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Friday, January 1st, 2021
9:00am 4:00pm
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Credit Union Closure

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Monday, January 4th, 2021
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
11:00am 12:15pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Online Event
Free Range Frequency Combs: mobilizing frequency comb laser technology from hypersonic research to atmospheric sensing
Greg Rieker, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado- Boulder,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Mathematics Colloquium

Online Event
The geometry and topology of scalar curvature
Chao Li, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University,
3:00pm 3:55pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Radon-like Transforms, Geometric Measures, and Invariant Theory
Philip T. Gressman, Department of Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania,
4:00pm 4:55pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Extreme values of the argument of the zeta function
Alexander Dobner, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Online Event
Ultra-Hot Jupiters: Revealing the Atmospheres of a Novel Class of Exoplanets
Megan Mansfield, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

Online Event
"SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine Design Enabled by Prototype Pathogen Preparedness"
Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Senior Research Fellow, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health,
Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
9:00am 10:00am
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Stochastic Weather and Climate Models
Tim Palmer, Oxford University,
1:30pm 2:30pm
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High Energy Theory Informal Seminar

Online Event
A violation of global symmetries from replica wormholes and the fate of black hole remnants
Luca Iliesiu, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:45pm
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▶︎POSTPONED: Diverse Minds Seminar

Online Event
The Hierarchy of Knowledge in Machine Learning & Related Fields and Its Consequences
Dr. Timnit Gebru, Research Scientist, Artificial Intelligence, Black in AI,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Cosmic Rays in Multiphase Gas
Ellen Zweibel, W. L. Kraushaar Professor of Astronomy and Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Online Event
Is Densification During Sintering Diffusion Limited? Insights from Ultrahigh Temperature in situ Nanomechanical Testing and Sintering
Shen J. Dillon, Associate Professor, Material Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Thursday, January 7th, 2021
9:00am 9:55am
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Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Quantitative stability for minimizing Yamabe metrics
Robin Neumayer, Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University,
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Kinetic Theory for Superparameterization of Sea Ice Dynamics
Dimitris Giannakis, Associate Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Mathematics Colloquium

Online Event
Actions of Homeo and Diffeo groups on manifolds
Lei Chen, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Online Event
Ethan Simonoff, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Distinguished Medical Engineering Seminar: Matt O'Donnell

Online Event
Light and Sound: Integrating Photonics with Ultrasonics
Professor Matt O'Donnell, PhD, Frank and Julie Jungers Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online Event
Enabling novel light phenomena at the subwavelength scale
Marin Soljačić, MIT,
Friday, January 8th, 2021
1:00pm 2:00pm
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CMX Student/Postdoc Seminar

Online Event
Latent-variable modeling: causality, robustness, and false discovery methods
Armeen Taeb, Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH Foundations of Data Science (ETH-FDS), ETH Zürich,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Online Event
Orthogonal group and higher categorical adjoints
David Ayala, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Montana State University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Numerical Simulations of Turbulent Flows over Rough Walls

Online Event
Numerical simulations of turbulent flows over rough walls
Ugo Piomelli, Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen's University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Math Graduate Student Seminar

Online Event
Categorical Trace
Tamir Hemo, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
Monday, January 11th, 2021
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
A new regularity property of the Haar null ideal
Zoltán Vidnyánszky, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Reconciling our Biases with our Values
Dr. Hanna Song, Senior Director for Inclusion & Diversity, Caltech,
7:30pm 9:30pm
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Astronomy on Tap

Online Event
"The Cosmic Gold Rush" and "The Secret to Building the Biggest Galaxies: Cannibalism"
Igor Andreoni, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
Rachel Bezanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh,
  • Public Event
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
10:00am 11:15am
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Online Event
Nucleation enhancement in new particle formation from the vapor phase and water transport through gas-liquid interfaces in organic aerosols
Ruth Signorell, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Applied Bioscience, ETZ Zurich,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Mathematics Colloquium

Online Event
Thin sets of primes from reductions of abelian varieties and K3 surfaces
Yunqing Tang, Laboratoire de Mathématiques d'Orsay, CNRS & Université Paris-Sud,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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12:00pm 1:00pm
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Special Chemical Biology Seminar

Online Event
Microbial Chemistry: Understanding the Known, Discovering the Unknown
Lauren Rajakovich, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Cancelled -- General Biology Seminar

Online Event
"Cell Size and Chromosome Folding: From Scaling Laws to Cellular Physicochemical Properties"
Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Professor, Biology & ChEM-H Institute, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Online Event
The Icy Mid-Latitudes of Mars
Ali M. Bramson, Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University,
6:45pm 8:15pm
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
9:00am 10:00am
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Control Meets Learning Seminar

Online Event
The Provable Effectiveness of Policy Gradient Methods in Reinforcement Learning and Controls
Sham Kakade, Professor, Department of Computer Science and the Department of Statistics, University of Washington,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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● POSTPONED: Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Online Event
This seminar has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 10.
Luciano Pomatto, Assistant Professor of Economics, Caltech,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Special Chemical Biology Seminar

