Sarah McAnulty is a PhD candidate at UConn and is something of a SciComm powerhouse. She founded the successful Skype a Scientist program, which connects classrooms and researchers all over the world, she regularly gives general audience science talks and hosts science trivia nights, and she does an amazing job communicating her science through social media (she has 8,679 twitter followers). Sarah will come to OIST and give a talk or workshop about SciComm.
Stable homotopy and differential topology
[Seminar] Comparative Transcriptomic and Epigenomic Analyses of Retinal Müller Glia during Different Damage Paradigms in Zebrafish, Chick, and Mouse by Professor David R. HydeWednesday, August 15, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:00
Title: Comparative Transcriptomic and Epigenomic Analyses of Retinal Müller Glia during Different Damage Paradigms in Zebrafish, Chick, and Mouse
Speaker: Professor David R. Hyde
Institution: University of Notre Dame
Seminar Venue: B503, Center Building
Gravity on large scales is relatively well understood. For galaxies, planets and apples: we have Einstein’s General Relativity with which to make accurate predictions. But on small scales, where quantum mechanics becomes important, gravity is more difficult to understand, and as a result we lack precise descriptions of various natural phenomena (such as black holes).
One way to make progress in in our search for quantum gravity is to start from the large scale theory we know and love (at the ‘bottom’), and look for ways in which it may be modified and improved as we zoom in to smaller scales (going ‘up’ to a more fundamental theory).
Recent progress in ‘Effective Field Theory’ may shed some light on the connections between large and small scale physics. By exploiting certain physical properties of scattering probabilities (e.g. that they are unitary, causal and local), one can derive an infinite number of constraints which any large scale theory must satisfy in order to admit a sensible small scale completion.
In this talk, I will provide an overview of these new ‘positivity constraints’, and discuss their implications for quantum gravity.
QG group meeting
Speaker: Yasha Neiman
Title: "The complex action of GR and black hole entropy"
OIST Presidential Lecture - "Origami - Mathematics, Science and Technology" by Prof. Lakshminarayanan MahadevanFriday, August 10, 2018 - 10:00
Origami, the exquisite craft of folding paper into three-dimensional shapes, has been practiced for millennia by artists and lay people. Prof. Mahadevan will discuss some physical aspects of rigid and soft origami associated with the weak and strong deformations of thin sheets of any material. The eﬃcient packing properties of folded matter suggest that it ought to occur naturally in physical and biological systems, and he will show that they do indeed appear on a range of scales, e.g. in drying gels, wings, leaves and even your gut as a self-organized pattern. These physical manifestations of origami suggest the question of how to design the number, location and orientation of folds to create complex shapes. Prof. Mahadevan will ﬁnish his talk with a description of attempts to solve this inverse problem, and its generalizations.
[Topology and Geometry Seminar] "Solving Word Problems in finitely presented groups" by Robert Tang