Colloquia and Seminars 2016-17

Colloquia are held weekly on Wednesdays during the academic year (September through to April) in the Elliott Building lecture theatre 167 at 3:00 pm (unless otherwise stated). They are geared at a general audience—faculty, staff, students and interested members of the general public are welcome.

Seminars are more specialized and are geared for those in a particular field. Dates and times for these talks vary.

Colloquia and seminar listings from previous academic years are listed in our archive.

Wednesday, February 22
Dr. Sanjay Reddy, Institute of Nuclear Theory - University of Washington
"Neutron Stars in the Multi-Messenger Era"

Wednesday, March 1
Dr. Benjamin Fahimian, Stanford University
"Emerging Delivery Techniques for External Beam Radiation Therapy"

Wednesday, March 8
Dr. Sean Couch, Michigan State University
"Frontiers in Massive Stellar Death"

Wednesday, March 15
Dr. Safi-Harb, University of Manitoba

Wednesday, March 22
Dr. Karen Trentelman, The Getty - Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 29
Dr. Richard Keeler, University of Victoria

PAST COLLOQUIA

Wednesday, February 8
Dr. Jonathan Feng, University of California - Irvine
"Dark Matter and the Search for a Fifth Force"

Thursday, February 2
3:30 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 104
Dr. Ruobing Dong, University of Arizona
"Observational Planet Formation I: Introducing the New Field"

Wednesday, February 1
Dr. Dan McKinsey, University of California - Berkeley
"Who Has Seen The WIMP? Neither You Nor I."

Monday, January 30
3:30 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 104
Dr. Melissa Ness, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg
"What processes have shaped the Milky Way - and how do we uncover them?"

Thursday, January 26
3:30 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 104
Dr. Brendan Bowler, Hubble Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
"Imaging Extrasolar Planets"

Wednesday, January 25
CAP Lecture
Dr. Beatrice Franke, TRIUMF
"Ultracold neutrons: from Ping Pong to the Big Bang Theory and back to the Standard Model"

Monday, January 23
3:30 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 104
Dr. Amy Reines, National Optical Astronomy Observatory
"The Origin of Supermassive Black Holes"

Wednesday, January 18
Dr. Alina Kiessling, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"Measuring the Geometry of the Universe with Euclid"

Wednesday, January 4
Dr. Rich Pawlowicz, University of British Columbia
"Tools of oceanography – The Thermodynamic Equation of Seawater 2010"

Wednesday, November 30
Dr. Surjeet Rajendran, University of California, Berkeley
"New Directions in Searching for the Dark Universe"

Wednesday, November 23
Dr. Thomas Brunner, McGill University
"EXO – Searching for a Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay"

Wednesday, November 16
Dr. Jan Seuntjens, McGill University
"Physics in Radiation Medicine: Research, Training and Clinical Role in the Next Decade"

Wednesday, November 2
Dr. James Rosenzweig, University of California, Los Angeles
"Wakefield Acceleration: Reaching Beyond the Giga-Electron-Volt-Per-Meter Frontier"

Wednesday, October 26
Dr. Sean Andrews, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
"Observing the Evolution of Solids in Protoplanetary Disks"

Wednesday, October 19
Dr. Kendrik Smith, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo
"Transient Searches in CHIME and other Next-Generation Radio Telescopes"

Wednesday, October 12
Dr. Keith Vanderlinde, Dunlap Institute, Toronto
"Cosmology, Cell Phones, and Video Games: Mapping Dark Energy with CHIME"

Wednesday, October 5
Dr. Jo Bovy, University of Toronto
"Stellar Streams and Fundamental Physics"

Wednesday, September 28
Dr. George Kirczenow, Simon Fraser University
"Berry's Phase and Topological Currents in Graphene Nanostructures"

Wednesday, September 21
Dr. Quinn Konopacky, University of California, San Diego
"Constraining Planet Formation with Directly Imaged Exoplanets"

Wednesday, September 14
Dr. Mikko Möttönen, Aalto University, Finland
"Quantum Reservoir Engineering for Electric Quantum Circuits"

PAST SEMINARS

Friday, February 3
3:00 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 108
Dr. Ruobing Dong, University of Arizona
"Observational Planet Formation II: The Coming Era of New Facilities and Large Samples"

Tuesday, January 31
3:00 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 108
Dr. Melissa Ness, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg
"Mapping the Milky Way's assembly with data-driven spectroscopy"

Friday, January 27
3:00 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 108
Dr. Brendan Bowler, Hubble Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
"The Architecture of Planetary Systems Around the Most Common Stars"

