The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a colloquium every Wednesday afternoon in 227 Gallalee Hall during the fall and spring semesters (excluding holidays and exam week). Speakers include UA faculty and graduate students as well as researchers from other universities, research institutes, and government agencies. The subject matter ranges from information about the University and department to topics of recent interest in physics and astronomy. Talks are typically 45–50 minutes in length followed by ~10 minutes of questions.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Physics and astronomy graduate students are required to attend colloquia regularly, as determined by their advisors; more information about this requirement may be found in the department’s Graduate Handbook.

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Unless otherwise noted, colloquia are held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m in 227 Gallalee Hall, with refreshments, including tea, coffee, and cookies, served at 3:30 p.m., in 223 Gallalee Hall.

Fall 2024

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
08/28 Graduate Program Information Dean Townsley
09/06 (Friday) Geochemistry of Ocean Worlds in Solar System and Exoplanet Bodies Christopher Glein (Southwest Research Institute)
09/11 TBA Satoru Emori (Virginia Tech)
09/18 TBA Anton Andreev (Univ. of Washington)
09/25 Pushing the Edge of the Cosmic Frontier with JWST Jeyhan Kartaltepe (Rochester Institute of Technology)
10/02 Simulations of Black Hole Accretion in AGN and X-ray Binaries Shane Davis (Univ. of Virginia)
10/09 TBA Jeffrey Fung (Clemson University)
10/16 Dissertation Topics Tour Physics & Astronomy Ph.D. candidates
10/23 TBA Daniel Gopman (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
11/20 TBA Giovanni Vignale (Univ. of Missouri)
11/27 Thanksgiving week.
12/11 Finals week.

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