Events

  • Physics Department Colloquium: "Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE/CHAMP: Engaging Underrepresented Students in Physics and Astronomy"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory - A8

    Alex Rudolph (Cal Poly Pomona) hosted by: James Aguirre

    The level of participation by underrepresented minority (URM) and female students in physics and astronomy PhD programs is shamefully low (2-4% for URM v. 30% in the general population; 20% for women v. 50% in the general population). I will begin by discussing research into why these participation rates are so low for these groups, highlighting role the physics and general GRE tests play in suppressing diversity in our field, while providing little to no benefit in helping predict long-term success.

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  • Physics Department Colloquium: "Statistical Physics of Complex Polymeric Molecules"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory - A8

    Robijn Bruinsma (UCLA) hosted by Joe Kroll

    Statistical physics methods have been applied with great success to simple polymeric molecules such as linear polymers, polymer brushes, and gels. The application of these same methods to polymeric molecules with branching and circuits, such as large RNA molecules and other biomolecules, has however proven to more difficult. In the colloquium, I will discuss recent progress that was made in the study of such molecules by combining graph-theoretical concepts with statistical physics methods and large-scale computation.

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  • Physics Colloquium - Rittenhouse Lecture

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory - A8

    Art McDonald