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Paul Butler (Carnegie Institute of Washington) Thu. April 27th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Planets Around Nearby Stars Modern science began with Copernicus speculating that the Earth is a planet and that all the

Juan de Pablo (University of Chicago) Thu. April 20th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Nanoparticles in liquid crystals, and liquid crystals in nanoparticles.   Liquid crystals are remarkably sensitive to interfacial interactions. Small perturbations

Lutz Schimansky-Geier (Humboldt University at Berlin) Thu. April 13th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Active Brownian particles: From individual to collective behavior Single self-propelled particles as well as ensembles of self-propelled particles are examples

Cristina Marchetti (Syracuse) Thu. April 6th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Active Matter: from colloids to living cells Collections of self-propelled entities, from living cells to engineered microswimmers, organize in a

Michael Weiss (CWRU Biochemistry) Thu. March 30th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Origins, Evolution and Biophysics: an Ephemeral Golden Braid Douglas Hofstradter’s celebrated 1979 book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (“GEB”),

Mark Wise (Caltech) Note non-standard time Thu. March 23rd, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Dark Matter Bound States and Indirect Dark Matter Signals Most of the mass density in our universe is not composed

Herbert Levine (Rice Bioengineering) Thu. March 9th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Can theoretical physics help cancer biology? The case of metastatic spread In order to spread from the primary tumor to

Glenn Starkman (Physics) Thu. March 2nd, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

An Uncooperative Universe: Large Scale Anomalies in the CMB The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation is our most important source of information about

Corbin Covault (CWRU) Thu. February 23rd, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

A Cosmic Ray Astrophysicist’s Approach to the Optical Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence   For decades scientists have been searching

Thu. February 16th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
The 2016 Science Nobel Prizes – What were they given for? Thu. February 9th, 2017
4:00 pm-4:00 pm

Harsh Mathur on the prize in Physics; Michael Hinczewski on the prize in Chemistry; and Alan Tartakoff on the prize

Thu. February 2nd, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Lucile Savary (MIT) – Michelson Postdoctoral Prize Lecture Thu. January 26th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Quantum Spin Liquids The search for truly quantum phases of matter is one of the center pieces of modern research

Kathy Kash (CWRU Physics) Thu. January 19th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Nitride Semiconductors: Beyond the Binaries The binary nitride semiconductors and their alloys have led to transformations in both lighting and

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