Monday, January 7, 2008

This week (Jan 9, 12:15 in SW113) Alan Hurd (the physics colloquium speaker, more info below) will lead an informal discussion for Physics Graduate Students and others. Free Pizza will be served. Please come. This is in place of a normal journal club.

On another Wed., we will have an organizational meeting to plan journalclub topics for the Spring semester (stay tunned for the date). The journal club is a chance for graduate students/post docs to discuss a recent result in any area of physics / science. Talks should be short, understandable to a wide audience, and simple to prepare. I and many other faculty will be happy to suggest topics, help you prepare, or answer your questions. Please volunteer to give a talk. Thanks.

Dr. Alan Hurd is the director of the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center ( at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Lujan Center is one of the world’s premier spallation neutron facilities and supports scientific studies in a broad range of areas spanning physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, engineering and fundamental nuclear physics. Dr. Hurd is also the past president of the Materials Research Society ( The MRS is devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and currently has over 14,000 members. The MRS is different than single discipline societies, such as the American Physical Society, since it is devoted to promoting the study of materials by researchers in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, … The MRS is very active as an advocate of its members interests and has played a very active role in lobbying for increased awareness and support of materials research.

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