Colloquium

The Fermilab Colloquium titled “New Technologies for New Discoveries: ProtoDUNE at CERN for the International DUNE Megascience Project in the US” takes place on April 15 beginning at 4:00pm CST through zoom. To facilitate this Zoom meeting, send an email to kronkow@fnal.gov to receive the invitation. Please send the email as soon as possible to receive the Zoom information.

Frederick Coolidge of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will give a Zoom-only Colloquium talk titled “The Evolution of Language.” While the presence of different languages throughout the world is undeniable, the origin of language and its evolution is highly contentious. The Colloquium talk explains why Chomsky is wrong, how language did evolve, why people speak, and why the most popular topic in all the world’s cultures is gossip.

On Wednesday, April 1, at 4 p.m., Frederick Coolidge of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will give a Zoom-only Colloquium talk titled “The Evolution of Language.” Visit the event page for information on the talk and on how to connect by Zoom.

Don’t miss colloquium speaker Gareth Meirion Griffith, PhD from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory when he presents “Engineering Mobility for Ocean World’s Robotic Systems” on Monday, October 21, at 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall One West. In preparation for his talk, please fill out a short SurveyMonkey form by Thursday, October 17.  

In 1999, Nature published the first demonstration of a superconducting quantum bit, or qubit, a feat that relied on trillions of atoms operating in nearly perfect synchrony so that their collective, macroscopic, quantum state was either in 0, 1, or any desired complex superposition of the two. Chad Rigetti, CEO and founder of Rigetti Computing, will give insight into their efforts as a full-stack quantum computing start-up that has provided 24/7 cloud access to quantum processors since 2017. 

Don’t miss our colloquium speaker this Monday, Chad Rigetti, CEO and founder of Rigetti Computing. He will give insight into the quantum computing start-up’s efforts in quantum processors. He will describe system design considerations and challenges as industry scales up quantum technologies to hundreds of superconducting qubits that are continuously operated at temperatures colder than space, entangled and read out by a complex symphony of radio-frequency control electronics, as well as custom R&D solutions developed to satisfy demands imposed by…

Robert Knapp of Evergreen State College will give a colloquium titled “The Greening of Buildings.” The building sector is a key locus for promoting sustainability since it accounts for more than 40% of energy use in the U.S. and a similar proportion in greenhouse gas emissions. The colloquium will outline technical and organizational moves needed for progress, address technical and social prospects and limits for sustainable energy as it pertains to buildings, and provide specific inventions that would make a difference.

The Engineering Advisory Council’s next colloquium speaker will be Peter Shirron, Ph.D., from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He will speak on Space Cryogenics: Perspectives and New Challenges on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 1 pm in Wilson Hall One West. In preparation for his talk, please fill out a short SurveyMonkey form by Tuesday, August 27.