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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Friday, October 25, 2019

I Work with Magnets: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of High-temperature Superconductors

 

Ingrid StoltBard class of 2015, Northwestern University


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 107
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Friday, October 25, 2019

Summer Research Poster Session

Join faculty and students who participated in this year’s program in presenting their work
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, October 28, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Jefferson Project: Integrating Science and Technology for Enduring Lake Protection

 

Rick Relyea, Director, The Jefferson ProjectRensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, November 4, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

DNA Repair: Why Do We Care?

 

Paula Checchi, Marist College


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Taking a Symptom Level Approach to Depression

 

Michael MullarkeyUniversity of Texas-Austin


Time: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Preston Theater
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Controlling Hybrid States of Light and Matter in Atomically-thin Semiconductors

Trevor LaMountain, Northwestern University

Interactions between light and matter underlie a variety of everyday technologies. Typical examples include solar cells, where light is absorbed and converted to electronic energy, and LEDs, where the opposite occurs. By embedding semiconductors in between two mirrors, we can greatly enhance the light-matter interaction, giving rise to much more exotic effects than just absorption or emission. Under certain conditions these systems can form hybrid quantum states known as “polaritons,” which exhibit properties of both light and matter. In a different regime, off-resonant light can cause the electronic energy levels to shift with negligible absorption. Known as the optical Stark effect, this feature provides a way to precisely control the energy levels of semiconductors using only light. In this talk, I will introduce the closely-related physics that describes both polariton formation and the optical Stark effect. I will then discuss some interesting features of both of these phenomena in atomically-thin semiconductors. Finally, I will present resent results that combine both of these regimes by demonstrating the optical Stark shift of exciton-polaritons in atomically-thin semiconductors.

 
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 107
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

How to Plan a Meaningful Summer

Felicia KeesingBiology Program


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Psychology Internship Panel

Listen to students and alums who have participated in summer internships discuss their experiences, and learn about opportunities for the coming year. There will be an opportunity for Q&A as well as hearing about different internship opportunities.
Time: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Preston Theater
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Mapping Matter in Strong Gravity: Spectral-Timing of Black Holes and Neutron Stars

 

Abigail Stevens, ’11Michigan State University

One of the best laboratories to study strong-field gravity is the inner 100s of kilometers around black holes and neutron stars in binary systems with low-mass stars like our Sun. The X-ray light curves of these binary systems show variability on timescales from milliseconds to months — the shorter (sub-second) variability can appear as quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs), which may be produced by general relativistic effects. My research looks at QPOs from black holes and neutron stars (as well as coherent X-ray pulsations from neutron stars) by fitting the phase-resolved energy spectra of these signals to constrain their physical origin and track their evolution in time. In this talk, I will introduce why black holes and neutron stars are interesting and discuss state-of-the-art “spectral-timing” analysis techniques for understanding more about them. I will also highlight open-source astronomy research software and the importance of mental wellbeing among students and early-career researchers.
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 107
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Special Case Investigations in Virology:
Finding the Unexpected

Daryl Lamson, New York Department of Health


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Friday, November 22, 2019

Solar Microgrid Applications for Emerging Economies

Megan Kerins, ’06, Rocky Mountain Institute


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 107
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Social Work, Mental Health, and Academic Behavioral Medicine: A Social Justice Approach to Clinical Practice, Research, and Teaching in Graduate Medical Education

Cynthia Kim, LCSW-R, Associate Program Director and Director of Behavioral Science, and Michelle Miller, LCSW, Behavioral Science Faculty and Mental Health Clinicia, Mid Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program – Institute for Family Health

Alternate pathways for using undergraduate psychology education and experience exist in multiple professional realms. One such pathway is in using a graduate degree in social work or psychology to transform, teach, and practice in the field of academic family medicine. Family doctors are at the forefront of research and practice in the evidence base that informs integrative healthcare, providing services ranging from care coordination to mental health—all predicated on the development of trauma-informed, culturally conscious, therapeutic relationships with their patients. This talk will provide insight into a social justice pathway and mission that hopes to help transform the future of health and mental health care.
Time: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Preston Theater
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Friday, December 6, 2019

From Structure to Function: Optics in the Sea

Amanda JonesUniversity of Pennsylvania


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 107
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Chemistry Study Room

Peer-led Chemistry study space


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry Pods
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Stacking Van der Waals Atomic Layers: Quest for New Materials by Designing

Philip Kim, Harvard University


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 107
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Monday, December 16, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Chemistry Study Room 

Peed led study space for Chemistry 


Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RCK Chemistry pods
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Math Study Room

SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY  •  HEG 308  •  7–10 PM

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hegeman 308
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Friday, January 10, 2020

First Citizen Science Class

Location: Bard College Campus
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Citizen Science Classes Begin

Mandatory check-in 10 am – 4 pm
RKC lobby - financial clearance, materials pick up, water test tube collection
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Bard College Campus
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Sunday, January 12, 2020

From Crises to Solutions: Drinking Water in the Twenty-First Century

Lecture by David Sedlak, author of Water 4.0


As a result of population growth, climate change, and pollution, the world’s drinking water supplies are under considerable stress. Over the past four decades, engineers and scientists working in water-stressed cities have created an array of new technologies that make it possible to purify water that would otherwise be unsafe to drink. However, the high cost and inflexibility of these systems currently prevents their use in all but the wealthiest cities. To expand access of these technologies to overcome the drinking water crises facing humanity, creative new policies and additional technological improvements will be needed. This talk will provide insight into the challenge of providing safe, affordable, and reliable drinking water in the coming decades. 
 
