Tim McKay, University of Michigan
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:00pm
102 Thaw Hall

Equity and inclusion are important goals for higher education. Data can play a central role in achieving these goals. First, data are essential for probing equity. To provide an example, I will describe the discovery of a pattern of gendered performance differences in large foundational courses, both at Michigan and at an array of other Universities. Data can also help create solutions, as when we test new course designs and develop tools that personalize education.
Over the last year, a group of ten large public research universities have launched the Sloan Equity and Inclusion in STEM Introductory Courses, or SEISMIC project. Dozens of faculty, staff, and students from these institutions are working to connect STEM education research to practice in a national “learning laboratory.” Together, we hope to provide the evidence necessary to motivate change, and find practical ways to make our courses more equitable and inclusive.

Artificial Atoms: Quantum Optics and Spin Physics of Quantum Dots
Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are nanoscopic crystals that are often called artificial atoms. Charge carriers trapped within them have discrete energy levels in the fashion of single atoms, and they absorb and emit light at discrete wavelengths corresponding to those energy levels. Because of this, in many ways QDs behave like the canonical two-level quantum system, which makes them suitable for experiments involving the quantum nature of light, which is called quantum optics. For this ...
Talk location: 321 Allen Hall Seminar Fall 2019
Edward (Ned) Flagg
West Virginia University
Anomalous Velocity and Geometry in Wave Mechanics
In electronic band theory the dynamics of electrons in crystal lattices can exhibit novel phenomena associated with the anomalous velocity. Modern work on this subject revives an idea which appeared in its primitive form some fifty years ago to interpret the anomalous Hall effect in magnetically ordered states of matter, namely the appearance of a Hall conductivity in materials that have spontaneously broken time reversal symmetry without an applied magnetic field. The signature of the ...
Talk location: 302 Doherty Hall, CMU Colloquium Fall 2019
Eugene Mele
University of Pennsylvania
Band Engineering for Quantum Simulation in Circuit QED
The field of circuit QED has emerged as a rich platform for both quantum computation and quantum simulation. Lattices of coplanar waveguide (CPW) resonators realize artificial photonic materials in the tight-binding limit. Combined with strong qubit-photon interactions, these systems can be used to study dynamical phase transitions, many-body phenomena, and spin models in driven-dissipative systems. I will show that these waveguide cavities are uniquely deformable and can produce lattices and networks which cannot readily be ...
Talk location: 321 Allen Seminar Fall 2019
Alicia Kollar
University of Maryland and Joint Quantum Institute
Come help unify and promote Quantum Science and Engineering in Pittsburgh at Science2019: Wednesday through Friday, October 16-18, 2019 Alumni Hall & Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center.
Talk location: Alumni Hall PQI Event
Pittsburgh Quantum Institute
Visit our booth!
Joshua Folk (UBC @Vancouver)
Talk location: 102 Thaw Hall Colloquium Fall 2019
Joshua Folk
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Laura Ruetsche (University of Michigan)
Speaker biography: Laura Ruetsche's research focuses on the foundations of physical theories, particularly quantum theories. Her book Interpreting Quantum Theories (Oxford), published in May 2011, was a co-winner of the 2013 Lakatos Award in philosophy of science. The book aims to use peculiar features of quantum field theories to challenge entrenched accounts of what a quantum theory is and how a physical theory comes to be associated with a collection of worlds that are by ...
Talk location: Cathedral of Learning 1008 Fall 2019 Seminar Philosophy
Laura Ruetsche
University of Michigan
Marcel Franz (UBC @Vancouver)
Talk location: 102 Thaw Hall Colloquium
Marcel Franz
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Marcel Franz (UBC @Vancouver)
Talk location: 321 Allen Hall Seminar Fall 2019
Marcel Franz
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Andrea Cavalleri (Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter)
Talk location: 102 Thaw Hall Colloquium
Andrea Cavalleri
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
The annual PQI signature event will cover a wide range of topics in quantum science and engineering by featuring prominent invited keynote lecturers and highlighting the current research of PQI members. All talks are colloquium-style and accessible to a broad audience.
Talk location: University Club 123 University Place PQI Event
Multiple speakers
More Calendars

Condensed Matter Physics Seminars

Physics Colloquia

Pitt Chemistry Seminar Series

CMU Chemistry Seminar Series

Pitt Engineering Seminar Series

CMU Engineering Seminar Series

Materials Supergroup