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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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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Please join us for a talk with Dr. Joel Kastner, Professor and Director, Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics, Rochester Institute of Technology:

Birthing Solar Systems in Our Back Yard: A Close Look at the Nearest Known Planet-forming Disks

Thousands of extrasolar planets ("exoplanets") have been discovered over the past two decades. Astronomers seeking to understand the astonishing variety of planetary masses and orbital separations that characterize these myriad exoplanet systems, as well as the earliest evolution of our own solar system, must carefully study exoplanet birthplaces: dusty, molecule-rich “protoplanetary” disks orbiting young stars. I describe recent advances in the study of protoplanetary disks using the recently commissioned Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) radio interferometer as well as the latest generation of adaptive optics (AO) cameras on the world’s largest (8-meter-class) optical/infrared telescopes. My talk will focus on ALMA and AO studies of the nearest-known disks; these young neighbors afford opportunities to image disk structures and chemistry on solar system size scales. 

Joel Kastner earned a BS in Physics at the University of Maryland (1981) and Masters and PhD degrees in Astronomy at the University of California Los Angeles in 1986. As a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he worked on a team developing the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. He has been on the faculty at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is now the Director of the Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics at RIT.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
12:10 - 1:00 CNS 206B

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

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

Friday, September 29, 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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017:

Please join us for a talk with Linda Tseng, Colgate University Departments of Environmental Studies & Physics entitled 'Radiocarbon analysis as a tool to understand the fate of fossil carbon in water recovery processes.'

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emission accounting procedures published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assume that all carbon dioxide (CO2) generated by water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) in the treatment process is modern thus is omitted.  Using radiocarbon dating we confirmed that a combination of modern and fossil carbon enter municipal WRRFs. We compared the fossil carbon content at different points of the WRRFs with their GHG potential, calculated as CO2-equivalent from ideal combustion.  The results showed that there was up to 28% of carbon in the influent being fossil, and secondary sludge had the highest CO2-equivalent emission potential of up to 0.29 kg fossil CO2 per m3 wastewater treated.  Our study showed that a WRRF can contribute a fractional fossil emission which may increase the current IPCC WRRF GHG inventory up to 23%.

Dr. Linda Y. Tseng received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. After her doctoral degree, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for two years.  She has been a lecturer and a visiting research scholar at UCLA and her doctoral alma mater.  She has been an assistant professor at Colgate University since Fall 2016.  Her research interests include extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), fate and transport of emerging contaminants in wastewater and their removal using EPS, and quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) in recreational coastal waters.

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, September 15, 2017:

Annual Department Picnic! 4PM - 7PM Upper Pavilion - Buttermilk Falls State Park

Food! Fun! Games!

Sign up in the Physics Dept. Office!

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Tues., May 2:

Professors Nancy Jacobson, Ithaca College Department of Biology, and Michael Twomey, Ithaca College Department of English, give a talk for the Spring Seminar Series

Nancy Jacobson and Michael Twomey will talk about what has been going on in Congress and elsewhere that does, indeed, give us hope.  And they will present evidence for how we can move away from fossil fuels at the scale needed and without crippling the economy or hurting the poor.  It¹s called a carbon fee and dividend and is being promoted by Citizens¹ Climate Lobby a grassroots organization with 55,000 supporters in the United States and 30 other countries.

CNS 204 @ 12:10 p.m.

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

Thursday May 4:

Annual Physics & Astronomy Spring Banquet

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017:

Professor Matthew C. Sullivan gives a talk about the winners of 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to:

David J. Thouless, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

F. Duncan M. Haldane, Princeton University, NJ, USA

J. Michael Kosterlitz, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

"for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”

In this seminar, we will discuss “an unknown world where matter can assume strange states” and also future possible applications in both materials science and electronics.

Tues., April 4, 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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