2010-2011 Physics & Astronomy Colloquia

17 Sept. Professor Sarah Demer – Yale University
Title: “Hunting for New Physics with CERN’s Large Hadron Collider”
24 Sept. Physics and Astronomy Faculty
Title: “All about Graduate School”
15 Oct. Professor Courtney Lannert – Wellesley College
Title: “Studying Quantum Dynamics with Ultracold Atomic Gases”
22 Oct. Professor Pan Li – University of Albany
Title: “Effect of Mg2 Ions on Mechanical Unfolding of a Two-Base Pair of RNA Kissing Hairpin” [abstract]
29 Oct. Professor Luis Orozco – University of Maryland
Title: “Ground State Quantum Beats”
2:00 p.m. in TPL 205
5 Nov. Professor Ophelia Tsui – Boston University
Title: “Glass Transition Temperature of Polymer Films” [abstract]
19 Nov. Dr. Brian Wecht ’97 – University of Michigan
Title: “Supersymmetry as a Theoretical Toolbox” [abstract]
3 Dec. Dr. Meg Schwamb – Yale University
Title: “The Solar System Beyond Sedna” [abstract]
6 Jan. Honors Thesis Students
Thesis Progress Reports
1:00 p.m. TPL 205
4 Feb. Physics & Astronomy Faculty
Title: “Quick Introductions to Astronomy & Physics Research Opportunities at Williams”
11 Feb. Justin Brown ’05 – Princeton University
Title: “A New Limit on Lorentz- and CPT-Violating Neutron Spin Interactions”
25 Feb. Professor Bill Wootters – Williams College
Title: “Physics in Rwanda”
11 Mar. Professor Ned Ladd ’86 – Bucknell University & Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Title: “Why Aren’t There More Stars? The Battle Against Gravity in our Galaxy’s Nurseries” [abstract]
8 Apr. Dr. Laura Brenneman ’99 – Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Title: “Spinning Black Holes”
15 Apr. Professor Graziano Vernizzi – Siena College
Title: “RNA folding and Random Matrix Theory”
22 Apr. Professor Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate – University of Texas
Title: “The Dark Side of the Universe”
2:00 p.m. Wege Auditorium
28 Apr. Professor Karen Kwitter – Williams College
Sigma Xi Lecture
Title: “Planetary Nebulae: Narrators of Stellar and Galactic Chemical Evolution”
4:15 p.m. Wege Auditorium
6 May Professor Steven Girvin – Yale University
Title: “The Race to Build a Quantum Computer”
16-17 May Honors Thesis Students
Thesis Presentations