General

Robin M. Hochstrasser (1931 - 2013)

We are deeply saddened to learn that Professor Robin Hochstrasser passed away on February 27 at the age of 82.

 

Robin M. Hochstrasser, a pioneer and one of the world’s foremost scientists in the application of lasers in chemical and biomedical research, died February 27, 2013. He was a professor and distinguished researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for the past 50 years.

 

Eric Ferreira, Colorado State University; Special Organic Seminar

Wed, 2013-02-27 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 

Lynch Room

Eric Schelter receives Cottrelll Scholar Award

Assistant Professor Eric Schelter has received a 2013 Cottrell Scholar Award. The Cottrell Scholar awards, instituted in 1994, are named in honor of Frederick Gardner Cottrell, scientist, inventor and philanthropist. Dr. Cottrell founded Research Corporation in 1912 and provided means for scientific research and experimentation at scholarly institutions.

Emmanuel Lacote, University of Lyon; Organic Seminar

Mon, 2013-10-28 12:00 - 13:30
Location: 

Lynch Room

Special Seminar: Justin Burton, U. Chicago

Thu, 2013-02-21 10:30
Speaker: 

Dr. Justin Burton

University of Chicago

 

What Lies Beneath: Fluid/Solid Interactions from Liquid Drops to Floating Ice

 

Abstract: Natural phenomena such as the coalescence of liquid drops or the collision of solid grains are of fundamental importance for nearly all the physical sciences and applied mathematics. Although processes such as these control the evolution and dynamics of systems on much larger scales, their individual details are often poorly understood. In this talk I will review our recent experiments that probe the mechanics of fluid and solid interfaces in a variety of manifestations. These include studies of drop coalescence, clustering in inelastic gases, the levitation of a liquid drop above a hot surface and the earthquake generated by a capsizing iceberg. Although seemingly distinct, these examples will highlight the role of precision laboratory measurements in shaping our understanding of nonequilibrium physical processes.

 

Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall

Special Seminar: David Sivak, UCSF

Mon, 2013-02-18 10:00
Speaker: 

Dr. David Sivak

University of California, San Francisco

 

Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics: Free Energy, Optimal Control, and Optimal Response

 

Abstract: Molecular machines are protein complexes that convert between different forms of energy, and they feature prominently in essentially any major cell biological process. A plausible hypothesis holds that evolution has sculpted these machines to efficiently transmit energy and information in their natural contexts, where energetic fluctuations are large and nonequilibrium driving forces are strong. Toward a systematic picture of efficient, stochastic, nonequilibrium energy and information transmission, I present theoretical developments in three distinct yet related areas of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics: How can we measure how far from equilibrium a driven system is? How do we find efficient methods to push a system rapidly from one state to another? And finally, what are generic properties of systems that efficiently harness the energy and information present in environmental fluctuations?

Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall

Hirschmann Visiting Professor Lecture 3 - James Skinner, Univ. Wisconsin

Thu, 2013-02-21 13:00
Speaker: 

James L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

Lecture 3

Protein structure and vibrational spectroscopy
Thursday, February 21, 2013
1:00 PM

Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall

Hirschmann Visiting Professor Lecture 2 - James Skinner, Univ. Wisconsin

Wed, 2013-02-20 16:00
Speaker: 

James L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 


Lecture 2

Water at liquid/vapor, surfactant, and lipid interfaces
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
4:00 PM

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME.

Location: 

Lynch Lecture Hall

Kim Dunbar, Texas A&M University; Inorganic Seminar

Tue, 2013-09-24 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 

Lynch Room

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