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 Amherst Today Program

Symmetry in Nature and in the Laws of Nature

Thursday - Friday, March 7 - 8, 2013

Program


Thursday, March 7, 2013
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Registration
Check in and pick up registration packets
Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road
8:30 a.m. –
2:30 p.m.

Visit Open Classes
Click here for a list of available open classes
Various locations

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch
Meal tickets provided in registration packets
Valentine Dining Hall
2:30 – 3 p.m. Late Registration
Check in and pick up registration packets
Lobby, Merrill Science Center
3 – 3:45 p.m. Welcome
Keynote: Symmetry, Conservation and the Central Role of Emmy Noether's Theorems in the Physics of the Last 100 Years
Kannan Jagannathan, the Bruce B. Benson '43 and Lucy Benson Professor of Physics
Lecture Room 2, Merrill Science Center
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Introduction to Fundamental Discrete Symmetries
Larry Hunter, the Stone Professor of Natural Sciences (Physics)
Lecture Room 2, Merrill Science Center
4:30 – 5 p.m. Break
5 – 5:45 p.m. Symmetry and Schrodinger's Cat
Jonathan Friedman, associate professor of physics
Lecture Room 2, Merrill Science Center
5:45 - 6:30 p.m. The Higgs Particle and Symmetries
Exact, Approximate, Manifest and Hidden
Will Loinaz, associate professor of physics
Lecture Room 2, Merrill Science Center
6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
An opportunity to relax and discuss the day's lectures with the faculty, guests and fellow participants. There will be information available about  the new Science Center and staff there to answer quetions.
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons
7:30 p.m. Dinner
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons
Friday, March 8, 2013
7:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
Meal tickets provided in information packets
Valentine Dining Hall
9 – 10:30 a.m.

Lab Tours
Participants will pre-select one research lab to visit from 9 to 9:45 a.m., and a second one to visit from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. See the list of open labs here.

10:30 – 11 a.m. Break
11 – 11:45 a.m. Symmetry in Motion: How Mathematicians and Artists Capture the Patterns of Nature
Susan Goldstine '93,associate professor of mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland
Room 131, Merrill Science Center
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Challenges and Pleasures of Bringing Esoteric Science to the Public
Carolyn Johnson '02, the lead science writer at The Boston Globe
Room 131, Merrill Science Center
12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch
Meal tickets provided in information packets
Valentine Dining Hall
2 – 2:45 p.m. Supersymmetry on the Table:
Looking for New Physics with an Old Method
Elizabeth Petrik '08, graduate student in physics at Harvard University
Lecture Room 3, Merrill Science Center 
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Testing the Symmetry between Matter and Antimatter
David Hanneke, assistant professor of physics
Lecture Room 3, Merrill Science Center
3:30 – 4 p.m. Closing Reception and Conversation
Merrill Science Center Lobby