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Events on Friday, April 4th, 2014

Physics Department Colloquium
Looking for Dark Matter, Here, There and Everywhere
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Speaker: Patrick Fox , Fermilab
Abstract: The hunt for physics beyond the standard model at the LHC is in full swing. We already know of the existence of (at least) one new particle that is not in the standard model, dark matter. The existence of dark matter was first inferred from astrophysical observations and later confirmed by cosmological measurements. There is considerable ongoing effort to see the effects of dark matter, which makes up the majority of the matter in our galaxy, in a more terrestrial setting. I will outline what is, and what is not, known about dark matter, and explain how we may soon learn a lot more, as well as explaining how the conventional search methods can be complemented by searches at the LHC, and elsewhere.
Host: Bai
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Digital Planetarium show & tell
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Place: Sterling Hall Planetarium
Speaker: Jim Madsen, WIPAC, UW-River Falls
Abstract: Join colleagues from the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and others for a drop-in “show and tell” of a digital planetarium system from 4 to 6 pm in the Sterling Hall planetarium on Friday, April 4.

This system allows visitors to explore more of the cosmos in new ways and provides colleagues in other disciplines a new platform for teaching and learning in an enriching and engaging environment. Whether it's a tour of the universe or a trip through the human heart, there are growing numbers of datasets and interactive tools finding their way into the domed learning environment. This system allows for real-time data access, professional rendering, custom production, and remote domecasting presentations. Hear about plans to bring this technology to the UW system with the help of the Growth Agenda. Stop over and meet Joel Halvorson, a seasoned digital dome professional, and see how you can better tell your story in a domed environment.
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