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Upcoming Events

Van Vleck Public Lecture

Arthur B. McDonald will deliver the Van Vleck public lecture on the topic of "A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.4 miles Underground" at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017, Ted Mann Concert Hall. He will also deliver a special colloquium on the topic of "Neutrino and Dark Matter Experiments at SNOLAB," at 3:35 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Moos 2-650.

More information here.

Past Events

Physics Force Live at Northrop

Physics Force will perform a week of shows for elementary schools at Northrop Auditorium on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota from January 9-13, 2017. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. There will also be a free, public show on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m.

More information here.

The 2016 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series

Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier, by John Preskill, California Institute of Technology, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Location to be announced

More information here.

Physics Open House

Time to apply for a major? Consider Physics! | Physics Open House, Thursday, November 3, 2016.

More information here.

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture

Observing the Universe with Gravitational Waves by Vuk Mandic, 7:00 p.m. Bell mUseum Auditorium

More information here.

Riess to deliver Kaufmanis Lecture

Nobel Laureate Adam Riess will deliver the annual Kaufmanis Public Lecture on April 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the McNamara Alunmni Center. Riess will speak on the topic of "Supernovae Reveal an Accelerating Universe."
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Marx to deliver Henry Erikson Lecture

Dr. Jay Marx, Senior Advisor, LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of Technology will talk about "The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes" on May 6 at 4:00 p.m. in 101 Fraser Hall.
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School of Physics and Astronomy Open House

The 2015 Open House will feature a pizza lunch, lab tours, an overview of the School, a performance by the Physics Force and a chance to win a copy of the book The Physics of Superheroes. The Open House will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 11:30 -2:00 p.m. and 6:00 -8:15 p.m. in room 110 of the Physics and Nanotechnology Building.

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Physics Force announces January shows

The Physics Force will present their annual week of shows for area school children. The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 11-15, 2016. The Physics Force will also perform a public show on Thursday, January 14 at 7 PM; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. RSVP is required for attendance. Please follow link below.
RSVP

School Picnic

Undergrads, Grads, Postdocs, Staff, Faculty and Families of the School of Physics and Astronomy are invited to a picnic to help kick off the new school year. The event, which will include games and socializing, will be held at Boom Island Park on Sunday, September 27 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM.

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The 2015 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series

Spacetime Versus the Quantum, by Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB. Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center.

More information here.

MIFA Public Lecture

To the Stars We Will Go: The Worlds of Exoplanets, by Charles Woodward, Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota. Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Museum Auditorium.

More information here.

Soudan Open House

The Soudan Underground Physics Lab is holding an open house on Saturday, May 2, starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Visitors can travel 1/2-mile underground and discover the data collected during the years that the MINOS detector has been operating.

More information here.

Van Vleck Public Lecture

Margaret J. Geller, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will present the 2015 Van Vleck Lecture. The lecture titled "Click the 3D Universe will take place at 7:00 p.m. on April 23rd in Room 150 of the Tate Laboratory of Physics

More information here.

Physics Force Public Show

The Physics Force will present their annual Physics Circus for area school children. The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform a public show on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. Register for the public show at the Physics Force Eventbrite linked below.

More information here.

Erickson Lecture to Feature Expert on Solar Cycles

Dr. Mark Giampapa, National Solar Observatory will speak on Perspectives on the Solar Cycle and Activity in Solar-Type Stars
3:30 p.m., December 5, 2014 in Tate 170 Lab of Physics

More information here.

2014 AAPT National Summer Meeting

"Welcome American Association of Physics Teachers
July 26-30, 2014

More information here.

2013 Van Vleck Lecture

"The Epic Journey of Voyager 1 into Interstellar Space
6:30 p.m., February 6, 2014

Don Gurneett, University of Iowa, will delliver the 2013 Van Vleck Lecture. More information here. Lecture will be streamed live.

Physics Force at the Convention Center

Physics Force to perform before thousands of elementary students
December 9-13, 2013

Shows are free and open to the public but reservations are required.

More information at www.physics.umn.edu/events/calendar/pf.all/future/. Information about bus parking.

School of Physics and Astronomy Open House

Physics Force to perform at School Open House
Thursday, November 7

A full day of events is planned, talks on careers in physics, lab tours and a performance from the Physics Force.

More information and RSVP here

Special School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Azwindini Muronga to speak on Scientific endeavour in South Africa
Wednesday, October 31

Muronga will deliver the Colloquium on Wednesday, October 31, at 3:35 p.m..

