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Events During the 2011 Fall Semester

September 2011

   Friday, September 2nd
First Day of Class

   Monday, September 5th
Labor Day

   Tuesday, September 6th
Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin
Flavor Symmetries and Lepton Mixing in Light of Non-Vanishing theta13, Claudia Hagedorn, INFN, Padua and the University of Padua

   Wednesday, September 7th
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, September 8th
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
The search for Majorana Fermions in semiconductor nanowires, Roman M. Lutchyn, Microsoft Station Q, University of California

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Seminar, Lawler, Lin, Saffman, Walker, Wehlitz, Yavuz

   Friday, September 9th
Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Transport in High-mobility Two-dimensional Electron Systems, Maxim Vavilov, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/09/09.html

   Monday, September 12th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
On the inner machinery of collisionless magnetic reconnection, Michael Hesse, NASA

   Tuesday, September 13th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Systems Virology: Models and measures of virus growth and infection spread, John Yin, WI Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Systems Biology Theme, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

   Thursday, September 15th
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
How d-wave pair fluctuations arise from strong electronic correlations, William Putikka, Ohio State University

Atomic Physics Seminar; 2:00 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Reusable Neutral Atom Qubits for Quantum Information Applications, Michael Gibbons, Georgia Institute of Technology

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
Reconnection Diffusion: Changing the Star Formation Paradigm, Professor Alexander Lazarian

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Theoretical Nuclear, Particle, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Seminar, Ramsey-Musolf

   Friday, September 16th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
The Quantum and Fluid Mechanics of Global Warming, Brad Marston, Brown University
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/09/16.html

   Monday, September 19th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
A 24/7 tokamak: the Vulcan conceptual design, Dennis Whyte, A 24/7 tokamak: the Vulcan conceptual design

   Tuesday, September 20th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Bees: What is all the buzz about?, Hannah R. Gaines, UW Department of Entomology

   Wednesday, September 21st
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, September 22nd
Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
"Tails of Stellar Mass Loss: The HI 21-cm Line as a Probe of the Late Stages of Stellar Evolution", Lynn Matthews, MIT Haystack Observatory

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
High Energy Collider Experiment Seminar, Carlsmith, Dasu, Herndon, Mellado, Pan, Smith, Wu

   Friday, September 23rd
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 2:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin
The Matrix Element Method for Higgs Discovery and Spin Determination, Jamie Gainer, Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern U.

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Recent Results from CMS at LHC, Sridhara Dasu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/09/23.html

   Monday, September 26th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, Ben Longmeier, University of Huston

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Orbital ice: an exact Coulomb phase on diamond lattice, Gia-Wei Chern, UW-Madison

   Tuesday, September 27th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Bed bugs - They will rule the world, Phil Pellitteri, UW Department of Entomology

   Wednesday, September 28th
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, September 29th
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Coupled modes and parametric quantum informationprocessing--from classical pendula to single photons, Jose Aumentado, NIST Boulder

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Probing Dark Matter with Neutrinos, Ina Sarcevic, University of Arizona
Presentation: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/twap/presentations/2184.pdf

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
Large-Scale Flows in Galaxies for the last 6 Billion Years", Nicolas Lehner, University of Notre Dame

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
High Energy Phenomenology, String Theory, and Theoretical Cosmology, Barger, Chung, Everett, Hashimoto, Shiu

   Friday, September 30th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Vibrations, Conical Intersections, and Reaction Dynamics in Gases and Liquids, Fleming Crim, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/09/30.html

October 2011

   Monday, October 3rd
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, Greg Howes, University of Iowa

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 1:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Fe-based superconductors at high magnetic fields, Alex Gurevich, Old Dominion University

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Strong coupling theory of quantum critical points in heavy fermion compounds, Peter Wölfle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

   Tuesday, October 4th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Topological chaos, Jean-Luc Thiffeault, UW Department of Mathematics

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; Chamberlin 5280
A global perspective on string inflation, Ted van der Aalst, Leiden University

   Wednesday, October 5th
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, October 6th
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Superconducting gap symmetry in novel superconductors: insights from quasiparticle interference, Ilya Eremin, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Going to the ends of the earth to glimpse the beginnings of time: Observing the Big Bang with the BICEP Telescope at the South Pole, Brian Keating, UCSD Department of Physics

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Condensed Matter Theory Seminar, Chubukov, Coppersmith, Joynt, Perkins, Vavilov

   Friday, October 7th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall
No Colloquium, Cancelled

