Colloquia 2015-2016


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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Find this year’s colloquia here. Upcoming colloquia are listed in the left sidebar of this page and under the colloquium category in the department events calendar.

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

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