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Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
On the universal minimal flow of the homeomorphism group of a Knaster continuum
Lauren Wickman, Department of Mathematics, University of Florida,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online and In-Person Event
Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s: Perspectives and Discussion
Fiona Harrison, Harold A. Rosen Professor of Physics; Chair, Divison of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Field Courses for All: Creating inclusive field learning opportunities for students and faculty with disabilities
Anita Marshall, University of Florida, Gainesville,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Online Event
New Materials at High Pressure
Wendy Mao, Professor, Geological Sciences, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Pivot Hamiltonians: a tale of symmetry, entanglement, and quantum criticality
Nat Tantivasadakarn, Harvard,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Policymaking in times of crisis
Federica Izzo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego,
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
10:00am 11:00am
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LIGO Seminar

All-sky, all-frequency(ASAF) directional search for an anisotropic Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background (SGWB)
Deepali Agarwal,
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Machine learning in solid mechanics: improving modeling and design
Miguel Bessa, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

Online Event
"A concise total synthesis of lupin alkaloids"
Jeffrey K. Kerkovius, Reisman Group, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Engineering Seminar

Interfacing Living and Non-Living Systems through Extracellular Electron Transfer
Benjamin (Keith) Keitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Distinguished Medical Engineering Seminar - Professor Koji Sode

Online Event
Biomolecular Engineering to Realize Continuous, Real-time, in vivo Biosensing System
Professor Koji Sode, Distinguished Professor, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geology Club Seminar

Exploring Mammals of L.A.'s Urban Core: A Community Effort
Miguel Ordeñana, Senior Manager, Community Science, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

TBA
Manish Mishra, Mathematics & Statistics, American University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online and In-Person Event
Electrons in 2D moiré superlattices
Jie Shan, Cornell University,
Friday, December 3rd, 2021
10:00am 11:00am
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11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Non-Invertible Duality Defects
Clay Cordova, University of Chicago,
11:00am 12:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Online Event
Verification with Minimal Overhead, and Public Verification of Quantum Computation
Dominik Leichtle, Sorbonne Université,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

From Molecular Electrocatalysis to Molecular Electroassembly.
Lior Sepunaru, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Math Graduate Student Seminar

Laver tables and large cardinals
Forte Shinko, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Breaking the Standard Model (of Embryonic Development)
Hernan G. Garcia, Professor, UC Berkeley,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Exploring galactic nuclei with tidal disruption events
Brenna Mockler, Graduate Student, Department of Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Fracture of 2D Materials – In situ Experiments and ML Parameterized Force Fields

Online Event
Horacio D. Espinosa, James and Nancy Farley Professor of Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Antibody targeting of HIV-1 Env: A structural perspective
Morgan E. Abernathy, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Correlated electronic quantum materials by lattice and symmetry design
Linda Ye, Stanford,
Saturday, December 4th, 2021
12:00pm 4:00pm
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Photography on Campus: Cecchetti Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
Monday, December 6th, 2021
12:30pm 1:30pm
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INQNET Seminar

Online Event
Quantum Communications and Networking at ORN
Dr. Nicholas Peters, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Online Event
Computational methods for simulating and parameterizing nucleic acid secondary structure thermodynamics and kinetics
Mark E. Fornace, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

The Hilbert scheme of points on affine space
Burt Totaro, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
A search for heavy resonances decaying to HH in final states with leptons and a bottom quark pair in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 13 TeV
Brent William Stone, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Online Event
Ni-Catalyzed Asymmetric Cross-Coupling of Carbonyl Derivatives with Unactivated Electrophiles: Synthesis and Mechanism.
Xiaoyu (Dan) Tong, Graduate Student (Fu Research Group), Department of Chemistry, Caltech,
7:30pm 9:30pm
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Astronomy on Tap

Online Event
JWST and the Search for the First Galaxies
Christina Williams, Research Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona,
Justin Spilker, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University,
  • Public Event
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Slip Patterns on Heterogeneous Frictional Interfaces
Kavya Sudhir, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

How do cells know their place and fish measure curl: decoding biological function from geometric patterns
Mariela Petkova, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Chasing Asteroids in the Infrared: NEOWISE and NEO Surveyor
Joe Maisero, Research Scientist, IPAC, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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KNI Distinguished Webinar: Dr. Teri Odom, Northwestern University

