Events Calendar

2023-2024 Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series

Unless otherwise noted, all talks take place at 2:35 p.m. in Thompson Physical Laboratory 205.


Sept. 8 Ice Cream Social!
Science quad or Eco Cafe if weather is bad
Sept. 15 Tanya Zelevinsky (Columbia)
Title: “Clocks with ultra cold molecules”
Sept. 22 Physics after Williams:  grad school, jobs
Sept. 29 Chelsea Davis (U Delaware Mechanical Engineering)
Title: “Illuminating Interfacial Mechanics:  Utilizing Mechanophores to “See” Failure of Polymer Interfaces”
Oct. 6 Fred Strauch (Williams) …or Mountain Day?
Title: “Special Relativity before Special Relativity”
Oct. 13  Mountain Day!
Oct. 20 Kevin Flaherty (Williams)
Title: “The Turbulent Life of Planet Forming Disks”
Oct. 27 Jim Nolan (Williams)
Title:  “The Atomic Bomb and the Technological Imperative”
Nov. 3 Daniel Aalberts (Williams)
Title:  “What determines RNA’s Kinetics”
1:10PM, Biology Dept Colloquium, TBL 112
Nov. 10 Jim Partan ’94 (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
Title: “Arctic Observing Systems 2012-2023: Engineering for Under-Ice
Nov. 17 David Kawall (UMass)
Title: “An anomaly in an Anomaly?  Recent Results from the Fermilab Muon g-2 Experiment”
Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec. 11 Midterm Thesis Talks
1PM, TPL 203
Feb. 2 All about Physics and Astronomy Research
(including summer and thesis research opportunities!)
Physics and Astronomy Faculty
Feb. 16 (Winter Carnival)
Feb. 23 Carlos Trallero, University of Connecticut
Title:  “Quantum Times”
Feb. 29 Luis Orozco, Maryland & APS DLS Distinguished Traveling Lecturer)
Public Lecture, 4:15 pm, Wachenheim B11 (Bronfman Auditorium)
From Imaginary Experiments to Quantum Information
Mar. 1 Luis Orozco, Maryland (APS DLS Distinguished Traveling Lecturer)
Optical nanofibers: some experiments in optomechanics
Mar. 8 Robert Niffenegger, UMASS ECE
Title: “Trapped ion qubit and clock operations with integrated technologies”
Mar. 15 / Mar. 29 (Spring Break)
Apr. 5 Sean Eddy, Harvard Univ, HHMI
Sponsored by BigP
Title: “Computational analysis of RNA structure and function”
Apr. 12 Mia de los Reyes, Amherst College
Title: “The Loneliest Galaxies: Early Results from the Dwarfs In Void Environments (DIVE) Survey”
Apr. 19 Gabriela Moreira Lana, UMass Amherst
Title: “Designing Architectured Adhesives: Applications in Soft Materials and Medical Science”
Apr. 26 Brianna Zawadzki, Wesleyan University
Title: “Resolving Vertical Structures in Millimeter Debris Disk Observations with ARKS”
May 3 Meng-ju Renee Sher, Wesleyan University
Title: “Remotely probing electron movements in hybrid perovskite solar cell materials”
May 13 Thesis Final Presentations
1PM – 5PM, TPL 205


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