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Events on 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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