Physics & Astronomy Colloquium


Spring 2019

Note: All colloquia will be held on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Rm. 119 Nicholson, unless otherwise indicated.

Date Title of Talk Speaker Speaker's Institution Host
Jan. 10 Terrestrial Gamma Flashes Observed by GBM Michael Briggs University of Alabama Huntsville Michael Cherry 
Jan. 17 A New Era of Precision in Doppler Exoplanet Science Paul Robertson  U C Irvine Manos Chatzopoulos 

Jan. 23

(Hearne Eminent Lecture)
Wednesday, 5:00 pm

The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter

Paul Steinhardt Princeton University Jorge Pullin
Jan. 24 The Bouncing Universe Paul Steinhardt Princeton University Jorge Pullin
Jan. 31 Galactic Dosimetry and Ground-based Health Stephen Guetersloh Practical Physics Solutions, LLC Wayne Newhauser

Feb. 7

Anomalous Velocity and Geometry in Wave Mechanics Eugene Mele University of Pennsylvania E. Ward Plummer

Feb. 11

(Monday - 

NICH room 435)

Nuclear Activation Analysis — A Versatile Nuclear Assay Zaijing Sun South Carolina State University Wayne Newhauser

Feb. 14

(12 pm - NICH room 435)

From Protoplanetary Disks to Exoplanets: Characterizing Planets from Infancy to Maturity Hannah Jang-Condell University of Wyoming Tabetha Boyajian

Feb. 21

Feb. 28 Operational Space Radiation Environment: Analogs, Pathogenesis, and Translation Into Clinical Outcomes in Humans Jeffery Chancellor   Texas A&M University  Wayne Newhauser

March 7

Quasars in the Age of Big Data and Time-Domain Astronomy Jessie Runnoe University of Michigan  Geoffrey Clayton

March 14


March 21

From Tens to Tens of Thousands: Supernovae Science in the Big-Data Era Gautham Narayan Space Telescope Science Institute Geoffrey Clayton

March 28

Planetary Evolution in Two Acts: Eclipsing Disks and Transiting Planets Joseph Rodriguez, Jr. Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Geoffrey Clayton

April 4

The Whole Iceberg: Completing the Census of Exoplanets with the WFIRST Microlensing Survey Matthew Penny Ohio State University Geoffrey Clayton
April 11 Using Big Data to Understand Galaxy Formation in our Neighborhood David Nidever Montana State University  Geoffrey Clayton

April 18

Spring Break

April 24

(Hearne Eminent Lecture)
Wednesday, 3:30 - 5 pm

Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier John P. Preskill California Institute of Technology Jonathan P. Dowling
April 25 Quantum Machine Learning: A Framework for Near-Term Quantum Computing Patrick Coles Los Alamos National Laboratory Mark Wilde
May 2 Black Hole Entropy and Gravitational Wave Observations Eugenio Bianchi Penn State University  Ivan Agullo

May 8

The Origin of Supermassive Black Holes Amy Reines Montana State University Geoff Clayton