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Monday Morning Memo

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

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CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!!  Poet, Story Teller, & Musician David Gonzalez, gives a performance for the Physics & Astronomy Spring Seminar Series CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!!

THIS EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!!

Please join us for a poetry reading and commentary inspired by astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum physics with Poet, Story Teller, & Musician: David Gonzalez

Equations of Wonder and/or A Poet Looks Up

David Gonzalez is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright and public speaker. He is a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, and is the proud recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth "Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence". In 2010 he was named a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience" for his production of The Frog Bride at Broadway's New Victory Theater. David has created numerous productions, including the critically acclaimed ¡Sofrito! with The Latin Legends Band, and MytholoJazz, both of which enjoyed sold-out runs at New Victory Theater. Sleeping Beauty was co-commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn College, and The McCallum Theater. David was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, and appeared for three seasons at the Royal National Theatre in London. The Man of the House was commissioned by, and premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2013. His poetry has been performed at Lincoln Center, Bill Moyers’ “Fooling with Words”, and at colleges and universities throughout the country. David received his doctorate from NYU in 1992.

Tues., Feb 10, CNS 206B @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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Matthew Price, Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy, gives a talk on The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics

Please join us for the Physics Spring Seminar Series as Matthew Price, Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy, gives a talk on The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics:

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to:

Isamu Akasaki, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan
Hiroshi Amano, Nagoya University, Japan
and Shuji Nakamura, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
“for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources"

New light to illuminate the world: This year's Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source – the blue light-emitting diode (LED). In the spirit of Alfred Nobel the Prize rewards an invention of greatest benefit to mankind; using blue LEDs, white light can be created in a new way. With the advent of LED lamps we now have more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources.

Tuesday, January 27 at 12:10 in CNS 206B

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

{text and image courtesy of Nobelprize.org}


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Tuesday December 2:

Please join us for a talk entitled: Astro-geology from Io to Old Faithful
with Julie Rathbun & Tyler Nordgren, University of Redlands

We live in a golden age of solar system exploration. Our robotic spacecraft reveal planets and moons more geologically active and unusual than previously thought. Current and proposed missions are furthering our understanding of volcanoes, seas, geysers, and tides. Many of these phenomena have terrestrial analogs in America's national parks where visitors are routinely amazed at the view of the stars visible from these dark-sky locations. By tapping into already popular ranger programs we have a golden opportunity to highlight planetary discovery to a public primed to learn more about our universe, both on the ground and in the sky above.

Tues., Dec 2, CNS 206B @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

Friday December 5:

Public Viewing Night at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory - Friday December 5, 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 December 5, 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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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.

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