   Monday, October 10th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, James Hansen, Auburn University

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Localization of quantum particles and classical waves in disordered media (Part I), Peter Wölfle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

   Tuesday, October 11th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Recent changes in Wisconsin's forests as seen by satellites, Mutlu Ozdogan, UW Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin
Signals of CP Violation Beyond the MSSM in Higgs and Flavor Physics, Stefania Gori, University of Chicago

   Thursday, October 13th
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Pairing of critical Fermi-surface states, Max Metlitski, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC-Santa Barbara

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Flavor symmetries and processes with tops, Jure Zupan, University of Cincinnati
Presentation: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/twap/presentations/2223.pdf

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
"Do Supermassive Black Holes Co-Evolve with Their Host Galaxies?", Chien Peng, Carnegie Observatories

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Neutrino and Dark Matter Physics Seminar, Balantekin, Heeger, Maruyama

   Friday, October 14th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Quantum Phase Transitions and Scale Invariance of Atomic Quantum Gases, Cheng Chin, University of Chicago
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/10/14.html

   Monday, October 17th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, David Gates, PPPL

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 3:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, Venkat Chandrasekhar, Northwestern University

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Localization of quantum particles and classical waves in disordered media (Part II), Peter Wölfle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

   Tuesday, October 18th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Algorithmic music composition - Philosophy, methods, implications, and possible applications, Dave Smith, UW Space Science and Engineering Center

 Astronomy Colloquium, Special Astronomy Colloquium;
3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
"Sample formation and AGN Outflows in a Sample of Local AGN's", Lisa Winter, University of Colorado

   Wednesday, October 19th
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, October 20th
Informal Condensed Matter Seminar; 2:00 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Discussion on Quantum Criticality, Elihu Abrahams, UCLA

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Can hints of new flavor structures form top quarks and B mesons be related?, John Ng, TRIUMF

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; IceCube Offices 222 W. Washington Avenue
Astrophysics I: IceCube, HAWC, ARA, Auger, DM-Ice, Halzen, Karle, Maruyama, Westerhoff

   Friday, October 21st
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
The Kondo effect: from magnetic alloys to nanoelectronics, Peter Wölfle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/10/21.html

   Monday, October 24th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
The Solar-Wind Plasma, Joe Borovski, LANL

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Theory of Anderson localization III: diagrammatic approach and experiment, Peter Wölfle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

   Tuesday, October 25th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Airway sensory deficits in Parkinson’s Disease – Evidence of a complex system gone awry? Now what?, Michael J. Hammer, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Whitford Lecture; 3:30 pm; 4421
"The Restless Universe (Palomar Transient Factory), Shrinivas Kulkarni, CALTECH

   Wednesday, October 26th
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
GRB Observations with Fermi Large Area Telescope, Vlasios Vasileiou, LUPM, Universite de Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
"Spectroscopic Support of Southern Photometric Surveys", Mario Mateo, University of Michigan

   Thursday, October 27th
NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 4:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
COSMIC RAY ACCELERATION IN SUPERNOVA REMNANTS, Pasquale Blasi, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Florence, Italy)

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Biophysics Seminar, Coppersmith, Gilbert

   Friday, October 28th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 2:00 pm; Chamberlin 5280
Phenomenology of a pseudoscalar inflaton: naturally large non-gaussianity, Marco Peloso, University of Minnesota

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Nature Adorns a Vacuum: The Casimir Force, Steve Lamoreaux, Yale University
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/10/28.html

   Monday, October 31st
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, Christopher Chen, UC-Berkely

November 2011

   Tuesday, November 1st
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Linear social interactions models, Steven Durlauf, UW Department of Economics

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin
Approaching the string landscape, in principle and in practice, Jim Halverson, University of Pennsylvania

   Wednesday, November 2nd
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, November 3rd
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Chiral superconductivity from repulsive interactions in doped graphene, Rahul Nandkishore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Astrophysics II: Experimental Astro/Space Physics, McCammon, Timbie

   Friday, November 4th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 2:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin
Search for new non-standard decay modes of SM-like Higgs at the LHC, Jinrui Huang, University of California, Irvine

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm;

   Tuesday, November 8th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
The early development of empathy, Carolyn Zahn-Wexler, UW Departments of Psychology & Psychiatry

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; Chamberlin 5280
Massive gravitons and enhanced gravitational lensing, Mark Wyman, University of Chicago

