Series
Friday, October 12th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Eduardo Vitral
Subject: Curvature driven evolution of a smectic-A liquid crystal out of thermodynamic equilibrium
Speaker: Bhupal Dev (Washington U.)
Subject: New Physics at Neutrino Telescopes
Speaker: Lucy Ziurys, University of Arizona
Subject: A Molecular View of the Late Stages of Stellar Evolution: Millimeter Observations of Supergiants and Planetary Nebulae
Speaker: Susan Jones, Program in History of Science; Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior - University of Minnesota
Subject: "The Homelands of the Plague: Soviet Disease Ecology in Central Asia, 1920s–1950s"
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Aleksey Cherman, High Energy
Monday, October 15th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Chris Pankow, Northwestern
Subject: Gravitational-wave Astrophysics with Compact Binary Mergers
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Speaker: Andre David, CERN Switzerland.
Subject: Fundamentals of Science and Fundamental Science
Tuesday, October 16th 2018
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Aleksey Cherman, University of Minnesota
Subject: Effective actions for topologically-enriched superfluids
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Speaker: John Wygant
Wednesday, October 17th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Raymond Osborn, Argonne National Laboratory
Faculty Host: Martin Greven
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
Subject: No journal club this week
Thursday, October 18th 2018
Speaker: Evan Tyler, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in B50 Tate 
Speaker: Terry Hwa, Department of Physics, University of California at San Diego Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
(Note: Terry Hwa will not give a Biophysics Seminar but just a colloquium)
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Terry Hwa, University of California, San Diego
Subject: Bacterial growth laws and the origin of dimensional reduction
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Elias Puchner
Friday, October 19th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Zach Anderson
Subject: Neutron scattering study of antiferromagnetic excitations in HgBa2CuO4+δ
Speaker: Emilian Dudas (Ecole Polytechnique)
Subject: Hidden symmetries and Goldstone bosons from higher dimensions?
Speaker: Adam Frank, University of Rochester
Subject: Blowing Away Exoplanets: The Photo-evaporation of Planetary Atmospheres
Speaker: Jaipreet Virdi, University of Deleware
Subject: Mechanical Quackery: Electrical Cures for Deafness in the United States, 1880-1930
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Ke Wang, Condensed Matter
Subject: Novel Quantum Physics in van der Waals Nanostructures
Monday, October 22nd 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Wenlei Chen, UMN
Subject: Novel search for TeV-initiated pair cascades in the intergalactic medium
Faculty Host: Patrick Kelly
Wednesday, October 24th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Johnpierre Paglione, University of Maryland
Faculty Host: Vlad Pribiag
Thursday, October 25th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Oleg Krichevsky, Molecular Biophysics Lab, Ben-Gurion University
Subject:  T cell communication through cytokines follows a simple sink-diffusion model
Faculty Host: Elias Puchner
Speaker: Nathan Eggen and Aliza Beverage, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Steven Gubser, Princeton
Subject: Number theory and spacetime
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Priscilla Cushman
Friday, October 26th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yiming Wu
Subject: TBA
Speaker: Steven Gubser (Princeton)
Subject: From p-adic AdS/CFT to prospects in cold atoms
2:30 pm:
TBD in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Bin Chen, New Jersey Institute of Technology
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Michael Zudov, Condensed Matter
Monday, October 29th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Clem Pryke, UMN
Subject: New BICEP/Keck Results
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Wednesday, October 31st 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Adam Wei Tsen, University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing
Faculty Host: Ke Wang
Thursday, November 1st 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Douglas G. Mashek, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics and Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Minnesota
Subject: The fascinating world of lipid droplet biology
Speaker: Chris Nolting, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Robert Kleinberg, Columbia University & Boston University
Subject: mK to km: How Millikelvin Physics is Reused to Explore the Earth Kilometers Below the Surface
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Shaul Hanany
Friday, November 2nd 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Xuzhe Ying
Subject: TBA
Speaker: Anson Hook (U. Maryland)
Subject: TBA
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Robert Lysak, MIFA
Monday, November 5th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Guillermo Fernandez Moroni, Fermilab
Subject: TBD (CCD Detectors)
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Wednesday, November 7th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Jason Petta, Princeton University
Faculty Host: Ke Wang
Thursday, November 8th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Isaac Angert, graduate student in Jochen Mueller’s lab, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jason Petta, Princeton University
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, November 9th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Yilikal Akino
Subject: TBA
Speaker: Keisuke Harigaya (IAS, Princeton)
Subject: TBA
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Randall Victoria, ECE
Monday, November 12th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Wednesday, November 14th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Mathias Scheurer, Harvard University
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Thursday, November 15th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in PAN 120
Speaker: John Marko, Northwestern University
Subject: Single-molecule studies of protein-DNA interactions
Speaker: Jett Priewe, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: John Marko, Northwestern University
Subject: Physics of chromosome folding and disentanglement
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Elias Puchner
Friday, November 16th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Ezra Day-Roberts
Subject: TBA
Speaker: Alba Grassi (SCGP Stony Brook)
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Roger Rusack, University of Minnesota
Subject: Elementary Particles
Monday, November 19th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Soumyajit Mandal, Case Western Reserve University
Subject: Ultra-steep-spectrum Sources in Galaxy Clusters
Faculty Host: Thomas W. Jones
Thursday, November 22nd 2018
No journal club, Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 23rd 2018
Subject: NO SEMINAR - THANKSGIVING
4:40 pm:
Thanksgiving - there will not be a speaker this week.
Monday, November 26th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Sharan Banagiri, UMN
Subject: TBD (long duration transient searches with LIGO/Virgo)
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Wednesday, November 28th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Kimberley Hill, CEGE
Faculty Host: James Kakalios
Thursday, November 29th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Santosh Adhikari, graduate student in Elias Puchner's lab, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota
Speaker: Huaqing Mao, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Marco Velli, UCLA
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: Robert Lysak
Friday, November 30th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Sajna Hameed
Subject: TBA
Speaker: Jaroslav Trnka (UC Davis)
4:40 pm:
Speaker:  Cynthia Cattell, MIFA
Monday, December 3rd 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Karl Young, UMN
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Shaul Hanany
Wednesday, December 5th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Damjan Pelc
Faculty Host: Martin Greven
Thursday, December 6th 2018
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Steven Vogel, NIH/NIAAA
Speaker: Sourabh Singh Chauhan, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Stacy McGaugh, Case Western
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Faculty Host: J. Woods Halley
Friday, December 7th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Nicholas Lewellyn
Subject: TBA
Speaker: K. S. Babu (Oklahoma State U.)
Subject: TBA
4:40 pm:
Speaker: Paul Crowell, Condensed Matter
Monday, December 10th 2018
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Rich Ormiston, UMN
Subject: TBD (Machine Learning and LIGO)
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Wednesday, December 12th 2018
1:25 pm:
Speaker: Brian Skinner, MIT
Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii
Friday, December 14th 2018
12:20 pm:
Speaker: Daniel Shaffer
Subject: TBA

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