Graduate Student Seminars

Presenting in this weekly student seminar is a good opportunity to take a step back, reflect, and put into perspective the research we spend so much time occupied with. Especially for students early in their research careers, formulating storylines and sorting out the central ideas for the sake of an interactive audience of peers can be a very useful and enjoyable experience. The audience of grad students and post-docs comes out of general curiosity, solidarity, and/or to enjoy the refreshments and socialize. There, they have a unique opportunity to ask questions more freely and about more unfamiliar topics than they may have during more formal talks. Newer students who are still in the process of choosing a research group can get an impression of what their prospective lives would be, from the most relevant people: other grad students. The format of the seminars is left entirely up to the presenter, but they often last between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the involvement of the audience, of which there is usually a lot. Every Friday afternoon at 5:00 (4:30 for refreshments).

For questions, please contact Hunter King or Lee Walsh.


Date Name Title of talk
Oct 5, 2012 Keith Otis
Developing a Synthetic Spectrum for the Study of Pileup in Borexino
Sep 28, 2012 Tom Goldstein
Monte Carlo: from dartboards to the quantum Worm Algorithm
Sep 21, 2012 Jess McIver The Advanced LIGO seismic isolation system
Sep 14, 2012 Derek Wood
A Bit of Fun with the 4-Color Theorem
May 4, 2012 Luis Cajamarca
Molecular Adhesion of Curved Filaments: Self-Assembly of Bacterial Flagellar Bundles
Apr 27, 2012 Basem El-Menoufi
A brief review of gauge-invariance and thinking about gauge non-invariance
Apr 20, 2012 Keith Otis
The Recent Past and Future of the Borexino Detector: Teaching an Old Dog Neu(trino) Tricks
Apr 6, 2012 Sereres Johnston
Double Beta Decay and the Compton Telescope technique
Mar 30, 2012 Huajie Ke Patterned Nano-sized Material with Large Magnetic Permeability at High Frequency
Mar 16, 2012 Hamidreza Shojaei Adsorption of polyelectrolytes onto curved surface using WKB approximation
Mar 9, 2012 Don Blair Statistical Mechanics of 2D Foams for Dummies
Feb 23, 2012 Hunter King,
Lee Walsh
The wrinkle transition of a sheet on a drop
Hierarchical Stress Focusing in an Elastic Ridge
Feb 16, 2012 Amir Azadi Defects in Crystalline Packings of Twisted Bundles: Dislocations and Grain Boundaries
Feb 9, 2012 Phil Martel Measuring Proton Spin Polarizabilities with Polarized Compton Scattering
Dec 15, 2011 Jessica Cook Inflation
Dec 8, 2011 Jiansheng "Jackson" Feng Micro-channels Designed for Passive Asymmetric Wicking
Dec 1, 2011 Jon Wexler PREX: Cleanly Measuring the Neutron Radius of Lead through Parity Violation
Nov 10, 2011 Jaime Hopkins Chemical Potentials of Individual Polymers in Mixtures of High and Low Molecular Weight PEG in Thermodynamic Equilibrium with a Pore
Nov 3, 2011 Wei Hong Dynamical slowing down and structural changesin the colloidal glass transition
Oct 27, 2011 Jared Vanasse Two-Body and Three-Body Scattering and The Fadeev Equation
Oct 20, 2011 Ilke Ercan (EE) Fundamental heat dissipation limits of information processing in nanocomputing technologies
Oct 13, 2011 Hunter King Mechanics of Fluid-Supported Films
Oct 6, 2011 German Colon Search for TeV-Scale Gravity Signatures at the LHC
Sept 29, 2011 Derek Wood Adventures with superparamagnetic beads: a preliminary exploration of the depletion interaction with an added inter-particle repulsion.
Sept 22, 2011 TJ Blackburn Quantum corrections to the gravitational scattering of massless particles
Sept 15, 2011 Stefan Dickert Conductivity and Structural Properties of Nanostructures Fabricated by E-Beam Exposure of Nanoparticle Resists
Sept 8, 2011   New Grad Student Welcome
