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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
11:15am 12:15pm
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Applied Physics Seminar

Spin Transport and Majorana Fermions: Exploiting Spin-Orbit Coupling in Semiconductor Nanowires and Topological Insulators
Vlad Pribiag, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology,
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
2:30pm 5:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Hacoupian Wedding Party

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Monday, January 6th, 2014
4:00pm 5:00pm
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A Mariner’s Insights into Titan’s Hydrology: Glassy Seas, Fish Finders, and Mystery Islands

Alexander G. Hayes, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Department of Astronomy , Cornell University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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CNS Seminar

Dopamine, subjective value and decision making
Paul E. M. Phillips, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Washington,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Observation of Floquet-Bloch States on the Surface of a Topological Insulator
Nuh Gedik, Professor, MIT,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Exploration: The Globe and Beyond

Junípero Serra and the Spanish Craze
Richard L. Kagan, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Is the simplest chemical reaction really so simple?
Richard N. Zare, Marguerite Wilbur Professor in Natural Science, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

Generalization of the central models of molecular evolution in the genomic era
Eugene Koonin, Senior Investigator, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH, Bethesda,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Kleigel Lectures in Planetary Science

TBD
Alexander Hayes, Assistant Professor, Astronomy, Cornell University,
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

The evolution of obscured accretion probed by deep and hard X-ray surveys
Andrea Comastri, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemistry Seminar

Molecular Imaging and Evolution Approaches to Probing the Chemistry of Living Systems
Bryan Dickinson, Ph.D., Harvard University,
Thursday, January 9th, 2014
8:00am 5:00pm
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Neuroscience Symposium

Emerging Neuroscience: a hiring symposium with future leaders in brain research
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

The Birth, Care, and Feeding of Cat States in Circuit QED: Quantum Jumps of Photon Parity
Robert Schoelkopf, Sterling Professor of Applied Physics and Physics, Yale University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Seminar

Composable Mechanisms and Price of Anarchy in Auctions
Eva Tardos, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science , Cornell University,
Friday, January 10th, 2014
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

The Geometry of Supersymmetric Partition Functions
Thomas Dumitrescu, Princeton,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Shearing Resistance of Elastomers at Extreme Loading Conditions
Rodney Clifton, Professor of Engineering, Brown University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Supramolecular Bioinorganic Chemistry
Akif Tezcan, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego,
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Monday, January 13th, 2014
2:00pm 3:00pm
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Geometry and Physics seminar

Compactness theorems for sequence of bounded energy SL(2;C) connections in dimensions 3 and 4
Clifford Taubes, Harvard,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Imaging Current in Quantum Spin Hall Insulators
Katja Nowack, Postdoc, Stanford,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Nucleosynthesis, Neff, and Neutrino Mass Implications from Dark Radiation
Evan Grohs, UC San Diego,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Higher Alcohols
Matthew W. Kanan, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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William Bennett Munro Memorial Seminar

Doing Good and Doing Evil: The Issue of Robustness
Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University,
4:15pm 5:15pm
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Applied Mathematics Colloquium

Tracking Influence in Dynamic Social Networks
Rebecca Willett, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
4:15pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Tea Talk

Tracing the growth history of the active black hole population with the black hole mass function
Andreas Schulze, Kavli IPMU,
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
11:00am 12:30pm
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General Biology Seminar

“Mutation, drift, and the origin of subcellular features”
Michael Lynch, Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Indiana University Bloomington,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Howard & Jan Oringer Seminar

Surveillance and Privacy: A Computer Science Perspective
Edward Felten, Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Carnegie Observatories Colloquium

Carnegie Observatories, 813 Santa Barbara St., William T. Golden Auditorium
Close Major-Merger Pairs Since z = 1: Evolution of Merger Rate & sSfr Enhancement
Dr. Kevin Xu, IPAC, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

Micro-­ & Nanoscale Strategies for Systems Biology: Lessons from Immune Cells
Alex K. Shalek, Ph.D., Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Kleigel Lectures in Planetary Science

Orbital Dynamics and Stability of (Kepler) Multi-planet Systems
Katherine Deck, Graduate Student, Physics, MIT,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemical Physics Seminar

Exploiting Energetic and Spatial Structure in Quantum Chemistry: Foundations for a New Paradigm
Eric Neuscamman, Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley,
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Special Biochemistry Seminar

Biophysics of Protein Aggregation
Tuomas Knowles, Dr., Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Reverse engineering galaxies
Simon Lilly, ETH, Zurith,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Anthropogenic Aerosol Water: Rediscovering the Importance of Atmospheric Multiphase Chemistry
Annmarie Carlton, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

New imaging approaches to understand the rhizosphere
Lionel Dupuy, James Hutton Institute,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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Exploring Mission Concepts with the JPL Innovation Foundry A-Team

John Ziemer, Concept Innovation Methods Chief, Innovation Foundry, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Characterizing the Deformation Signatures of Human Neutrophils in Two and Three-Dimensional Environments
Christian Franck, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Brown University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Center for the Chemistry of Cellular Signaling Seminar

Binding Site Organization and Subunit Stoichiometry in 5-HT(3) Receptors
Tim Miles, Mr., Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Ph.D. Thesis Seminar

Bimetallic Olefin Polymerization Catalysis: Mechanisms and Applications of Proximal Effects
Madalyn Radlauer, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Agapie Group, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Applied Physics Seminar

Photonic generation of ultrastable microwave signals
Scott Diddams, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Behavioral Social Neuroscience Seminar

Does the Orbitofrontal Cortex Signal Value?
Geoffrey Schoenbaum, MD, Phd, Cellular Neurobiology Research Branch, Behavioral Neurophysiology Research Section,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Biochemistry Seminar

A Fixation with Biological Nitrogen Fixation
Douglas Rees, Dickinson Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

From regeneration to parasitism: systems approaches to understand stem cells in human parasite schistosomes and their free-living planarian cousins
Bo Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Genomic Biology, University of Illinois,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

Probing Dark Matter with the Cosmic Microwave Background and Large-Scale Structure
Cora Dvorkin, Postdoctoral Member, Institute for Advanced Study,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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William Bennett Munro Memorial Seminar

Throwaway Society? A New Look at the History of Waste and Wasting in Modern and Contemporary History
Frank Trentmann, Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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Theodore von Karman Lecture

JPL, von Karman Auditorium
The Mars Exploration Rovers: A Decade of Exploration
John Callas, Project Manager, Mars Exploration Rover Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Friday, January 17th, 2014
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Characterizing Anisotropy in the Gravitational Wave Background with Pulsar Timing Arrays
Chiara M. F. Mingarelli, Graduate Student, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Toward Solving Eisenhower's Atomic Dilemma (and Climate Change): A Strategy for U.S. Civil Nuclear Leadership
Victor Reis, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Assembling the H-Cluster of [FeFe] Hydrogenase
R. David Britt, Professor and Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Chemistry, University of California, Davis,
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)
The Mars Exploration Rovers: A Decade of Exploration
John Callas, Project Manager, Mars Exploration Rover Project, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
2:30pm 5:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Keshishian Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
2:30pm 5:30pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Serjik Yeroomian Wedding Party

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Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Monday, January 20th, 2014
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
11:30am 12:30pm
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Systems Biology SuperGroup Meeting

Rob Phillips, Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IST Lunch Bunch

Molecular Programming with Synthetic Nucleic-Acid Systems
Lulu Qian, Bioengineering, Caltech,