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The New Muckrakers and the Old Farm Bloc: The Twentieth-Century Politics of Surplus and Abundance

April 29, 2016, 2:30-4:30 PM

Sarah Phillips
Associate Professor of History
Boston University


Pricing Strategy and Tactics 4Dx (live online)

May 2-11, 2016

Pricing Strategy and Tactics 4Dx will help managers increase their level of pricing sophistication and mitigate the mistakes many firms make regarding pricing strategy. We will discuss the "zone of indifference" and how to establish the broad value band within which prices need to be set. Participants will learn about correct survey techniques to ask the right pricing questions before a product is launched, and will practice calculating price elasticities for different customers—some are willing to pay more! They will explore the pricing spectrum, from a primitive, "gut-feel" approach to complex segmentation, and learn how to apply pricing metrics to make better decisions. Participants from a variety of industries will collaborate virtually and team up on projects that test their new pricing strategy and tactics knowledge. This is a technical class that will require use of spreadsheets and data analysis in the online environment.

Participants in this program will interact in real time with high-quality video lessons, other participants, and faculty through personalized avatars in immersive, virtual classrooms. Learners will meet from 10:00AM–12:30PM each day during the week of May 2–6 and on May 11 of the following week. The program will be conducted an online environment where participants can view video lessons and complete group action learning activities led by the faculty. This rich, engaging experience can be accessed by participants wherever they are in the world at the times the sessions are delivered and bridges the energy, exploration and idea flow of physical learning into a personalized online experience.

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Lagrangian cobordism and Fukaya categories

May 2, 2016, 3-4 PM

Octav Cornea

This talk, based on work in progress with Paul Biran, will discuss relations between Lagrangian cobordism and the derived Fukaya category.In particular, will be discussed a plausible geometric construction of the derived Fukaya category that employs the Floer theory of immersed Lagrangians as proposed by Akaho and Akaho-Joyce.

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Career Opportunities for Ph.D. Chemists in Industry

May 2, 2016, 10-11 AM

John Gavenonis

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Ghost Cities: the Role of Citizens and the Government

May 4, 2016, 12:30-2 PM

Professor Max Woodworth

Max Woodworth is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the Ohio State University. He completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley on ???Frontier Boomtown Urbanism,??? focusing on city building in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. His is currently researching China's lower-tier cities in the country's Inner Asian northern and western borderlands.

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One of a Series: Physics Colloquium

Ultracold Dipolar Gases: From Chromium to Lanthanides

May 5, 2016, 4 PM

Tilman Pfau
University of Stuttgart

Dipolar interactions in gases are fundamentally different from the usual van der Waals forces. Besides the anisotropy, the dipolar interaction is nonlocal and as such allows for self organized structure formation. Ten years ago, the first dipolar effects in a quantum gas were observed in an ultracold Chromium gas. By using a Feshbach resonance, a purely dipolar quantum gas was observed three years later. Currently, dipolar interaction effects have been observed in lattices and also polar molecules. Recently, it became possible to study degenerate gases of lanthanide atoms among which one finds the most magnetic atoms. The recent observation of their collisional properties include the emergence of quantum chaos and very broad resonances. Similar to the Rosensweig instability in classical magnetic ferrofluids, a self organized structure formation was expected. In our experiments with quantum gases of Dysprosium atoms we have recently observe the formation of a droplet crystal. In contrast to theoretical mean field based predictions the superfluid droplets did not collapse. We find that this unexpected stability is due to beyond mean field quantum corrections of the Lee-Huang-Yang type.

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Non Additive Arithmetical Geometry

May 5, 2016, 3-4 PM

Shai Haran
Technion, Israel

Abstract: We shall give a simple generalization of commutative rings. The category GR of such generalized rings contains ordinary commutative rings (fully, faithfully), but also the "integers" and the "residue field" at a real or complex place of a number field; the "field with one element" F1 (the initial object of GR) ; the "Arithmetical Surface" (the categorical sum of the integers Z with them self). We shall show this geometry sees the real and complex places of a number field K: the valuation sub GR of K correspond to the finite and infinite primes of K, and there is a compactification of the spectrum of the integers of K. One can develop algebraic geometry using generalized rings following Grothendieck's paradigm, with Quillen's homotopical algebra replacing homological algebra. There is a theory of differentials which satisfy all the usual properties, as well as an analogue of Quillen's cotangent complex. We compute the differentials of the integers Z over F1. We associate with any compact topological valuation generalized ring its zeta function so that for the p-adic integers we get the usual factor of zeta, while for the real integers we get the gamma factor. Finally, we describe the remarkable ordinary ring one obtains from the Arithmetical surface.

8th Annual MEDRC Workshop

May 5-6, 2016, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

The Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC) is hosting its 8th annual medical device workshop on May 5-6, 2016 at MIT and we would like to invite you to attend.

On Thursday May 5, there will be morning and afternoon oral sessions and a poster session with reception. On Friday, May 6, there will be oral sessions until approximately noon when the Workshop ends. The registration for this workshop can be accessed by clicking on the following link, or pasting it into your browser: https://www.regonline.com/2016_MEDRC

As in past years, we are organizing sessions by Clinical Need. In each session we will have talks from the need perspective, and talks describing technologies and solutions that are targeting those needs. Each session will have 1-2 talks outlining the need area and then 1-2 talks describing technologies and solutions that target those needs. This medical workshop is attended by clinicians, physicians, industry leaders, and technologists. Space will be limited.