Colloquia and Seminars 2018-19

Colloquia, seminar and other talks from previous academic years are listed in our archive.

Colloquia are held weekly on Wednesdays during the academic year (September through to April) in the Bob Wright Centre Building Room 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.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Dr. James Stone, Princeton University
“Radiation-Dominated Black Hole Accretion Flows”

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Dr. Andrew Cumming, McGill University
“Looking Inside Neutron Stars: Astrophysical Transients and The Nature of Dense Matter”

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Dr. Itai Cohen, Cornell University
“Atomic Layer Deposition Origami: a technology platform for nanoscale machines, sensors, and robots”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Dr. Ziliang Ye, University of British Columbia, UBC

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Dr. Avery Broderick, University of Waterloo

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Dr. Luc Beaulieu, Memorial University

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Dr. Priya Natarajan, Yale University

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Dr. Hendrik Schatz, Michigan State University

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Dr. Will Percival, University of Waterloo

Wednesday, April 3, 2019



Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Dr. Adrian Lupascu, University of Waterloo
“Ultrastrong coupling of a single artificial atom to the electromagnetic field”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Dr. David A. Jaffray, University of Toronto
"The Future of Cancer Medicine: Personal or Industrial?"

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Dr. Scott Chapman, Dalhousie University
“The Emergence of Structure in the Early Universe: Massive Galaxy Protoclusters Discovered with the South Pole Telescope”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Dr. Clifford W. Cheung, Caltech
"Unification from Scattering Amplitudes"

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Dr. Marcel Pawlowski, UCI
“Dark Matter and the Dance of Dwarf Galaxies”

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Dr. Jessie Christiansen, Caltech
“Ten Thousand Pieces of Blue Sky: Building towards the complete picture of exoplanet demographics”

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Dr. David DeMille, Yale University
"A tabletop-scale probe for TeV physics: the electric dipole moment of the electron"

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Dr. Yann Chemla, University of Illinois
"Probing nature's nano-machines with "next generation" single-molecule techniques"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Dr. Corinne Manogue, Oregon State University
"Paradigms in Physics: Revitalizing the Upper-Division Curriculum"

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Dr. Bradley Filippone, Caltech
"Exploring Symmetry Violations with Free Neutrons"

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Dr. Rob Caldwell, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
"Polarization of the Cosmic Gravitational Wave Background"

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Dr. Chris Waltham, UBC
"A Tale of Two Fiddles"

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Dr. Tobias Junginger, Lancaster University
“Radio-frequency superconductivity for particle accelerators at TRIUMF and beyond”

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





Friday, January 11
ARCNet Special Seminar
Teaghan O'Briain, UVic
“Generative and interpretable deep learning for stellar spectra”

Thursday, January 10
ARCNet Special Seminar
Prof. Marc Huertas-Company, Observatoire de Paris
“Investigating Galaxy Evolution with Deep Learning”

Tuesday, January 8
Dr. Pascale Garaud, Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz
“Shear instabilities in stars”

Thursday, December 13
ARCNet Special Seminar
Spencer Bialek, Astronomy MSc Student, UVic
HAA (Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics) - Large Conference Room
"The continuing voyages of StarNet: Deep learning of optical spectra"

Monday, November 26
ARCNet Special Seminar
Jared Keown, Astronomy PhD Student, UVic
"From AGN to molecular clouds: Neural networks in extragalactic and galactic contexts"

Wednesday, November 07
Dr. Ethan Vishniac, Johns Hopkins University and Editor-in-Chief, The Astrophysical Journal
“Stochastic Reconnection in the Solar Wind and the Interstellar Medium”

Thursday, November 08
Dr. Ethan Vishniac, Johns Hopkins University and Editor-in-Chief, The Astrophysical Journal
“Who Pays for Scientific Publishing? Reasonable questions and unreasonable answers in the business of publishing science”

Friday, October 19
ARCNet Special Seminar
Dr. Guillaume Thomas, HAA 
“Stellar parameters from broad band photometry with machine learning”

Thursday, October 18
Dr. Toby Brown, McMaster University
"The Life Cycle of Nearby Galaxies: internal and external processes regulating their gas content"

