2016 Rising Stars in Physics Agenda

Agenda updated on 9/30/2016

NOTE:  This event happened in the past.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

8:00 pm Networking Reception for Workshop Participants


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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 the Physics Department Head
Peter Fisher
9:30 – 10:45 am Research Talks

The Grand Planetary Ensemble: Using Kepler Statistics to Understand the Formation and Habitability of M Dwarf Planets
Sarah Ballard, MIT

Discovering New Worlds with the Help of a Robot
Jennifer Burt, MIT

Multi-Messenger Astronomy with Advanced LIGO-Virgo
Hsin-Yu Chen, University of Chicago

Solar Gamma Rays and the GRIPS Instrument
Nicole Duncan, UC Berkeley

FIREBall-2: Upcoming UV Observations of the Circumgalactic Medium
Erika Hamden, Caltech

Spin and Magnetism in the Smallest Stars
Elisabeth Newton, MIT

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

Growth in Presence of a Flow: A Surprising Dynamics!
Severine Atis, Harvard University

How Space Shapes Diversity in Microbial Populations: Consequences on the Emergence and Spread of Drug Resistance
Diana Fusco, UC Berkeley

Intrinsically Disordered Living Systems
Orit Peleg, Harvard University

Probing Local Spin Dynamics and Transport Using Nitrogen Vacancy Center in Diamond
Chunhui Du, Harvard University

Ultrafast and Nonequilibrium Processes in Quantum Plasmonics
Prineha Narang, Harvard University

Unraveling the Mysteries of Superconductors
Ming Yi, UC Berkeley

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch with guest speaker Prof. Maria Zuber (Vice President for Research at MIT)
1:30 – 2:30 pm Panel 1: The Job Search and Interview Process
Panelists: Profs. Jeff Gore (MIT), Mariangela Lisanti (Princeton), Kerstin Perez (MIT), and Vladan Vuletic (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. Nikta Fakhri (MIT), Peter Fisher (Physics Department Head), Toyoko Orimoto (Northeastern), Monika Schleier-Smith (Stanford), Michael Sipser (Dean of the School of Science)
4:00 – 5:00 pm Small Groups Discussion w/ Junior Faculty
Junior Faculty: Profs. Mariangela Lisanti (Princeton), Toyoko Orimoto (Northeastern), Monika Schleier-Smith (Stanford)
6:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner with Guest Speaker Prof. Nergis Mavalvala (Physics Department Associate Head)


Wednesday, April 25, 2016

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

8:30 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am

Research Talks

Shining Light on Dark Matter with the CMS Experiment
Zeynep Demiragli, MIT/CERN

Flowing Colors in a Quark-Gluon Soup
Doga Gulhan, CERN

Neutrinos: Weighty Implications of the Lightest Particle
Kanika Sachdev, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Exclusive π − Electroproduction off the Neutron in Deuterium in the Resonance Region
Ye Tian, University of South Carolina

From the Cosmic Microwave Background to the Cosmic Web
Cora Uhlemann, Utrecht University

Microwave Control of Ultracold Molecules
Huanqian Loh, MIT

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

Searching for New Particles with Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Masha Baryakhtar, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Bottom-Up Approach to Nuclear Physics
Zohreh Davoudi, MIT

A New Area Law in General Relativity
Netta Engelhardt, UC Santa Barbara

A Well-Defined Standard Model -- Lattice Regulating Chiral Gauge Theories
Dorota M. Grabowska, UC, Berkeley

Light Dark Matter
Yonit Hochberg, Cornell University

A Triangle of Traits: Constraining Scattering Through IR Effects
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, Harvard University

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch with Guest Speaker Prof. Jacqueline N. Hewitt (Director, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research)
1:00 – 2:00pm Panel 3: Public Speaking and Communication
Panelists: Profs. Ibrahim Cisse (MIT), Sara Seager (MIT), and Tracy Slatyer (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 Nergis Mavalvala (Physics Department Associate Head)
3:00 – 3:30pm Adjourn