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Monday, May 1st, 2006
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Upper Ocean Heat and Tropical Cyclones
Claudia Pasquero, senior research fellow in oceanography, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Pentaquarks and Other Results from the STAR Experiment
Sevil Salur, postdoctoral researcher in physics, Yale University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Tuning the Reactivity of Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds: Reactive Nitrides and Stable Carbides
Marc J. A. Johnson, assistant professor of chemistry, University of Michigan,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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KNI Nanoscience Colloquium

Nanoshells: From Plasmon Physics to Cancer Therapy
Naomi Halas, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of chemistry, Rice University,
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Institute for Quantum Information Seminar

Bose-Einstein Condensates in Optical Lattices and Superlattices
Mason Porter, postdoctoral scholar in physics, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Mechanical Engineering Seminar

Scaling Properties of Fracture Surfaces
Elisabeth Bouchaud, head of the division of physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, Commissariat al'Energie Atomique, Saclay, France,
4:15pm 5:15pm
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Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture

Weighted Orbital Integrals and the Langland Program
James Arthur, professor of mathematics, University of Toronto,
7:30pm 8:30pm
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Carnegie Observatories Lecture

Huntington Library
Colliding Galaxies and Their Cosmic Fireworks
Dr. François Schweizer, Carnegie Observatories,
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Grand Ensembles of Operators and Randelette Expansions in Spectral Theory
Victor Chulaevsky, department of mathematics, Université de Reims, France,
3:40pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

The Intercontinental Transport of Air Pollutants and Its Implications
Terry J. Keating, office of air and radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Hitting the Millisecond Pulsar Jackpot with the GBT
Scott Ransom, assistant astronomer, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Information Science and Technology Seminar

Compressive Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging
David Brady, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Duke University,
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Bioengineering Seminar

Nanostructured Probes for RNA Detection in Living Cells
Gang Bao, professor of biomedical engineering, Georgia Tech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Engineering Seminar

Plasmas for Functionalizing Nooks and Crannies in Polymers at Low and High Pressure: High-Value Biocompatibility Using Commodity Materials
Mark J. Kushner, dean of the College of Engineering, Iowa State University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geology Club Seminar

What Controls Landscape Scale? Connecting Models and Morphology
Taylor Perron, graduate student, department of earth and planetary science, UC Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

How to Represent Movie Stars in the Human Brain
Christof Koch, Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology, and professor of computation and neural systems, Caltech,
Friday, May 5th, 2006
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Topic to be announced.
Zhiqin Lu, associate professor of differential geometry, UC Irvine,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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ESE & Society Discussion Group

Careers in Public Service for ESE PhDs—Informal Discussion
Terry Keating, Environmental Protection Agency,
Catriona Rogers, Environmental Protection Agency,
2:30pm 4:00pm
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4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Electron Transfer Kinetics in the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell
Anthony Fitch, graduate student in chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Kellogg Seminar

Electric Dipole Moments in Storage Ring: The Next Generation of Hadronic EDM Experiments
Dr. Yannis Semertzidis, physics department, Brookhaven National Laboratory,
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
8:00am 8:00pm
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Engagement Photography on Campus: Han Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
3:00pm 6:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Serpi Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
2:00pm 4:00pm
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Skeptics Society Lecture - NOTE SPEAKER/TOPIC CHANGE

DeCoding the Da Vinci Code, the Gospel of Judas and Other Biblical Mysteries
Tim Callahan, Skeptic magazine religion editor and author,
Monday, May 8th, 2006
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Thesis Seminar

Novel Reactivity at Iron Centers Supported by Poly(phosphino)borate Ligands
Christine Thomas, graduate student in chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

The Burning of the Biosphere: Fire and Its Role in the Earth System
James T. Randerson, associate professor, department of earth system science, UC Irvine,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

New Results from Babar and on Cosmological Parameters from Weak Gravitational Lensing
Justin Albert, postdoctoral scholar in physics, Caltech,
4:15pm 5:00pm
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Applied Mathematics Colloquium

Numerical Scaling Analysis of the Small-Scale Structure in Turbulence
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Institute for Quantum Information Seminar

Quantum Gravity from Quantum Computation: Observational Consequences
Seth Lloyd, professor of mechanical engineering, MIT,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Mechanical Engineering Seminar

Incorporating Molecular Understanding in Process Design
Martha Gallivan, assistant professor of chemistry, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech,
3:30pm 5:00pm
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Carnegie Observatories Colloquium

Carnegie Observatories, 813 Santa Barbara St., William T. Golden Auditorium
Effects of Feedback and Environment on the Chemical Evolution of Dwarf Galaxies
Yeshe Fenner, postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Uncovering Design Rules for Light-Driven Molecular Devices from First Principles Dynamics
Todd J. Martinez, professor of chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Optimal Sobolev Regularity of a Class of Fourier Integral
Malabika Pramanik, senior research fellow in mathematics, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Everhart Lecture

Decisions, Decisions: The Ellsberg Paradox and the Neural Foundations of Decision Making under Uncertainty
Ming Hsu, graduate student in humanities and social sciences, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Synthesis of Biologically Important N- and O-Heterocycles
Peter A. Jacobi, professor of chemistry, Dartmouth College,
Thursday, May 11th, 2006
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Thesis Seminar

Towards Atomic-Resolution Manipulation: Multi-Scale Modeling of Carbon Nanotube Atomic Force Microscopy Processes
Santiago Solares, graduate student in chemical engineering, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Information Science and Technology Seminar

Repeated Decision Making and Online Optimization
Adam Tauman Kalai, assistant professor, Toyota Technological Institute, Chicago,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

Quantum Back-Action in Mesoscopic Physics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Aashish Clerk, assistant professor of physics, McGill University,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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Theodore von Karman Lecture

JPL, von Karman Auditorium
Planetary Robotics: To Mars and Beyond
Dr. Ashley Stroupe, staff engineer, Mars Exploration Rovers Engineering Team, JPL,
Brett Kennedy, staff engineer, Robotic Hardware Group, JPL,