You're Just Going Through a Phase: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics
Paul Cadden-Zimansky, Physics Program
Friday, October 7, 2016 12 pm
Hegeman 107 This year's Nobel Prize in physics, awarded to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz, recognizes how simple, but often hidden, numbers, can underlie apparently complex phenomena. Touching on superconductivity, magnetism, physics in other dimensions, and the many ways to get lost in the woods, I'll give a general audience introduction to the theories of topological order that the laureates developed, and discuss how these theories both explained puzzles of the past and have helped predict new effects, materials, and devices that may form the foundation for tomorrow's technologies. Pizza and refreshments will be provided!Sponsored by: Physics Program.
Maternal Nurture Promotes Development of Cerebral Cortical Activity of Preterm Infants
Michael Myers, Columbia University
Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:45 pm
RKC 111 Dr. Myers' research is guided by the principle that experiences of early life not only have immediate impact on biology and behavior, but also can have profound effects lasting well into infancy and beyond. Adverse and positive early life events, interacting with genetic background, shape brain development and modulate vulnerability and resilience to a wide range of mental and physical disorders.
His research, originally only in animal models, is now focused on translational studies in human infants. This work is investigating the impact of early mother/infant nurturing interactions on autonomic control, electro-cortical activity, and behavior of infants and their mothers. Sponsored by: Psychology Program.
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Testing the Hydrogen Bomb: The Marshall Islands Story
Emlyn Hughes, Columbia University
Friday, October 21, 2016 12 pm
Hegeman 107 In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States performed 67 nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of the largest hydrogen bomb (15 megatons), named Bravo. Seventy years later, the impact of these tests on the Marshallese people is still apparent. As an example, the more recent challenge of rising sea levels coupled with the remaining nuclear waste represents a particularly chilling problem. Here, we discuss our recent publication on this topic as well as future research plans.
The Bard College and Columbia University Engineering Partnership: Information Session on the Combined Plan Program
Friday, October 21, 2016 2 pm
Hegeman 204 Rebecca Schiavo, Senior Assistant Director from Columbia's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, will be coming to talk about the 3+2 and 4+2 BA/BS Combined Plans. This is an ideal opportunity to get definitive answers to your specific questions. She visits only once in two years, so don't miss her talk.
Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
Join us to observe the night sky and learn about the universe!
Thursday, October 27, 2016 8 pm
Stevenson Athletic Center, Soccer Field We will observe the Moon, Venus, Mars and if we are lucky, the Orionid meteor shower. (In case the sky is not clear the event moves to the next Thursday, same time and place) For more information contact Eleni Kontou at email@example.comSponsored by: Physics Program.