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Events on Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Place: Sterling B343
Abstract: We will be discussing the paper "Examining the effect of counternarratives about physics on women’s physics career intentions" by Potvin et al (open access). We will also discuss a summary at the beginning of the session, and welcome attendees who have not had a chance to read the article.

GREAT IDEAS stands for Group for Reading, Educating, And Talking about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Advocacy in Science. It is a multimedia reading group dedicated to amplifying the experiences of underrepresented groups in science and academia in order to become better advocates for our peers. GREAT IDEAS is open to everyone (students/ faculty/ staff/ etc), and all are welcome and encouraged to engage with the material and contribute to the discussions. To keep a welcoming and safe environment for everyone, we ask that everyone understand and adhere to our community guidelines for the discussions.
Host: GMaWiP (contact Faizah with questions)
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Anomalies and bordism of non-supersymmetric heterotic strings
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Place: Van Vleck B223 (Note Special Room)
Speaker: Miguel Montero, Instituto de Física Teórica, Madrid
Abstract: There are three tachyon-free non-supersymmetric string theories in ten dimensions where anomalies cancel by a non-supersymmetric version of the Green-Schwarz mechanism. However, these theories have not been shown to be free of global anomalies. I will fill this gap by studying these anomalies with cobordism theory; as a byproduct we will compute bordism groups of these non-susy strings, which may be useful to the construction of new charged branes in this theory using the cobordism conjecture.
Host: Gary Shiu
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
How to do particle physics in a climate emergency?
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Ken Bloom , University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Abstract: The pursuit of particle physics, or any kind of discovery-driven research, requires a stable and prosperous society. Today, our society is increasingly threatened by global climate change. Human-influenced climate change has already impacted weather patterns, and global warming will only increase unless deep reductions in emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are achieved. Current and future activities in particle physics need to be considered in this context, either on the moral ground that we have a responsibility to leave a habitable planet to future generations, or on the more practical ground that, because of their scale, particle physics projects and activities will be under scrutiny for their impact on the climate. I will discuss several contexts in which particle physics has an impact on greenhouse gas emissions, and how our field can contribute to a more sustainable future.
Host: Kevin Black
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