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Colloquium Schedule

Spring 2019

Colloquia are held in the Physics and Astronomy Lecture Hall
from 10:30-11:30 AM on Wednesday mornings.

Tea, coffee, and cookies served at 10:20. 

All welcome!  

Colloquia will begin on Jan. 30. Please contact our administrative assistant Lisa Rivera (lrivera at with questions regarding travel arrangements and reimbursements. Questions about the colloquium schedule should be addressed to Prof. Misha Gershenson (gersh at





Jan. 30

News from particle physics precision frontier

Jure Zupan (U. Cincinnati)

Matt Buckley

Feb. 6


Reflections on the Performance Defining Properties Induced by the Positive Electrode – Electrolyte Interface Chemistry and Nanoscale Conversion Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage

Glenn Amatucci (Rutgers)

Bob Bartynski

Feb. 20

Facilitating thinking and learning in and beyond the physics classrooms  

Chandralekha Singh (U. of Pittsburgh)

Geraldine Cochran

Feb. 27

Quantum materials: insights from near field nano-optics

Dima Basov (Colombia U.)

Sang-Wook Cheong

Mar. 6

Lunar Dynamo

Sonia Tikoo-Schantz (Rutgers Earth & Planetary Sciences)

Eric Gawiser

Mar. 13

First principles simulation of materials: To discover, to learn, to invent

Nicola Marzari (EPFL Lausanne)

David Vanderbilt

Mar. 20

Spring Break (no colloquium)

Mar. 27

Robbins Colloquium

Gravitational Waves Astronomy

Gabriela Gonzalez (Louisiana State University)

Matt Buckley

Apr. 3

Senior honors presentations

Apr. 10

Dark Matter direct detection at a crossroads

Ranny Budnik (Weizmann)

John Paul Chou

Apr. 15

Mon. 2:30 pm in 330W

Collective Modes on the Surface of a Topological Insulator

Sean Kung (UBC)

Girsh Blumberg

Apr. 17

Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics

Chris Jarzynski (U Maryland)

Alex Morozov

Apr. 24

Catching and reversing a quantum jump mid-flight

Michel Devoret (Yale)

Misha Gershenson

May 1

Performances of Black Physics Identity: An investigation of the connections between identity, race, physics, and performance art

Simone Hyater-Adams (U Colorado)

Geraldine Cochran

May 4

Seeing Dark Energy

Irons Public Lecture

Adam Riess (Johns Hopkins U)

Saurabh Jha


Spring 2018 Colloquia

Revised 9/11/2018

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