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Events on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
What makes math hard? Hint: It’s not the math
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (Refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Mitchell J. Nathan, UW School of Education
Abstract: I present findings on mathematical intuitions and invented solution strategies to challenge well-entrenched notions that mathematics is hard to learn. I consider how Expert Blind Spot shapes the framing of Math-As-Hard that can alienate learners from entering a field of great creativity and enormous societal relevance, and I challenge the audience to reflect on who benefits from this framing (look around the room), the implications for the future of science and public policy, and what we all can do about it.
Host: Clint Sprott
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"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301)
Physics of Climate Change
Time: 1:20 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Susan M Nossal, UW Madison Department of Physics
Host: Wesley Smith
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Flavor Gauge Models below the Fermi Scale
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Pedro Machado, Fermilab
Abstract: In this talk I will show how flavor dependent gauge symmetries could be manifest below the Fermi scale. Specifically, we construct and analyze an explicit, renormalizable model with a gauge boson with mass at the MeV-GeV scale, and which corresponds to the B − L symmetry of the third family. The proposed framework provides interesting connections between neutrino oscillations, flavor and collider physics.
Presentation: Machado-UW.pdf
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Open Forum with Graduate Students
Open Forum with Graduate Students
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Coffee and cookies will be provided at 4pm followed by a general discussion
Host: Sridhara Dasu
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