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Monday, December 2nd, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Evidence from oxygen-sensitive proxies for late-Pleistocene variability in ventilation of the deep ocean, with implications for atmospheric CO2
Robert F. Anderson, Ewing Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Earth Institute,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Reaction Mechanisms and Kinetics of Electrocatalysis from Quantum Mechanics: Applications to CO2 Reduction, Oxygen Evolution, Hydrogen Evolution, and Oxygen Reduction
William A. Goddard III, Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics; Director, Materials and Process Simulation Center (MSC), Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology,
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Chemical Physics Seminar

Computational X-ray Spectroscopy: Matching Peaks and Missing Features
John Vinson, Physicist, NIST, Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology,
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4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

"Towards Multipurpose Biophysics-Based Mathematical Models of Cortical Circuits"
Gaute Einevoll, Professor, University of Oslo,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Inelastic dark matter revives the dark photon explanation of the muon g-2 anomaly
Gopolang Mohlabeng, Brookhaven National Laboratory,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Kernel Estimation for Dyadic Data
James Powell, George Break and Helen Schnacke Break Distinguished Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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Factorization Algebras in Quantum Field Theory Learning Seminar

The Classical Batalin-Vilkovisky Formalism
Sunghyuk Park, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
7:00pm 8:00pm
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James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program

Heads of the Colored People
Nafissa Thompson-Spires, American Author and Associate Professor of English at Cornell University,
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Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
10:00am 11:00am
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TCS+ Talk

TBA
Nihar Shah, Assistant Professor, Machine Learning and Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Math Graduate Student Seminar

Quantum spin systems
Bowen Yang, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Biochemistry Seminar

“RNA Structure-Function Relationships Under In Vivo and In Vivo-Like Conditions: Impacts on RNA Catalysis, Folding, and Transcriptome-Wide Response to Stress”
Philip Bevilacqua, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Understanding the first obligate manganese oxidizing bacteria
Hank Yu, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science

Spiritual Mobilization: Re-selling market fundamentalism to America’s clergy during the New Deal
Erik M. Conway, Visiting Associate in the Humanities, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Who Gets Placed Where and Why? An Empirical Framework for Foster Care Placement
Alejandro Robinson-Cortés, Graduate Student, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
Thursday, December 5th, 2019
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

Linking chromatin biochemistry to cell identity: decoding cell-fate decision making using next-generation epigenomic technologies
Xun Wang, Graduate Student, CCE,
2:00pm 4:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Dong-Wook Kim, Graduate Student, Computation and Neural Systems, Caltech,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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Condensed Mathematics Learning Seminar

Globalization
Tamir Hemo, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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CANCELED! - Frontiers in Chemical Biology Seminar

Engineered Protein Switches for Studying Dynamic Cellular Processes
Dustin Maly, Professor and Raymon E. and Rosellen M. Lawton Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Washington,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Medical Engineering Distinguished Seminar: Song Li-UCLA

Cell Engineering for tissue regeneration
Song Li, Chancellor Professor and Chair of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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POSTPONED | Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

This seminar has been postponed to Thursday, January 9, 2020.
Vadim V. Martynov, Graduate Student, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
Friday, December 6th, 2019
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

The TTbar and JTbar deformations as topological gravity and gauge theory
Edward Mazenc, Stanford University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Fusion rules from entanglement
Kohtaro Kato, Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Physics,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Observations of Ground Deformation along the 2019 Ridgecrest Ruptures: Implications for Fault Displacement Hazard Analysis
Kate Scharer, Dr., United States Geological Survey,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Tidal resonance in Extreme Mass-Ratio Inspirals
Béatrice Bonga, Postdoctoral Researcher, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Solid-Liquid Impact Phenomena
Rouslan Krechetnikov, Associate Professor, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta,
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

The topology of representation varieties
Maxime Bergeron, Department of Mathematics, University of Chicago,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

Catalytic Ammonia Oxidation to Dinitrogen with an Iron Complex
Michael Zott, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special CMX Seminar

Consensus Based Models and Applications to Global Optimization
José Antonio Carrillo, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London,
4:30pm 5:20pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

On maximal and variational Fourier restriction
Vjekoslav Kovac, Department of Mathematics, University of Zagreb/Georgia Tech,
5:30pm 6:20pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

PDE aspects of incompressible fluid flows and simpler model equations
Vladimir Sverak, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota,
7:00pm 9:00pm
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Stargazing Lecture

The Solar System’s Volcanic Wonderland
Katherine de Kleer, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological & Planetary Sciences, Caltech,
  • Public
7:30pm 9:00pm
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German Film Screening: Three Penny Opera

Film screening for German 130a & 132a // In German with English subtitles
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Monday, December 9th, 2019
11:00am 12:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Zhannetta Gugel, Graduate Student, Neurobiology, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Nanophotonic Phenomena in Dielectric Photonic Crystals
Ryan Ng, Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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IQI Weekly Seminar

Toward End-to-End Quantum Applications
Xiaodi Wu, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

An optomechanical architecture for dark matter detection
Dan Carney, University of Maryland & FNAL,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Towards Control of Electronic Excited States in 3d Metal Complexes
Kelly J. Gaffney, Chemical Sciences Division Director, Photon Science Associate Professor, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special ACM/CMS Seminar

The Universe in a Computer: How mathematical and numerical methods are essential
Dr. Christian Klingenberg, Professor, Mathematics Department, Würzburg University, Germany,
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
10:00am 11:00am
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Liuchi Li, Applied Mechanics, Ph.D. Thesis Defense

Linking micro-structure to macro-behavior of granular matter: from flowing heterogeneously to morphing adaptively
Liuchi Li, Graduate Student, Applied Mechanics, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Caltech,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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Geometry and Physics Seminar

Rigorous results about Relative entropy in QFT
Feng Xu, Department of Mathematics, UC Riverside,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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Logic Seminar

Questions about phase spaces of minimal Boolean flows
Dana Bartosova, Department of Mathematics, University of Florida,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Inflation as a Cosmological Collider
Yi Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Opposition Media, State Censorship, and Political Accountability: Evidence from Chavez’s Venezuela
Brian Knight, Professor of Economics, Brown University,
5:00pm 6:00pm
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Factorization Algebras in Quantum Field Theory Learning Seminar

The Quantum Batalin-Vilkovisky Formalism
Tamir Hemo, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

Hitchin fibration and commuting variety
Tsao-Hsien Chen, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Science with the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph: The Local Group
Rosemary Wyse, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Voluntary Regulation: Evidence from Medicare Bundled Payments
Liran Einav, Professor of Economics, Stanford University,
8:00pm 9:30pm
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Watson Lecture - How to Deceive Society: An Insect Masterclass

Joseph Parker, Assistant Professor Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech,
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Thursday, December 12th, 2019
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Decision weights based on visual salience
Devdeepta Bose, Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychology and Economics, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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3:30pm 5:00pm
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4:00pm 5:00pm
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Biochemistry Seminar

Proteins in Motion: Going beyond Bragg Diffraction
Nozomi Ando, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Finance Seminar

A Retrieved-Context Theory of Financial Decisions
Jessica A. Wachter, Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management, Professor of Finance, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania,
  • Public
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Isolation of L^2 spectrum
Yifeng Liu, Department of Mathematics, Yale University,
4:30pm 5:30pm
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Special CMX Seminar

A New Non-convex Optimization Framework For Low-rank Matrix Recovery with Mathematical Guarantee
Zhenzhen Li, Postdoctoral Student, Department of Mathematics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,