More information here

Misel Lecture

Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell to deliver Misel Lecture
Tuesday, September 24

Eric Cornell will deliver the Misel Lecture on Wednesday, September 24,2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Saul Perlmutter

Nobel Laureate Perlmutter to deliver public lecture
July 29, 2013

Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter discusses "Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Our Accelerating Universe" at 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 29, in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union

http://www.physics.umn.edu/events/Perlmutter.html

Physics Slam on Ice

Six Physicists or “contestants” will present their ideas to be judged by the public in a game show style format.
August 2, 2013

Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter discusses "Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Our Accelerating Universe" at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 2 at the Ridder Arena on the U of MN Campus

http://www.hep.umn.edu/physicsslam/

See a video of the whole slam on youtube!

Van Vleck

Nobel Laureate Andre Geim to deliver Van Vleck Lecture
May 2, 2013

Andre Geim will deliver the 37th Van Vleck Lecture, "A Random Walk to Graphene" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, in Room 150 Tate Lab of Physics.

http://www.physics.umn.edu/events/vanvleck/

Physics Open House

featuring the Physics Force
Thursday, November 1, 2012

You are cordially invited to our open house. Daytime events (11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) include pizza lunch, overview of physics program, straight talk about jobs in physics, meeting physics majors and lab tours. Evening program (6:00 - 8:15 p.m.) includes lab tours, overview of the physics program and the Physics Force show.

To RSVP contact Annie Bartels bartel@physics.umn.edu / 612-624-1625

Celebration

of the designation of Tate Lab as a site of historical significane for physics
October 24, 2012

This event will include a plaque-unveiling, reception (by invitation only) and colloquium.

http://www.physics.umn.edu/events/celebration.html

Physics Open House

featuring the Physics Force
Thursday, November 1, 2012

You are cordially invited to our open house. Daytime events (11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) include pizza lunch, overview of physics program, straight talk about jobs in physics, meeting physics majors and lab tours. Evening program (6:00 - 8:15 p.m.) includes lab tours, overview of the physics program and the Physics Force show.

To RSVP contact Annie Bartels bartel@physics.umn.edu / 612-624-1625

Meeting on Massive Stars

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
September 30- October 3, 2012

This workshop will bring together theoreticians and observers working on the most massive stars and their instabilities with those studying the terminal stages, SNe, GRB's, their progenitors, and possible outcomes, such as gravity waves.

http://www.astro.umn.edu/massive/

Misel Family Lecture

John Ellis: Topic to be determined
Sept 18, 2012
John Ellis, Kings College London and CERN

More information

Colloquium on Citizen Science

Chris Lintott: ""Bulgeless galaxies, unusual planets and ancient texts: research results from 600,000 citizen scientists"
May 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

How arm chair scientists can make genuine contributions to research
Chris Lintott, Director of Citizen Science, Adler Planetarium; Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Details
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Van Vleck Public Talk

Mildred Dresselhaus: "The Promise of Nanomaterials for Theromelectric Applications"
April 26, 2012 at 5:00pm

How nanomaterials may impact the future of energy production
Mildred Dresselhaus, Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Details
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Kaufmanis Lecture

"How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming"
Thursday April 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
Mike Brown, Professor of Planetary Astronomy, California Institute of Technology http://www.astro.umn.edu/outreach/Kaufmanis2012.html

The Physics of Cooking

Public Lecture, February 9, 2012
David Weitz, Harvard University delivered a public lecture on "The Physics of Cooking" to 550 people at the School of Physics and Astronomy. The lecture is available online. The recipes used in the lecture are also available to download.

Calendar

Monday, February 27th
12:15 pm:
Searching for the stochastic gravitational-wave background in Advanced LIGO's first observing run —
Patrick Meyers, UMN
Tuesday, February 28th
12:20 pm:
Field-Aligned Currents and Auroral Precipitation Mechanisms in the Earth's Magnetosphere —
John Dombeck, Physics, U Minnesota
Wednesday, March 1st
11:00 am:
Emergent disorder phenomena in correlated Fe-based superconductors —
Maria Navarro Gastiasoro, UMN
Note change of time and day for the seminar.
1:25 pm:
Practice talks for APS March Meeting
3:35 pm:
New physics with long-lived particles —
Abner Soffer, Tel Aviv University
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
Short meeting
Thursday, March 2nd
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
12:05 pm:
Tony Young and Julius Donnert
3:35 pm:
IceCube: Cosmic Neutrinos and More —
Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.
Friday, March 3rd
11:15 am:
Quark Matter 2017 - Synopsis —
Ming Li and Chris Plumberg, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Practice talks for APS March Meeting
12:30 pm:
TBA —
Ryo Namba (McGill)
2:30 pm:
Tracing Planetary Evolution from Formation to Maturity —
Andrew Mann, University of Texas - Austin
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
3:35 pm:
"Edible Networks: Precious Pills as Technologies of Medical Governance in Qing China" —
Stacey Van Vleet, University of California - Berkeley
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
4:40 pm:
DNA programmed dynamical systems outside cells: from gene circuits to self-assembly —
Vincent Noireaux, University of Minnesota
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
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