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Monday, May 1st, 2023
1:00pm 2:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Mechanophore Strategies for the Development of Polymers with Mechanically Gated Responsive Behavior
Ross Barber, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Icy Landscapes - how ice influences sedimentary processes
Irina Overeem, Associate Professor, Department of Geological Science, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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H.B. Keller Colloquium

Multicontinuum Homogenization and Applications
Yalchin Efendiev, Ewing-Mobil Chair in Computational Science and Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Institute of Scientific Computation, Texas A & M University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Evaporation Barrier for Dark Matter in Celestial Bodies
Javier F. Acevedo, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Quantum Matter Seminar

Topological two-band electron-hole superconductors with d-wave symmetry: a possible application to magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene
Carlos Sa De Melo, Georgia Tech,
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Special Quantum Matter Seminar

Josephson junction arrays as a platform for topological phases of matter
Omri Lesser, Weizmann Institute of Science,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
The Master Equation in Mean Field Games
Mohit Bansil, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Caltech/UCLA/USC Joint Analysis Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Dimers and embeddings
Marianna Russkikh, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Biology Seminar | Paul Denis Thomas - Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 4 pm

Big Knowledge in Biology: using phylogenetics and data science to create a human gene "functionome"
Paul D Thomas, PhD, Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences, Division of Bioinformatics, Keck School of Medicine - University of Southern California,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Diversity in Notch ligand-receptor signaling interactions
Rachael Kuintzle, Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

Staring at the Sun to Better See Exoplanets/ The Search for Water Worlds with Palomar Observatory
Mike Mckeon, Graduate Student, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology,
Ryan Rubenzahl, Graduate Student, Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special ACM Seminar

Asymptotic Stability in a Free Boundary PDE Model of Active Matter
Leonid Berlyand, Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Donations and Dollars: Characterizing the Policy Views of Donors and the Affluent
Brandice Canes-Wrone, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution,
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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Joint IQIM/AWS Seminar Series

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Quantum thermal state preparation
Chi-Fang (Anthony) Chen, Brandao Group,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
Measurable Vizing's theorem
Jan Grebík, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Learning and Control of Dynamical Systems
Ali Sahin Lale, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Information, Geometry, and Physics Seminar

Critical JT Gravity
Alicia Castro, High Energy Physics Department, Radboud University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM (Neugebauer Lecture)

Simple Behavior from Complex Galaxies
George Helou, Research Professor of Physics; Executive Director of IPAC, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Beckman Lecture

The Mechanophore Hypothesis
Jeffrey Moore, Stanley O. Ikenberry Research Professor, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Chambaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Untangling aerosol-cloud interactions with machine learning
Duncan Watson-Parris, UCSD/Scripps,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Informal Seminar - Scott Behie | Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 - 4 pm

"Insight into the Cell Editorial Process"
Scott Behie, Scientific Editor, Cell Press,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Tuning itineracy of correlated ground and excited states in semiconductor moiré lattices
Ben Feldman, Assistant Professor, Physics, Stanford University,
Thursday, May 4th, 2023
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

"EABR Nanoparticles as a Platform Technology for Hybrid mRNA Vaccine Development"
Magnus Hoffman, Merkin Institute Fellow,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Engineering Seminar

How expanded building block chemistry can enable new frontiers for synthetic biology
Prof. Aditya Kunjapur, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geology Club Seminar Series

Understanding organismal biology to manage threats to global biodiversity
David Daversa, Postdoctoral Fellow, La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, University of California, Los Angeles,
  • Internal Event
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Informal Seminar - Sung-Yon Kim | Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 4 pm

Warm and full: neural circuits for behavioral regulation of homeostasis
Sung-Yon Kim, Associate Professor, Seoul National University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

The unipotent mixing conjecture
Philippe Michel, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Online and In-Person Event
Black Hole Accretion from the Inside Out
Jason Dexter, University of Colorado, Boulder and JILA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Social Sciences History Seminar

The Confederate Diaspora
Martin Fiszbein, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Boston University,
Friday, May 5th, 2023
9:00am 10:00am
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PhD Thesis Seminar

Incorporation of non-canonical proline residues into proteins expressed in Escherichia coli
Stephanie Breunig, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
10:00am 11:00am
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PhD Thesis Defense

Synthetic Studies Toward Total Synthesis of Enterocin
Yujia Tao, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Kinetic Theory of Waves for Turbulent States
Vladimir Rosenhaus, CUNY Graduate Center,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Center for Social Information Sciences (CSIS) Seminar

Allocating with Priorities and Quotas: Algorithms, Complexity, and Dynamics
David Kempe, Professor of Computer Science, USC,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Unconditional Separations with Constant Depth Circuits
Adam Bene Watts, University of Waterloo,
12:15pm 1:30pm
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Caltech Y Student Activism Speaker Series (SASS)

