Department of Physics and Astronomy

Colloquium Schedule

2016-17 Colloquium Schedule

(All events take place in Science A107 unless indicated otherwise)

The Beat of a Different Drum: Listening to Atomic Vibrations in Nanoscale Membranes
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 2:30pm 
Presenter: Dr. Gokul Gopalakrishnan, UW-Platteville 

Snakes and Bubbles: Massive Stellar Nurseries in the Milky Way
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. William Dirienzo, UW-Sheboygan

The Search for Dark Matter
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Bethany Reilly, UW-Fox Valley

Two Internship Experiences
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 2:00pm
Presenters: Michael Evans and Shayne Smith

2015-16 Colloquium Schedule

Chemical Reactions that Lead to Soot Formation and Reactions on Soot Particles
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Dan Albert

A year at Donaldson Company
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Evan Mason

Tales from the International Physics Olympiad
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Paul Stanley

2014-15 Colloquium Schedule

Physics at the Intersection of Biology: The Mechanics of Cellular Filaments
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 2:00pm in Room A109
Presenter: Dr. Taviare Hawkins

Atom-Light Interactions: Generating New Coherent Light Sources
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 3:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Erik Brekke

Weather Modeling: Past, Present and Future
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 2:00pm in Room A109
Presenter: Meteorologist Mark Holley

Two Summer 2014 Experiences
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 2:00pm
Presenters:Erin Sullivan, "Laser Interferometry"
Michael Detert, "Internship at Donaldson"

2013-14 Colloquium Schedule

The Pulsar Laboratory: Probing Extreme Physics with Radio and Gamma-ray Pulsars
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Megan DeCesar

Pulsars: The Universal Timekeepers
Public Presentation Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:30pm in TNR 170
Presenter: Dr. Megan DeCesar

Optical and Thermal Characterization of Photonic Devices
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - Room D279
Presenter: Dr. Maryam Farzaneh, UW-Stevens Point

CANCELLED: Exploring Quantum Many-Body Physics with Cold Dipolar Atoms
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - Room D279
Presenter: Dr. Ryan Wilson, NIST

Molecular Modulation: Ultrafast Pulses, Molecular Control, & Precision Measurement
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 12:00pm - Room D279
Presenter: Mr. Josh Weber, UW-Madison

Engineering a Contradiction: Developing Transparent Conducting Oxide Materials
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Seth King, UW-La Crosse

Performance and Background Study of DM-Ice17: NaI(Tl) dark matter detectors in the South Pole ice
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Matt Kauer, UW-Madison

Eye movements while interpreting graphical representations of motion
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Docktor, UW-La Crosse

Reports from an REU Adventure and two Internships
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 2:00pm
Presenters: Tim Twohig, Taylor Richards, and Chris Woitula

2012-13 Colloquium Schedule

Astronomy at the High Energy Frontier: First Light at the HAWC Observatory
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 2:00pm in A109

Building a quantum computer with trapped neutral atoms
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Marty Lichtman

Fragile Binary Stars: Observational Leverage on Difficult Astrophysical Problems
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 2:00pm in A109
Presenter: Dr. Terry Oswalt

Searching for Life in the Universe: Where is Everyone?
Public Presentation Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 7:30pm in TNR 170
Presenter: Dr. Terry Oswalt

What the Sagittarius Dwarf Tells Us about Our Galaxy and Dark Matter
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 2:00pm in A109
Presenter: Matthew Newby

Optical Atom Traps and Localization of Light
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Pasad Kulatunga

Further Adventures:  REU and Internship Experiences
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenters: Kyle Leaf, Jeff Kokke, and Matt Rucinski

Chronicles of Two REU Adventures
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenters: Zac Meadows, and Sam Knapp

2011-12 Colloquium Schedule

Nanoscience and Left-handed Metamaterials
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Alexander Popov

Superfluid Liquid Helium Films in a Disordered Environment
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Dwight Luhman

Fast Control of Domain Wall Motion in Ferromagnetic Nanowires​
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Andrew Kunz

WIST: Building a Regional Collaborative Institute at UWSP​
Friday, March 2, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Gerry Ring

Measuring the Vertical Structure of the F Ring of Saturn
Friday, February 3, 2012 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Britt Scharringhausen

A Single Molecule Study of the Cell’s Skeleton: a Physicist’s Perspective on Biology
Friday, December 2, 2011 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Douglas Martin

Electron Spin Qubits in Si/SiGe Quantum Dots
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Mark Eriksson

Cosmic Microwave Background Foregrounds: Improved Model of Spinning Dust Emission and Comparison with WMAP results
Friday, November 4, 2011 - 2:30pm
Presenter: Thiem Hoang

Modeling the Hβ Emission Line in Luminosity-Averaged Quasar Spectra
Friday, October 7, 2011 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Zac Meadows

Chronicles of Two Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Adventures
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 2:00pm
Presenter: Paulette Epstein, and Micah Broehm
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