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, October 2nd:

Seminar - **at 4:00 PM in CNS 333** - refreshments provided

David. A. Muller of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University gives a talk on: Atomic-Scale Imaging of Composition and Bonding in Nanostructures and Devices using Electron Microscopy

Atomic-resolution spectroscopic imaging in a new generation of electron microscopes is now capable of unraveling bonding details at buried interfaces and clusters, providing both physical and electronic structure information at the Angstrom-level. The sensitivity and resolution can extend to imaging single dopant atoms or vacancies in their native environments, or solving the structure of two-dimensional crystals and glasses. The thousand-fold increase in electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) mapping speeds over conventional microscopes allows us to collect data from millions of spectra, generating statistically meaningful maps of heterogeneous populations – such as the facet-dependent leaching in fuel-cell catalysts nanoparticles. Tilt-series tomography allows us to record three-dimensional images with sub-nanometer resolution. Micro-machined environmental cells allow in-situ imaging of liquids and gases for samples ranging in thickness from nanometers to several microns. Current instruments under construction are expected to push spatial and energy resolution into the sub-Angstrom, milli-eV regime. Further developments are likely to enhance in-situ capabilities and detection schemes.

Joint seminar with Department of Chemistry.  **Please note time and location**

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Friday, September 28:

Public Viewing night, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics for a Public Viewing of the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To attend a Public Night
Just show up at 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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Thursday September 13: Physics Fall Seminar Series

Learn about the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission with Principal Investigator Dante S. Lauretta

The department of Physics is happy to welcome Dante S. Lauretta, OSIRIS REx Principal Investigator and Professor in the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona. 

Please join us for his presentation, Thursday, September 13, 2012 at noon in CNS 208.

The OSIRIS-REx mission will be returning samples from an organic-rich asteroid not found in our meteorite collections. The samples may be similar to the material that seeded Earth with the organic molecules that led to life. OSIRIS-REx will also provide ground truth for telescope spectra, investigate resources available for use in space, and help lessen the effects of asteroid impacts.

Dante Lauretta holds a Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Department of Physics at or 607-274-3247 as much in advance of the event as possible.

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

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