Spring 2020

Colloquia are usually held in Serin Physics room 330
at 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Tea, coffee, and cookies served at 3:20 pm.

Wine and cheese reception 4:30 - 5:00 pm.

All welcome!



Jan. 29

Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics

Chris Jarzynski

University of Maryland

Alex Morozov

Feb. 5

Quantum electrodynamics with a unity fine-structure constant and its applications to simulating the many-body physics of quantum impurity problems

Vladimir Manucharyan

University of Maryland

Misha Gershenson
Feb. 12

New electronic and topological phases on geometrically engineered lattices

Jak Chakhalian

Rutgers University

Frank Zimmermann
Feb. 19

Ways to be more active: The what, why, and how of implementing a few active learning strategies in physics courses

Alexis Knaub

Michigan State University

Geraldine Cochran
Feb. 26 The quest for a quantum spin liquid

Collin Broholm

Johns Hopkins University

Sang Cheong

March 4


Modeling instruction, student engagement, and neurobiological impacts

Eric Brewe

Drexel University

Geraldine Cochran
March 11 Superconductivity: Where we are and where we are going

Robert Cava

Princeton University

Jak Chakhalian
March 18 Spring Recess (no colloquium)    
March 25 Tests of General Relativity with Black Hole Shadows

Dimitrios Psaltis

University of Arizona

Blakesley Burkhart
April 1 TBA

Risa Wechsler

Stanford University

Tad Pryor

April 4, 2 PM (Saturday) Physics Lecture Hall

Irons Public Lecture

Tony Mezzacappa

University of Tennessee

Jolie Cizewski
April 8 TBA

Laura Rios

California Polytechnic State University

Geraldine Cochran
April 15 TBA

Pedro Machado


John Paul Chou
April 22 TBA

Tony Mezzacappa

University of Tennessee

Jolie Cizewski
April 29 TBA

J. Xavier Prochaska

University of California Santa Cruz

Eric Gawiser

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. Frank Zimmermann (fmz at