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 in 227 Gallalee Hall, with refreshments, including tea, coffee, and cookies, served at 3:30 p.m., in 223 Gallalee Hall [NOTE: all colloquia will be on Zoom for the Fall 2020 semester].
All talks can be viewed on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/channels/uaphay
|08/19||Online Welcome to the Department|
|09/02||Graduate Student Information||Dean Townsley
|09/09||Applying for the NSF graduate student fellowship: What undergrads and graduate students need to know.||Preethi Nair
Grad Recruiting Chair
|09/16||The Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Detectors: Pushing to Lower Thresholds in Search of an Answer||Amy Roberts (University of Colorado Denver)|
|09/23||Galaxy Cluster Outskirts: Pushing Back the Final Frontier in Cluster Astrophysics||Stephen Walker (University of Alabama – Huntsville)|
|09/30||Climatic and Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear War||Alan Robock (Rutgers University)|
|10/07||Magnetization Dynamics and Damping||Tim Mewes (University of Alabama)|
|10/21||Update on NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) and Science||Eric Mamajek (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)|
|11/18||TBD||Annika Peter (Ohio State University)|
- 2021F-2022S: schedule
Previous Years’ Colloquia
- 2019-2020: schedule
- 2018-2019: schedule
- 2017-2018: schedule
- 2016-2017: schedule
- 2015-2016: schedule, abstracts
- 2014-2015: schedule, abstracts
- 2013-2014: schedule, abstracts
- 2012-2013: schedule, abstracts
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