Online Event
KNI Distinguished Webinar
Dr. Teri Odom, Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department, Northwestern University,
  • Public Event
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Analyzing Text Data Indexed by a Hidden Characteristic: Method and Application to the Study of Media Bias in the U.S.
Yimeng Li, Graduate Student, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
12:00pm 1:00pm
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CMX Lunch Seminar

Online Event
On neural network approximations for partial differential equations and convergence analyses for gradient descent optimization methods
Arnulf Jentzen, Presidential Chair Professor / Professor of Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen / University of Münster,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
A dichotomy for σ -Baire class α functions
Andrew Marks, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Online Event
Harnessing Non-Covalent Interactions to Address Selectivity Challenges in Catalysis
Robert Phipps, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Ultracold molecules as clocks and sensors
Kon H. Leung, Physics, Columbia University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Exploration of Materials and Mesostructures Accessible via Inorganic Phototropic Growth
Kathryn R. Hamann, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Fundamental Stellar Astrophysics in the Gaia Era: A New Understanding of Local Stellar Populations
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Astrophysics, College of Arts & Science, Vanderbilt University,
Marina Kounkel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

"Response of Monsoonal Rainfall to Greenhouse Warming in a Model Hierarchy" and "Localized ventilation in high-strain regions of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current"
Katrina Hui, Graduate Student, Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech,
Lily Dove, Graduate Student, Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture/Von Hippel Award Talk

Trip the Light Fantastic
Harry Atwater, Professor and Chair, Applied Physics and Materials Science, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Matching and Prices
Ravi Jagadeesan, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Economics, Stanford University,
Thursday, December 9th, 2021
1:00pm 2:00pm
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LIGO Seminar

Gravitational Saves from a Newly Born Hyper-Accreting Millisecond Magnetar
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

Online Event
"Opioid Biosensors: Organelles to Whole Animals"
Anand K. Muthusamy, Lester Group, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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MedE Ph.D. Defense: May (Zi Yu) Huang

Online Event
Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy-derived 3D Conductivity Tomography for Atherosclerosis Detection
Zi Yu (May) Huang, Medical Engineering PhD Student, YC Tai MEMS Lab, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geology Club Seminar

Washload or bed sediment entrainment? Constraining deltaic mud deposition and transport dynamics with field measurements, remote-sensing, and numerical modeling
Gerard Salter, Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech,
Friday, December 10th, 2021
10:00am 12:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Online Event
Conformational plasticity of HIV Env
Zhi Yang, Graduate Student, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics,
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online Event
New perspectives on chiral matter, standard model constructions, and mirror symmetry from F-theory geometry
Washington Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online Event
Extremal CFTs and Lattice Orbifolds
Christoph Keller, University of Arizona,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

"Investigation of electronic fluctuations in semiconductor materials and devices through first-principles simulations and experiments in transistor amplifiers"
Alex Choi, Graduate Student, Mechanical & Civil Engineering,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Searching for the phonons of living matter
Madhav Mani, Professor, Northwestern University,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Unlocking Multiphase Galactic Gas Flows
Drummond Fielding, Flatiron Research Fellow, CCA, Flatiron Institite,
7:00pm 9:00pm
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Stargazing Lecture

Online Event
A Brief History of the Fast Radio Burst Enigma
Liam Connor, Tolman Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
  • Public Event
Saturday, December 11th, 2021
Monday, December 13th, 2021
10:00am 12:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

"How molecular motors with various properties build microtubule stars"
Rachel Banks, Graduate Student, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics,
11:30am 12:30pm
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INQNET Seminar

Online Event
Optimal policies for near-term quantum networks
Dr. Sumeet Khatri, Freie Universität Berlin,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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RSI Research Seminar

Online Event
Resnick Sustainability Institute Research Seminar
2:00pm 3:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Online Event
High-Resolution Chemical Imaging of Extreme Interstellar Environments
Olivia H. Wilkins, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
MicroBooNE's Search for the MiniBooNE Low Energy Excess
Kathryn Sutton, Caltech,
Tuesday, December 14th, 2021
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Thursday, December 16th, 2021
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Friday, December 17th, 2021