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. 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 regularly attend colloquia, as determined by students and 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.  The soonest 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.

Spring 2017

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in GL 227.
Refreshments in GL 223 from 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
1/11 POSTPONED (due to bad weather and flight delays).
Colloquium rescheduled for March 8th:
How were the most ancient objects in the universe formed?
Kelsey Johnson
University of Virginia
1/18 Exciton Condensates are Super! Allan H. MacDonald
University of  Texas, Austin
1/25 Multi-TeV Astrophysics with HAWC John Pretz
Penn State
2/1 UA Physics & Astronomy Postdoc Mini Colloquia

Of Taus and Staus: Non-Standard Event Signatures in IceCube

Experimental studies on dark matter and neutrinoless double beta decay


Sandro Kopper

Arun Kumar Soma

2/8 The Era of High Energy Neutrino Astronomy with IceCube John Felde
University of Maryland
2/15 The Dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy Marcos Santander
Columbia University
2/22 No Colloquium No Colloquium
3/1 Ultrahigh Energy Neutrinos: Cosmic Ghosts and How to Bust Them Carl Pfendner
Ohio State University
3/8 How were the most ancient objects in the universe formed? Kelsey Johnson
University of Virginia
3/22 The Changing Landscape of Type Ia Supernova Progenitors Ken Shen
UC Berkeley
3/29 Dating major events in the solar system using geochemical & chronological studies of meteorites. Julia Cartwright
University of Alabama
4/5 Quantum magnetisms in disordered or spin-orbit coupled systems Jinwu Ye
Mississippi State
4/12 UA Physics & Astronomy Postdoc Mini Colloquia



Venkatesh Veeraraghavan
University of Alabama

4/19 A holographic view of quark-gluon plasma Wilke van der Schee
4/26 Laser Spectroscopy and Cooling: Tools for Probing Fundamental Physics Clayton Simien

UA Birmingham

Fall 2016

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
8/24 Review of Timeline and Requirements for Physics and Astronomy
Graduate Students
Conor Henderson
Graduate Chair
University of Alabama
8/31 Faculty Research Interests Mini-Colloquia:

A Model For Clumpy Self-Enrichment in Globular Star Clusters


Jeremy Bailin

Igor Ostrovskiy
University of Alabama

9/7 Faculty Research Interests Mini-Colloquia:

Transport in quantum many-body system

Searching for Physics Beyond the Standard Model at the Large  Hadron Collider


Georg Schwiete

Conor Henderson
University of Alabama

9/14 Faculty Research Interests Mini-Colloquia:

Future Prospects of New Physics Beyond the Standard Model


Nobu Okada
University of Alabama

9/21 3 Minute Thesis Presentations Physics & Astro graduate students
University of Alabama
9/28 Atomic Clocks & Precision Timing: Applications and Opportunities  Andrew Lemmon
University of Alabama
10/4 Public Talk: Spacetime Ripples and Rips: Our Amazing Universe Deirdre Shoemaker
Georgia Tech
10/5 Numerical Relativity and the first Detection of Gravitational Waves Deirdre Shoemaker
Georgia Tech
10/12 Faculty Research Interests Mini-Colloquia:

The Origin of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays


Peter L. Biermann
(Max-Planck-Institute für Radioastronomie & UA)

10/19 Neutrino portal to new physics  Bhupal Dev
Washington University at St. Louis

Towards precision measurements of neutrino oscillations

Philip Rodrigues
University of Mississippi
11/2  Galaxy Mergers on FIRE: Mapping Star Formation  Jorge Moreno
Cal Poly Pomona
11/9 Angular momentum transport in Spintronics  Shufeng Zhang
University of Arizona
11/16 Signatures of AGN feedback Dominika Wylezalek
Johns Hopkins University
11/30 Terahertz Spectroscopy of Two-dimensional Materials at High magnetic field  David Hilton
UA Birmingham

Previous Years’ Colloquia