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March 5 Colloquium

Terry Takahashi, UO Institute of Neuroscience

Why We Don’t Hear Echoes: An Analysis of Acoustics and Neurophysiology

Abstract:

A common experience to anyone that has recorded a lecture, is the “boomy” or hollow quality of the recording that can make speech comprehension difficult. This differs markedly from our experience when we are actually sitting in the lecture hall. The boomy quality is due to the acoustical reflections from nearby surfaces that add at our eardrums to the sound waves arriving directly from the lecturer. Why don’t we hear these echoes? This question, first reported

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Marvin Girardeau

Professor Emeritus of Physics Marvin Girardeau passed away on January 13, 2015. Prof Girardeau was a member of the UO Physics faculty from 1963 to 2000.

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Public Talk with Nobel Laureate Dr. William Phillips: Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 7:30 PM 150 COLUMBIA HALL 1215 EAST 13TH AVE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON Free Admission

Dr. Phillips won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.  He is a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute at the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, and group leader of NIST’s Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. He will present a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.

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