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Colloquia and Seminars 2014-15

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
Colloquia

PAST COLLOQUIA


Wednesday, April 1

Dr. Locke Spencer, University of Lethbridge, Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Far-Infrared Universe: From star formation to the cosmic microwave background

Tuesday, March 31
3:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Ramin Abolfath, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University
Towards First Principle Modeling of Biological Responses of Ionizing Radiation

Friday, March 27
3:00 p.m. / Engineering/Computer Science Building, Room 116
Dr. Isaac Li, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics
Single-molecule biophysics in live cells: seeing molecular adhesion force

Wednesday, March 25
Dr. Paul Schechter, MIT, Department of Physics
A calibration of the stellar-mass fundamental plane at <z> = 0.5 using the micro-lensing induced flux ratio anomalies of macro-lensed quasars

Tuesday, March 24
3:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Devika Chithrani, Ryerson University, Department of Physics
Optimization of Bio-Nano Interface Using Gold Nanostructures as a Model Nanoparticle System

Wednesday, March 18
Dr. Pascal Audet, University of Ottawa, Department of Earth Sciences
Structural Controls on Subduction Zone Slow Earthquakes

Wednesday, March 11
Dr. Hassan Jawahery, University of Maryland, Department of Physics
A Window into New Physics via Heavy Quarks

Wednesday, March 4
Dr. Scott Chapman, Dalhousie University, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
Studying the Epoch of Inflation with the Cosmic Microwave Background: Lithographic Fabrication of Cold, Superconducting Electronics for Use in the Polarbear-2 and SPT-3G Experiments

Wednesday, February 25
Dr. Douglas Arion, Carthage College, Department of Physics and Astronomy
What Your Mother … er … Advisor Never Told You: The Other Things We Need to Learn (and Teach)

Wednesday, February 18
Dr. Luis Gregorio Dias Da Silva, University of São Paulo, Department of Physics and Mechanics of Materials
'More is Different:' Many-Body Physics at the Nanoscale

Wednesday, February 4
Dr. Clifford Will, University of Florida, Department of Physics
Was Einstein Right? A Centennial Assessment

Wednesday, January 28
Dr. Ian Putnam, University of Victoria, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Some of the Mathematics of Quasicrystals

Wednesday, January 21
Dr. Rita Mann, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
The Potential to Form Planets in the Orion Nebula: The ALMA Perspective

Wednesday, January 14
Dr. Misao Sasaki, Kyoto University, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics
Reviving Open Inflation

Wednesday, January 7
Dr. James Moum, Oregon State University, College of Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Modification of Sea Surface Temperature by Vertical Mixing in the Equatorial Cold Tongues

Fall
Colloquia

PAST COLLOQUIA

Wednesday, December 3
Dr. Art Olin, TRIUMF / University of Victoria, Department of Physics & Astronomy
ALPHA's Adventures With Antimatter

Wednesday, November 26
Dr. Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Kent State University, Liquid Crystal Institute
Vignettes From the World of Liquid Crystals

Wednesday, November 19
Dr. Witold Nazarewicz, Michigan State University, Department of Physics & Astronomy and FRIB/NSCL / Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Physics Division
Frontiers in Low-Energy Nuclear Physics

Wednesday, November 5
Dr. Florian Beutler, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Physics Division
Cosmology with the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS)

Wednesday, October 29
Dr. Sabrina Leslie, McGill University, Department of Physics
How to Get into That "Room at the Bottom" of DNA Analysis

Wednesday, October 22
Dr. Luke Dones, Southwest Research Institute
Cometary Impact Rates at Jupiter and Beyond

Wednesday, October 15
Dr. Edward F. Redish, University of Maryland, Department of Physics
Reinventing Introductory Physics for Life Scientists (IPLS)

Wednesday, October 8
Dr. Leonardo Golubovic, West Virginia University, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bio-Macromolecules and Their Complexes – An Inspiration For Statistical Physics

Wednesday, October 1
Dr. Sean Hartnoll, Stanford University, Department of Physics
From Black Holes to Badly Behaved Metals

Wednesday, September 24
Dr. Eric Ford, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics / Center for Exoplanets & Habitable World
Characterizing the Distribution of Planetary Architectures with Kepler

Wednesday, September 17
Dr. Karin Dahmen, University of Illinois
Unifying Theory for Tuned-Critical Quake Statistics: From Nanopillars to Earthquakes

Wednesday, September 10
Dr. Cornelia Hoehr, TRIUMF / University of Victoria
How Nuclear Physics Can Diagnose and Treat Cancer

Spring
Seminars

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Wednesday, May 20
2:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Vardha Bennert, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Department of Physics
Towards an Understanding of the Black Hole Mass Scaling Relations

PAST SEMINARS

Wednesday, April 8
1:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 160
Heather Russell, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington, Department of Physics
Searches for Long-Lived Neutral Particles with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC

Wednesday, April 1
11:00 a.m. / Elliott Building, Room 160
Dr. Lynne Hillenbrand, California Institute of Technology, Department of Astronomy
The Young and the Restless Stars

Friday, March 27
10:00 a.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Dr. Marten van Kerkwijk, University of Toronto, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Thermonuclear supernovae and the quest to understand why white dwarfs explode

Friday, March 13
4:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 160
Dr. Brian Shuve, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Probing Baryogenesis with the LHC

Friday, March 6
1:30 p.m. / Clearihue Building, Room A311
Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, Université Laval, Département de physique
Spiral Galaxy Evolution as Seen with SpIOMM