Aug 18, 2011 Ben Gamari The limitations of FRET in observing conformational dynamics
Aug 11, 2011 Jessica McIver Data Quality Studies for LIGO and Virgo
Aug 4, 2011 Tom Goldstein A Brief Introduction to Feynman Diagrams and the Worm Algorithm
July 28, 2011 Jiansheng "Jackson" Feng A prelude to Arduino: think it, make it
July 14, 2011 Don Blair The Smallest Square-full Donut
July 7, 2011 John Mergo (Cornell) Melting Dynamics of Colloidal Crystals
June 30, 2011 Sheema Rahman Seresht Fluorescent Correlation Spectroscopy
June 24, 2011 No Seminar  
June 16, 2011 Nesrin Senbil Capillarity vs. Curvature
June 9, 2011 Craig Versek Mechanisms and Measurements of Bulk Proton Conductivity in Protogenic Small Molecule Solvents
June 3, 2011 Ning Ouyang A theoretical description of polymers under confinement
May 27, 2011 Marcelo Dias Unfolding Mysteries with Gauss Maps
May 20, 2011 Ben Gamari An Introduction to Bayesian Inference in Data Analysis
May 13, 2011 Jared Vanasse Parity Violation in neutron deuteron scattering in Pionless Effective Field Theory
May 6, 2011 Johan Carlstrom Multi component superconductors and type-1.5 superconductivity
Apr 29, 2011 Luis Cajamarca Condensed Helical Flagella
Apr 22, 2011 Derek Wood Beating the Diffraction Limit
Apr 15, 2011 Yipeng Yang Self-assembly of P3HT and PCBM Nanoparticles
Apr 8, 2011 Sereres Johnston Building a giant Toroidal Spectrometer
Apr 1, 2011 Daniel Hoak Detecting Gravitational Waves for Fun and Profit
Mar 25, 2011 Jiansheng Feng Superhydrophobic Surfaces by E-Beam
Mar 11, 2011 Richard Buckman FCS, FRET, and Cavity QED
Mar 4, 2011 Ufuk Aydemir Emergent symmetry: An alternative to unification
Feb 25, 2011 Don Blair The Parallel Computational Complexity of the Percolation Model
Feb 18, 2011 Amir Azadi Conformation of semiflexible chiral filaments
Feb 11, 2011 Lee Walsh D-cone interactions on a cylindrical surface
Feb 4, 2011 Jaime Hutchison (Haiku title) lipid vesicles - are introduced to protein - curvature changes
Jan 21, 2011 Tianyu Yang Ferromagnetic Nanoring for MRAM application
Jan 14, 2011 Bugra Toga Wrinkling of an Annulus
Dec 17, 2010 Stefan Dickert Basic fabrication techniques in nanotechnology
Dec 10, 2010 Jared Vanasse Effective Theories For Dummies
Dec 3, 2010 Emily Thompson Everything you always wanted to know about CERN and the LHC
Nov 19, 2010 Peter Morgan Double beta decay experiments and measurement of the neutrino mass
Nov 12, 2010 Peker Milas Method for better understanding length scales in FRET measurements
Nov 5, 2010 Mina Baghgar Bostanabad Investigation of light scattering of gold nanoparticles via NSOM
Oct 29, 2010 Colm Kelleher (NYU) Particles at fluid interfaces
Oct 15, 2010 Liquan Pei Melting and Freezing of 2D Col. Crystals with Short Range Interactions
Oct 7, 2010 Dong Chen Phase Behavior of Vesicles of DOPC/DPPC Mixtures
Oct 1, 2010 Marcelo Dias 1D Variational Problems in Elasticity of Curves
Sep 24, 2010 Selcuk Yasar Casimir/Lifshitz Interaction - Exper. with DNA Solutions
Sep 17, 2010 Craig Versek Double-Layer Capacitance in Salt Solutions
Sep 10, 2010 Ben Ett Kerr-Schild Formalism in GR (Part II)
Sep 3, 2010 Ben Ett Kerr-Schild Formalism in GR
Aug 27, 2010 Hongqiang Wang Granular Gas Experiments
Aug 6, 2010 Dominique Cambou Densely Crumpled Films
Jul 23, 2010 Ben Gamari Fun with Fluorescent Molecules
Jul 9, 2010 Hunter King Granular Surfactant vs. Elastic Particle Raft
Jul 2, 2010 Greg Farrell Mysteries in Stat. Geom. of Hard Sphere Packings
Jun 25, 2010 Chuan Zeng Particles at Curved fluid Interfaces
Jun 18, 2010 Jiansheng Feng Nano-fluid-lithography
Jun 11, 2010 Huajie Ke High Permeability Low Loss Magnetic Systems
Jun 4, 2010 Michael Ray Experiments with Supersolid Helium
May 21, 2010 Don Blair Percolation in Stat Mech Simulation
May 14, 2010 Marcelo Dias Mobius Strip, Diff. Geom. in Thin Film Theory
May 7, 2010 Hunter King Experiments with Wrinkling Thin Films