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.

Visitor information, including directions and parking details, can be found on our Directions and Parking page.


This semester’s colloquia are listed below.  Upcoming colloquia are listed in the left sidebar of this page and under the colloquium category in the department events calendar.

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

Fall 2018

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
8/22 No colloquium.
8/29 Recycling at UA Tony Johnson

(University of Alabama)

9/5 Galaxy Disks in Phase Space Matthew Bershady

(University of Wisconsin)

9/12 How to Succeed in Grad School: Review of Timeline and Requirements for Physics and Astronomy Grad Students Conor Henderson

(University of Alabama)

9/19 Faculty & Postdoc Mini-Colloquia:

Are we finally close to discovering the origins of type Ia supernovae?


Studying warm, diffuse gas in the outskirts of galaxies


CANCELED: Why Circumgalactic Matter Matters for Galaxy Evolution


Dean Townsley

(University of Alabama)

Amy Jones

(University of Alabama)

Jessica Werk

(University of Washington, Seattle)


9/26 CANCELED:  3Minute Thesis
10/3 Top Down Approach to Quantum Fields Jonathan Heckman

(University of Pennsylvania)

10/10 Better living through computation: Connecting the first stars in the universe to the Milky Way using cosmological simulations Brian O’Shea

(Michigan State University)

10/17 Manipulating light flow with 2D materials plasmons Tony Low

(University of Minnesota)

10/24 Black holes, neutron stars and the birth of gravitational wave astronomy Laura Cadonati

(Georgia Institute of Technology)

10/31 Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions Sara Majetich

(Carnegie Mellon University)


11/7 Nuclear physics to the rescue of neutrino physics: electron scattering vs neutrino scattering Camillo Mariani

(Virginia Tech)

11/14 New Physics for Neutrino Mass Generation and Dark Matter in the Universe Digesh Raut

(University of Delaware)

11/21 Thanksgiving Thanksgiving
11/28 TBA Renato Dupke

(National Observatory of Brazil)

12/05 TBA Satoru Emori

(Virginia Tech)

Spring 2019

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
1/9  No colloquium.
1/23 TBA Brian Batell

(University of Pittsburgh)

4/10 TBA Duane Lee


4/24 Why Circumgalactic Matter Matters for Galaxy Evolution Jessica Werk

(University of Washington, Seattle)

 Future Colloquia

Previous Years’ Colloquia