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    • 7:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 1st in Olin 141

    • Using German in STEM

      January 14, 2016

    • The Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship has invited Cornelia Lang to speak in the Physics and Astronomy Department on Thursday, Oct. 9th during common time (12:00-1:00 pm) in Olin 04.  All physics students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. 

      Observations of Giant Molecular Clouds in the Galactic Center: The Past, Current and Future of Star Formation

      The center of the Milky Way harbors a supermassive black hole and is surrounded by clouds of dense gas, densely packed massive star clusters, and magnetic filaments that appear to be tracing a strong and well ordered magnetic field. This environment is much different than the environment near the Sun and is likely to be common in the centers of most normal galaxies. Therefore, understanding how these clouds remain stable, collapse and eventually form the next generation of stars is crucial to understanding how astrophysics works in this unique region of the Galaxy. I will describe the results of recent observations with the (upgraded) Very Large Array have revealed in great detail the physical conditions in a sample of molecular clouds that have formed stars in the past, are currently in the vicinity of massive stars and that might be forming massive stars in the future.


       Click the 'permalink' for a link to a great article about the galactic center; it's a suggested read before attending this noon talk.

    • This lecture open to the public will be Thursday, 10/9/14 in Olin Hall 149 beginning at 7:00 pm(with telescopic observing following the lecture, if clear, at Goodsell Observatory) ALL Physics and Astronomy students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to attend. 

      Journey to the Center of the Milky Way

      The Center of our Milky Way Galaxy is vastly different than the place where the Sun resides (the "Solar Neighborhood"). The physical conditions are significantly more extreme in the Galactic center: denser molecular clouds (which are the birth place of new stars), star clusters more closely packed than in the rest of the Galaxy, and a 4 million solar mass black hole confirmed to be at the very core. Detailed observations of our own nucleus provides us with a window into understanding other galaxies in our universe. Cornelia Lang (from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at University of Iowa) will describe her observations using telescopes like the Very Large Array radio interferometer, the Spitzer infrared space observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope that reveal the extreme astrophysics of this unusual environment.

    • October 22 (Monday) 3:30-4:30pm, Olin 149

      Sarah Kellor, biophysicist and professor of chemistry at the University of Washington, will give the talk Examining Feats of Simple Liquid Membranes.  More information can be found here.

    • April 18 (Wednesday) 7:30pm, Olin 141

      Jen Lowe, founder of, will give the talk "Everything is Possible: A Hyperbolic Discussion of the Power of Data and Information Visualization".

    • April 5 (Thursday) noon-1pm, Olin 02

      Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman, postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, will give the talk 'Building Your Own Oxide for Energy'.  Everyone is invited and lunch will be provided.

    • March 27 (Tuesday) noon-1pm, Olin 02

      Kassandra Martin-Wells '07, PhD candidate at Cornell University, will give the talk "Keeping Time: Radar Remote Sensing, Lunar Impact Cratering, and the Search for Better Solar System Chronologies".  Everyone is invited and lunch will be provided.

    • March 29 (Thursday) noon-1pm, Olin 02

      Matt Wiebold, Post Doctoral Researcher - Scharer Plasma Lab, will give the talk "Plasmas for Spacecraft Propulsion".  Everyone is invited to attend.  Lunch will be provided.

    • March 9 (Friday) 1:10-2:10pm, Olin 149

      Tom Moore, Carleton graduate from the class of 1976 and currently a physics professor at Pomona, will give a guest lecture in PHYS 151 "General Relativity in a Nutshell".  Tom is the author of the textbook used for  PHYS 151 and PHYS 347.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

    • February 2 (Thursday) Noon-1pm, Olin 04

      Becky Anthony, Carleton Class of 2003 and currently a postdoc at the University of Minnesota, will be on campus to give the talk "Luminescent Silicon Nanocrystals: A Plasma-Based Route to Functional Films".  Lunch will be provided.

    • November 3 (Thursday) 4:30pm, Olin 101

      The Clare Booth Luce Scholars program will be hosting a panel of recent Carleton alums talking about their paths since graduating from Carleton.  The three panelists will be:

      Rebecca Anthony, Carleton 2003, Post-doc at the University of Minnesota Department of Mechanical Engineering
      Grace Elwell, Carleton 2010, Engineer at Seagate
      Kendra Strode, Carleton 2010, ITS Computing Support Specialist at Carleton

    • November 10 (Thursday) noon-1pm, Olin 04

      Randall Victora, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of MN, will talk about Applied Physics: Devices for a Better Future.  Lunch will be served and everyone is invited. 

    • October 14 (Thursday) 7:30pm, Olin 141

      Astrophysicist Andrea Lommen' 91, associate professor at Franklin and Marshall College,  will give this talk aimed at the general public interested in black holes.

    • John Weiss Talk

      May 4, 2009

      May 5 (Tuesday) Noon-1:00pm, Olin 04

      John Weiss, Carleton alum from the class of 1999 and currently a researcher at the Space Science Institute, will give a talk about "Planet Formation (How to Make a Solar System with Things You Probably Have Around Your Universe)". Sub sandwiches will be served for lunch. after the talk all students are invited to the Olin 2nd floor lounge for dessert and conversation with John.

    • April 21 (Tuesday) noon-1:00pm, Olin 04

      Astronomy candidate Tracey DeLaney will give a talk on her research "Cassiopeia A in 3D: A Spectacular View of the Explosion". Everyone is encouraged to attend and lunch will be provided.

    • Paul Canfield Talk

      April 20, 2009

      April 23 (Thursday) Noon-1:00pm, Olin 02

      Paul Canfield, Professor of Physics at Iowa State University and Senior Physicist at Ames Laboratory, will give a talk on "Ending of the tyranny of copper: Intermetallic superconductivity in the post copper-oxide age". Everyone is welcome and lunch will be provided.

    • January 14 (Wednesday) 3:10-4:20pm, Olin 04

      Join Marcius Extavour, graduate student from the University of Toronto, as he gives his classroom lecture on Laser Cooling. Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend. Please sign up in class or on the sheets outside Olin 331.

    • Kip Thorne

      Chesley Lecture by Kip Thorne

      September 29, 2008

      October 9 (Thursday) 7:30-9:00 pm, Olin 149

      Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology, will give the 23rd annual Chesley Lecture entitled "The Warped Side of the Universe: From the Big Bang to Black Holes.”

    • October 10 (Friday) 4:00-5:00pm, Olin 02

      "Numerical Relativity: Probing the Warped Side of the Universe with Computer Simulations, and Connections to LIGO".

      Kip will expand on this topic, which he will introduce in his Chesley Lecture Thursday evening. He will describe, briefly, the history of numerical relativity, the breakthroughs and discoveries of the past several years, and his vision for where this field is going over the coming five or ten years.

    • Kandice Tanner will be on campus Thursday to interview for the department's Visiting Assistant Professor position. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Claifornia, Irvine working in the field of live cell imaging. She received her PhD degree in July 2006 from the University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign. Kandice will be giving a talk May 1 (Thursday) noon-1pm in Olin 141 entitled "Analysis of Beryl's Brain."

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