Events - 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Jonas Zmuidzinas
JPL Chief Technologist and Merle Kingsley Professor of Physics
Caltech

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — 9:00 AM EST

Candidate:  Wenling Qiao
Title:  "The Study of Decoherence by a non-Markovian and non-Gaussian Environment"

Thursday, December 6, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Professor Richard J. Spontak
Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
North Carolina State University

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 — 8:00 PM EST

There will be a short talk on astronomy (around 30 minutes) plus an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a tour of the dome. In the event of bad weather, the observing will not be possible, but the talk and tour of facilities will go ahead.

Please meet in room 308 of the Physics building for the talk. The start time is 8pm during Winter months (November to March inclusive) and 9pm for the rest of the year (April to October inclusive).

Thursday, November 29, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Roger Melko
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Waterloo

Monday, November 26, 2012 — 2:30 PM EST

Candidate:  Christopher McMahon
Title:  "Design of an Inverse Photoemission Spectrometer for the Study of Strongly Correlated Materials"

Thursday, November 22, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Alex MacKay
Professor and Director of the MRI Research Centre
Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Department of Radiology
University of British Columbia

Monday, November 19, 2012 — 1:30 PM EST

As part of the Waterloo Region Museum TALKS Series,
Waterloo Physics & Astronomy Professor Michel Fich will describe how
exciting developments in radio astronomy are opening up new vistas on
the universe.  Professor Fich will focus upon two revolutionary
observatories currently being constructed on the norther plains of
Chile: the Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array (ALMA), a
collection of roughly 60 individual telescopes that together produce a
single instrument with unparalleled sensitivity and fantastic

Thursday, November 15, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract

Thursday, November 8, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Dimitrios Psaltis
University of Arizona

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 — 8:00 PM EST

There will be a short talk on astronomy (around 30 minutes) plus an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a tour of the dome. In the event of bad weather, the observing will not be possible, but the talk and tour of facilities will go ahead.

Please meet in room 308 of the Physics building for the talk. The start time is 8pm during Winter months (November to March inclusive) and 9pm for the rest of the year (April to October inclusive).

Thursday, November 1, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Markus Deserno
Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, October 25, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Lev Ioffe
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Thursday, October 18, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Dongping Zhong
Ohio State University

Abstract

Ultraviolet irradiation causes DNA damages and leads to genome mutation and potential skin cancer. However, such damage can be restored completely by photolyase enzymes in nature with blue light. Using femtosecond spectroscopy and molecular biology, we report here the real-time studies of complete repair processes at the most fundamental level and thus reveal the repair photocycle and elucidate the molecular mechanism.

Monday, October 15, 2012 — 2:30 PM EDT

Candidate:  Yeong-Yoon Kim
Title:  "Study of Cell Nucleation in Nano Polymer Foams: Self-Consistent Field Theory Approach"

Thursday, October 11, 2012 — 4:00 PM EDT

Jeffrey Stanley
Wayne State University - School of Medicine
Psychiatry

Objectives

To demonstrate the importance of understanding brain development.

To overview approaches in assessing structural, biochemical and functional changes during development.

Provide evidence of altered neuropil development and dysfunctional networks in pediatric ADHD.

Thursday, October 4, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Chitra Rangan
University of Windsor

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 — 8:00 PM EDT

There will be a short talk on astronomy (around 30 minutes) plus an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a tour of the dome. In the event of bad weather, the observing will not be possible, but the talk and tour of facilities will go ahead.

Please meet in room 308 of the Physics building for the talk. The start time is 8pm during Winter months (November to March inclusive) and 9pm for the rest of the year (April to October inclusive).

Thursday, September 27, 2012 — 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Brian Wilson
Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 — 10:00 AM EDT

Candidate:  Iman Marvian Mashhad
Title:  "Symmetry, Asymmetry and Quantum Information"

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Melanie Campbell
Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Optometry
University of Waterloo (Canada)

Abstract

Adaptive optics correction of the eye is important to imaging the earliest events in diseases of the eye in order to improve our understanding of these diseases and to facilitate earlier diagnosis and therapy. In addition there is the potential to deliver localized light based therapies to the eye with the use of AO.

Monday, September 17, 2012 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Are you thinking about graduate studies next fall?
Have some questions about graduate scholarships?

You are invited to attend a scholarship information session!

The major scholarship competitions occur in the fall term with results announced the following spring; you must apply one year in advance of holding your scholarship. 

Friday, September 14, 2012 — 5:00 PM EDT

Live Music! Pub Night! Nacho Bar!

Thursday, September 13, 2012 — 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
The Wine and Cheese Social.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 — 4:00 PM EDT

Zbig Wasilewski

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
University of Waterloo

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