Time: 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
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Monday, January 13, 2020 – Friday, January 17, 2020

Citizen Science Classes

Times vary by section. Two classes each day, approximately 2.5 hours per class. Classes will be held between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
  Location: Bard College Campus
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – Thursday, January 23, 2020

Citizen Science Classes

Times vary by section. Two classes each day, approximately 2.5 hours per class. Classes will be held between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
  Location: Bard College Campus
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    • 2019

      A Model for Quantum Geometro-Dynamics: On the Road to Quantum Gravity

      October 18
      Hegeman 107

      General relativity and quantum mechanics are at the foundations of our understanding of space, time, gravity, and matter. Yet, it is not clear how they can fit into a consistent, encompassing framework, generically named a theory of “quantum gravity.” In this talk, I will paint in broad strokes the fundamental ideas underlying general relativity and quantum mechanics as well as some of the issues that arise when trying to combine their precepts. I will then present a possible way forward in the form of a theory of quantum geometro-dynamics, of which I will discuss the main characteristics. Curiously, we find that the way quantum space is supposed to evolve in a fictitious two-dimensional world (where the geometro-dynamics is well understood and solvable) is closely related to certain models of surface growth, known as solid-on-solid models (SoS).

      New Horizons in Cosmology: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

      October 11
      Hegeman 107

      The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to two separate discoveries that broadened our understanding of the Universe. One half of the prize was given to Jim Peebles “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe” and the other half to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discover of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” Both of these works fundamentally changed our view of our universe and our place in it. Faculty of the Physics Program will expand on the ideas behind the discoveries and emphasize their significance.

      Pizza will be provided.

      The Cosmic Microwave Background: Physics and History

      October 4
      Hegeman 107

      The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is the heat left over from the hot Big Bang of the early universe. Careful studies of the CMB have greatly enriched our understanding of the history and properties of the universe—and what it was like very early on. In this talk, I will focus on the basic science of the CMB, and how this intertwined with the “discovery” of the CMB. I'll start with this proposition: the very early universe was dense, hot, and very, very simple.

      Microhydro @ Bard: Approach, Design, and Statewide Implications

      September 27
      Hegeman 107

      Jan Borchert will be bringing the Annandale project design drawings, presenting a local site assessment, and talking about the Current Hydro 8-inch GV model that was developed over the last year with Bard students. 

      Chasing the Moon

      August 14
      Olin Hall

      Of this summer's many commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, the Los Angeles Times deemed the Robert Stone's 6-hour PBS documentary Chasing the Moon to be the "most all-encompassing . . . deep and thorough, detailed but never dull." Chasing the Moon reveals the unknown stories of the fascinating individuals whose imaginative work across several decades culminated in America’s momentous achievement. More than a story of engineers and astronauts, the Moon landing grew out of the dreams of science fiction writers, filmmakers, military geniuses and rule-breaking scientists. After screening excerpts of the documentary, writer-producer-director Stone will be interviewed by historian of exploration and podcaster Michael Robinson, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Weather permitting after the event, the Bard Physics Program and members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association will have telescopes set up outside the auditorium to view the rising full moon and other celestial objects. The event is free and open to the public.

      Note that the full documentary can currently be streamed here through the end of August.

      Robert Stone is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, who's works such as Radio BikiniGuerrilla: The Taking of Patty HearstOswald’s Ghost, and Pandora's Promise, have appeared in theatrical release, CNN, PBS, and the Sundance Film Festival.  He wrote, produced, and directed the 6-hour Chasing the Moon documentary, which premiered on PBS's American Experience this summer, and co-authored a companion book of the same title.

      Michael Robinson is a professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford who studies the role of exploration in science and culture, both through his award-winning academic books (The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American CultureThe Lost White Tribe: Scientists, Explorers, and the Theory that Changed a Continent) and his popular weekly podcast Time to Eat the Dogs (named for certain eventualities in many Arctic expeditions).

      What Is Time?

      June 13
      Olin Hall

      Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists, and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

      The presentation is free and open to the public. However, we ask that attendees from outside the Bard community reserve a seat by emailing Hal Haggard (hhaggard@bard.edu). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

      BSRI Welcome Reception

      June 6
      Reem-Kayden Center

      Come meet your fellow summer researchers and have some snacks!

      Senior Project Poster Session

      May 16
      Reem-Kayden Center

      Join our seniors in presenting their Senior Project research!

      Cosmic Concordance?