Pre-Keynote Lunch Q & A on Generative AI and Society
Kevin Roose, New York Times Tech Columnist,
12:30pm 1:30pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Tetranuclear CaMn3O4 and Mn4O4 Complexes as Spectroscopic Models of the Oxygen Evolving Complex of Photosystem II
Angela Shiau, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Engineering cytochrome P450BM3 for oxidation and silicon–carbon bond cleavage of volatile methylsiloxanes
Nicholas Sarai, Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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PhD Thesis Seminar

MFeS Clusters as Models for Complex Multimetallic Systems
Anna Scott, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Hierarchical Black Hole Mergers: A Multi-Band Opportunity for Gravitational Waves
Giacomo Fragione, Research Assistant Professor, CIERA, Northwestern University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Applied Physics Seminar

Piezoelectric Quantum Microsystems
Matt Eichenfield, Associate Professor, Optical Sciences, University of Arizona,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Revolutionizing Hypersonic Flow Simulation: Physics-Aware Coarse Graining and Maximum Entropy Principles for Next-Generation Aerothermal Modeling
Marco Panesi, Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Hypersonics and Entry Systems Studies (CHESS), Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Fixed point-free pseudo-Anosovs and the cinquefoil
Luya Wang, Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

"Chemodivergent Organolanthanide-Catalyzed C–H α-Mono-Borylation of Pyridines."
Dr. Jacob (Jake) Rothbaum, Postdoctoral Scholar (Nelson Research Group), Chemistry, Caltech,
Saturday, May 6th, 2023
Sunday, May 7th, 2023
Monday, May 8th, 2023
3:45pm 4:45pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Cooperative Adsorption and Gas Separations in Metal–Organic Frameworks
Jeffrey R. Long, C. Judson King Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

Reduction of Brauer classes on K3 surfaces
Salim Tayou, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Tea Talk

Online and In-Person Event
Radio stars and exoplanets: Sources in circularly-polarised radio surveys, present and future
Joe Callingham, ASTRON / Leiden Observatory,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Exploring the Hidden Hydrosphere and Biogeosphere in the World's Oldest Rocks
Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University Professor, Dr. Norman Keevil Chair in Ore Deposits Geology, Deaprtment of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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H.B. Keller Colloquim

Learning Matchings, Maps, and Trajectories
Jonathan Niles-Weed, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Data Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Data Science, New York University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Online and In-Person Event
Matching Effective Theories Efficiently (Matchete) and dealing with evanescent operators
Julie Pages, UC San Diego,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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Caltech Everhart Lecture Series Talk #1

Imaging the Beginning of Time from the South Pole
Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Soliman, Applied Physics, Caltech,
  • Public Event
Tuesday, May 9th, 2023
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Special Organic Chemistry Seminar

Radical-Based Approach for Synthesis of Complex Natural Products
Masayuki Inoue, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Japan,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Biology Seminar - Ali Ellebedy | Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 - 4 pm

"Dynamics of Germinal Center B Cell Responses in Humans"
Ali Ellebedy, Associate Professor, Pathology & Immunology, Washington University in St. Louis,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

"A Pinch of Salt, a Splash of Water, and a Dash of Ions: The Recipe for Tweaking Polyelectrolyte Complexes' Glass Transition and Relaxation Time"
Jodie Lutkenhaus, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Presidential Impact Fellow, Axalata Coating Sytems Chair, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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DIX Planetary Science Seminar

A JWST MIRI Dayside Emission Spectrum of the Benchmark Hot Jupiter HD 189733b/ The Spatial Distribution of the Unidentified 2.07μm Absorption on Europa and Implications for its Origin
Julie Inglis, Graduate Student, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology,
Ryleigh Davis, Graduate Student, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Attribute-based Subsidies and Market Power: an Application to Electric Vehicles
Panle Jia Barwick, The Todd E. and Elizabeth H. Warnock Distinguished Chair Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
4:30pm 6:00pm
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Charge Up! Entrepreneurship Series

Online Event
Patenting your Innovation
Rose Kiser, Assistant Director for Technology Transfer, Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships, Caltech,
John Peck, Partner, KPPB law firm.,
Wednesday, May 10th, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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Joint IQIM/AWS Seminar Series

Online Event
Lower bounds on the overhead of a quantum memory
Omar Fawzi, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Online Event
Every CBER is smooth below the Carlson-Simpson generic partition
Allison Wang, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

The Evolution of Stellar Rotation: Alone and Together, Inside and Out
Jamie Tayar, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Florida,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

What is the aerosol state in the ambient atmosphere? Or: Particle-resolved modeling to tackle structural uncertainty in aerosol models
Nicole Riemer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Investigations of Topological and Quantum Phenomena in Epitaxial Semimetallic Thin Films
Chris Palmstrøm, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials, UC Santa Barbara,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Intracellular Electrophysiology
Yamuna Krishnan, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago,
7:30pm 8:30pm
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Watson Lecture: Making Wearable Materials Smarter

Online and In-Person Event
Chiara Daraio, G. Bradford Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics; Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator, Division of Engineering and Applied Science,
  • Public Event
Thursday, May 11th, 2023
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Additive Manufacturing: Machine Learning, Mechanics, and Metallurgy
Allison M. Beese, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University,