Online Event
Chemical Synthesis Against ‘Undruggable' Targets: From Bacterial Infection to Cancer
Ziyang Zhang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, UC San Francisco,
1:30pm 2:30pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online Event
Ensemble averages of torus orbifolds
Nathan Benjamin, Princeton University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Can We Get to Carbon Neutral Livestock Production?
Ermias Kebreab, University of California Davis,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Online Event
What Can Ancient Materials Teach Us About Designing Sustainable Materials Today?
Admir Masic, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Archaeological Materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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Watson Lecture - Artificial Intelligence: How it Works and What it Means for the Future

Online Event
Yisong Yue, Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech,
  • Public Event
Thursday, January 14th, 2021
9:00am 9:55am
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Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Stability of kinks in one-dimensional Klein-Gordon equations
Pierre Germain, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU,
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Computational and data-driven models for modern medicine
Spencer Bryngelson, Senior Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

Online Event
Structurally Characterizing a New Conformation of the ATPase Get3
Michelle Fry (Jensen Group), Caltech,
4:00pm 5:30pm
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Banks-McKelvey Memorial Lecture

Online Event
Assortative Matching, Innovation Rates, and the Great Divergence
Gary W. Cox (PhD '83), William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online Event
Choreographing Quantum Spin Dynamics with Light
Monika Schleier-Smith, Stanford University,
4:00pm 4:50pm
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7:00pm 8:30pm
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von Kármán Lecture - Spacecraft Origami

Online Event
Manan Arya, Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Lizbeth B. De La Torre, Creative Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
  • Public Event
Friday, January 15th, 2021
10:00am 11:00am
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Science Journey: "Snowballs in the Desert: Studying Climate Transitions in Earth's Deep Past"

Online Event
Dustin Morris, Graduate Student, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech,
  • Public Event
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online Event
New non-perturbative effects in the gravitational path integral
Jordan Cotler, Harvard University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Research and Development on New Energies

Online Event
Dr. Amy Kelly, Caltech alumni, Geochemistry, Shell Oil,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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CMX Student/Postdoc Seminar

Online Event
Estimating model error using sparsity-promoting ensemble Kalman inversion
Jinlong Wu, Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate, Environmental Science and Engineering Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Online Event
Towards realistic post-merger simulations of binary neutron stars with SphericalNR
Vassilios Mewes, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computational Astrophysics, Oak Ridge National Lab,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Online Event
Links all of whose branched cyclic covers are L-spaces
Hannah Turner, Department of Mathematics, UT, Austin,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Intelligent Control for Fixed-Wing eVTOL Aircraft

Online Event
Intelligent Control for Fixed-Wing eVTOL Aircraft
Xichen Shi, PhD Student, GALCIT, California Institute of Technology,
Monday, January 18th, 2021
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
3:00pm 3:55pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Stationary random entire functions and related questions
Adi Glücksam, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto,
3:00pm 5:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Online Event
Single-Cell Analysis of Normal and Perturbed Early T Cell Developmental Processes
Wen Zhou, Graduate Student, BMB, Caltech,
4:00pm 4:55pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

Online Event
Joints of varieties
Yufei Zhao, Department of Mathematics, MIT,
Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
9:00am 10:00am
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Control Meets Learning Seminar

Online Event
Data-Enabled Predictive Control
Florian Dörfler, Associate Professor, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zürich,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Online Event
Mergers, magnetars and multi-messengers
Stephen Smartt, Professor, Queens University Belfast,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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12:00pm 1:00pm
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CMX Lunch Seminar

Online Event
Predicting the Course of Covid-19 and other epidemic and endemic disease
William Shadwick, Dr., Omega Analysis Limited,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
Universal minimal flows of homeomorphism groups of high-dimensional manifolds
Todor Tsankov, Institut Camille Jordan, Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Why is it so hard to model sea ice?
Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington,
Thursday, January 21st, 2021
9:00am 9:55am
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Analysis Seminar

Online Event
The Robin eigenvalue problem: statistics and arithmetic
Zeev Rudnick, School of Mathematical Sciences, Tel-Aviv University,
10:00am 11:00am
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● POSTPONED: T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience Seminar

Online Event
This seminar has been postponed.
Yael Niv, Princeton University,
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Online Event
Phase-field modeling of brittle fracture: an overview and a new paradigm to address multiple solutions
Laura De Lorenzis, Professor, Computational Mechanics, ETH Zürich,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Resources for Resilience

Online Event
  • Internal Event
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

Online Event
Designing New Point-of-Care Diagnostic Tools to Measure Antibiotic Susceptibility
Emily Savela (Ismagilov Group), Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Distinguished Medical Engineering Seminar: Saswati Chatterjee-City of Hope

Online Event
AAVHSC: A Novel Genetic Medicine Platform for Gene Therapy & Genome Editing
Saswati Chatterjee, PhD, Professor, Department of Surgery, City of Hope,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online Event
Neutrino Geoscience: measuring the Earth's neutrino flux and constraining its composition
Hiroko Watanabe, Tohoku University,
Friday, January 22nd, 2021
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online Event
Quantum Extremal Islands Made Easy
Rob Myers, Perimeter Institute,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Online Event
A family of 3d steady gradient solitons that are flying wings
Yi Lai, Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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The hydrodynamics of rowing

Online Event
The hydrodynamics of rowing
Jerry Westerweel, Professor, Delft University of Technology,