Challenges in the Pursuit of Cognitive Continuity and Discontinuity: Human and Non-Human Comparisons
A lecture by Jennifer Vonk, PhD, Oakland University
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Recently, comparative psychology has enjoyed a renewed breadth of both topics and species studied. Our recent work focuses on cognitive capacities in rats, cats, bats, dogs, bears, skunks, and gorillas. By testing both closely and distantly related species we can determine whether cognitive abilities reflect ecological similarities or shared phylogenetic histories. For instance, bears have demonstrated cognitive skills commensurate with those of primates despite their relatively less social lifestyles. That is, they can enumerate static and moving stimuli and form concepts at varying levels of abstraction. We are currently testing other species, such as bats and skunks that vary in diet to examine the effects of diet on capacities such as causal reasoning. Each unique species poses special challenges as we attempt to understand the world through their eyes, rather than projecting our own human-centered view on to them. Preston Theater Sponsored by: Psychology Program.
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Relaxation and Thermalization in Isolated Interacting Quantum Systems
Lea Ferreira dos Santos Yeshiva University, Department of Physics
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
We consider one-dimensional isolated interacting quantum systems that are taken out of equilibrium instantaneously. Three aspects are addressed: (i) the relaxation process, (ii) the size of the temporal fluctuations after relaxation, (iii) the conditions to reach thermal equilibrium. The relaxation process and the size of the fluctuations depend on the interplay between the initial state and the Hamiltonian after the perturbation, rather than on the regime of the system. They may be very similar for both chaotic and integrable systems. The general picture associating chaos with the onset of thermalization is also further elaborated. It is argued that thermalization may not occur in the chaotic regime if the energy of the initial state is close to the edges of the spectrum, and it may occur in integrable systems provided the initial state is sufficiently delocalized.
The Wonderful World of Clinical Microbiology: A Practical Guide
A Lecture by Raquel Martinez
Thursday, October 9, 2014
A Lecture by Raquel Martinez Director, Clinical and Molecular Microbiology Department of Laboratory Medicine Geisinger Health System Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Sponsored by: Biology Program.
The Invention of Blue: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
Paul Cadden-Zimansky, Physics Program
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Fall in the Hudson Valley and the trees are displaying their full array of colors, but noticeably absent from this spectrum is blue. A similar absence had for many decades left a vacancy in the production of artificial light. While the semiconductor revolution brought with it computational advances in the form of transistors, energy advances in the form of photovoltaic solar panels, and illumination advances in the form of light emitting diodes, the creation of a solid state source of purely blue light remained elusive. In this talk I’ll give an overview of how Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, the 2014 Nobel Laureates in physics, overcame technical and non-technical barriers to create the first sources of blue light, and explain why this color holds the key to setting off a 21st century revolution in energy efficiency.
Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy: Open House
Dinner will be served.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Please join us for the most in-depth information about the Levy M.S. program. Levy Institute Scholar and Director of Applied Micromodeling Thomas Masterson will be available to discuss the program curriculum as well as the research that takes place at the Institute.
Dinner will be catered by Rusty’s Farm Fresh Eatery and the Bard Farm. Please RSVP by e-mailing Azfar Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and indicate your choice of meal: vegetarian, vegan, or nonvegetarian.
Early Decision deadline: November 15 | Regular Decision deadline: January 15
The Bard Math Circle is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and elementary students. Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. We help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun.
The Bard College and Columbia University Engineering Partnership: Information Session on the Combined Plan Program
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Are you interested in the Combined Plan program with Columbia University? Rebecca Schiavo 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.
Hegeman 201 Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
Moving Past the Resolution Limit: STED and PALM Microscopy
A lecture by Brooke Jude, Biology Program and Christopher LaFratta, Chemistry Program
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 was awarded to Drs. Hell, Moerner and Betzig for their work in extending the resolution limit of optical microscopy. This lecture, aimed at the general audience, will discuss some of the basics of traditional microscopy and will give insight into how the new types of super-resolution microscopy work. Professors LaFratta and Jude will also be detailing some of the new microscopes that will be purchased for Bard as part of a new Sherman Fairchild Grant received this past spring.
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
Quantum Mechanics in Non-Inertial Reference Frames
Sujeev Wickramasekara Department of Physics, Grinnell College
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Among the key physical principles that underlie quantum mechanics are the principle of superposition (quantum states can be combined to produce other states) and the principle of relativity (all inertial reference frames are equivalent). These two principles are synthesized and implemented in quantum theory by means of unitary representations of the relevant spacetime symmetry group—Galilei group in the nonrelativistic case and the Poincare group in the relativistic case. In fact, much of the essential structure of quantum mechanics is determined by these group representations. They provide us with a means to derive and understand emblematic features of the theory, such as the Heisenberg commutation relations, Schrodinger equation and discrete values of angular momentum. However, since the principle of relativity as encoded in Galilei and Poincare groups is a statement about inertial reference frames, a quantum theory based on these groups is also a theory, much like Newton's mechanics, that holds in inertial reference frames. In this talk, I will present my recent attempts to expand the notion of relativity to include accelerating, noninertial reference frames and develop a quantum theory grounded on the unitary representations of the groups of transformations that tie together noninertial reference frames. I will discuss how the resulting formalism allows us to understand the nature and role of some signature features of noninertial reference frames, including fictitious forces and the equivalence principle, in the quantum setting.