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Events on Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Cosmology Journal Club
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
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 Ross Cawthon ( and Santanu Das (
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PGSC Professional Development Seminar
Your Resume: From Good to Great!
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Michelle Holland, Physics Graduate Programs Coordinator
Abstract: In this workshop we will begin with the basics and talk through strategies and steps to create a winning resume. Good resume’s don’t get you jobs but great ones do! From the various parts of a resume to the fine details that really matter, this workshop will include a 10 point checklist to ensure you focus on what really matters. After this workshop you will have the skills, tools, and know how to update your existing resume or start from scratch if you don’t have one yet. Feel free to bring any resume related questions to the workshop.
Host: Rob Morgan, graduate student
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Astronomy Colloquium
Probing White Dwarf Binaries with Post-outburst Novae
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall, Coffee and cookies 3:30 PM, Talk begins 3:45 PM
Speaker: Bill Wolf, UW Eau Claire
Abstract: Novae are the result of thermonuclear flashes on the surfaces of hydrogen-accreting white dwarfs. With peak luminosities in the hundreds of thousands of solar luminosities and roughly fifty detected in M31 each year, novae comprise a well-observed class of stellar transients from radio to X-ray. I will review the current understanding of nova evolution and highlight successes we have had in modeling the post-outburst phase of evolution to connect observable quantities to white dwarf parameters. I will close by introducing the lingering puzzle of observed oscillations in the post-outburst phase and our attempts to explain it.
Host: Professor Richard Townsend
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Physics Major Fair
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Place: Physics Museum, Chamberlin Hall lobby
Abstract: The Department of Physics invites all prospective Physics undergraduate majors to a Physics Open House!

Talk to current Physics majors, and find out about classes and research opportunities. Connect with Physics student organizations. Talk with Physics faculty and advisors. Enjoy tasty refreshments.

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