Tuesday, January 24
3:00 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science, Room 108
Dr. Amy Reines, National Optical Astronomy Observatory
"AGN and Star Formation in Dwarf Galaxies"

Monday, January 23
11:00 a.m. / Clearihue Building, Room C108
Dr. Masha Baryakhtar, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
"Searching for Ultralight Particles with Black Holes and Gravitational Waves"

Monday, January 9
2:30 p.m. / Elliot Building Room 060
Dr. Gary Mamon, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP)
"How Are Galaxies Affected by Their Environment"

Tuesday, December 6
3:00 p.m. / Elliot Building Room 160
Dr. Meredith Rawls, University of Washington, Seattle
"Testing Red Giant Asteroseismology with Eclipsing Binaries"

Thursday, November 24
2:30 p.m. / Clearihue Building Room D134
Dr. Joachim Harnois-Deraps, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
"Cosmology and Astrophysics from Combined Probes"

Friday, November 18
1:00 p.m. / MacLaurin Building, Room D107
Dr. Matthew Taylor, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile
"The Extended Globular Cluster System of NGC5128 and its Nearby Environment"

Thursday October 27
10:00 a.m. / Clearihue Building Room D125
Dr. Salvatore Cielo, Institut d'astrophysique de Paris (IAP)
"Feedback by AGN Jets from 3D Simulations"

Thursday, September 29
11:30 a.m. / MacLaurin Building, Room D107
Dr. Nicholas McConnell, NRC-Herzberg
"Hunting for the Largest Black Holes"

Friday, September 16
10:30 a.m. / MacLaurin Building, Room D287
Dr. Cameron Yozin-Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow, UVic
"Ghostly Relics of the Ancient Universe: Ultra-faint and Ultra-diffuse Galaxies"

Thursday, September 15
1:30 p.m. / Clearihue Building, Room A311
Dr. J.A.J. Burgess, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg, Germany, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
"Controlling Exchange Coupling at the Atomic and Molecular Scale"

Friday, September 9
10:30 a.m. / MacLaurin Building, Room D107
Gwendolyn Eadie, PhD Candidate, McMaster University
"The Milky Way Galaxy: Inferring The Dark Matter from the Light"

Friday, September 2
11:00 a.m. / Clearihue Building, Room C111
Dr. Alexander Wijangco, Postdoctoral Research Associate, TRIUMF
"Composite Mediators and Dark Matter"

Thursday, August 4
2:00 p.m. / Clearihue Building, Room A202
Elliot Banks, Ph.D. Candidate, Imperial College London
"Instabilities and phase transitions of a holographic anisotropic plasma"

Tuesday, July 19
2:00 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science Building, Room 104
Prof. Oliver Kester, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and Institut für Angewandte Physik, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany
"Accelerator systems development of the Facility for Antiprotons and Ion Research – FAIR"

Tuesday, July 19
2:30 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science Building, Room 108
Dr. Benjamin Oppenheimer, University of Colorado
"Virial Thermometers: A New Understanding of the Circumgalactic Medium"

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Colin Goldblatt, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
"Studying the atmospheres of extrasolar planets: looking for life and finding lots of weird stuff on the way."
Reservations required (seats are reservable as of February 20)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
TBA
Reservations required (seats are reservable as of March 20)

PAST TALKS

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Michael Whiticar, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
"Methane – From Comets to Cows."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Michel Lefebvre, Department of Physics and Astronomy
"The discovery of the Higgs boson and exploration at the Large Hadron Collider."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. JJ Kavelaars, Department of Physics and Astronomy
"The heart of the Kuiper belt."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Laurence Coogan, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
"Earth's thermostat: why has Earth had a habitable climate for 3.5 billion years?"

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Parminder Basran, BCAA, Vancouver Island Centre
"Hitting the Target: the role played by physics, big data, and what you had for lunch when delivering high precision radiation cancer treatment"

PAST SPECIAL TALKS

CAP Lecture
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
3:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 167
Dr. Beatrice Franke, TRIUMF
"Ultracold neutrons: from Ping Pong to the Big Bang Theory and back to the Standard Model"

Book Launch
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:00 p.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room B150
Dr. Jon Willis, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UVic
"All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life"

Lansdowne Lecture
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
7:30 p.m / Engineering Computer Science Building, Room 123
Dr. John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Nobel Prize in Physics 2006
"The History of the Universe from the beginning to the end: where did we come from, where can we go?"
Webcast of Public Lecture