Friday, September 26, 2003

UofT Colloquia If you like to keep up to keep up with the latest in the research arena of various subjects, there's no better place than the free talks sponsored by the local universities. Here's what UofT has to offer:
  • Physics Colloquium - talks range in topic, and carry titles like, 'Quantum control of photons and atoms', 'Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole: First Light', and 'Self-Organization of Atomic Samples in Resonators and Collective Light Forces.' For the schedule and details of the talk, check out the site.
  • Anthropology Colloquium - if things long dea is your cup of tea, check out talks with titles like, 'Health and Civilization - Another Look', 'Isotopic and Dental Evidence for Diet from the Necropolis of Isola Sacra, Italy', 'The Evolutionary Biology of Menstruation', and 'Studying Early State Formation in Mesopotamia and Madagascar.'
  • Applied Mathematics Colloquium - check out the talks at this site. Not only do they list upcoming talks that you can attend live, they also keep an archive of past talks with slides and audio accompaniment. Cool! Topics carry such titles as, 'Formation of sharp fronts in 2D incompressible fluids', 'Cosmology, Black Holes, and Shock Waves Beyond the Hubble Distance', and 'Remarks on Rotating Fluids.'
  • Mathematics Colloquium - here are the talks the Math department is hosting this year. This stuff will blow your mind. Sample titles: 'Recent Developments in the Anderson Localization for Quasi-Periodic Schroedinger Equations', and 'Magnetic Field Lines and Invariant Torus Destruction.'
  • Astronomy Colloquium - here's the cool stuff. Astronomy! If that ain't enough to excite you, try this on for size: 'New features in the inner and outer Milky Way', and 'Mining for metals in the early universe.'
  • Centre for International Studies - this department caters to those wanting a more global, scio-political view.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations - if you're into history, or things Arabic, this might peak your interest. Topics that interest me: "From the City of Kish to the Heavens: The Story of Etanna and the Eagle;" "Temples of Ancient Egypt: Homes for the Gods;" and, "The City of the Hawk: Recent Excavations at Hierakonpolis"

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