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From atoms to galaxies there is natural motion. The physics of the universe effect the transport of molecules, sound, and vibrations from space through earth and our bodies. We are all in constant motion. Vibrations are everywhere: from an earthquake on the other side of the world, to the sound of a musical note, to the oscillation of an atom. Learn from our speakers about the science of magma, music, and molecules. Speakers include Dr. Peter Tieleman, Canada Research Chair, University of Calgary; Tim Janz, Professor, Mount Royal University Conservatory; and Amanda Obodovsky, Seismic Process...
Peter Tieleman studied at University of Groningen. His PhD research used supercomputers to make detailed models of the cell walls that surround all cells and some of the proteins that help transport water, nutrients and waste products in and out of the cell. At Calgary his research group uses powerful national computers to simulate and understand components of bacteria and human cells, both developing new computational methods to extend the range of biomolecular simulation to new problems and applying computational methods to understand fundamental biological processes.
Physics of Resonance and Music
Tim Janz is a composer, performer and educator based in Calgary. He is fascinated by how music works: Why are the musical letter names not all the same distance apart? Why do tonal answers in fugues have altered intervals? Why do composers make the choices they make? Why is resonance so important? As a performer he has played professionally as a flautist in symphonic orchestras and as a singer songwriter in a traditional/roots band. As a composer he believes that new music does not necessarily need to create entire new worlds or musical languages.
Seismic Data: The science of squiggly lines
The geophysics behind our knowledge of the interior of the earth, to drilling for oil and gas, to studying ancient impact events. Amanda obtained a B.Sc. Astrophysics in 2008, and an M.Sc. Astronomy in 2010 from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently a seismic processor for Divestco. Her work on impact structures in seismic data are the perfect union of her seismic processing work and her love of astronomy. Currently she is the diffraction imaging expert at Divestco, while working developing her skills as a geophysicist and expanding on her impact craters in seismic data project.