Fall 2015

Unless otherwise noted, fall colloquia will be held on Wednesdays from 3:45–4:45 p.m. in 227 Gallalee Hall. Refreshments, including tea, coffee, and cookies, will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 227 Gallalee Hall.

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Date Title/Abstract Speaker
8/26 Review of Timeline and Requirements for Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students Dean Townsley, Graduate Chair, University of Alabama
9/2 Faculty Interests Mini-Colloquia:
Off-axis combinatorial sputtering and characterization for complex magnetic materials
Quantum Matter in Low-Dimensions
Adam Hauser & Wang-Kong Tse, University of Alabama
9/9 Faculty Interests Mini-Colloquia:
Fading active galaxies, feedback, and the demographics of growing black holes
Resolved galaxy studies with Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV
Bill Keel & Preethi Nair, University of Alabama
9/16 Faculty Interests Mini-Colloquia:
Holography near and far from equilibrium
The restart of the CMS data taking at the LHC and the activities of the UA CMS group
Matthias Kaminsky & Paolo Rumerio, University of Alabama
9/23 Understanding the physics of galaxy clusters Andrea Morandi, UA Huntsville
9/30 Postdoc Mini-Colloquia:
Building a Holographic Model of the Kondo Effect
Dark Matter Halo Shapes in Cosmological Simulations
Jackson Wu & Owain Snaith, University of Alabama
10/7 Next Questions in Neutrino Physics and the NOvA Experiment Mark D. Messier, Indiana University
10/14 Berry phase effect in crystals: From anomalous Hall effect to Valleytronics Di Xiao, Carnegie Mellon University
10/21 Black holes vs quantum mechanics: who is winning? Herman Verlinde, Princeton University
10/27 Einstein Centenary Public Lecture:
Foundations: The Formulation of General Relativity
Robert Wald, University of Chicago
10/28 Einstein Centenary Special Colloquium Robert Wald, University of Chicago
11/4 Einstein Centenary Special Colloquium Heino Falcke, Radboud University Nijimegen
11/5 Einstein Centenary Special Colloquium: Black Hole Horizons Heino Falke, Radboud University Nijimegen
11/11 Characterization of Magnetic Nanostructures for Spintronics with Polarized Neutron Scattering Valeria Lauter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
11/18 Uncovering the physics and chemistry of complex oxide surfaces Roshan Mishra, Washington University, St. Louis
12/2 The Persistence of Memory: What Supernova Remnants Can Tell Us about Type Ia Supernova Progenitors Carles Badeness, University of Pittsburg

Spring 2016

Unless otherwise noted, spring Colloquium will be held on Wednesdays from 4:00–5:00 p.m. in 227 Gallalee Hall. Refreshments, including tea, coffee, and cookies, will be served at 3:45 p.m. in 223 Gallalee Hall.

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 Date Title/Abstract Speaker
1/13 Review of Timeline and Requirements for Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students
“Just A Minute” Ph.D. Candidate talks
Dean Townsley, Graduate Chair, University of Alabama
1/20 UA Benefits Rainer Schad, University of Alabama
1/27 Non-Perturbative Results for Itinerant Ferromagnetism in Multi-orbital Systems Yi Li, Princeton University
2/1 Shining X-ray Light on Strongly Correlated Materials Cheng-Chien Chen, Argonne National Lab
2/10 Transport of charge and heat in disordered many-body systems Georg Schwiete, Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz
2/17 LIGO-themed mini colloquia:
IceCube’s search for neutrinos in coincidence with LIGOs first gravitational wave detection
Expectations and constraints for binary black hole populations
Dawn Williams & Dean Townsley, University of Alabama
2/24 From tenths of eV to tens of TeV: Casting a wide net for New Physics Igor Ostrovskiy, Stanford University
2/29 DAMIC: a direct dark matter search with CCDs Alvaro Chavarria, KICP, University of Chicago
3/2 Low-energy probes of high-energy physics David Moore, Stanford University
3/9 Searching for Dark Matter with Noble Liquids Richard Saldanha, KICP, University of Chicago
3/23 Playing with protons in Flatland Nathaniel Stern, Northwestern University
3/28 LIGO Colloquium: The birth of gravitational wave physics Marco Cavaglia, University of Mississippi
3/30 String Holograms Diana Vaman, University of Virginia
4/13 Galactic Resonances and the Shapes of Galaxies Ron Buta, University of Alabama
4/13 Tracing Galaxies by their Shadows: Quasar Absorption Lines as Probes of Galaxy Evolution Varsha Kulkarni, University of South Carolina
4/20 First Results from DragonFly Roberto Abraham, University of Toronto
4/27 A PHAT New Measurement of the High-Mass Stellar IMF Daniel Weisz, University of Washington