Past Events

  • Condensed Matter Seminar: Light-induced Reconfiguration and Directed Motion of Chemo-responsive Gels


    Anna C. Balazs, University of Pittsburgh

    A remarkable feature of certain biological organisms is their ability to alter their shape and functionality in response to environmental cues. Polymer gels undergoing the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction are unique self-oscillating materials that can be used to design a variety of soft materials with biomimetic functionality. We focus on chemically-mediated communication between multiple pieces of BZ gels. We show that the system exhibits autochemotaxis, which results in a spontaneous self-aggregation of the pieces.

  • Astronomy Seminar: TBD

    DRL A6

    Suvrath Mahadevan (Penn State)

  • Special Condensed Matter Seminar: "Ferromagnetism, Tactoids, and Smectic Correlations in Colloidal Liquid Crystal Suspensions of Inorganic Nanosheets”

    David Rittenhouse Lab A8

    Noel Clark (University of Colorado Boulder)

  • Thesis Defense: "A Search for the Higgs Production in Association with Top Quarks at ATLAS in Multi-Lepton Final States"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory 4E9

    Christopher Lester

  • Condensed Matter Seminar: Frustrated Filaments and Crystalline Caps: Defect Patterns in Flexible Assemblies


    Professor Greg Grason, UMass Amherst

    In this talk I will discuss recent theoretical results on the optimal structure of two related, geometrically frustrated systems of soft matter: 1) condensed and twisted bundles of chiral filaments; and 2) crystalline rafts confined to curved, deformable substrates. First, I will demonstrate how a geometrical mapping between packing in dense and twisted bundles of filaments and particle packing on curved two-dimensional surfaces leads to new predictions of defects in the ground states of chiral filament bundles.

  • Astronomy Seminar: "The Complex Interplay between Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution from z~0-6"

    DRL A6

    Desika Narayanan (Haverford)

    Building a comprehensive picture for the evolution of galaxies from early times through present epoch requires understanding a huge dynamic range of physical processes. With observations ranging from detections of galaxies less than a billion years after the Big Bang to stellar and molecular cloud mass spectra in the Milky Way, the challenge has been to develop a concordance theory for galaxy formation than simultaneously explains this diverse range of observed galaxy properties across cosmic epoch.

  • Academic Career Conference Non-faculty Careers in Higher Education for PhDs Event

    University of Pennsylvania: Annenberg School, Room 110

    · Melanie Adley, Ph.D. - Associate Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center, University of Pennsylvania · Ian Petrie, Ph.D. - Senior Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania

    The goal of this panel is to discuss diverse career pathways for PhDs, including ways that PhDs can engage in research and teaching beyond traditional tenure track faculty positions. Speakers on this panel have doctorates and are engaged in varying amounts of research and teaching, though they are not employed in tenure track positions.  Join us for this dynamic panel on tenure and diverse career paths for PhDs!

  • Department Colloquium: New Paradigm for Physics Beyond the Standard Model


    Pavel Fileviez Perez, Max Planck Institute

  • Topology Workshop: Identifying Order in Complex Systems

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory A6

    1:30 - 2:30p Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania, Network Topology and Strategic

    3:00 - 4:00p Vincenzo Vitelli, University of Leiden, Topological Mechanical Metamaterials

    4:30 - 5:30p Shmuel Weinberger, University of Chicago, Topological Sampling and Disordered Solids


    *Refreshments to be provided*

  • Teaching Careers in Independent Schools Penn Event

    University of Pennsylvania: Claudia Cohen Hall, Terrace Room

    Dana Okeson Weeks, Head of School, Germantown Friends (Villanova MA in Philosophy) · Donna S. Lindner, Director of Lower School, The Agnes Irwin School (Penn MS in Education, Reading/Writing/Literacy) · Grant Calder, Director of College Counseling and Upper School History Teacher, Friends’ Central School (Penn MA in German Language and Literature) · Marina Byrne-Folan, 10th Grade Dean and Mathematics Teacher, The Shipley School (Penn MS in Urban Education) · Helena Antolin Cochrane, Upper School World Languages, The Episcopal Academy (Penn PhD in Spanish Language and Literature)

    Career Services is hosting this event that will be of particular interest to Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows wanting to learn more on non-faculty career opportunities.