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Events During the Week of March 15th through March 22nd, 2015

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Council Meeting
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 2314 Chamberlin (Chair's Conference Room)
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
Chaos for the home electronics lab
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin Hall (Refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Wesley Thio, Ohio State University
Abstract: Electronic devices that behave chaotically are often considered to be a nuisance, whether it’s a buzzing air conditioner, a flickering lightbulb or a phone that just keeps disconnecting from the internet. However by using some basic electronics tools, I intend to demonstrate the opposite, that circuits behaving according to the principles of chaos theory can be beautiful and have potentially useful functions. I will also show how accessible these circuits are to the home tinkerer in their basement and give many visual examples that will even appeal to non-engineers.
Host: Clint Sprott
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"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301)
Quantum Information
Time: 1:20 pm
Place: 2120 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Maxim Vavilov, UW Madison Department of Physics
Host: Smith
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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Department Meeting
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Astronomy Colloquium
What drives the evolution of the Milky Way’s disk?
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 4421 Sterling Hall
Speaker: Jo Bovy, Institute for Advanced Study
Abstract: Observations of the structure and dynamics of different stellar populations in the Milky Way's disk provide a unique perspective on disk formation, evolution, and dynamics. I will review our current knowledge of the chemo-orbital structure of the disk. I will then discuss new measurements of the kinematics and chemistry of intermediate-age stars over a large part of the Galactic disk from the APOGEE survey and the new insights these measurements provide about the formation and evolution of the disk.
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Friday, March 20th, 2015

Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
Please 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 Le Zhang (lzhang263@wisc.edu)
Host: Peter Timbie
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Physics Department Colloquium
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 3:30 pm, 2241 Chamberlin Hall (coffee at 4:30 pm)
Speaker: Gennady Shvets, University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: TBD
Host: Boldyrev
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