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Volume 18, Issue 4 (October 3, 2011)
Events happening this week in the physics and astronomy department.
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October 3 (Monday) 6:00pm Weitz Cinema
Trevor Paglan experimental geographer, photographer, and author, will talk about his haunting celestial photographs which reveal spent spy satellites inhabiting the heavens, and enigmatic landscape images revealing "invisible" military installations and personnel. These works stimulate dialogue on the ethics of seeing, and the political dimensions of enhanced viewing technologies developed for military purposes, but with scientific and artistic applications.
7:30-8:30pm, Central Park
All are invited out to Central Park to search for satellites -- spy and otherwise - with Prof. Joel Weisberg. Dress very warmly: Bring your own blanket (and binoculars if you wish). If we are lucky, the Weitz Center lights will be turned down for this event.
October 4 (Tuesday) Noon-1pm, Gould Library Athenaeum
Trevor Paglen, astronomer Joel Weisberg, and curator Laurel Bradley will explore the topic of "Seeing is Knowing" from various disciplinary perspectives, veering into personal and political terrain. Audience participation encouraged!
October 5 (Wednesday) 3:15-4:20pm, Olin 04
All student workers in the Physics & Astronomy Department are required to attend this MANDATORY training meeting. If for some reason you can not attend you must check out a video of the meeting from Mary in Olin 331.
October 6 (Thursday) noon-1pm, LDC Class of '51 Dining Room Plan to have lunch with physics students, faculty and staff at the LDC at noon. We can meet on 3rd Olin or you can meet us there.
October 7 (Friday) 7:30-9:30pm, Goodsell Observatory If skies are clear, view stars, nebulas and planets. Dress warmly. Canceled if cloudy. Open house schedules can also be viewed at http://go.carleton.edu/83.
Information that may be of interest to physics and astronomy faculty, staff, and students.
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The Hertz Foundation is offering graduate fellowships for innovators in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. They are looking for applicants with exceptional creativity, a broad understanding of physical principles, and outstanding potential for innovative research. Preference is given to seniors and first year graduate students. The application deadline is October 31, 2011. Note that only general GRE scores are needed at this time. More information and an application can be found at www.hertzfoundation.org.
Need ideas for Science or Math poster? Are you wondering how exactly one of these posters should look? Doug Foxgrover and Sarah Deel are offering a workshop this coming Tuesday, October 4th in which you’ll learn how to make a scientific poster. Bring your draft poster if you have one, or otherwise just bring your ideas, raw materials and data if you have any. No previous experience is necessary at all. The workshop will be held in CMC 110 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Refreshments will be offered. To RSVP for the workshop, please visit:
October 26 (Wednesday) 3:45-5:15pm, Weitz Center 236
All students who have done research in math or science are encouraged to present a poster at the All Science and Math Poster Session. Students should register by Wednesday, Oct 12 at http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/register.html. CISMI/HHMI will pay for poster printing at Carleton Printing and Mailing Services. Students should have their posters to Printing and Mailing no later than Oct 19 to ensure printing will be completed by Oct 27. When giving the digital copy of the poster to Print Services indicate that the poster is for the Science and Math poster session, and the proper account will be billed. Students are also invited to upload invited (http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/students/poster_upload.html) for our HHMI grant archives/data requests and various levels of public consumption, with faculty PI permission where proprietary concerns arise after the poster session is over.if you have any question, please contact Ellen Haberoth (ehaberot).
The Career Center is starting up the "30 Minutes" program this fall, bringing students interested in a specific job or industry face-to-face with alumni experienced in that field. In just half an hour (hence the name), Carleton networking magic happens. Week 4 is featuring ENGINEERING/ARCHITECTURE alumni in positions such as civil, design, and equipment engineers, architects, and sustainability directors. Other industries in the following weeks include Film/Media & Journalism, Law, and Consulting.
The idea is simple: Alumni take an afternoon off from work to meet with students for casual, candid, one-on-one conversations. Students ask questions about the alum’s industry, a typical day/week in their shoes, educational requirements, resources for learning more, and ways to gain experience in the field. Furthermore, alumni often refer students to contacts or resources outside of the Carleton network.
These meetings are a quick thirty minutes, so students can get on with their busy lives at Carleton. The brevity and informality of the sessions makes them an engaging and low-pressure way to introduce students to the power of networking.
NO APPLICATION NECESSARY, simply visit http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/career/30_minutes/ to sign up and read alumni bios!
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