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Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Probing Galaxy Physics with ISM Emission Lines
Shengqi Yang, CTAC Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Observatories,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Electrochemical methods for the oxidation of pollutants in aqueous matrices
Davide Clematis, University of Genoa,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Deciphering the Human Gut Microbiome with Chemistry
Emily P. Balskus, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University,
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Understanding the Role of Network Structure in Controlling Complex Networks
Jorge Cortes, Professor, Cymer Corporation Endowed Chair in High Performance Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego,
12:00pm 1:30pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

"Programmable adiabatic demagnetization: preparing low energy states by simulated cooling"
Professor Mark Rudner, University of Washington,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Quantum Detectorology
Murat Kologlu, Yale University,
2:30pm 4:00pm
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Visual Culture Seminar

Online Event
ARTIST TALK WITH KEARRA GOPEE
Kearra Gopee, Anti-disciplinary Visual Artist,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Medical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series, Professor Paul Beard

Medical photoacoustic imaging using optical ultrasound detection: from light to sound…and back
Professor Paul Beard, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

The Gross--Kohnen--Zagier formula via $p$-adic uniformisation
Lea Beneish, Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online and In-Person Event
Axion Dark Matter and Quantum Measurement: ABRACADABRA to DMRadio
, Lindley Winslow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Friday, February 3rd, 2023
9:00am 10:00am
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11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Nonperturbative scattering amplitudes from dispersive iterations of unitarity
Alexander Zhiboedov, CERN,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Quantum error correction and computation with two-qubit measurements
Arpit Dua, UQM-IQIM Postdoctoral scholar, Xie Chen Group,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Core-Collapse Supernovae: From the Last Decade to the Next
David Vartanyan, Hubble Einstein Fellow, Carnegie Observatories,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Measurement of interatomic forces that can evade detection and hydrodynamic boundary conditions on single nanoparticles
John Sader, Research Professor, Aerospace and Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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CMX Student/Postdoc Seminar

Infinitely-instantiable descriptions of convex sets.
Eitan Levin, Graduate Student, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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EE Devices Seminar - Konstantin Vodopyanov, CREOL, University of Central Florida

Precision midinfrared-to-THz frequency combs and their spectroscopic applications
Konstantin Vodopyanov, 21st Century Scholar Endowed Chair & Professor of Optics and Physics, CREOL, University of Central Florida,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Fibrations, depth 1 foliations, and branched surfaces
Chi Cheuk Tsang, Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Modulating electron spin relaxation times in an Fe2S2 ferredoxin
Christian (Chris) Totolu, Graduate Student (Hadt Research Group), Chemistry, Caltech,
Monday, February 6th, 2023
12:00pm 1:00pm
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RSI Research Seminar

Circumneutral Electrosynthesis of Ferrate(IV/V/VI) Oxidants for Decentralized Water Treatment Applications
Yi (Sam) Zhang, Graduate Student, Environmental Science and Engineering,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

The Tate conjecture for h^{2, 0} = 1 varieties over finite fields
Xiaolei Zhao, Department of Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Applied Physics and Materials Science Special Seminar

Steering electrons with light fields: from ultrafast electronics to quantum sensing
Christian Heide, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Tea Talk

Online and In-Person Event
Magnetic White Dwarfs: The Galactic X-ray Sky in the SRG/eROSITA Era
Tony Rodriguez, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Reconstructing the properties of the protosolar disk using cosmochemistry
Alessandro Morbidelli, Researcher in Astronomy, Conseil National de la Rescherche Scientifique, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, France,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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H.B. Keller Colloquium

Graphical Designs: Structure, Complexity and Applications
Rekha R. Thomas, Walker Family Endowed Professor in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Washington,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Explorations in Hilbert Space
Markus Luty, UC Davis,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemical Physics Seminar

Short- and Long-Range Chemical Interaction in Cluster and Condensed Phase
Wanlu Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley,
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
The Solecki dichotomy and the Posner Robinson theorem
Patrick Lutz, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Sharp time asymptotics for the quasi-geostrophic equation and near plane waves of reaction-diffusion models
Fazel Hadadifard, Department of Mathematics, UC Riverside,
3:30pm 4:30pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Radial projections in the plane
Hong Wang, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Planetary Complexity and Agnostic Biosignatures using Epsilon Machines
Stuart Bartlett, Postdoc, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

What Purpose Do Corporations Purport? Evidence from Letters to Shareholders
Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and the George G. Rinder Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Moore Distinguished Scholar, Division of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Caltech,
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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Joint IQIM/AWS Seminar Series

