Agenda for 2018 Rising Stars in Physics Workshop at MIT

Agenda updated on 3/27/2018

To view the agenda for the 2016 Rising Stars event, please click here.

Updated on 3/27/2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

8:00 pm Networking Reception for Workshop Participants


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

All events located in the Pappalardo Room (4-349) unless otherwise noted

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 am Welcome from Physics Department Head and Workshop Chair
Peter Fisher, Department Head of Physics

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Associate Professor of Physics and Workshop Chair
9:30 – 10:45 am 12 Research Talks

"Super-Massive Black Holes and Large-Scale Structure"
Becky Canning, Stanford University

"The Dynamic Outer Solar System"
Katherine de Kleer, California Institute of Technology

"Brown Dwarf Distances and Atmospheres: Spitzer Parallaxes and the Keck/NIRSPEC Upgrade"
Emily Martin, UCLA

"A Multiphase Look at Galaxy Nuclei in High Resolution"
Anne Medling, California Institute of Technology

"Most Peculiar Objects in the Universe"
Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, University of Arizona

"Ground-Based CMB Measurements: Spectral Distortions, Readout Technologies"
Mayuri Sathyanarayana Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

10:45 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Research Talks (continued)

"A Fermi-Degenerate 3D Optical Lattice Clock"
Sara Campbell, UC Berkeley

"Unraveling in vivo Magnetosensing"
Clarice Aiello, Stanford University

"What Crystals can tell us about the Nature of the Universe"
Sinead Griffin, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab & UC Berkeley

"Shining Light on Topological Dirac Materials"
Qiong Ma, MIT

"The Electronic and Optical Properties of Quasi-Two-Dimensional Materials"
Diana Y. Qiu, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

"The Search for Time Reversal Symmetry-Breaking States in Condensed Matter Systems"
Elizabeth Schemm, Stanford University

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch with guest speaker Prof. Sara Seager (Class of 1941 Professor of Physics and Planetary Science)
1:30 – 2:30 pm Panel 1:  The Job Search and Interview Process
Panelists: Profs. Georgia Karagiorgi (Columbia), Prineha Narang (Harvard), and Tracy Slatyer (MIT)
2:30 – 3:00 pm Coffee break
3:00 – 4:00 pm Panel 2:  The First Few Years of a Faculty Career (Mentoring, Promotion, and Tenure)
Panelists: Profs. Peter Fisher (MIT), Neelima Sehgal (Stony Brook), and Jessie Shelton (Illinois)
4:00 – 5:00 pm Small Groups Discussion w/ Junior Faculty
Junior Faculty: Profs. Nikta Fakhri (MIT), Georgia Karagiorgi (Columbia), Prineha Narang (Harvard), Neelima Sehgal (Stony Brook), and Jessie Shelton (Illinois)
6:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner with Guest Speaker Prof. Rainer Weiss
(Professor of Physics, Emeritus, 2017 Nobel Laureate)
Samberg Conference Center, 6th Floor, Dining Rooms 3+4


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

All events located in the Pappalardo Room (4-349) unless otherwise noted

8:30 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am 12 Research Talks

"Tests of Quantum Measurement with Superconducting Qubits" 
Sydney Schreppler, UC Berkeley 

"A Change in Stripes for Liquid Crystal Shells – Controlling Elasticity to Order Nanomaterials"
Lisa Tran, University of Pennsylvania

"Emergent Phases and Gauge Fields in Correlated Systems"
Yizhi You, Princeton University

"Search of a Lifetime: Long-Lived Particles at the ATLAS Experiment"
Tova Holmes, University of Chicago

"Dark Matter Direct Detection with LUX and LZ"
Christina Ignarra, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

"Neutrino Oscillation in DUNE"
Shirley Li, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory 

10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:45 pm Research Talks (continued)

"Invisible Worlds: Low-Temperature Rare-Event Searches and the Hunt for Physics Beyond the Standard Model"
Danielle Speller, Yale University

"The Beauty of the Higgs Boson"
Caterina Vernieri, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

"Searching for Dark Matter Interactions in Cosmology"
Kimberly Boddy, Johns Hopkins University

"Can Muon Probe Existence of New Physics?"
Bipasha Chakraborty, Jefferson Lab

"Empirical Determination of the Velocity Distribution of Dark Matter"
Lina Necib, California Institute of Technology

"Quantum Steampunk: Quantum Information and Thermodynamics"
Nicole Yunger Halpern, California Institute of Technology

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch with Guest Speaker Prof. Anna Frebel (Silverman (1968) Family Career Development Associate Professor of Physics)
1:00 – 2:00pm Panel 3:  Public Speaking and Communication
Panelists: Profs. Anna Frebel (MIT), Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (MIT), and Sara Seager (MIT)
2:00 – 3:00pm Panel 4:  Work-Life Balance (Time Management, Career and Family)
Panelists: Profs. Ed Bertschinger (MIT Institute Community and Equity Officer), Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (MIT), and Lindley Winslow (MIT)
3:00 – 3:30pm Group Photo
3:30 – 4:00pm Adjourn