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Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on this week in regards to Physics... and beyond.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This week's Seminar

Join us for a talk entitled: Fractals and the Drip Paintings of Jackson Pollock
with Katherine Jones-Smith of the Hamilton College, Department of Physics

In the late 1990s, a group of physicists analyzed several of the celebrated drip paintings by the late Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Assuming Pollock underwent a particular type of chaotic motion known to leave a fractal trail, they found that every layer of every painting they analyzed possessed the same fractal characteristics. From this they conjectured that Pollock was able to create a unique fractal 'signature' in his work, and that fractal analysis could therefore be used as an authentication tool in paintings of disputed origin. It turns out that this hypothesis of  'Fractal Expressionism'  is flawed in several important ways. I will present an account of the techniques used in fractal analysis and the pitfalls which ensue from applying them to Pollock's drip paintings. I will also discuss several new findings from the realm of fractal mathematics which were motivated by this work.

CNS 112 at 12:10

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1. Please bring your own cup.

Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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Tuesday November 4 2014:

Please join us for student talks entitled:

OSIRIS-Rex (Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer)
With Nate Feiger

Physics Education Research
With Kyle Stapleton

Ground-Based Remote Sensing
With Nate Antonacci

Tuesday, November 4th, CNS 204 @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1. Please bring your own cup.

Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

Friday November 7, 2014

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy for Public Viewing Night at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory this Friday November 7, 2014 from 8:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Attending a Public Night

Just show up the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side). A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down. Please note that there is NO parking available up at the observatory and that the access road is NOT lighted. For your own safety, please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan

The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 p.m. on the scheduled date. Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening. If you check our site or call the observatory at 274-3012 after about 4:00 p.m. (to give us time to post an update) you will get the final decision for that evening.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the department assistant at jackerman@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

/hs/depts/physics/clintonbford/openhouses/


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Thursday October 30 - Physics Seminar

MathWorksDay Seminar

Thursday, October 30, 2014 >>REGISTER www.mathworks.com/seminars/Ithaca2014

Join MathWorksengineers as they provide insight into the latest features of the MATLAB and Simulink product families.

MATLAB Day at Ithaca

•Session 1: Data Analysis & Visualization with MATLAB
12:10 –1:00 p.m.

•Session 2: MATLAB for Data Acquisition, Instrument Control & Analysis
2:30 –3:50 p.m.

Pizza and refreshments provided during session 1 for $1. Please bring your own cup. Remember to reuse, reduce, recycle

Registration will begin 15 minutes before each session. Walk ins are welcome.

Session 1 will take place:

Center for Natural Sciences,
Room 112

Session 2 will take place:

Center for Natural Sciences,
Room 308

For more information, contact:

Debbi Cohendebbi.cohen@mathworks.com


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Tuesday October 7, 2014

Seminar:

Majors in the department of Physics and Astronomy give talks on their summer research Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 12:10 in CNS 204

Undulatory Upgrades on the CHESS A-line with Christian Richter

A Summer at Snap-On with Charlie Woodward
Acoustical Engineering with Sean Harkin

Pizza and refreshments provided for $1. Please bring your own cup. Remember to reuse, reduce, recycle


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Friday, October 3, 2014:

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy for Public Viewing Night at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory this Friday October 3, 2014 from 8:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Attending a Public Night

Just show up the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side). A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down. Please note that there is NO parking available up at the observatory and that the access road is NOT lighted. For your own safety, please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan

The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 p.m. on the scheduled date. Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening. If you check our site or call the observatory at 274-3012 after about 4:00 p.m. (to give us time to post an update) you will get the final decision for that evening.

/hs/depts/physics/clintonbford/openhouses/


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