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Type of Event

Event Calendar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Common Table

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values.
Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Myriam Sarachik, City College of New York: “SURPRISE: Just Because You Think You’re Heading Toward a Quantum Phase Transition Does Not Mean You Will Get There”

Measurements of the Hall coefficient, resistivity, magnetoresistance, magnetic response and thermopower in two-dimensional strongly interacting electron systems have established that, contrary to expectations, a metal-insulator transition occurs at a critical electron density nc and a metallic phase exists in 2-D. One intriguing mystery has been that, by contrast with the dramatic divergences that have been observed for all other physical properties, the magnetoresistance has exhibited smooth and uneventful behavior approaching and crossing nc.

In this talk, I will present new data and a different new analysis of the magnetoresistance of the strongly interacting 2-D electron system in a silicon MOSFET for a broad range of electron densities. Our surprising results should trigger a re-examination of past work.

Event flier featuring a headshot of Jennifer Levi wearing a blue pinstriped collared shirt

"Queer Rights and the Courts: The Meaning of Sex, Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status"

All welcome for a discussion about “Queer Rights and the Courts: The Meaning of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Transgender Status,” with Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders and professor of law at Western New England University, and Jen Manion, associate professor of history, Amherst College.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness or because you are curious. The group will be led by Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart.

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.