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Colloquia and Seminars 2013-14

Colloquia talks are held weekly on Wednesdays during the academic year (September through to April) in the Bob Wright lecture theatre A104 at 3:30 pm (unless otherwise stated).  They are geared at a general audience -- faculty, staff, students and interested members of the general public are welcome.
Seminar talks 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

Spring 2014

Upcoming Colloquia

April 23
3:30 p.m. / Elliott Building 167
Dr. Sun Kwok, University of Hong Kong
Synthesis of Complex Organics in the Late Stages of Stellar Evolution

Past Colloquia

April 08
2:00 p.m. / Dr. Colin Bischoff, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Detection of B-Mode Polarization at Degree Angular Scales Using BICEP2

April 02
Dr. Bill Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Spinning Atoms With Light: A New Twist on Atom Optics

March 26
Dr. Tami Pereg-Barnea, McGill University
Driving Topology, Hunting Majoranas

March 19
Dr. Juan Collar, University of Chicago
Recent Progress (or lack thereof) in Direct Searches for Dark Matter

March 12
Dr. Darren Grant, University of Alberta
Not of this Earth: The Advent of Neutrino Astronomy (Slides)

March 05
Dr. Christine Wilson, McMaster University
Gas and Star Formation in Nearby Galaxies: New Results From the Herschel Space Observatory

February 26
Dr. Chris Fryer, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Astrophysics' Extreme Matter Experiments:  Understanding the Diagnostics

February 25 (Additional)
2:30 p.m. / Engineering & Computer Science Building 116
Dr. Jacob Levman/ University of Oxford
MRI in Breast Cancer and Stroke

February 20 (Additional)
2:30 p.m. / Elliot Building 062
Dr. Sara St. James/ Harvard Medical School
Instrumentation for improving the spatial resolution and sensitivity of small animal PET

February 19
Dr. Eva Halkiadakis, Rutgers University
Searching for Physics Byond the Standard Model at the CMS Experiment at the LHC

February 07 (Additional)
2:30 p.m. / Engineering & Computer Science Building 116
Dr. Gloria M. Orchard, University of Ontario
Tritium in Air: Electrons in Gases

February 05
Dr. Michael Landry, LIGO Hanford Observatory
Pursuing Gravitational Waves with Advanced LIGO (Slides)

February 04 (Additional)
2:30 p.m. / Engineering & Computer Science Building 116
Dr. Magdalena Bazalova, Stanford University
From Slow X-ray Imaging to Fast Electron Beam Radiotherapy  

January 29
Dr. Rob McPherson, University of Victoria/ IPP
Light at the Start of the Tunnel: the LHC and ATLAS 

January 22
Dr. John Wise, Georgia Institute of Technology
The First Stars and Galaxies in the Universe (Slides_1) (Slides_2)

January 15
Dr. John Dutcher, University of Guelph
Nanomechanical Response of Bacteria to Antimicrobials: A Pressing Issue (Slides)

January 08
Dr. Douglas Scott, University of British Columbia
Planck, the Universe, and Everything (Slides)

Spring 2014

Upcoming Seminars

Tuesday, April 22
3:00 p.m./ Elliott Building 162
Dr. Rachel Mason, Gemini Observatory
The Nuclear Regions of Local Active Galaxies

Thursday, April 24
2:30 p.m./ Elliott Building 160
Dr. Stefan Janiszewski, University of Washington
Universal Horizons in a Non-Relativistic Holography

Past Seminars

Thursday, April 10
2:00 p.m./ Engineering and Computer Science Building 125
Dr. Robert Braun, SKA Science Director, Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK
Science with the Square Kilometre Array

Monday, April 7
2:00 p.m./ Elliott Building 162
Dr. Jorge Peñarrubia, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
A Dynamical Model of the Local Cosmic Expansion

Monday, March 31
12:00 p.m. / Engineering and Computing Science Building 130
Dr. Orsola De Marco, Macquarie University, Sydney, Austraila
Getting Ready for the Changing Sky

Friday, March 21
10:30 a.m. / Elliott Building 061
Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, Potsdam, Germany
The Wobbly Galaxy: Kinematics North and South with RAVE

Thursday, February 27
11:30 a.m. / Elliott Building 161
Dr. Adolfo Malbouisson, Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF)
Field Theories in a toroidal topology: Finite size effects in phase transitions

Monday, February 03
2:30 p.m. / Elliott Building 060
Dr. Mitsutoshi Fujita, University of Tokyo/ IPMU
From Maxwell-Chern-Simons Theory in AdS3 towards Hydrodynamics in 1+1 Dimensions

Tuesday, January 28
1:30 p.m. / Elliott Building 061
Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, University of Birmingham
Characterizing Anisotropy in the Gravitational Wave Background with Pulsar Timing Arrays

Monday, January 27
12:00 p.m. / Engineering & Computer Science Building 130
Dr. Alyson Brooks/ Rutgers University
Solving CDM's Small Scale Crisis with Baryons

Tuesday, January 21
11:30 a.m. / Elliott Building 162
Dr. Danielle Wills, /Durham University

Thursday, January 09
1:00 p.m. / Clearihue Building D131
Dr. Elena D'Onghia, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Spiral Waves and Wobbles in Galactic Disks

Fall 2013


December 04
Dr. Andy Becker, University of Washington
How to Find the Needle in the Haystack: Variable Star Lightcurve Classification Techniques

November 27
Dr. Paula Heron, University of Washington
Is “Interactive” Teaching Sufficient to Promote Conceptual Development in Physics?

