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BAPC - Calendar of Events from 10/8/07 to 10/13/07

October 8, 2007 to October 13, 2007


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Monday, October 8, 2007

4:15 p.m.
Nuclear and Particle Physics Colloquium
Building 26 Room 414
Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

3:30 p.m.
Math/Physics Seminar
Building 2 Room 190
"Gauge Theory and Wild Ramification"
Edward Witten
Institute for Advanced Study

4:00 p.m.
Brandeis University

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Chandra Fellows Symposium
60 Garden Street, Phillips Auditorium
Presentations by: Masahiro Tsujimoto (Penn State), Jan-Uwe Ness(Arizona
State), John Fregeau (Northwestern),
Carlos Badenes(Princeton), Jifeng Liu (SAO), Jeremy Schnittman (Johns
Hopkins),Shane Davis (Institute for Advanced Studies),
Jonathan McKinney(Stanford), Belinda Wilkes (Keynote Speaker, SAO),
Elena Rossi(Colorado), Elena Gallo (UC Santa Barbara),
Jesper Rasmussen (Carnegie Obs), David Sand (Univ. Arizona), Elena Rasia
(Univ. Michigan), and Ian Parrish (UC Berkeley)
Detailed program at: http://asc.harvard.edu/fellows/program_2007.html

2:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center for Theoretical Physics  6c-442
String/Gravity  Seminar
"More On Three -Dimensional Gravity"
Edward Witten, IAS
Refreshments will be served.

2:30 p.m.
Brown University
Joint Condensed Matter/High Energy Theory
BH 555
"Quantum Hall Physics and the "Super Universality" of the Theta Vacuum
in Nonlinear sigma Models"
Professor A. M. Pruisken
University of Amsterdam

4:00 p.m.
Boston College
Physics Colloquium
Higgins Hall, Room 310
"Internal Waves: From the Lab to the Ocean"
Professor Tom Peacock
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Refreshments served at 3:30, Mugar Atrium.
For more information please see:http://www.physics.bc.edu

4:15 p.m.
Clark University
Department of Physics Colloquium
Sackler Sciences Center, Room S-122
"Interacting Pseudospinor Bose-Einstein Condensates"
Professor Brad S. Hall
Amherst College

7:00 p.m.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
LEOS Plasmonics Workshop
MIT Lincoln Lab Cafeteria
"Plasmonics-The Missing Link Between Nanoelectronics and Microphotonics"
Prof. Mark Brongersma
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Coffee, cookies, soft drink break at 8:00 p.m.

8:15 p.m.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
LEOS Plasmonics Workshop
MIT Lincoln Lab Cafeteria
"Metamaterials: from Near-Infrared to Visible"
Prof. Vladimire Shalaev
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Coffee, cookies, soft drink break at 8:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

4:15 p.m.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Weekly Physics Colloquium Series
Building 10, Room 250
"Testing Strong-Field Gravity with Neutron Stars and Black Holes"
Dimitrios Psaltis


Friday, October 12, 2007

12 Noon
Boston University
Physics Department Condensed Matter Seminar
Metcalf Science Center, Room 352
590 Commonwealth Ave.
"Equilibrium Pathway of Spin-Coated Polymer Films"
Ophelia Tsui
Boston University
Pizza served at 11:30 AM

3 p.m.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Plasma Science & Fusion Center Seminar
"The NSTX Lithium Conditioning Experiments: Results and Future Plans"
Dennis Mansfield
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

3:30pm (special day!)
Boston University
Math.-Physics Seminar
MCS 149, Math-Dept, 111 Cummington St.
"Potts Model, O(n) non-linear Sigma-models and Spanning Forests"
Andrea Sportiello
U. Milano, INFN and NYU
Refreshments served at 3:15.
For more information: http://math.bu.edu/research/mathphys/seminar.html


Saturday, October 13, 2007

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Brandeis University
Ninth Annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting
Invited Speakers:  Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Northeastern University,
"From complex networks to human behavior";
Young-Kyun Kwon, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, "Computational
modeling and applications of nanostructured materials";
Francis Starr, Wesleyan University, "Using DNA as a template to design
novel materials"; Ophelia Tsui, Boston University, "Stability
of polymer films interpreted as a phase separation problem in 2D"
Registration and directions:  http://physics.clarku.edu/gbasm