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Events During the Week of November 9th through November 15th, 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
Title to be announced
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 2535 Engineering Hall
Speaker: Smithe
Host: CPTC
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Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
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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Council Meeting
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2314 Chamberlin (Chair's Conference Room)
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
The narrative structure of the default mode network and REM dreaming
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall (Refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Art Schmaltz, Prairie State College
Abstract: This presentation will build upon the structural architecture of the default mode network outlined here by Deric Bownds on September 9th. My focus will be on the functional aspects of the human brain's default mode network.

I will argue that the default mode network is an evolved brain system with adaptive functions.
The default mode network and REM dreaming-- both "hard wired" brain systems-- are complementary and work in concert with each other.
Both systems are intrinsically intersubjective and variational praxis orientated.
Both systems create new narratives, or novel behavioral scripts: an ongoing eco-hermeneutics for optimal adaptation to ever shifting environments.
Host: Clint Sprott
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Aspects of Lepton-Flavored Dark Matter
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Can Kilic, The University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: All matter in the Standard Model (SM) appears in three generations, with an intricate flavor structure the origin of which is not well understood. This motivates the question whether distinct phenomenological features arise if dark matter (DM) also has a non-trivial flavor structure. In this talk I will focus on the possibility where the flavor structure of DM is linked to SM flavor in the lepton sector, and review the experimental signatures of this scenario. In particular, I will argue that the generation of a lepton asymmetry at a high energy scale can also produce a DM asymmetry, which can strongly affect the sensitivity of direct detection experiments, and I will present novel signatures that can appear at colliders and in indirect detection experiments for lepton-flavored DM.
Host: Ran Lu
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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Lara Faoro, Universites Paris 6 et 7 and Rutgers University
Abstract: TBD
Host: McDermott
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Graduate Introductory Seminar
Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Balantekin
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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Physics Department Colloquium
Title to be announced
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Speaker: Dr. Nigel Lockyer, Director, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Host: Francis Halzen
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