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Thursday, December 1st, 2011
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Uncertainty in Simulations
Yousuff Hussaini, Visiting Associate, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

QHE, Metrology, and the New Kilogram
Klaus von Klitzing, Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany,
7:00pm 9:00pm
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Friday, December 2nd, 2011
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

ABJM theory as a Fermi gas
Pavel Putrov, Univ de Geneve,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IPAC Astronomy Lunch Seminar

Validating and Characterizing Transiting Exoplanets from Space with EPOXI, Kepler, and Warm Spitzer
Sarah Ballard, CfA,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Social and Information Sciences Laboratory (SISL) Seminar

Load-balancing Games in Cloud Systems
Jonathan Anselmi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Basque Center for Applied Mathematics,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Deorbiting of Satellites/Debris: Technology Development and Demonstration Missions
Vaios Lappas, Professor, Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Reversible Dihydrogen Addition Across a Nickel(0)–Borane Unit: Thermochemistry and Olefin Hydrogenation Catalysis
Hill Harman, Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Mixed-Signal, RF, and Microwave Seminar

A Microwave Sensor to Aid in the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
Bob Allison, Professor, Radiation Oncology and Biophysics , Eastern Virginia Medical School,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Rigorous Systems Research Group (RSRG) Seminar

Intervention: A Design Framework for Resource Allocation Among Selfish Users
Yuanzhang Xiao, Electrical Engineering, UCLA,
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
1:00pm 3:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Gavukyan Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
2:00pm 5:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Ovakimyan Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
Monday, December 5th, 2011
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Materials Research Lecture

Nanostructured Layered Metal Chalcogenides
Wolfgang Tremel, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz/Germany,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Tea Talk

Infrared Observations of Exoplanet Atmospheres
Ian Crossfield, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Dissipative effects in the Effective Field Theory of Inflation
Diana Lopez Nacir, Univ of Buenos Aires,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Toward a Bifunctional Catalyst for Hydride Manipulation
Travis J. Williams, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Social Science History Seminar

The Welfare Impact of a New Good: The Printed Book
Jeremiah Dittmar, Department of Economics, American University,
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
1:30pm 6:30pm
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Social Science Conference

Finance: Genes, Brains, Decisions and Market Interaction
Various Speakers,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Thesis Seminar

Fundamental Studies of Early Transition Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds: Structure, Electronics and Catalysis
Ian Tonks, Graudate Student in Chemistry, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Bercaw group, Caltech,
3:30pm 5:00pm
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Carnegie Observatories Colloquium

Carnegie Observatories, 813 Santa Barbara St., William T. Golden Auditorium
"Dwarf spheroidal galaxies: a landmark for galaxy formation"
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Applied Physics Seminar

Thermionic and photon-enhanced emission for solar thermal energy conversion
Nick Melosh, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes by NMR Relaxation
Peter E. Wright, Cecil and Ida M. Green Investigator, Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

Proteomic insights into mitochondrial form and function
Dave Pagliarini, Asst. Professor, Biochemistry, UW - Madison,
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
9:00am 12:00pm
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12:00pm 1:00pm
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IPAC Astronomy Lunch Seminar

Shocked Molecular Gas in Compact Groups: Can it Affect Galaxy Evolution in Dense Environments?
Phil Appleton, IPAC,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

The Demographics of Exoplanets with Gravitational Microlensing
Scott Gaudi, Ohio State University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Research Lecture

Engineering the Microstructural Architecture of New Materials Using Freedom, Actuation, and Constraint Topologies (FACT)
Jonathan Hopkins, Engineering Technologies Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Seminar

Forecasting Elections: Voter Intentions versus Expectations
Justin Wolfers, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania,
7:00pm 9:00pm
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Postdoc Networking Event

Multiple locations - See event detail for more information
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Can Cell Populations Create Spatial Patterning During Organogenesis Using Strain Cues?
Brian Cox, Teledyne,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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Theodore von Karman Lecture

JPL, von Karman Auditorium
2012 and the End of Days Phenomena
Dr. Don Yeomans, Manager, NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office , JPL,
Friday, December 9th, 2011
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Topic to be Announced
Peng Zhao, DAMTP, Cambridge,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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Theodore von Karman Lecture

Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado, the Vosloh Forum (south of Colorado on Bonnie)
2012 and the End of Days Phenomena
Saturday, December 10th, 2011
9:00am 11:00am
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Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum

Untold Facets of an Entrepreneur's Success: Failure, Timing, Dumb Luck & Advice (Good and Bad)
Milton Chang, Former CEO, Newport Corporation,
Steve O’Conner, Founder, Nanostream and Clinical Micro Sensors,
Roberta Jacobs, Founding CEO, and Chief Operating Officer, Cobaltcard from American Express and GreenWare Technologies,
Ari Mir, Founder and CEO, Lunch Money,
12:00pm 4:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Chhen Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
1:30pm 3:30pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Bargegyan Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
1:30pm 3:30pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Fragoso Wedding Party

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Sunday, December 11th, 2011
2:00pm 5:00pm
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Skeptics Society Lecture

Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything
Margaret Wertheim, science writer,
Monday, December 12th, 2011
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Behavioral Social Neuroscience Seminar

Neural Activity Reveals Preferences Without Choices
Alec Smith, Postdoctoral Scholar in Economics, HSS, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Tea Talk

Taking Census of Extreme Hearschel-bright Starbursts at High-z
Caitlin Casey, IfA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Computation and Neural Systems Seminar

Dynamical functional organization of the human brain
Vinod Menon, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Neuroscience, Sanford,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Numerical modeling of landquakes
Anne Mangeney, Professor of Geoscience, University Paris Diderot-PRES Sorbonne Paris Cite , Head of the Seismology Group, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris ,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Topic to be Announced
Nathan Seiberg, Institute for Advanced Study,
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
1:00pm 2:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

LHC results of Higgs boson searches using 2010 and 2011 data
Harvey Newman, Caltech,
1:15pm 3:30pm
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IACUC Meeting

Location to be announced
3:30pm 5:00pm
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Carnegie Observatories Colloquium

Carnegie Observatories, 813 Santa Barbara St., William T. Golden Auditorium
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Caltech/JPL Association for Gravitational-Wave Research Seminar

Electromagnetic and Gravitational Waves Together
Tony Piro, Tapir, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

Inferring Genetic Architecture from “Systems Genetics” Studies
Norbert Perrimon, Professor, Genetics, Harvard Medical School - Broad Institute,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Seminar

Smart Markets for Hydrological Resources
Robert F. Raffensperger, Senior Lecturer in Management Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand,
8:00pm 9:15pm
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Keck Institute for Space Studies Lecture

Science in Cyberspace
S. George Djorgovski, Professor, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
10:00am 11:00am
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Thesis Seminar

Cellulase Engineering: Recombinatorial and Predictive Methods
Russell Komor, graduate student, chemical engineering, california institute of technology,