Friday, February 6
1:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 062
Dr. Bill Harris, McMaster University, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Galaxy Halos and Globular Cluster System Formation

Monday, January 19
2:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 060
Dr. Paul D. Jackson, University of Adelaide, Department of Physics
Third Generation SUSY at the LHC and Kinematic Variables for New Physics Searches

Tuesday, January 13
2:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Dr. Romeel Davé, South African National Research Chair in Cosmology with Multi-wavelength Data / University of the Western Cape, Astrophysics Department / South African Astronomical Observatories / African Institute for Mathematical Studies
The Co-growth of Galaxy Disks and Black Holes Across Cosmic Time

Fall
Seminars

PAST SEMINARS

Wednesday, December 17
3:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Vanessa Moss, University of Sydney, School of Physics
The Galactic Ecosystem: Infall and Outflow in the Halo of the Milky Way

Monday, December 8
11:00 a.m. / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Iris Dillmann, TRIUMF
Beta-Delayed Neutron Emission and its Role in the R-Process

Monday, December 8
1:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Chris Ruiz, TRIUMF
Radiative Capture for Astrophysics using Radioactive Ion Beams

Friday, December 5
2:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Dr. Jonathan Kozaczuk, TRIUMF
Cosmological Phase Transitions and Their Properties in the NMSSM

Friday, November 28
2:00 p.m. / Human & Social Development Building, Room A270
Bridget Bertoni, University of Washington, Department of Physics
Dark Matter - Neutrino Interactions: Solving the Small Scale Structure Problem and its Implications

Tuesday, November 18
2:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Dr. Blaise Goutéraux, Stanford University, Stanford Institute of Theoretical Physics
Momentum Dissipation and Effective Theories of Coherent and Incoherent Transport

Friday, November 7
2:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 160
Dr. Matthias Kaminski, University of Victoria, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Anomalous Hydrodynamics Kicks Neutron Stars

Friday, October 31
2:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 160
Dr. Christoph Uhlemann, University of Washington, Department of Physics
Holographic Entanglement Entropy, Probe Branes and Non-Fermi Liquids

Monday, September 22
11:00 a.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Dr. Rob Hoffman, Computational Nuclear Physics Group, LLNL
Type Ia Supernovae, the Best Big Bang Since the Big One

Thursday, September 11
11:30 a.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Chris Usher, Swinburne University
The Stellar Populations of Extragalatic Globular Clusters

Tuesday, September 02
3:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Dr. Bryan Miller, Gemini Observatory, La Serena, Chile
Globular Clusters and Nuclei in Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies

Summer
Seminars

PAST SEMINARS

Thursday, August 28
11:00 AM / Elliott Building, Room 160
Dr. Tatsuma Nishioka, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Entanglement Entropy in Gapped Systems

Wednesday, August 13
11:00 AM / Clearihue Building, Room A202
Dr. Thomas de Boer, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK
The Star Formation History of Classical Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies

Friday, August 8
11:00 AM / Clearihue Building, Room A203
Dr. Erik Rosolowsky, University of Alberta
Finding the Recipe for Star Formation

Wednesday, July 30
11:00 AM / Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Large Conference Room *
Dr. Caty Pilachowski, Dean Kirkwood Chair, Astronomy Department, University of Indiana
Exploring Multiple Populations in Globular Clusters in the Milky Way and Beyond

Wednesday, June 25
10:30 AM / Engineering and Computer Sciences Building, Room 108
Dr. Samantha Lawler, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
What on Earth is Fomalhaut B?

Friday, June 20
10:30 AM / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Geraint Lewis, University of Sydney, Australia
Lessons Learnt from PAandAS: Cosmic Evolution and the Great Plane of Dwarfs

Special
Talks

UPCOMING SPECIAL TALKS

Public Talk
Monday, April 27
7:30 p.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room B150
Dr. Rolf Heuer, CERN
Breaking the wall of the hidden universe: what the discovery of the Higgs boson tells us about Physics, Mankind, and the Universe
Register

PAST SPECIAL TALKS

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, April 14
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Terry Pearson, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Your World in a Drop of Blood: Technology for Personal Monitoring of Wellness and Disease

CAP Lecture
Wednesday, April 1
3:30 p.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room A104
Dr. Locke Spencer, University of Lethbridge, Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Far-Infrared Universe: From star formation to the cosmic microwave background

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, March 17
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Ned Djilai and Dr. Andrew Rowe, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria
Hydrogen Fuel Cells - Without the Hot Air

Lansdowne Lecture
Monday, March 2

6:00 p.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room B150
Dr. Raymond Laflamme, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information, Executive Director, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
Quantum Information Science

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, February 10
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Kerry Delaney, Department of Biology, University of Victoria
How Brains Work

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, January 13
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Reinhard Illner, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria
The Digits of Pi

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, December 9
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Jeremy Wulff and Dr. Peter Constabel, Departments of Chemistry and Biology, University of Victoria
The Chemistry and Biology of Beer

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, November 11
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Kate Moran, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria / Ocean Networks Canada and SEOS
The Big Heat: A Thermal Maximum 55 Million Years Ago and What it Tells Us About Global Warming

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, October 14
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Falk Herwig, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria
Carbon, Iron, Gold - Where and How Are the Elements Made?

Café Scientifique
Tuesday, September 9
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Luc Simard, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria / NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
The Thirty Metre Telescope

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