NYU Science Chalk Talk




What is it?

Science Chalk Talk is an informal seminar series designed to encourage conversation across disciplines at NYU. Because it is held at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a particular goal is to encourage interaction between experimentalists and theorists, but a more general aim is to let researchers in one discpline find out what is happening in others around the university.

Every meeting will feature 2 speakers from different labs, who will give a ~40 minute presentation (20 minutes talk + 20 minutes discussion) about a problem they are working on. To keep this informal and to encourage discussion, we will require the presentations to have no slides — but there will be lots of chalk available.


When is it?

The talks will take place on Thursdays from 12:30-2pm in Warren Weaver Hall, room 1314, at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences. They will take place roughly once a month, on the following dates:

Feb 6 Kazem Edmond Physics, Center for Soft Matter Research
Alexander Shtukenberg Chemistry, Molecular Design Institute
March 13 Mark Tuckerman Chemistry and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Eric DeGiuli Physics, Center for Soft Matter Research
April 3 Dima Rinberg NYU Neuroscience Institute
Alessandro Rizzo NYU School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
May 1 Edo Kussel Biology
Yuval Kluger Yale School of Medicine and NYU School of Medicine


Who can talk?

Anybody doing scientific research at NYU, that they would like to communicate to a broader audience — graduate students, postdocs, or PIs are all welcome. This audience will especially feature applied mathematicians, so work that may lead to discussion of theoretical issues is of particular interest, though this is not always possible to predict in advance. Please email Miranda Holmes-Cerfon at holmes@cims.nyu.edu if you would like to give a talk.

You should plan to talk for about 20 minutes, so as to allow for 20 minutes of discussion. You may — and are in fact encouraged to — talk about work in progress; it is hoped that the discussion will help to generate new ideas or collaborations. When planning your talk, remember that the audience will not be familiar with your particular experimental or theoretical system, so keep the details to a minimum and focus on what is essential to the particular problem you are working on.


Really? Only chalk?

Yes! It is possible, and in fact makes it easier to communicate ideas to people not as familiar with them because it requires focusing on the bare essentials. If you have an experimental setup to describe — sketch this. If you have a plot — draw the important parts of the plot and tell us what is in it.

In the rare case that there is something that is impossible to communicate by chalk, we may make an exception — you will have to contact the organizers beforehand to discuss this.


Is there food?

Maybe! Check back later for details.


Is there a mailing list?

Yes! To be informed of upcoming talks, please send an email to Miranda Holmes-Cerfon at holmes@cims.nyu.edu


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