November 20
Dr. Jenny Hoffman, Harvard University
Topological Materials at the Nanoscale

November 13
Dr. Paul Goldbart, Georgia Institute of Technology
Strands of Superconductivity at the Nanoscale

November 06
Dr. Dan Stamper-Kurn, University of California, Berkeley
Magnetism in Quantum Gases

October 30
Dr. Mike Roney, University of Victoria
Applying EPR Entanglement to Observe Time-Reversal Violation & Searching for New Physics with BABAR

October 23
Dr. Eugene Demler, Harvard University
Studying Many-body States with Quantum Noise

October 16
Dr. James Bullock, University of California, Irvine
A Cold Dark Matter Controversy in Dwarf Galaxies

October 09
Dr. George Lake, University of Zurich
What's a Galaxy?

October 02
Dr. Joe Polchinski, KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Black Hole Information Paradox, Alive and Kicking

September 25
Dr. Hilke Schlichting, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New Insights into Planet Formation from the Kepler Satellite & Our Solar System

September 18
Dr. Christopher Stubbs, Harvard University
The Dark Energy Crisis in the Longer Term

September 11
Dr. Tom Ruth, TRIUMF
99Mo/99mTc: Canada from World Leader in Medical Isotope Production to Follower and Return to Leadership, Maybe?

Fall 2013


Tuesday, December 17
10:00 a.m./ Elliott Building 160
Dr. Inger Jorgensen, Gemini-N, Hilo, Hawaii
Galaxy Evolution in the Densest Environments ­ from z=1.27 to the Present

Thursday, December 12
2:00 p.m./ Elliott Building 160
Dr. Itay Yavin, McMaster University and Perimeter Institute
Looking into the Darkness: Old and New Experiments to Look for Dark Matter

Friday, December 06
10:30 a.m./ Elliott Building 061
Dr. Robyn Sanderson, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, the University of Groningen, Netherlands
Inferring the Galactic Gravitaional Potential

Wednesday, December 04
11:00 a.m./ Clearihure Building C113
Dr. Nicola Amorisco, DARK Institute, Copenhagen
Cosmology in Our Backyard: Supernova Feedback and Hierarchical Assembly in Dwarf Spheroidals

Friday, November 08
10:30 a.m./ MacLaurin Building D103
Dr. Rubén Sanchéz Jassen, National Research Council Canada
The Impact of Dwarf-Dwarf Galaxy Tidal Interactions

Friday, November 08
2:30 p.m./ Elliott Building 060
Dr. Aleksey Cherman, University of Minnesota
Resurgence in Quantum Field Theory: Handling the Devil's Invention

Tuesday, November 05
2:00 p.m./ Elliott Building 161
Dr. Wolfgang Altmannshofer, Perimeter Institute
New Physics in B --> K* μ+μ- ?

Thursday, October 31
2:30 p.m./ Clearihue Building C111
Dr. Jeff Bowen, Bucknell University
Closed Timelike Curves and the Initial Value Problem

Friday, October 25
10:30 a.m./ MacLaurin Building D114
Dr. Luc Simard, National Research Council Canada
The Thirty-Meter Telescope

Tuesday, September 24
3:30 p.m./ Elliott Building 161
Dr. Jason Loeppky, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Comparing Simulated Emission from Molecular Clouds Using Experimental Design
Joint work with:  Erik Rosolowsky, Stella Offner, Miayan Yeremi and Mallory Flynn

Thursday, September 19
2:30 p.m./ Elliott Building 062
Dr. Carlos Tamarit, Perimeter Institute
Running Couplings with a Vanishing Scale Anomaly

Tuesday, September 17
2:30 p.m./ Elliott Building 060
Dr. Ivan Gordeli, International Institute of Physics, Natal 
Glueball Spectrum of SUSY Theories from Holography

Tuesday, September 17
10:30 a.m./ Elliott Building 160
Dr. Michelle Collins, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy
Andromeda's Dwarf Spheroidals and the Universal Mass Profile

Thursday, September 12
3:30 p.m./ Clearihue Building C113
Dr. Eder Izaguirre, Perimeter Institute
New Electron Beam-Dump Experiments to Search for MeV to Few-GeV Dark Matter


Upcoming special talks

Public Lecture Series
Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:30 p.m./ Bob Wright Building B150
Dr. Edward "Rocky" Kolb, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences & Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
The Quantum and the Cosmos

Past special talks

Public Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:00 p.m./ Bob Wright Building B150
Dr. William D. Phillips, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997 National Institute of Standards and Technology, University of Maryland
Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe

CAP Lecture
Friday, March 14, 2014
3:30 p.m./ Elliott Building 167
Dr. Jeff Lundeen, University of Ottawa
Seeing is Believing: Direct Observation of the Wavefunction (Slides)

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