University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Academic Calendar

semester, 2019

Tuesday, January 1st 2019
Monday, January 14th 2019
10:00 am:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
12:30 pm:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
10:00 am:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
1:00 pm:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
10:00 am:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
12:30 pm:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
Thursday, January 17th 2019
10:00 am:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
1:00 pm:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
Friday, January 18th 2019
10:00 am:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
12:30 pm:
Physics Force in Northrop
Physics Force show for elementary students. The show is free but reservations are required.
Saturday, January 19th 2019
11:00 am:
This Physics Force show is open to the public. Tickets are $3 (see abstract below)
4:00 pm:
This Physics Force show is open to the public. Tickets are $3 (see abstract below)
Monday, January 21st 2019
Friday, January 25th 2019
1:15 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Mahendra DC, University of Minnesota
Subject: High charge-to-spin and spin-to-charge conversion enhanced by quantum confinement effect in sputtered topological insulator thin films"
This is the public portion of Mr. DC's thesis defense. His advisor is Jian-Ping Wang.
Thursday, February 21st 2019
3:30 pm:
Special Public Lecture in Best Buy Theater, Northrop, University of Minnesota
Speaker: Roger Launius, Chief Historian for NASA and Senior Curator of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (retired)
Subject: Why Go to the Moon? Apollo, the Space Race, and the Many Faces of Lunar Exploration
Friday, March 22nd 2019
Monday, March 25th 2019
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Tate 201-20
Speaker: Peter Martin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Measuring and Simulating Protein Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectra
This is the public portion of Mr. Martin's Thesis Defense. His advisor is David Thomas from the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics Department.
Wednesday, April 3rd 2019
7:00 pm:
Speaker: Robert Kennicutt, University of Arizona and Texas A&M University
Subject: The Cosmic Ecosystem:  Connecting the Life Cycles of Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Tuesday, April 30th 2019
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 120 PAN
Speaker: Jianlong Fu, University of Minnesota
Subject: Gauge theories of spin models
This is the public portion of Mr. Fu's thesis defense. His advisor is Natalia Perkins.
Thursday, May 2nd 2019
4:00 pm:
A.O.C. Nier Lecture in B50 Tate
Speaker: Kenneth A. Farley, W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Geochemistry
Subject: Explorations on Mars: Curiosity, Mars 2020, and Mars Sample Return
Friday, May 3rd 2019
11:00 am:
Telescope Open House in PAN High Bay
Everyone invited to view South Pole CMB telescope. Free donuts for the first 48 people.
Monday, May 6th 2019
2:30 pm:
Methods of Experimental Physics Poster Session in Tate Hall Basement Atrium
We will be hosting a poster session recognizing the work this semester's MXP II students have accomplished this Spring.
Friday, May 10th 2019
4:00 pm:
Come celebrate commencement with the graduating class.
6:00 pm:
Graduates line up at 6:00, ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m.
Monday, May 13th 2019
Thursday, May 16th 2019
Monday, May 27th 2019
Friday, June 7th 2019
Friday, June 21st 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, June 22nd 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, June 29th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, July 5th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Eastman Nature Center
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, July 6th 2019
3:35 pm:
Universe in the Park in Wild River State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Wednesday, July 10th 2019
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in Physics Tate 301-20
Speaker: Brian J. O'Neill, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota
Subject: Simulations of Narrow-Angle Tail Radio Galaxy Evolution and Shock Interactions
This is the public portion of Mr. O'Neill's PhD Dissertation Defense
Friday, July 12th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Afton State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, July 13th 2019
3:35 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, July 19th 2019
12:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Pan 110
Speaker: James Delles, University of Minnesota
Subject: What Kramers and Arrhenius didn't expect: two-state switching out of thermal equilibrium.
This is the public portion of Mr. Delles' thesis defense. His advisor is Dan Dahlberg.
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Father Hennepin State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, July 20th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, July 26th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, July 27th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, August 2nd 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Dodge Nature Center
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, August 3rd 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Monday, August 5th 2019
10:00 am:
Speaker: Vasiki Konneh:
Subject: “Observation of Quantum Hall Ferromagnetism in Ultrahigh Quality hBN/Gr/CrI3/hBN van der Waals Heterostructures”
10:20 am:
Speaker: Paul Bailey
Subject: “Nonlinear Magnon Scattering Observations via MOKE
10:40 am:
Speaker: Beatrice Gulner
Subject: Current Relaxation in Amorphous Semiconductor Alloys
There will be a coffee break after this talk.
11:30 am:
Speaker: Elizabeth Breen
Subject: Enhancement of Superconductivity by Parallel Magnetic Fields in Polycrystalline Lead Films
11:50 am:
Speaker: Andy Sheng
Subject: Curved Emergent Dimension from Strong Interactions
12:10 pm:
Speaker: Omar Beesley
Subject: Studying the Hadronic Activity of Neutrons in the NOvA Experiment
There will be a one hour break for lunch after this talk
1:30 pm:
Speaker: Bronson Lynn
Subject: The Correlations Between the Right-Handed W Boson and Leptoquark Searches
1:50 pm:
Speaker: Chika Onubogu
Subject: AGN Jets in Galaxy Cluster Shock: The Effects of External Magnetism on System Dynamics
2:10 pm:
Speaker: Ebba Green
Subject: CHAOS—Chemical Abundance of Spirals
Wednesday, August 7th 2019
12:00 pm:
REU Poster Session in Pan 110
Pizza will be provided.
Thursday, August 8th 2019
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Tate 201-20
Speaker: Juliana Vievering, University of Minnesota
Subject: Nature of Energy Release and Transfer for Solar and Stellar Flares Using High-sensitivity Hard X-ray Instrumentation
This is the public portion of Ms. Vievering's thesis defense. Her advisor is Lindsay Glesener
Friday, August 9th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Gooseberry Falls State park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, August 10th 2019
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Tettegouche State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Wednesday, August 21st 2019
3:35 pm:
Thesis Defense in 210 PAN
Speaker: Zachary Lesko, University of Minnesota
Subject: The effect of hadronization on the φ ∗ distribution of the Z boson in simulation compared to data from the CMS experiment at √ s = 8 GeV
This is the public portion of Mr. Lesko's thesis defense. His advisor is Jeremiah Mans.
Thursday, August 22nd 2019
1:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Speaker: Mengxing Ye, University of Minnesota
Subject: Magnetism in correlated electron systems
This is the public portion of Ms. Ye's thesis defense. Her advisor is Andrey Chubukov
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 120 PAN
Speaker: Tianbai Cui, University of Minnesota
Subject: Disorder effects and non-equilibrium dynamics on the electronic orders of strongly correlated materials
This is the public portion of Mr. Cui's thesis defense. His advisor is Rafael Fernandes.
Friday, August 23rd 2019
09:00 am:
Astrophysics Cosmology Outreach in University of Minnesota Building, Minnesota State Fair
11:00 am:
Thesis Defense in Tate 301-20
Speaker: Michael Sammon, University of Minnesota
Subject: Electronic Properties of Oxide and Semiconductor Heterostructures
This is the public portion of Mr. Sammon's thesis defense. His advisor is Boris Shklovskii.

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