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Looking for Extra Dimensions in the Cosmic Microwave Background
Friday, May 19, 2017
We can only perceive four dimensions, but several standard model extensions suggest the existence of more. If that’s true, why can't we see them? One possible explanation is that these extra dimensions are compactified, meaning they have a finite length compared to the infinite standard four. Cosmology offers a very interesting possibility of finding evidence for the existence of these extra dimensions in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The CMB is an echo from the Big Bang era, and can give us important insight to the past of our universe and whether it could have included compactified dimensions.
Location: Hegeman 107
Sponsor: Physics Program

Senior Project Poster Session
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Join Science, Mathematics & Computer graduating seniors in presenting their senior projects.
Location: Reem-Kayden Center
Sponsor: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

STUDENT TALKS
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Virginia Caponera
“The Insectivore's Dilemma: An Assessment of the Potential Role of Red-backed Salamander Predation on Tick Populations”

Biz Osborne-Schwartz
“Attachment Affinity of Vibrio cholerae to Resistant Starches: Testing the Benefit of Adding Resistant Starches to an Oral Rehydration Therapy”

Abiba Salahou
“A Novel Approach for Exploring the Effects of Fluoxetine on Xenopus laevis tadpole Feeding Behavior”
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Biology Program

Middle Eastern Studies 
Open House 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Come celebrate the end of the year with fellow MESers. Meet faculty, hear about exciting new courses, study abroad programs, senior projects, and a number of incredible iniatives MES students are working on. Snacks will be served. All are welcome.
Location: Kline, Faculty Dining Room
Sponsor: Middle Eastern Studies Program

Marco Spodek senior recital
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Location: Blum Hall
Sponsor: Music Program

Astronomy Night:
Jupiter over Montgomery Place
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Join us at the Montgomery Place visitor center for a short talk from Prof. Eleni Kontou on the the latest science from NASA’s Juno probe of Jupiter, followed
by telescope viewing of Jupiter and its moons, a guided tour of the night sky, and a round of ask-a-physicist-anything.

Busses to the Event leave from Kline South Stop at
8:15 & 8:30 pm

Clear Weather Permitting.
Location: Montgomery Place, Mansion
Sponsor: Physics Program

Galactic Exploration with Invisible Light
Friday, May 12, 2017
Radio astronomy has greatly enhanced the range of observable astronomical phenomena.  Although a wide range of wavelengths are used in radio astronomy, one of the most important is 21 cm, which corresponds to the hyperfine transition in atomic hydrogen.   Although the 21 cm signal from a small collection of hydrogen atoms is exceedingly weak, and the density of hydrogen in the Milky Way is very low, the Galaxy is a big place and contains enough hydrogen to produce a signal that can be detected with a modest terrestrial apparatus.    In this talk, I will present results obtained at 21 cm with a recently refurbished cold-war-era 60-foot dish antenna.   Data from the dish will be used to measure the Sun's velocity with respect to the average velocity of nearby stars and to infer the existence of dark matter.    Time permitting, pulsar signals will be presented and schematic plans for a kit capable of detecting indirect evidence for dark matter for costing less than $1000 will be presented.
Location: Hegeman 107
Sponsor: Physics Program

Fragments, Fungi, and Feedbacks:
Can Fungal Pathogens Help Maintain Prairie Plant Diversity in Fragmented Landscapes?
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Biology Program

Simple Solutions for (and from) Materials Science
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
In this seminar I will discuss the apparent correlation between impact – whether academic, technological, or scientific – and simple solutions. While defining “simplicity” is a notoriously poorly defined problem that is maybe more suited to philosophy than science, defining “simple solutions” can be, we contend, done effectively and, more importantly, usefully: i.e., it can be defined in a way that facilitates its pursuit. For example, simple solutions can be defined in terms of their potential virtues, e.g., low cost, reliability, and “stackability” (i.e., they can be combined and compounded with little increase in complexity).
If you believe that impact is correlated with “simple solutions” and that we now have a useful way to define them, the question becomes “how do we pursue them?”. While simple solutions can be easily distinguished when first used, it is notoriously hard, especially in research, to devise a systematic approach to pursuing them. Over the past 5 years we have been interested in developing simple solutions for materials science or through materials science: we have witnessed first-hand the difficulty of this task and our experience might be valuable to those that have similar interests.
In this talk I will therefore describe what we have learnt about the pursuit of simple solutions by discussing examples (published and unpublished) of simple solutions from our own laboratory concerning five problems of general scientific and technological interest:
1. How do we produce materials with completely programmed nanostructure?
2. How do we synthesize nanomaterials on a large, industrial, scale?
3. How do we produce superhydrophobic coatings on large areas outdoors?
4. How do we produce transparent soil to enable the study of the soil environment?
5. How do we redesign the Petri dish to enable the study of organismal interactions?
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Chemistry Program

American Studies Open House
Monday, May 8, 2017
Come meet the faculty and students of the American Studies program! Enjoy some free food, hear about upcoming fall courses, and celebrate seniors who have just turned in their projects. 
Location: Hopson Cottage
Sponsor: American Studies Program

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