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Energy, Medicine, Nanotechnology Topics at Physics Colloquium Series

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Fred Schlachter, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, speaks on "Over a barrel: A worldwide energy crisis" during the Department of Physics's Colloquium Series Feb. 26 in Exley Science Center. (Photo by Alexandra Portis '09)

An emerging worldwide energy crisis demands a new approach for a sustainable energy future.

“How we adapt will determine our future on this planet,” said physicist Fred Schlachter, during the Department of Physics’ Colloquium Series Feb. 26 in Exley Science Center.

Schlachter, a guest speaker from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source Division, is the co-author of Energy Future: Think Efficiency, a report that examines how America can look within to achieve energy security and reduce global warming. At Wesleyan, he gave a presentation titled “Over a barrel: A world wide energy crisis.”

The topic of energy is a key theme ongoing in the Physics Department’s Spring 2009 Colloquium Series. Other guest speakers, including three Wesleyan alumni,

Alden, Imai, Starr Awarded Tenure

The Wesleyan University Board of Trustees affirmed the promotion with tenure, effective July 1, 2009, of the following members of the faculty:

Jane Alden.

Jane Alden.

Jane Alden, associate professor of music, was appointed assistant professor of music at Wesleyan in 2001. Prior, she was an acting assistant professor at Stanford University, and an instructor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Alden was awarded a Wesleyan Center for the Humanities Fellowship and was a visiting research associate at Harvard University. She has been the recipient of a Mellon Center Mini-Grant, a Wesleyan University seed grant, and Wesleyan University Snowdon funding for a symposium.

Her research and teaching interest include manuscript production and music books in the 15th century; historiography of chanson in the late 19th and 20th centuries; The “New York School” of American experimental

Kottos Honorary Distinguished Guest at Physics Symposium

Tsampikos Kottos

Tsampikos Kottos

Tsampikos Kottos, assistant professor of physics, was invited to the 7th Christmas Symposium of Physicists Dec. 11-13. The event will be held at the University of Maribor’s Center for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in Maribor, Slovenia.

Kottos will be one of the main speakers and an honorary distinguished guest. The scientific meeting involves several distinguished guests from abroad, covering all research disciplines in physics.

Physics Group Hosts Mesoscopic Systems Symposium Oct. 26

Wesleyan's Complex Quantum Dynamics and Mesoscopic Phenomena Group is hosting the annual New England Mesoscopic Systems Symposium Oct. 26. Group members include front, from left, James Aisenberg, Rangga Budoyo, Gim Seng Ng, Mei Zheng, Katrina Smith-Mannschott and Carl West, and back, from left, Joshua Bodyfelt and Tsampikos Kottos.

Wesleyan's Complex Quantum Dynamics and Mesoscopic Phenomena Group is hosting the annual New England Mesoscopic Systems Symposium Oct. 26. Group members include front, from left, James Aisenberg '09, Rangga Budoyo (now at the University of Maryland), Gim Seng Ng '08 (now at Harvard University), Mei Zheng '10, graduate student Katrina Smith-Mannschott and Carl West '11, and back, from left, graduate student Joshua Bodyfelt and Tsampikos Kottos, assistant professor of physics.

Physicists, predominately from New England and Europe, will convene Oct. 26 at Wesleyan to discuss topics related to mesoscopic systems. The one-day event, coordinated by the Physics Department’s Complex Quantum Dynamics and Mesoscopic Phenomena Group, will be the first-ever New England Mesoscopic Systems Symposium.

The mesoscopic scale lies between microscopic and macroscopic, which is visible to the human eye.