Colloquia and Seminars 2017-18

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 Elliott Building lecture theatre 167 at 2:30 pm (unless otherwise stated). They are geared at a general audience—faculty, staff, students and interested members of the general public are welcome.

Special Colloquium
Thursday, November 23, 2017
3:00 p.m. / Cornett Building, Room A229
Br. Guy Consolmagno, Director, Vatican Observatory.
"Vesta and the Chaotic Formation of Planets"

Wednesday, November 29
Dr. Daniel Fisher, Stanford University
 "Towards Understanding Evolutionary Dynamics"

Spring term colloquia series TBA


Wednesday, November 8
Dr. Victor Gurarie, University of Colorado, Boulder
 "Towards designing and probing ultra-quantum matter"

Wednesday, November 1
Dr. Mark Kasevich, Stanford University
 "Test of quantum mechanics and gravitation with atom interferometry"

Wednesday, October 25
Dr. Karin Sandstrom, University of California, San Diego
"Interstellar Dust at Low Metallicity"

Wednesday, October 18
Dr. Gray Rybka, University of Washington
"The ADMX Search for Dark Matter Axions"

Wednesday, October 11
Dr. Cornelia Hoehr, TRIUMF
"Medical Isotope Production at TRIUMF-from Imaging to Treatment"

Wednesday, October 4
Dr. Art Olin, TRIUMF
"ANTIHYDROGEN: Its Capture and Interrogation"

Wednesday, September 27
Dr. Guy Wormser, Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire, CNRS
"Lepton Universality violation, a promising approach towards new physics beyond the Standard Model"

Wednesday, September 20
Dr. Dan Werthimer, University of California, Berkeley
"Is Anyone Out There? SETI@home and the Breakthrough Listen Project"

Wednesday, September 13
Dr. Jessica Werk, University of Washington
"Circumgalactic Matter Matters"

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

Tuesday, November 21
 11:00 a.m. / Clearihue Building, Room C115
Dr. Felix Haehl, University of British Columbia
"Schwinger-Keldysh effective field theory for dissipative systems"

Thursday, November 23
 1:00 p.m. / David Strong Building, Room C126
Dr. Alessandro Boselli, Laboratoire d'astrophyisque de Marseille
"The role of the environment on galaxy evolution and the VESTIGE survey"

Tuesday, December 12
 2:00 p.m. / Human & Social Development Building, Room A270
Dr. Nirmal Raj, University of Notre Dame
"Drell-Yan Beyond Breit-Wigner: New Signals of Dark Matter and Leptoquarks"


Thursday, November 2
4:00 p.m. / David Strong Building, Room C126
Dr. Olivier Lai, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
"25 Years of Adaptive Optics on Mauna Kea"

Monday, November 6
2:00 p.m. / Human & Social Development Building, Room A264
Dr. Maximilian Swiatlowski, University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi Institute
"Searching for SUSY with ATLAS, and Beyond with MilliQan"

Friday, October 27
3:00 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 162
Dr. Samantha Benincasa, PhD Candidate, McMaster University
"A tale of two clump masses-a different approach to studying clump formation in simulations"

Monday, October 23
2:00 p.m. / Business & Economics Building, Room 363
Dr. Joanna Woo, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Victoria
"Galaxy Quenching, Structural Transformation and the Enviroment"

Thursday, October 19
2:30 p.m. / Hickman Building, Room 120
Dr. Jorge Barrera Ballesteros, Johns Hopkins University
"Chemical Evolution in the Era of IFU surveys"

Friday, October 13
2:00 p.m. / Clearihue Building, Room C316
Dr. Shira Chapman, Perimeter Institute
"Complexity in Holography and QFT"

Tuesday, October 10
2:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 161
Prof. Kim Maltman, York University
"New results on Vus from inclusive hadronic tau decays"

Tuesday, September 26
10:00 a.m. / Clearihue Building, Room C115
Dr. Carsten Krauss, University of Alberta
"Status and recent results from the PICO dark matter search"

Wednesday, August 30
2:00 p.m. / Engineering/Computer Science Building, Room 104
Dr. Garth Huber, University of Regina
"Deep Exclusive p(e,e'π+)n and p(e,e'K+)Λ Studies at Jefferson Lab"

Thursday, August 3
2:00 p.m. / Engineering/Computer Science Building, Room 108
Dr. Mike Boylan-Kolchin, University of Texas at Austin
"The Faint Frontier of Galaxy Formation"

Thursday, August 3
11:00 a.m. / Engineering/Computer Science Building, Room 108
Prof. Oleg Gnedin, University of Michigan
"Modeling of Star Clusters in Galaxy Formation Simulations"

Tuesday, August 1
2:00 p.m. / Engineering/Computer Science Building, Room 108
Dr. Justin Read, University of Surrey
"Near-field cosmology with dwarf galaxies"

Friday, June 2
1:00 p.m. / Clearihue Building, Room B215
Dr. Emma Kuwertz, ATLAS Research Assistant, University of Victoria
"Operation and performance of the ATLAS Detector in LHC Run II"

Thursday, May 25
11:00 a.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room A104
Dr. Pascal Jahan Elahi, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, University of Western Australia
“SURFS: Synthetic UniveRses for Surveys”

Monday, May 15
2:00 p.m. / MacLaurin Building, Room D287
Prof. Clarence Virtue, Spokesperson for the HALO and HALO-1Kt Experiments
"Using Lead to Learn About Supernovae"

Wednesday, May 10
2:00 p.m. / Engineering Computer Science Building, Room 130
Dr. Christopher Hearty, University of British Columbia/Institute of Particle Physics
"Searches for the Dark Sector at BaBar, Belle II, and Elsewhere"

Wednesday, May 3
11:00 a.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room A104
Prof. Nicolas Martin, University of Strasbourg
"First results from the Pristine CaHK survey with CFHT/MegaCam"

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 2017-18!

The 2017-18 Café Scientifique series of talks includes:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Rachel Boschen, Department of Biology
"All that glitters is not gold: deep-sea mining and untold biological wealth"
Registration opens October 30

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Olav Krigolson, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
"How We Learn: Insights from Neuroscience Research"
Registration opens October 30

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Jane Gair, Division of Medical Science
Teaching the New Medical Doctors in British Columbia: Our Experience After Graduating 10 Cohorts"
Registration opens December 11

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Alan McConnachie, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
**Talk details to follow**

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Alex Brolo, Chemistry
**Talk details to follow**

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Alex van Netten, Physics & Astronomy
**Talk details to follow**


Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Kristin Morell, School of Earth and Ocean Science
"Finding hidden active faults on Vancouver island"
Registration opens September 18

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Hermann's Jazz Club @ 753 View Street
Dr. Rodney Herring, Mechanical Engineering
"Seeing is believing or the power of imaging with phase and not power"


Special Talk
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
 2:30 p.m. / Elliott Building, Room 167
Dr. Chris Willott, Canadian Astronomy Data Centre; National Research Council Canada
"Get ready for the James Webb Space Telescope"


UVic Women in Science Re-Launch
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:30 p.m. / Fort Tectoria Tilted Rocket Lounge
Dr. Emma Davy (Teaching Fellow, Quest University), Dr. Sara Ellison (Physics & Astronomy, UVic), Robyn Quinn (iWIST Founder, Big Bang Communications)
"UVic Women in Science Re-Launch"

Alan Astbury Public Lecture
Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:30 p.m. / Bob Wright Centre, Room B150
Prof. Barry Barish, Linde Professor of Physics, emeritus, Caltech
"From Einstein to Gravitational Waves and Beyond"