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Events on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Astronomy Colloquium
"The Atomic to Molecular Gas Transition in Galaxies"
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Tony Wong, Univesity of IL- Urbana -Champaign
Abstract: Molecular gas is the direct fuel for star formation, yet in most galaxies the neutral ISM is predominantly atomic. The HI-H_2 balance is governed directly by photodissociation balance, which in turn is sensitive to the environmental conditions which determine gas density, pressure, and metal abundance. I review several recent models for how the HI-H_2 balance is set and present recent CARMA results that can be used to test them. I will finish by outlining a few projects underway for the LMC, which I will argue is the best laboratory to develop and test various approaches to measuring the gas content of galaxies and hopefully reduce the many systematic uncertainties that we still suffer from.<br>
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Prospective Undergraduate Majors in Physics
PUMP Meeting
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Are you interested in majoring in Physics? How about Astronomy? Wondering what can you do with a Physics Degree? Come to the Prospective Undergraduate Majors in Physics (PUMP) Meeting to learn more.<br>
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Food and soda will be provided.<br>
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Topics Include: Why Major in Physics and/or Astronomy; What Can You do with a Physics Degree; Major Requirements in both majors; Undergraduate Research Opportunities; and Tutoring and Mentoring Opportunities.
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Garage Physics
Kickoff Meeting
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: B651 Sterling Hall
Abstract: Do you have a project that doesn't seem to fit in? Do you want to collaborate with other STEM majors, but you don't know where to come together? Do you want to learn about &amp;quot;making&amp;quot; or 3D printing? Prof. Carlsmith has some room for you.&lt;br&gt;<br>
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The Garage Physics Kickoff meeting is an opportunity to hear more about this project development space for Physics students, faculty and staff. Prof. Carlsmith has resources to help Physics community members explore new ideas, experiments and possibilities in the field.&lt;br&gt;<br>
Host: Prof. Duncan Carlsmith
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