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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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News and Special Events

24th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture

September 25, 2018. The Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Physics announce the 24th Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture. This year's lecture will be presented by Charles H. Bennett, IBM Fellow, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and 2018 Wolf Prize Recipient. His talk, "Occam's Razor, Boltzmann's Brain, and Wigner's Friend," will be given on Tuesday, October 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm in room 1412 of the Physics building at the University of Maryland, College Park. A reception preceding the lecture will take place at the James A. Yorke Rotunda in the Mathematics building from 3 to 3:50 pm. All are invited. Further details can be found at the Annual Shih-I Pai Lecture news announcement.

How the desert could bloom

September 7, 2018. A new University of Maryland-led study, co-authored by Distinguished University Professor Eugenia Kalnay (IPST / AOSC) and Safa Motesharrei (IPST / AOSC / Physics), and published in Science shows that wind and solar farms in the Sahara would lead to a doubling of rainfall in the earth’s largest hot desert, potentially opening large expanses to agriculture.

Such precipitation increases could lead to substantial improvements of rain-fed agriculture in the region, and vegetation increases would lead to the growth in production of livestock, said Safa Motesharrei.

Their September 7th paper has attracted significant media coverage including BBC News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Japan Times.

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CSCAMM Seminar
Wed, Sep 26, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4122 CSIC (Bldg. 406)

How information is stored in multiple dimensions and transmitted across generations in living systems
Antony Jose
Dept. of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland

Mathematics Colloquium
Wed, Sep 26, 2018
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
3206 William E. Kirwan Hall (Bldg. 084)

Scholze's Fields medal
Michael Rapoport
UMD and University of Bonn

Applied Dynamics Seminar
Thu, Sep 27, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1207 Energy Research Facility (Bldg. 223)

Prediction of complex spatiotemporal evolution through machine learning methods improved with the addition of observers
George Tsironis
Department of Physics | University of Crete

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Seminar
Thu, Sep 27, 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2400 Atlantic (Bldg. 224)

Understanding convective momentum flux in a global explicit-convection simulation
Brian Mapes
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, University of Miami

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