   Thursday, November 10th
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Universal Dynamic Decoupling and Quantum Walks in Functional Spaces, Adilet Imambekov, Rice University

Atomic Physics Seminar; 12:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin
Neutron Spin Filter Development at the Spallation Neutron Source, Tony Tong, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
The Non-perturbative Gluon Propagator & The Nucleon and Roper Form Factors in a Contact Interaction., David Wilson, Argonne National Laboratory

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Plasma Seminar, Boldyrev, Forest, Sarff, Schnack, Terry, Zweibel

   Friday, November 11th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 2:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin
Higher Spin Gravity in Three Dimensional de Sitter Space, Peter Ouyang, Purdue

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm;

   Monday, November 14th
Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Interaction effects on localization, Peter Wölfle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

   Tuesday, November 15th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Teaching computers to extract complex information from news articles, Jude Shavlik, Jude Shavlik, UW Department of Computer Science

   Wednesday, November 16th
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, November 17th
R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Resonant Passage of Spin States in a Triple Quantum Dot, Xuedong Hu, University of Buffalo

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum; 2:30 pm; 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Magic, precise, and electroweak, Andrei Derevianko, University of Nevada-Reno

Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Condensed Matter Experimental Seminar, Eriksson, Himpsel, Lagally, McDermott, Onellion, Rzchowski, Winokur

   Friday, November 18th
Cosmology Journal Club; 12:00 pm; 5242 Chamberlin Hall

Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Condensation of excitons and polaritons, Peter Littlewood, Argonne National Laboratory
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/11/18.html

   Monday, November 21st
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, John Canik, ORNL

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Spin resonance in Fe-based superconductors, Saurabh Maiti, UW-Madison

   Tuesday, November 22nd
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Sleep: A global or a local process?, Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, UW Department of Psychiatry

   Thursday, November 24th
Thanksgiving Break

   Friday, November 25th
Thanksgiving Break

   Monday, November 28th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, TBD

   Tuesday, November 29th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Feeding behavior elicited from the prefrontal cortex: a case of lower-level brain centers for homeostatic energy-balance control “taking orders from above?”, Brian A. Baldo, UW Department of Psychiatry

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Nonstandard Dark Matter Signatures at the LHC, Yang Bai, SLAC

   Wednesday, November 30th
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

December 2011

   Thursday, December 1st
Graduate Introductory Seminar; 5:30 pm; 2223 Chamberlin Hall
Medical Physics Seminar, Birn, Christian, Nickles

   Friday, December 2nd
Physics Department Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Strong-Arming Electron Spin Dynamics, Jason Petta, Princeton University
Video: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/vod/2011/12/02.html

   Monday, December 5th
Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 11:00 am; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
A Fashionably Late Higgs, Jamison Galloway, University of Rome La Sapienza

Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, Phil Chang, UW-Milwaukee

   Tuesday, December 6th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
A history of El Niño / the Southern Oscillation, Dan Vimont, UW Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Scicnces

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Stealth Supersymmetry, Matt Reece, Harvard University

   Thursday, December 8th
Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
Imaging the Surfaces of Stars, John Monnier, University of Michigan

   Friday, December 9th
Physics Department Colloquium; 4:30 pm; 2103 Chamberlin Hall (Beer and Pizza at 4:00 pm)
Holiday Colloquium, 3rd Year Physics Graduate Students, UW Madison Department of Physics

   Monday, December 12th
Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar; 12:05 pm; 2317 Engineering Hall
TBD, Gennady Fiksel, University of Rochester

Condensed Matter Theory Group Seminar; 4:30 pm; 5310 Chamberlin
Magnon spectrum in a spiral magnetic order on the pyrochlore lattice, Eunsong Choi, UW-Madison

   Tuesday, December 13th
Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar; 12:05 pm; 4274 Chamberlin
Dimensional Analysis: Can a trick to help physics students pass exams provide insight into the Nature of the Universe?, Jim Blair, Milton and Edgewood College

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology); 4:00 pm; 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Spotting an invisible Higgs at the 7 TeV LHC, Jessie Shelton, Yale University

   Wednesday, December 14th
Department Meeting; 12:15 pm; 5310 Chamberlin Hall

   Thursday, December 15th
Last Day of Class

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar; 10:00 am; 5310 Chamberlin
Orbital and magnetic ordering in ZnV2O4, Yasuyuki Kato, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Astronomy Colloquium; 3:30 pm; 4421 Sterling Hall
AGB Dust Production in the Local Group, Martha Boyer, Space Telescope Science Institute

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