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Events During the Week of February 3rd through February 10th, 2013

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:30 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
    http://cmb.physics.wisc.edu/journal/index.html
Please feel free to bring your lunch!
If you have questions or comments about this journal club, would like to propose a topic or volunteer to introduce a paper, please email Le Zhang (lzhang263@wisc.edu)
Host: Peter Timbie
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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Patricia B McConnell, UW Department of Zoology
Abstract: It's hard enough to know what's going on inside the head of your best friend, much less a member of another species. But recent research by psychologists and neurobiologists have a lot to tell us about the mental lives of non-human animals. If you've ever wondered what's going on inside heads of the animals you live with, join Patricia McConnell in an inquiry into the emotional and cognition lives of mammals. The talk will include a look at how the emotional lives of mammals &amp; birds might compare with ours, their comparative problem solving ability and the controversial concept of &quot;Theory of Mind&quot;.
Host: Sprott
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"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301)
High Energy Neutrinos with Ice Cube
Time: 1:20 pm
Place: 2223 Chamberlin
Speaker: Albrecht Karle, University of Wisconsin Department of Physics
Abstract: A series of weekly presentations and discussions of current research topics in physics by the scientists involved in those studies designed to expose students to the topics and excitement of the research frontier.
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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Topological Phases in Transition Metal Oxides
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin
Speaker: Gregory A. Fiete, University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: Topological phases of matter have received intense interest over the past few years due to the experimental discovery of time-reversal invariant topological insulators (TI) in two and three dimensions. To date, the materials where TI have been reported are weakly interacting and most (if not all) have been previously predicted with simple band theory or density functional theory. The fate of TI in the presence of interactions remains an open area of theoretical and experimental study. In this talk, I will describe some of our theoretical efforts directed at the discovery and understanding of interacting topological phases in real materials. Some of the most promising platforms for experimental realization of these phases are transition metal oxides and heterostructures derived from them.
Host: Perkins
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Astronomy Colloquium
Galactic Winds: Lessons from Nearby Starbursts
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Jay Gallagher, UW Astronomy Prof and Chair
Abstract: Gas outflows from galaxies are a key aspect of the feedback process. Winds act as a cosmic safety valve to limit star formation while also injecting metals, magnetic fields, and cosmic rays along with fast moving gas into their surroundings. They also may provide a path for the escape of Lyman continuum photons through the hot, highly ionized wind material. Studies of 3 nearby classic starburst galaxies with winds, M82, NGC 253, and NGC 1569 offer new insights into how how starburst winds are launched and the conditions under which they break out. I will review our work on this topic that has been largely based on observations obtained with WIYN and Hubble Space Telescope, and also briefly describe work in progress with Ellen Zweibel and Tova Yoast-Hull to better understand cosmic ray interactions in these types of systems.
Host: Dept
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Friday, February 8th, 2013

Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Sister Higgs
Time: 2:15 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Daniele Alves, Fermilab
Abstract: I will discuss some of the implications of the recently measured Higgs mass for Supersymmetry. In the MSSM, a Higgs mass of 125 GeV can only be accommodated with significant fine tuning. Extending the MSSM Higgs sector can alleviate fine tuning, but its simplest extension (the NMSSM) requires pushing some parameters to non-perturbative values. In this talk I will discuss extensions of the MSSM Higgs sector in an attempt to accommodate the Higgs mass in a natural and perturbative way. I will also discuss its phenomenology implications.
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Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Wonders of Physics
30th Anniversary Extravaganza
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: 2103 Chamberlin
Speaker: Clint Sprott, UW Department of Physics
Abstract: This fun-filled educational presentation is suitable for people of all ages. Visit http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm for info

Free tickets! Quantities limited! Order TODAY!!
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* Call (608) 262-2927, or
* e-mail wonders@physics.wisc.edu
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Wonders of Physics
30th Anniversary Extravaganza
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2103 Chamberlin
Speaker: Clint Sprott, UW Department of Physics
Abstract: This fun-filled educational presentation is suitable for people of all ages. Visit http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm for info

Free tickets! Quantities limited! Order TODAY!!
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* Call (608) 262-2927, or
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Wonders of Physics
30th Anniversary Extravaganza
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 2103 Chamberlin
Speaker: Clint Sprott, UW Department of Physics
Abstract: This fun-filled educational presentation is suitable for people of all ages. Visit http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm for info

Free tickets! Quantities limited! Order TODAY!!
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Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Wonders of Physics
30th Anniversary Extravaganza
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: 2103 Chamberlin
Speaker: Clint Sprott, UW Department of Physics
Abstract: This fun-filled educational presentation is suitable for people of all ages. Visit http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm for info

Free tickets! Quantities limited! Order TODAY!!
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Wonders of Physics
30th Anniversary Extravaganza
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2103 Chamberlin
Speaker: Clint Sprott, UW Department of Physics
Abstract: This fun-filled educational presentation is suitable for people of all ages. Visit http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm for info

Free tickets! Quantities limited! Order TODAY!!
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* e-mail wonders@physics.wisc.edu
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"This Week at Physics" poster: http://www.physics.wisc.edu/twap/posters/2013/2013-02-04.pdf

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