Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

All future


Thursday, October 19th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Paula Heron, University of Washington
Subject: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers: The PHYS21 Report

With support from the NSF IUSE program, the AAPT and APS formed a Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs (JTUPP). The task force reviewed employment data, surveys of employers, and reports generated by other disciplines. We also met with physicists in selected industries to get their views on the strengths and weaknesses of physics graduates, commissioned a series of interviews with recent physics graduates employed in the private sector, and identified exemplary programs that ensure that all of their students are well prepared to pursue a wide range of career paths. The resulting report “PHYS21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers” describes the skills and knowledge that undergraduate physics degree holders should possess to be well prepared for a diverse set of careers and makes recommendations intended to help departments and professional associations support student career preparation.

Paula R.L. Heron is a Professor of Physics at the University of Washington. She holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in physics from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Western University. She joined the Physics Department at the University of Washington in 1995. Dr. Heron’s research focuses primarily on student ability to apply what they have learned about the dynamics of point particles in more advanced contexts involving elastic media, rigid bodies, etc. She has given numerous invited talks on her research at national and international meetings and in university science departments. Dr. Heron is co-Founder and co-Chair of the biannual “Foundations and Frontiers in Physics Education Research” conference series, the premier venue for physics education researchers in North America. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Forum on Education of the American Physical Society (APS), the Executive Committee of the Topical Group on Physics Education Research of the APS, the Committee on Research in Physics Education of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and on the ad hoc National Research Council committee on the status and outlook for undergraduate physics education. She co-chaired the Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs of the APS and AAPT, which produced the report Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers. She also serves as Associate Editor of Physical Review – PER. She was elected Fellow of the APS In 2007 and in 2008 she shared the APS Education award with colleagues Peter Shaffer and Lillian McDermott. Dr. Heron is a co-author on the upcoming 2nd Edition of Tutorials in Introductory Physics, a set of instructional materials that has been used in over 200 institutions in the US and that has been translated into German and Spanish.

Faculty Host: Kenneth Heller

Thursday, October 26th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Cindy Regal, University of Colorado-Boulder
Subject: TBA
Faculty Host: Clement Pryke

Thursday, November 2nd 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Shivaji Sondhi, Princeton University
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Fiona Burnell

Thursday, November 9th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Stan Brodsky, SLAC
Subject: Novel Features of Quantum Chromodynamics
Faculty Host: Keith Olive

Thursday, November 16th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Cory Dean, Columbia University
Subject: From 3D to 2D and Back Again
Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii

Thursday, November 23rd 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: There will be no colloquium this week due to Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 30th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Philip Kim, Harvard University
Subject: Unusual quasiparticle correlation in graphene
Fall 2017 Van Vleck Lecturer

Interactions between particles in quantum many-body systems can lead to a collective behavior. In a condensed matter system consisting of weakly interacting particles, a propagating particle interacting with its surroundings can be viewed as a ‘dressed’ quasiparticle with renormalized mass and other dynamic properties. The lack of screening enables strong Coulomb interactions between charged particles, leading to new collective dynamics. In this talk, I will discuss three examples concerning strongly interacting quasiparticles in graphene. In the first example, it will be shown that the thermally populated electrons and holes to realize Dirac fluid, where a huge violation of Wiedemann-Franz law is observed. The second example is realizing magnetoexcitons to correlated the quasiparticles in quantized Landau levels to form magnetoexcitons, which can condense into Bose-Einstein condensation. Finally, we will also discuss another way of correlated quasi-particles in graphene using superconducting proximity effect. Here, we employ the crossed Andreev reflection across thin type II superconducting electrodes to correlated spatially separated quasiparticles. Under strong magnetic fields, the quantum Hall edge states can carry these quasiparticles.


Thursday, December 7th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Mark Bowick, KITP Santa Barbara
Subject: Fragile Objects: The Hard Science of Soft Matter
Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii

Thursday, January 25th 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, February 1st 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, February 8th 2018
Speaker: Cristian Batista (Tennessee)
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Natalia Perkins

Thursday, February 15th 2018
08:00 am:
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, February 22nd 2018
Speaker: Erez Berg (University of Chicago)
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Paul Crowell

Thursday, March 1st 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, March 8th 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, March 15th 2018
Subject: There will be no colloquium this week due to Spring Break

Thursday, March 22nd 2018
Speaker: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (MIT)
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Paul Crowell

Thursday, March 29th 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, April 5th 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, April 12th 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, April 19th 2018
Speaker: Ali Yazdani (Princeton University)
Subject: TBD
Faculty Host: Paul Crowell

Thursday, April 26th 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

Thursday, May 3rd 2018
Speaker: TBD
Subject: TBD

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