      May 10
      Hegeman 107

      Cosmological parameter inferences based on Planck’s measurements of the cosmic microwave background are currently in tension with various measurements of the late-time universe. I will introduce the currently standard LCDM cosmological paradigm, and discuss the evidence against it, presenting my own take on how everything might fit together at the end of the day. Hopefully one thing will be clear by the end: we’re in the middle of one of the most interesting periods in cosmology of the past 15 years!

      Industrial Gas Production

      April 19
      Hegeman 107

      Frank Stortini will report on his experience working as an engineer in industrial gas production.

      First Sight of a Black Hole? 

      April 12
      Hegeman 107

      Since Einstein first explained that gravity could be thought of as the bending of space and time, this theory has been used to make numerous surprising  predictions. One of these is the existence of black holes, regions of space and time where mass has been so compacted that gravity’s pull has become inexorable. The evidence that black holes are part of nature has grown steadily over the last 45 years, but we have never been able to look at a black hole and its vicinity directly. Two years ago a team of astronomers and physicists took data on a networked collection of radio telescopes distributed over several continents and turned the entire earth into an interferometer. The resulting telescope is so sensitive that it could image an orange on the moon if it emitted radio waves. On Wednesday, April 10, at 9am EDT, the Event Horizon Telescope team will announce their results in a web conference. We will explain the history and setup of the measurement and discuss the recently reported results of this exciting experiment.

      Live Streaming: Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration Press Conference

      April 10
      Hegeman 107

      We will be live streaming the following press conference tomorrow morning in Hegeman 107: On April 10th 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration will present its first results in multiple simultaneous press conferences around the world, and many satellite events organized by its stakeholder and affiliated institutions. 

      These results may include the first direct images ever taken of a black hole. Even if they do not, this should be a fun and exciting time to gather and hear about what this collaboration has been doing. There will be a follow up seminar, that will discuss the results on Friday, April 12th at noon in Hegeman 107. 

      Einstein and Quantum Mechanics:
      It’s Not What You Think

      April 5
      Hegeman 107

      Einstein is well known for his rejection of quantum mechanics in the form it emerged from the work of Heisenberg, Born and Schrodinger in 1926.  Much less appreciated are the many seminal contributions he made to quantum theory prior to his final scientific verdict: that the theory was at best incomplete.  In this talk I present an overview of Einstein’s many conceptual breakthroughs and place them in historical context.  I argue that Einstein, much more than Planck, introduced the concept of quantization of energy in atomic mechanics. Einstein proposed the photon, the first force-carrying particle discovered for a fundamental interaction, and put forward the notion of wave-particle duality, based on sound statistical arguments 14 years before De Broglie’s work.  He was the first to recognize the intrinsic randomness in atomic processes, and introduced the notion of transition probabilities, embodied in the A and B coefficients for atomic emission and absorption. He also preceded Born in suggesting the interpretation of wave fields as probability densities for particles (photons), in the case of the electromagnetic field.  Finally, stimulated by Bose, he introduced the notion of indistinguishable particles in the quantum sense and derived the condensed phase of bosons, which is one of the fundamental states of matter at low temperatures.  His work on quantum statistics in turn directly stimulated Schrodinger towards his discovery of the wave equation of quantum mechanics.  It was only due to his rejection of the final theory that he is not generally recognized as the most central figure in this historic achievement of human civilization.
       

      Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs:
      Social Media for Communicating Science

      March 29
      Hegeman 107

      Modern social media technologies provide an unprecedented opportunity to engage and inform a broad audience about the practice and products of science. Such outreach efforts are critically important in an era of funding cuts and global crises that demand scientific solutions. In this talk I'll offer examples and advice on the use of social media for science communication, drawn from seventeen years of communicating science online.

      A Tale of Two Neutron Stars: From Gamma-ray Bursts to Gravitational Waves

      March 15
      Hegeman 107

      Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful explosions in the universe. We know today that many come from the violent deaths of massive stars, and others from the collision of two neutron stars. However, just five decades ago their origins were a confounding mystery. I will present an overview of how gamma-ray bursts, which began as a government secret, have evolved into one of our most valuable tools for studying the cosmos. This story is still unfolding, having in the past two years coalesced with another—that of the first detections of gravitational waves, made possible by the LIGO and Virgo facilities. These discoveries have initiated a shift to “multimessenger astronomy,” which means that astronomers are beginning to observe cosmic events like gamma-ray bursts with telescopes, while at the same time “listening” to their space-time vibrations.

      The Food Truck for the Physics Mind

      March 14
      Outside Hegeman

      Come sample this buffet of HANDS-ON advanced laboratory experiments, including instruments that once led to Nobel Prizes!

      Come aboard TeachSpin’s 44-foot trailer outfitted with a wide variety of advanced physics experiments, all powered up and ready to take measurements. Get a sense of the exciting opportunities available for students and faculty in a modern advanced experimental physics course.

      Liberal Arts College to MIT: A Different Physics Career Path

      March 8
      Hegeman 107

      What do you do with an undergraduate major in physics and mathematics from a liberal arts college? I’ll talk about my career path, from graduate school in physics, to staff scientist at a national user facility, to scientific administrator. I’ll also present some of the research I’ve been involved in, and the various research projects going on today at MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science.