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Friday, May 13th, 2016
2:00pm 3:00pm
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PhD Thesis Seminar

Ni–Catalyzed Intramolecular C–O Bond Formation and A Unified, Stereodivergent Approach to the Synthesis of Communesin F and Perophoramidine
Seojung Han, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Stoltz group, Chemistry, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Setting the Stage for the Era of Gravitational Wave Discovery
Wen-fai Fong, Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Steward Observatory, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Arizona,
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

How not to prove the smooth 4-dimensional Poincare conjecture
David Gay, Associate Professor, Mathematics, University of Georgia,
8:00pm 10:00pm
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Stargazing Lecture

The Air We (Can't) Breathe: A History of Air on Venus, Earth, and Mars
Jackie Villadsen, Graduate Student, Astronomy, Caltech,
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
2:30pm 4:30pm
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Photography on Campus: Newland Wedding Photo Shoot

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
5:00pm 8:00pm
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Photography on Campus: Sarkissian Wedding

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Monday, May 16th, 2016
10:00am 11:00am
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PhD Thesis Seminar

Chemical Reaction Dynamics of the Liquid/Vapor Interface Studied by Mass Spectrometry
Daniel Thomas, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Beauchamp group, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Bioengineering Lecture

"Molecular Structure and Organism Fitness from Genomic Sequences"
Debora Marks, Assistant Professor of Systems Biology, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Rethinking microbial heterotrophy: A geochemist's perspective
Ann Pearson, Murray and Martha Ross Professor of Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Probing extended Higgs sector in the intensity and energy frontiers
Chien-Yi Chen, University of Victoria and Perimeter Institute,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Structure, Bonding and Mechanism in Iron-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling
Michael L. Neidig, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Rochester,
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IST Lunch Bunch

Using data to Inform, Drive and Scale STEM Instructional Reform
Marco Molinaro, Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Student Success Through Evidence-Based Actions, University of California, Davis,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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LIGO Seminar

Thin-film coatings for use in future gravitational wave detectors
Peter Murray, IGR, University of Glasgow ,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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Thesis Seminar

Christos Thrampoulidis, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Coffee and Conversation

Intersections of Sexuality and Science
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Carnegie Observatories Colloquium

Carnegie Observatories, 813 Santa Barbara St., William T. Golden Auditorium
Galaxy Mergers on FIRE: Mapping Star Formation
Prof. Jorge Moreno, Cal Poly Pomona,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Group IV two-dimensional materials: Novel electronic and structural properties
Angel Rubio, Professor and Director, Theory Department, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg, Germany,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

MegaRNPs and Monosomes: Reassessing Structure and Function
Melissa Moore, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Planetary Science Seminar

Seeing the Solar System through Robot Eyes: The International Community of Space Image Data Artists and the Golden Age of Planetary Exploration
Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Seminar in Political Economy

How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, Not Engaged Argument
Molly Roberts, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program

An Evening of Poetry and Music: Ciaran and Deirdre Carson
Ciaran and Deirdre Carson,
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
9:00am 10:00am
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MCE Ph.D. Thesis Seminar

Shock wave propagation in composites and electro-thermomechanical coupling of ferroelectric materialsExploring thermal phonon transport from atomic to macroscopic scales for energy conversion and management
Chengyun Hua, Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Civil Engineering,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Indirect Coulomb Energy with Gradient Correction
Elliott Lieb, Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics, Princeton University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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PhD Thesis Seminar

Electrochemical Methods for Studying Iron-Sulfur Cluster Proteins
Helen Segal, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Rees group,, Chemistry, Caltech,
3:30pm 4:30pm
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Non-Commutative Geometry Seminar

Vector Bundles for "Matrix Algebras Converge to the Sphere"
Marc Rieffel, Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

The Origins and Implications of Turbulence in Galaxies
Blakesley Burkhart, Harvard,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemistry 250 Course: Advances in Pharmaceutical Research

An Innovative Approach to Kinase Inhibitor Drug Discovery: The Power of a Fully Annotated Library
Brian L. Hodous, Dr., Ph.D., Director, Blueprint Medicines,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Earthquakes, Landslides, Floods: Non-Steady-State C, Fe, S Diagenesis in Coastal Marine Sediments
Will Berelson, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies, University of Southern California,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Research Lecture

A Quantum of Light for Materials Science: Merging QED and TDDFT
Angel Rubio, Director, Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Max Planck Institute ,
Thursday, May 19th, 2016
12:00am 5/22 12:00am
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Reunion Weekend

Multiple locations - See event detail for more information
11:00am 12:00pm
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(CANCELLED) Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

"Carbon-based nanomaterials: from combustion nanoparticles to chiral"
(CANCELLED) Angela Violi, Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biophysics, University of Michigan,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Thesis Seminar

Mechanisms of regulation and fidelity in tail-anchored membrane protein targeting
Meera Rao, Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Thesis Seminar

"Multiplexed analysis of diverse RNA classes via hybridization chain reaction"
Aneesh Acharya, Bioengineering Ph.D. Candidate, Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Behavioral Social Neuroscience Seminar

Oscillatory Mechanisms Underlying Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
Ming Hsu, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Engineering Seminar

When bad is good: directed evolution using negative selection can result in proteins with superior properties
Marc Ostermeier, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Medical Engineering Special Speaker

Optical Microscopy Techniques for Mapping the Brain Connectome with Nanoscale Resolution
Emmanouil Karagiannis, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Synthetic Neurobiology Group, Medial Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Cycles in the de Rham cohomology of abelian varieties over number fields
Yunqing Tang, Mathematics, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

Quantum Physics of Information
Fernando Brandao, Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics, Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy Division, Caltech,
6:00pm 7:30pm
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Art + Tech Panel: The Prosthetic Imaginary

Sara Hendren, Artist, Design Researcher, and Assistant Professor of Design, Olin College of Engineering,
Ken Pickar, Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Caltech,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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Theodore von Karman Lecture

JPL, von Karman Auditorium
Fire and Ice...and Methane—Exploring Mars and Titan using laboratory and field analogues on Earth
Morgan Cable, Assistant Project Science Systems Engineer, Cassini Mission and Technologist, Instrument Systems Implementation and Concepts Section, JPL,
Friday, May 20th, 2016
9:00am 10:00am
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MCE Ph.D. Thesis Seminar

Shock wave propagation in composites and electro-thermomechanical coupling of ferroelectric materials
Vinamra Agrawal, Graduate Student, Mechanical and Civil Engineering,
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Chaos and the growth of operators
Dan Roberts, MIT,
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

High temperature mechanical performance of metallic and metal-ceramic nanoscale multilayers
Javier LLorca, Professor, Department of Materials Science, Polytechnic University of Madrid,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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12:00pm 1:00pm
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Theory of Computing Seminar

Spectrahedral lifts of polytopes, sums of squares, and quantum information
James Lee, University of Washington,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Undergraduate Math Club Seminar

The Distribution of Discriminants of Polynomials with Coefficients in a Finite Field
Michael Seaman, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Cosmological Tests of Gravity Come of Age
Tessa Baker, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Univ of Oxford and Univ of Pennsylvania,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Approaching the complexity of combustion kinetic models through chemical time scale investigations
Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Assistant Professor, Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University,
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

On Thurston's Euler class one conjecture
Mehdi Yazdi, Graduate Student, Mathematics, Princeton University,