Wednesday, October 17
Seoyoung Jung, Yonsei University (Seoul) 
"On the origin of gas-poor galaxies in galaxy clusters using cosmological hydrodynamic simulations"

Monday, October 01
Anke Arentsen, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
“Extremely metal-poor (carbon-enhanced) stars as probes of the Early Universe”

Friday, September 21
Dr. Jonay González Hernández, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias/IAC Dept. of Astrophysics Research
"Searching for the most iron poor stars of the Galactic halo"

Friday, September 21
Dr. Mark Hartz, TRIUMF
“Probing Neutrino Masses and Mixing with Precision Measurements of Neutrino Oscillations”

Thursday, September 20
Kristopher Youakim, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) / UVic Alumni
"The Pristine survey: An efficient search for extremely metal-poor stars"

Thursday, September 6
Dr. Hongsheng Zhao, University of St. Andrews
"Gravitational redshifts and other relativistic effects in clusters, galaxies and lenses" 

Friday, August 24
Dr. Shinji Mukohyama, Kyoto University
"Horava-Lifshitz cosmology revisited" 

The Café Scientifique series is an informal series of talks given in a relaxed setting such as a café. These talks are designed to engage the public in learning about recent research in science. Given by experts in the field, these talks provide an opportunity to stimulate discussion around some of the most exciting topics in modern science. Join us for this exciting series in 2018-19!

The 2018-19 Café Scientifique series of talks includes:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Scott McIndoe, Department of Chemistry, UVic
"Four months in the finest workshop in the world: a scientist with a licence to art"
Registration opens on January 21

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Raques Romay-Tallon, Division of Medical Sciences, UVic
"Depression and Social Stigma, by Post Doctoral Fellow"
Registration opens on January 21

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Juan C. Sanchez-Arias, PhD Student, Division of Medical Sciences, UVic
"The Developing Brain: A Shapeshifting Powerhouse"
Registration Details to Follow

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street



Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Hector Caruncho, Division of Medical Sciences, UVic.
"Schizophrenia and Society"
Registration is closed

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Lucinda Leonard, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, UVic.
"Messages from Above: Using Satellites to Learn About Future Earthquakes"
Registration is closed

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Josh Giles, Mechanical Engineering, UVic.
"Engineering Recovery: Using biomechanics to improve orthopaedic outcomes"
Registration is closed

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Julia Baum, Department of Biology, UVic.
"Corals and Climate Change: Glimmers of Hope from an Ecological Crisis"
Registration is closed

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Devika Chithrani, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UVic
"Role of novel therapeutics in cancer treatment"
Registration opens September 24, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Elaine Humphrey, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UVic
"Adventures in Microscopy"
Registration opens September 17, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Kim Venn, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UVic
"Astronomical Archeology: The Early Universe, The First Stars and Big Telescopes"
Registration opens August 20, 2018





Lansdowne Lecture
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7:30 p.m / Bob Wright Building, Room B150
Dr. Wendy Freedman, John & Marion Sullivan University; Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The University of Chicago.
For more information "The Universe Continues to Reveal Surprises"

Alan Astbury Public Lecture
Monday, September 10, 2018
6:00 p.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room B150
Dr. Neil Turok, Director, Perimeter Institute
Quantum Universe

ARC Seminar Series
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
12:00 p.m. / David Strong Building, Room C108
Dr. David Andersen, Adjunct Associate Professor, UVic; Astronomer/Instrument Scientist, HIA
NFIRAOS: The Facility Adaptive Optics System for the Thirty Meter Telescope

ARC Seminar Series
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
12:00 p.m. / David Strong Building, Room C108
Dr. Lisa Locke, Millimetre Technology Group, NRC Herzberg
Here be Dragons: How to Grow Cryogenic Microwave Instrumentation Engineers

Special Talk
Thursday, June 28, 2018
UVic: 9:30 am / MacLaurin Building, Room D114
DAO: 3:00 pm / Library
Nicholas McConnel & Austin Barnes, University of California, Santa Cruz
The Thirly Meter Telescope Early-Career Initiative: opportunities for grad students and postdocs.