The Good Gray Project

Sponsored by the Imaginarium of the Bluegrass, the event will feature a poetry reading and photography by more than 20 local artists (including our very own English major, Jiv Johnson), as well as a dramatic reading of Walt Whitman poems. The admission is $10 or pay by poem (original or otherwise!) and tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=3503.

 

Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Downtown Arts Center

Panel of Experts Discusses Refugee Crisis in the Middle East, Europe

The images of untold thousands of people — many of them children — escaping the horror and despair of the war-ravaged Middle East are seared in the memories of anyone even semi-aware of global events in recent months.

Year of Europe - Andy Merrifield: Europe's New Urban Question

On September 9, 2015 at the University of Kentucky, esteemed writer, social theorist, and urban geographer Andy Merrifield, professor at the University of Cambridge, presented the kickoff lecture for A Year of Europe. Merrifield has taught at the University of Southampton, Kings College, London and Clark University in Massachusetts. He also has been a visiting scholar to many American universities such as Johns Hopkins, University of California at Los Angeles, and the City University of New York. He is an author of nine books, and numerous articles, essays, and reviews, which have appeared in The Times, The Nation, New Left Review, Adbusters, and Harvard Design Magazine, among many others.

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Astro Seminar: Five Years of Kentucky-Based High-Precision Photometric Observations for the Discovery and Characterization of Transiting Exoplanets

The discovery of over 1000 planets orbiting stars other than the Sun (i.e. exoplanets) in the past 20 years has revolutionized our theories of planetary system formation and evolution. Although a large number of planets are now known, only ~25 transit stars bright enough to enable detailed characterization of the planetary system. As part of my graduate research at the University of Louisville, I conducted five years of photometric observations from Moore observatory, located just outside Louisville, Kentucky, resulting in the high-precision characterization of known and newly discovered bright exoplanetary systems. I will discuss the instrumentation and methods used to optimize the precision of the collected data, and present a software package, AstroImageJ, that was developed to streamline and optimize the data reduction process. The results of two long-term transit timing variation (TTV) studies will be presented, along with the results of a measurement of sodium in the atmosphere of a well known exoplanet. Finally, I will describe the Kilo-degree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) transit survey, present an overview of the KELT discovered planets, and highlight the importance of these discoveries on exoplanet science.

Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
CP179

Analysis and PDE Seminar

Title:  A reverse Holder Inequality for weak solutions to the mixed boundary value problem in $C˄{1,1}$ domains
 
 
 
 
Date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
301 Barker Hall
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Pioneering Geneticist Michael Young Delivering Thomas Hunt Morgan Lectures

Michael W. Young, an esteemed geneticist known best for identifying the genes that regulate circadian rhythms, will deliver two lectures at the University of Kentucky this week as part of the 2015 Thomas Hunt Morgan Lecture Series sponsored by the UK Department of Biology.

 

"The Twofold Morality of Kantian Recht"

Several prominent interpreters have argued that Kant's political philosophy is not grounded upon the fundamental principle of his moral philosophy.  Some of the arguments used to defend this counterintuitive position were advanced by Fichte before Kant had even published the final form of his political philosophy.  I argue that they are wrong.  Iti s true that Kant's conception of juridical law (Recht) allows for the enforcement of duties falling in its domain through incentives other than respect for the moral law itself, as Fichte emphasized, but this does not mean such duties are not moral: morality itself requires that its subjects fulfill its duties, in particular its prohibitions, however they get themselves to do it.  Thus morality not only specifies the basic obligations of Recht but also requires their coercive enforcement when other incentives do not suffice.

Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Main Administration 005

Theory Seminar: Hadron Mass Decomposition

Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
CP179
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Theory Seminar: Geometric constraints on the space of N=2 conformal field theories

Seiberg-Witten theory provides a geometric understanding of N=2 gauge theories while Conformal invariance further constrains the Coulomb branch to be scale-invariant. We will show that this picture is richer: Coulomb branch deformations are related in a precise way to the spectrum of relevant, irrelevant and marginal operators of the SCFT. In particular, a careful study of the former can constraint the latter, geometric constraints on the space of possible N=2 SCFTs can be extracted and a classification scheme can be outlined. In particular, we carry out this program for the rank 1 case.
Some of the constraints on the space of SCFTs which can be obtained in a straightforward way with our approach are instead harder to extract using bootstrap techniques. These two approaches should be thus seen as complementary to one another.
Date: 
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
CP179
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