Department of Physics & Astronomy

Spring 2019 Colloquia

Colloquia take place in Thornton Hall Room 411 (unless otherwise noted). Colloquia generally start at 4:10 PM with light refreshments being served at 4:00.

01/28/2019 No colloquium (First Day of Classes!)

02/08/2019 (Friday, Blakeslee Room) Candidate for Asst. Prof. Observational Astronomy #1
Topic in Extragalactic Astronomy

02/20/2019 (Wednesday, Thornton 411) Candidate for Asst. Prof. Observational Astronomy #2
Topic in Extragalactic Astronomy

02/25/2019 (Blakeslee Room) Candidate for Asst. Prof. Observational Astronomy #3
Topic in Exoplanetary Science

03/01/2019 (Friday, Blakeslee Room) Candidate for Asst. Prof. Observational Astronomy #4
Topic in Exoplanetary Science

03/04/2019 (Blakeslee Room) Candidate for Asst. Prof. Observational Astronomy #5
Topic in Astrophysical Transients

03/11/2019 (Blakeslee Room) Candidate for Asst. Prof. Observational Astronomy #6
Topic in Galactic Astronomy

03/18/2019 Dr. Chris Smallwood (Asst. Prof. Physics, SJSU)
"The bright side of flawed material: Coherent spectroscopy of color centers in diamond"

03/25/2019 No colloquium (Spring Break!)
04/01/2019 No colloquium (Cesar Chavez Day!)

04/08/2019 Dr. Daniel Beller (Asst. Prof. Physics, U.C. Merced)
"Topological defect loops in liquid crystals far from equilibrium"

04/15/2019 Dr. Aaron Romanowsky (Assoc. Prof. Astronomy, SJSU
"Dark Questions about Extreme Galaxies"

04/22/2019 Dr. Shuo Sun (Post-doc, Electrical Engineering, Stanford U.)
"Quantum nanophotonics: engineering atom-photon interactions on a chip"

04/29/2019 Dr. Naomi Ginsberg (Assoc. Prof. Chem. & Phys., U.C. Berkeley)
"How do emerging light harvesting materials form, transform, and transport energy at the nanoscale?"

05/06/2019 Dr. Jessica Kirkpatrick (Director of Data Science, KoBold Metals)
"Astrophysicist to Data Scientist"

05/13/2019 Dr. Shamit Kachru (Prof. Physics, Stanford U.)
"Black holes and number theory"




Fall 2018 Colloquia

Colloquia take place in Thornton Hall Room 411 (unless otherwise noted). Colloquia generally start at 4:10 PM with light refreshments being served at 4:00.

08/27/2018 No colloquium

09/03/2018 Labor Day (No colloquium)

09/10/2018 Dr. Cheng Gong (Postdoc, UC Berkeley Physics)
"Magnetic 2D Materials: Discovery, Challenges and Opportunities"

09/17/2018 Faculty research introductions I (Coble, Jensen, Newaz, Xu)
Followed by Physics & Astronomy Club Meet & Greet, 5-7 pm, food & drinks provided

09/24/2018 Faculty research introductions II (Cool, Greensite, Mahdavi, Man)

10/01/2018 Dr. Shambhu Ghimire (P.I., Pulse Institute at Stanford U)
"Novel Ultrafast Probe for Materials"

10/08/2018 Dr. Cassandra Paul (Asst. Prof., San Jose State U Physics)
"Grading Practices in Introductory Physics: Hidden Inequities"

10/15/2018 Dr. Aaron Roodman (Professor, Stanford U Physics)
"The Fastest Eye on the Sky: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope"

10/22/2018 Dr. Daniel Weisz (Asst. Prof., UC Berkeley Astronomy)
"The Lowest-Mass Galaxies In the Early Universe: Insights from the Local Group"

10/29/2018 What are REU Programs?

10/15/2018 Dr. Yat Li (Professor, UC Santa Cruz Chemistry)
"Hierarchical porous carbon structures for supercapacitors"

11/12/2018 Veteran's Day (No colloquium)

11/19/2018 Thanksgiving Break (No colloquium)

11/26/2018 Dr. Eric Ayars (Professor, CSU Chico Physics)
CANCELLED due to wild fires near Chico

12/03/2018 Dr. Jessica Lu (Asst. Prof., UC Berkeley Astronomy)
"Star Formation in Extreme Environments"

12/10/2018 Dr. Courtney Dressing (Asst. Prof., UC Berkeley Astronomy)
"Exploring Planetary Systems Orbiting Nearby Stars"


Colloquia from previous semester: Spring 2018

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