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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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TUESDAY - DEC 5, 2017

Dr. Adam Light gives a talk entitled: Plasma Fluctuations for Fun and Profit

In plasma physics, we study systems with ~10^23 interacting components, which self-organize into beautiful macroscopic structures through microscopic fluctuations.  Fluctuations are ubiquitous and complicated, but we view them as an opportunity to learn about how plasma systems work. This talk will give a brief introduction to some self-organized plasma systems and show three ways we interact with fluctuations in order to understand why and how plasmas choose preferred states.  I will describe two current projects with undergraduates involving fluctuation and dynamical systems analysis, and my plans for actively driving fluctuations in order to learn about self-organization.

Tues., Dec. 5, 2017
CNS 112 @ 12:10 p.m.

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

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.

 

THURSDAY DEC. 7 2017:

 

Detection and Analysis of Individual Biological Macromolecules at the Nanoscale

In his 1959 lecture ‘There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,’ Richard Feynman posed an “invitation to enter a new field of physics,” and challenged the scientific community to expand their capabilities to observe, measure, and manipulate materials at the nanoscale. While recognition and manipulation have occurred at the nanoscale in biological systems since the origin of life, our ability to observe and characterize these interactions is still emerging. Today’s physicists continue to play a role in this progress, as the application of fundamental physical principals remains vital in the continued development of new measurement approaches for studying nanoscale systems. In this talk, I will discuss two experimental approaches to the detection and analysis of individual biological macromolecules at the nanoscale: nanophotonic resonators and magnetic tweezers. The applications of such developments range from the study of fundamental biophysical interactions to the development of point-of-care medical diagnostics and beyond. 

Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017
CNS 112 @ 12:10 p.m.

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

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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You are invited for a public viewing of the night sky with the IC Department of Physics & Astronomy!

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

To attend 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 pm 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.  So if you check our website or call the observatory at 607-274-3012 after 4:00 pm you will get the final decision for that evening.

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/hs/depts/physics/clintonbford/openhouses/


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Matthew Price gives a talk entitled:

Understanding Student Persistence and Physics Identity using Social Cognitive Agency Models

One aspect of student persistence in their degree is whether they identify as a member of the group. I will be discussing how to think about Physics Identity using an agency approach in Social Cognitive Learning. We will also look at primary data output for student physics identity at an undergraduate only institution.

Tues., Nov. 7, 2017
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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You are invited for a public viewing of the night sky with the IC Department of Physics & Astronomy!

Friday, November 3, 2017 from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

To attend 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 pm 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.  So if you check our website or call the observatory at 607-274-3012 after 4:00 pm you will get the final decision for that evening.

Visit Our Website
/hs/depts/physics/clintonbford/openhouses/


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Jimmy Tang:
Time Delay Orbiting Around A Schwarzschild Black Hole

Salvatore Ferrone & Fedor Efremenko:
Optimizing Spectral Mapping Algorithms for the OSIRIS-REx Project

Tues., Oct. 10, 2017
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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