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Monday, January 6th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

q-Opers, QQ-Systems and Bethe Ansatz
Peter Koroteev, Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Measurements of Carbon-14 of methane in ice cores and the role of fossil emissions in the global methane budget
Vasilii Petrenko, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Separate Universe Techniques for Nonlinear Gravitational Evolution
Marilena Loverde, C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, SUNY Stony Brook,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Electrochemistry Seminar

Characterization and Application of Lattice-Confined Intermediates for Hydrocarbon Upgrading
David C. Powers, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University,
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Dix Planetary Science Seminar

"Chemical Reactions Out of this World"
Konstantinos P. Giapis, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Caltech,
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Modeling Multiphase Aerosol Thermodynamics – From Phase Separation to Cloud Droplet Activation
Andreas Zuend, McGill University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

"Into the dark world of excitons in atomically thin semiconductors"
Keshav M. Dani, Associate Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology (OIST) Graduate University,
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Materials Innovations for Emerging Energy Technologies
Liangbing (Bing) Hu, Professor, University of Maryland,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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● POSTPONED: Visual Culture Program

This event has been postponed to Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Leslie Thornton, Professor Emerita of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University; former Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Visual Culture, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Medical Engineering Distinguished Seminar: Yoram Rudy- WUSTL

Cancelled
Yoram Rudy, The Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology & Physiology Medicine, Radiology, and Pediatrics, Director, Cardiac Bioelectricity and Arrhythmia Center (CBAC), Washington University in St. Louis,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

This seminar has been canceled.
Vadim V. Martynov, Graduate Student, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Moments of half integral weight modular L–functions, bilinear forms and applications
​Alexander Dunn, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Instruments for the exploration of the Universe and the brain
Günther Dissertori, ETH Zürich,
7:30pm 8:30pm
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Alpine Club Talk

Holcomb Valley Pinnacles Climbing Guide
Chris Owen and Chris Miller,
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Friday, January 10th, 2020
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Quantum Extremal Islands Made Easy
Rob Myers, Perimeter Institute,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Special CMX Seminar

Twistronics: manipulating the spectrum of Hamiltonian operators for two-dimensional layered structures through their twist angle
Mitchell Luskin, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Minnesota,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Replica wormholes and the black hole information paradox
Edgar Shaghoulian, Cornell University,
1:30pm 2:30pm
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Medical Engineering Special Seminar: Guang-Zhong Yang

The Grand Challenges of Science Robotics
Guang-Zhong Yang, Professor and Founding Dean, Medical Robotics Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
2:00pm 3:30pm
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Logic Seminar

A universal characterization of standard Borel spaces
Ronnie Chen, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Pulsar Timing Arrays: The Next Window to Open on the Gravitational-Wave Universe
Chiara Mingarelli, Associate Research Scientist, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Theoretical analysis of bio-inspired stealth flight
Peter Baddoo, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London,
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Geodesic planes in hyperbolic 3-manifolds
Amir Mohammadi, Department of Mathematics, UCSD,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Inorganic-Organometallics Seminar

A Study in Bubbles: The Behavior of Electrochemically Generated Gases in Solar Fuels Devices
Paul Kempler, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Caltech,
5:00pm 5:50pm
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Saturday, January 11th, 2020
11:30am 3:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Kontogiannis Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Monday, January 13th, 2020
11:00am 12:00pm
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Applied Physics Seminar

Light-Matter Interactions for Energy Storage and Thermal Management
Yuan Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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CMS-EE Partners Tech Talk

Alumni-Faculty Panel: Grad school vs. Industry
3:00pm 4:00pm
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▶︎ CANCELED: Special CMX Seminar

On Type I blow-up for the incompressible Euler equations
Dongho Chae, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

The section conjecture at the boundary of moduli space
Daniel Litt, Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

A Conceptual Model of Evolutionary Novelty and Innovation, with application to the Ediacaran-Cambrian Radiation
Doug Erwin, Senior Research Biologist and Curator of Paleozoic Invertebrates, Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian, Museum Natural History,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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H.B. Keller Colloquium

Explainable AI: Making Visual Question Answering Systems More Transparent
Raymond Mooney, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Thinking about Simulations of Quantum Field Theories using Digital Quantum Computers
Martin Savage, University of Washington,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Social Science Job Candidate

Land Concentration and Long-Run Development: Evidence from the Frontier United States
Cory Smith, PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, MIT,
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Dix Planetary Science Seminar

Stellar Flares and Habitable (?) M-dwarf Worlds with TESS
Max Gunther, Postdoc, MIT,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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General Biology Seminar

SEMINAR RESCHEDULED TO 05/26/2020
Marian Walhout, Professor, Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemical Biology Seminar

Hijacking the Lysosome for Targeted Protein Degradation
Steven Banik, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University,
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Do We Understand Tidal Disruption Events?
Wenbin Lu, David and Ellen Lee Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Astrophysics, Theoretical Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Computing + Mathematical Sciences Lecture

Data-Driven Control for Societal-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems
Yuanyuan Shi, Fifth-year PhD student, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Decarbonizing Natural Gas by Reactive Separation in High Temperature Liquids
Eric McFarland, University of California Santa Barbara,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Quantum surprises in ultra-clean oxides
Joseph Falson, Assistant Professor of Materials Science, Caltech,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemical Biology Seminar

An activity-guided map of electrophile-cysteine interactions in primary human immune cells.
Ekaterina Vinogradova, LSRF Pfizer Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute,
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

History of the Free Body Diagram
John F. Hall, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine Seminar

"Nitrene Transfer Catalyzed by a Non-Heme Iron Enzyme and Enhanced by Non-Native Small- Molecule Ligands"
Nathaniel Goldberg, Graduate Student, Arnold Group, CCE,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Visual Culture Program

Face
Jessica Helfand, Artist-in-Residence (Winter 2020) and Lecturer in Visual Culture, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
Ralph Adolphs, Bren Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology; Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Caltech Brain Imaging Center; Director, Caltech Brain Imaging Center, Caltech,
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2:30pm 4:30pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Neurons that control social states in Drosophila Melanogaster
Yon II Jung, Graduate Student, BMB, Caltech,
2:45pm 3:45pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Hida-theoretic simplicial deformation rings and Selmer groups
Jacques Tilouine, Universite Paris 13,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Medical Engineering Distinguished Seminar: Metin Sitti, Max Planck Institute

Small-scale Wireless Robots for Medical Applications
Professor Metin Sitti, Director, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Local p-indecomposability of modular p-adic Galois representations
Haruzo Hida, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Colloquium

Cosmology in the era of multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves
Marcelle Soares-Santos, Brandeis University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ruth & Eddie Hughes Lecture

How is electrical signal generated? Structural and mechanistic investigations of Nav channels
Nieng Yan, Shirley M. Tilghman Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University,
Friday, January 17th, 2020
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Hemisphere partition function, LG orbifolds and FJRW invariants
Mauricio Romo, Tsinghua University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Robust encoding of a qubit in a molecule
Victor Albert, DuBridge Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Physics, Preskill Group,
2:30pm 3:30pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Cleaving Strong Bonds through Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer
Matthew J. Chalkley, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Analysis Seminar

Almost Sure Scattering for the Energy-Critical Nonlinear Wave Equation
Bjoern Bringmann, Department of Mathematics, UCLA,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Optimal perturbations in linear stability of two fluid columns of different densities subject to gravity
Carlos Pantano, Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California,
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Large scale geometry of large mapping class groups
Kathryn Mann, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University,