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Events on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
Social and economic mobility in an era of extreme inequality; Who owns the robots?
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (Refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Tim Smeeding, UW LaFollette School of Public Affairs and Economics
Abstract: Americans used to believe that we lived in a land of opportunity with a good chance for everyone and their children to do well. But America is near the bottom of nations where everyone has fair chance of reaching the American Dream. This lecture considers mobility at the bottom, top and middle of the distribution, both over time and across generations in a nation where capital income (who owns the robots) dominates labor income, where public policy increases extreme inequality and where the future of work is increasingly dim for those without a college education and without good opportunities to make use of that investment.
Host: Clint Sprott
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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
MicroBooNE and the Path to Resolving the MiniBooNE Low Energy Excess
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Adam Lister, Lancaster University
Abstract: MicroBooNE is a liquid argon time projection chamber which has been running in
the Booster Neutrino Beam at Fermilab since 2015. The primary goal of MicroBooNE is investigation of the excess of electromagnetic events observed by the MiniBooNE collaboration. Due to limitations of the Cherenkov-based particle identification of MiniBooNE,
this excess could be interpreted as either photon-like or electron-like. A photon-like excess would indicate that there are processes which are not well understood which could act as a background in neutrino oscillation measurements, while an electron-like
excess could indicate the presence of sterile neutrinos, the existence of which is one of the most hotly debated questions in the field. This talk will outline MicroBooNE’s strategy for investigation of the MiniBooNE low-energy excess, along with the reconstruction
and calibration work being undertaken to reduce systematic uncertainties in the the analysis of neutrino data in liquid argon.
Host: Brian Rebel
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Council Meeting
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Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 2314 Chamberlin Hall
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