Good Gottesman-Kitaev-Preskill codes from the NTRU cryptosystem
Jonathan Conrad, Free University, Berlin,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

The Role of AGN-Driven Winds in their Host Galaxies' Evolution
Dalya Baron, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Observatories,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Caltech Young Investigators Lecture

Towards Soft Intelligent Materials: Reconfigurable Single-Material Soft Microstructures
Shucong Li, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Salt Fat Acid Meet: Cooking Up an Understanding of Organic Aerosol Heterogeneous Reactions, Phase, and Continuing Chemistry in Individual Particles
Andrew Ault, University of Michigan,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Inorganic Chemistry Seminar

"Catalysis Beyond the Surface: How Bulk Ion Insertion Influences Reactivity in Electrochemical Energy Conversion"
Tyler Mefford, Sr. Physical Science Research Scientist in Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University,
7:30pm 8:30pm
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Watson Lecture: Galactic Paleontology with JWST: Finding Living Fossils in the Ancient Universe

Online and In-Person Event
Chuck Steidel (PhD '90), Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, Department of Astronomy,
  • Public Event
Thursday, February 9th, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Structured Instabilities in Excited Granular Materials
Christopher Boyce, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Artin formalism for non-genuine p-adic Garrett-Rankin L-functions
Kazim Büyükboduk, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online and In-Person Event
Minerva: Solving Quantitative Reasoning Problems with Language Models
Guy Gur-Ari, Google Research,
4:00pm 5:30pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Why did Pierre Bayle believe in Virtuous Atheists?: A Critique of Pure Reason Avant la Lettre
Dmitri Levitin, Fifty-Pound Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford; Visiting Associate in the Humanities, Caltech,
Friday, February 10th, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Crossing Symmetry in Matter Chern Simons theories at finite N and k
Shiraz Minwalla, TaTa Institute,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Collisions in Galactic Nuclei: Stars, Binaries, and Black Holes
Sanaea Rose, Graduate Student, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UCLA,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

High-temperature carbon fibers ablation in 4D
Francesco Panerai, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Finite Bowen-Margulis-Sullivan measures in higher rank
Mikolaj Fraczyk, Department of Mathematics, University of Chicago,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Employing a Ferrocene-based Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Mediator in Photoelectrocatalysis
Catherine Romero, Graduate Student (Peters Research Group), Chemistry, Caltech,
7:30pm 9:30pm
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Astronomy on Tap

"Planetary Detection" and "Space Volcanoes" in Death Valley
Max Goldberg, PhD Candidate, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
Katherine de Kleer, Assistant Professor, Department of Planetary Science, Caltech,
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Saturday, February 11th, 2023
Monday, February 13th, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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Special ACM Seminar

Towards the Ultimate Solver(s) for Wave Equations in the Time Domain
Thomas Hagstrom, Professor of Mathematics, Center for Research Computing, Southern Methodist University,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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History, Ethics, and Identity Seminar Series

Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience (PRiME): Reflections on a Research Learning Community
Dr. Edray Goins, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, Pomona College,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

p-adic Borel hyperbolicity of Shimura varieties of abelian type
Abhishek Oswal, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Tea Talk

Online and In-Person Event
Thirtysomething black holes
Lieke van Son, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Economics Job Talk

Liquidity and Risk in OTC Markets: A Theory of Asset Pricing and Portfolio Flows
Mahyar Kargar, Assistant Professor of Finance, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Climate controls on terrestrial biospheric carbon turnover
Valier Galy, Associate Scientist W/Tenure, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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H.B. Keller Colloquium

Synthesis for robotics - what can go wrong?
Hadas Kress-Gazit, Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick Senior Endowed Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Axion wind detection with the homogeneous precession domain of superfluid helium-3
Christina Gao, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Quantum simulators: from the Fermi Hubbard model to quantum assisted NMR inference
Eugene Demler, Professor, Department of Physics, ETH Zurich,
7:30pm 9:30pm
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Astronomy on Tap

"Supermassive Black Holes" and "The Age of Stars"
Rocio Kiman, Burke Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
Peter Boorman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, Caltech,
  • Public Event
Tuesday, February 14th, 2023
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Visual Culture Seminar

Artistic Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence
Jessica Helfand, Artist, Designer, and Writer (Winter 2020 Artist in Residence),
Joanne Jang, Product Lead, DALL·E,
  • Public Event
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Special Chemistry Seminar

Discovery, characterization, and evolution of enzymes for biocatalysis and gene editing
Monica Neugebauer, Ph.D., NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard,