Event Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2018-11-15T16:00:00 2018-11-15T17:00:00 Feeling the strain: fields for electronic nematic order Event Information: It is common to think of strains in solids in a somewhat passive sense, simply as the response of a material to external forces. However, for certain types of electronic order, strains of a specific symmetry can have much more important roles to play, acting as longitudinal, and even transverse, fields for the order parameter. In this talk, I will first describe how antisymmetric strain can act as a longitudinal field for electronic nematic order. I'll then go on to describe appropriate transverse fields for nematic order, including orthogonal antisymmetric strain, illustrating these points with various materials. Using such effects it becomes possible to tune materials that exhibit electronic nematic order towards a quantum phase transition. I'll explain why this is such an exciting prospect. Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2018-11-22T16:00:00 2018-11-22T17:00:00 Biomechanics and neural control of maneuvering flight Event Information: My research program is motivated by fascination with bird flight. My laboratory group uses a multi- disciplinary approach that includes biomechanics, physiology, and neuroscience to examine flight ability. Our current research is organized around two topics: 1) how birds morph their wings and what benefits this provides; and 2) how optic flow signals are encoded in the avian brain and used to guide their flight. As we gain understanding of flight mechanisms, we further endeavor to apply comparative approaches that provide deeper insight into avian ecology and evolution. Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2018-11-29T16:00:00 2018-11-29T17:00:00 The Future of Cancer Medicine: Personal or Industrial? Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2018-12-06T16:00:00 2018-12-06T17:00:00 The human voice, the erhu and the violin Event Location: Hennings 201