University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

semester, 2015

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
3:35 pm:
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Deborah Jin (JILA, University of Colorado)
Subject: Ultracold Polar Molecules
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Wednesday, February 4th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Hugh Hudson, UC Berkeley
Subject: Solar Flares, X-ray Astronomy, and Black Swans
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: John Wygant
Wednesday, February 11th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jennifer Thomas, University College London
Subject: Neutrino Oscillations at Work
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Marvin Marshak
Wednesday, February 18th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota
Subject: The centenary of general relativity: How did Einstein find his gravitational field equations?
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Adam Cohen, Harvard University
Subject:  Bringing Bioelectricity to Light
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Jochen Mueller
Wednesday, March 4th 2015
3:35 pm:
There will be no Colloquium this week.
Wednesday, March 11th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Philip Schuster, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Subject: Accelerating our Understanding of Dark Matter
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Priscilla Cushman
Wednesday, March 18th 2015
3:35 pm:
Subject: Spring Break - No colloquium
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Allan MacDonald, University of Texas, Austin
Subject: Exciton Condensates are Super!
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Alex Kamenev
Wednesday, April 1st 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Laura Greene, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject: Deciphering Electron Matter in Unconventional Superconductors
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Wednesday, April 8th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Steven Kivelson, Stanford University
Subject: Quenched disorder and vestigial nematicity in correlated electronic systems
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Faculty Host: Rafael Fernandes
Wednesday, April 15th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker:  Reinhardt Schuhmann, Physical Review Letters
Subject: Physical Review Letters - managing a peer review journal
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Wednesday, April 22nd 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Margaret J. Geller, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Subject: The Ultimate Mass of Galaxy Clusters
Refreshments served in Tate Foyer after colloquium. This is the more technical portion of the Van Vleck Lecture series. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 29th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Leslie Rosenberg, University of Washington
Subject: Searching for Dark-Matter Axions
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Wednesday, May 6th 2015
Speaker: Frank Pollmann, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Subject: Efficient numerical simulations of quantum many-body systems
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium. 3:35 pm Award Ceremony. 3:50 - 4:50 pm Colloquium
Faculty Host: Fiona Burnell
Thursday, September 10th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
There will be no colloquium this week.
Thursday, September 17th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh
Subject: Improving student understanding of quantum mechanics
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Kenneth Heller
Thursday, September 24th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Mikhail Voloshin, University of Minnesota
Subject: Exotic Mesons and Baryons
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Thursday, October 1st 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Lance Dixon, SLAC/Stanford
Subject: New Approaches to Quantum Scattering and the Payoff for the LHC
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Thursday, October 8th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Giovanni Zocchi, UCLA
Subject: Nature‚Äôs molecular machines: a materials science approach
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Jochen Mueller
Thursday, October 15th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Oleg Tchernyshyov, Johns Hopkins University
Subject: Mechanics of magnetic solitons
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Natalia Perkins
Thursday, October 22nd 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: James Bullock, University of California, Irvine
Subject: Dwarf Galaxies, the Local Group, and Cosmology
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Evan Skillman
Thursday, October 29th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Claudia Scarlata, University of Minnesota
Subject: Galaxy formation from a different perspective
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Thursday, November 5th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Uwe Kortshagen, University of Minnesota
Subject: Luminescence, Doping, and Transport Properties of Silicon Nanocrystals produced via Nonthermal Plasma Synthesis
Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii
Thursday, November 12th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: James Wells, University of Michigan
Subject: Higgs bosons and superconductors in the lab and throughout the universe
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Thursday, November 19th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Joe Lykken, Fermilab
Subject: Neutrinos are Everywhere
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Tony Gherghetta
Thursday, November 26th 2015
Speaker: No Colloquium today due to Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, December 3rd 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Heather Wilkens, Manager of Business Development, ATA Engineering
Subject: Examining an Industrial Career Path in Physics
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Faculty Host: E. Dan Dahlberg
Thursday, December 10th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Speaker: Cancelled--No Colloquium today
Thursday, December 17th 2015
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
There will be no colloquium this week.

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