Past Events

Physics Colloquium
February 13, 2013  4:00 pm  6:00 pm
Scott Tremaine, Institute for Advanced Study  RITTENHOUSE LECTURE 
ScienceFocused Workshops: The Teaching Duality: Keeping Classes Interesting and Engaging, from the Introductory to the Graduate Level
February 13, 2013  12:00 pm  1:30 pm
DRL 3W2
Prof. Mirjam Cvetic, Physics
Each of these ScienceFocused Workshops count toward the CTL Teaching Certificate: http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/programs_services/graduate_student_programs/ctl_teaching_certificate
Please email Olivia PadovanMerhar at opadovan@sas.upenn.edu if you have any questions about the workshops or the certificate.
We look forward to seeing you!

High Energy Theory Seminar: Probing Majorana Neutrinos
February 12, 2013  2:00 pm
DRL 4N9
C.S. Kim
The High Enery Theory schedule of events is at: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/heptheory/events

High Energy Theory Seminar: Partially massless gravity
February 11, 2013  2:00 pm
DRL 2N36
Kurt Hinterbichler (Perimeter)
On de Sitter space, there exists a special value for the mass of a graviton for which the linear theory propagates 4 rather than 5 degrees of freedom. If a fully nonlinear version of the theory exists and can be coupled to known matter, it would have very interesting properties and could solve the cosmological constant problem. I will describe evidence for and obstructions to the existence of such a theory.
The High Enery Theory schedule of events is at: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/heptheory/events

ScienceFocused Workshops: Teaching Students to Think like Scientists
February 11, 2013  12:30 pm  1:30 pm
Graduate Student Center Rm. 205
Olivia PadovanMerhar, CTL Graduate Teaching Fellow
Each of these ScienceFocused Workshops count toward the CTL Teaching Certificate: http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/programs_services/graduate_student_programs/ctl_teaching_certificate
Please email Olivia PadovanMerhar at opadovan@sas.upenn.edu if you have any questions about the workshops or the certificate.
We look forward to seeing you!

Condensed Matter seminar: "Forcing it on: cytoskeletal dynamics during lymphocyte activation."
February 6, 2013  4:00 pm  5:00 pm
DRL A4
Arpita Upadhyaya, University of Maryland

Astrophysics and Cosmology Seminar
February 6, 2013  2:00 pm
David Rittenhouse Laboratories (DRL), Room A6
Cora Dworkin, Institute for Advanced Study
http://www.sns.ias.edu/~cdvorkin/Home.html

High Energy Theory Seminar
February 5, 2013  12:00 pm
DRL 4N9
Emil Mottola (LANL)2
The High Enery Theory schedule of events is at: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/heptheory/events

High Energy Theory Seminar: Conformal Invariance, Dark Energy and CMB NonGaussianity
February 4, 2013  2:00 pm
DRL 2N36
Emil Mottola (LANL)
A universe dominated by dark energy naturally gives rise to correlation functions possessing full conformal invariance. This is a consequence of the conformal group of flat 3dimensional spatial sections being isomorphic to the de Sitter symmetry group SO(4,1), and hence independent of specifi c model assumptions. Assuming this full symmetry holds leads to a de finite prediction for the shape of the nonGaussian CMB bispectrum, quite different from single field slow roll inflation.

Special "Evolution Cluster Search 2013" Seminar
February 4, 2013  10:00 am  11:00 am
Lynch Lecture Hall (Chemistry)
Erol Açkay, Princeton
“New frontiers in social evolution theory”
Cooperation between organisms is a major driving force of biological organization at all levels, from single cells to whole ecosystems. Understanding the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation and other social traits therefore is a central goal of evolutionary theory. I will talk about my recent work that aims to advance the frontiers of social evolution theory in two directions.