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Physics Colloquia: Katerina Chatziioannou

  • Monday, October 10, 2022. 12:30 to 1 pm.
  • Center for Theoretical Physics (Pupin Hall 8th Floor).
  • “In this talk, [Dr. Katerina Chatziioannou] will discuss the use of atom interferometers to probe gravitational waves in the 1 Hz band. [Dr. Chatziioannou] will also explore the potential use of asteroids as test masses to detect gravitational waves at micro Hz frequencies and the possible use of astrometry in the nHz – micro Hz regime.” More information here.

Healthy longevity and prosocial aging

  • Monday, October 10, 2022. 1 to 2 pm.
  • Online. Registration required.
  • “[Dr. Laura Carstensen] argues that societies will benefit from longevity only if age diversity is deeply appreciated and age integration is encouraged. In the short term, building social cohesion across ages can be used to leverage the prosocial strengths of older adults. In the long-term, however, we must invest in younger cohorts to ensure that similar strengths will characterize future birth cohorts as they age.” More information here.

Physics Theory Seminar: Geoff Penington

  • Monday, October 10, 2022. 2:10 to 3 pm.
  • Center for Theoretical Physics (Pupin Hall 8th Floor).
  • Dr. Geoff Penington is an assistant professor at University of California, Berkeley. His “research focuses on using ideas from the theory behind quantum computers (and, more generally, quantum information) in order to make progress in our understanding of the quantum mechanics of gravity.” More information here.

Lenapehoking: On Indigenous Epistemologies and the Idea of the University

  • Monday, October 10, 2022. 3:30 to 5 pm.
  • Allan Rosenfield Building (8th Floor Auditorium). Columbia University, 722 West 168th Street, New York. Registration required.
  • Join Lenape Center’s Executive Director, Joe Baker, and Co-Directors Curtis Zunigha and Hadrien Coumans, for “a dynamic discussion on how academic institutions such as Columbia, can draw on Lenape epistemologies to reconstitute the university’s knowledge production process.” More information here and here.

Indigenous Archaeology

  • Monday, October 10, 2022. 4 to 6 pm.
  • Milstein Center, LL002.
  • “A special Indigenous Peoples’ Day gathering designed to explore the possibilities and challenges surrounding collaboration between archaeologists and descendant Indigenous nations. The tribal leadership of Picuris Pueblo, an Indigenous nation in New Mexico, will be in dialogue with crew members from Barnard College’s archaeological program in New Mexico, which has been working closely with the tribe to document its ancestry.” More information here and here.

Chemistry Colloquium, Presented by Prof. Bo W. Laursen

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2022. 10 to 11:30 am.
  • Miller Room – 328 Havemeyer.
  • “Design of fluorescent supramolecular dyes and materials…brightly fluorescent dyes are highly desirable tools in bioimaging and as building blocks for optoelectronic materials.” More information here.

High Energy Particle Seminar: Nepomuk Otte

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022. 12 to 1:30 pm.
  • Pupin Hall, Room 705.
  • “With its high sensitivity between PeV and 10 EeV, [the Trinity Observatory] will fill the gap between IceCube and proposed radio UHE-neutrino instruments. [Dr. Nepomuk Otte] will discuss Trinity’s concept, design, and scientific potential. I will close by discussing the Trinity demonstrator, which is under construction and we will deploy in Spring 2023 on Frisco Peak, Utah.” More information here.

Mary Bassett – Ending Black-White Health Disparities: The Case for Reparations

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022. 4 to 5pm.
  • Online or William Black Building (Alumni Auditorium), Columbia University, 630 West 168th Street, New York. Registration required.
  • “Mary Bassett,” the Acting Commissioner of Health for New York State, “delivers the 12th Annual Isidore I. Benrubi Lecture in the History and Ethics of Public Health.” More information here and here

Astronomy and Astrophysics Colloquium by Keith Hawkins

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022. 4:05 to 5:05 pm.
  • Pupin 1402. 
  • Keith Hawkins an “Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin” who is “primarily interested in a field called ‘Galactic Archaeology’ which is aimed at exploring the Milky Way Galaxy.” More information here.

Columbia Quantum Initiative Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022. 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR.
  • “Dr. John Preskill will explain why he loves quantum entanglement, the elusive feature making quantum information fundamentally different from information in the macroscopic world. By exploiting quantum entanglement, quantum computers should be able to solve otherwise intractable problems, with far-reaching applications to cryptology, materials, and fundamental physical science. Preskill is less weird than a quantum computer, and easier to understand.” More information here.

Chemistry Colloquium, Presented by Prof. Michael G. Campbell

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022. 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • Havemeyer 209.
  • “First, we will present detailed experimental studies on the reactivity of a dinuclear silver(I) nitrene transfer catalyst, including the first examples of structurally characterized oxidation products obtained under catalytically relevant conditions. Second, we will discuss our efforts towards developing better ligand design principles for dimeric silver(I) complexes, in order to understand how modulating silver–silver interactions affects electronic structure and reactivity.” More information here.

Advocacy and Allyship in ELSI: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Friday, October 14, 2022. 12 to 1 pm.
  • Online. Registration required.
  • “Building on real-world events, such as the Dobbs decision and Buffalo shooter’s manifesto, and statements by professional genetic organizations such as the American Society for Human Genetics and Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, this webinar will explore the value, importance, upsides, and downsides of advocacy and allyship in ELSI research.” More information here and here.

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