Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Events

  • Tue
    24
    Jan
    2017
    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Hartmut Grote
    Division of Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy
    Albert Einstein Institute — Hannover, Germany

    The Physics of Climate, the IPCC, and the Public Discourse:
    A Tour D'Horizon of Global Warming

    Global warming is a topic of broad scientific inquiry as well as societal relevance. I will review the basic principles of climate physics, explain the role of the IPCC in assessing different aspects of global warming, and will try to shed some light on the public discourse around global warming and forces trying to obstruct the science.

  • Tue
    24
    Jan
    2017
    6:00 pmLuca Bakery and Cafe, 1120-1122 North Lamar Blvd Oxford, Mississippi

    Dr. Randy M. Wadkins
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    University of Mississippi

    It’s a Small World After All
    Nanomaterials are types of matter that lie in size between single molecules and bacteria, or approximately one millionth of a millimeter. Where do you find such tiny little objects? Right in plain sight! Maybe you were hungry today and grabbed a slice of American Cheese or a tub of Greek yogurt from the fridge. Maybe afterward you brushed your teeth with toothpaste, or freshened your breath with gum. Maybe you took a shower and used a dandruff shampoo, then put on deodorant. Maybe you then put on stain-resistant pants, dabbed on a little sunscreen, and headed off to campus. All of those items I just mentioned contain nanoparticles, so small you can’t see each one, but essential for product performance.

    In this follow-up to my 2016 TEDxUM talk, I will describe what the nanoparticles do in these products, then talk a little about nanoengineering using DNA, with a particular focus on the future of nanomedicine. Like in the movie “Fantastic Voyage,” nanomedicine is close to being reality.
    See this page for details.