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Colloquia from 2005 - 2006

for the Academic Year 2005-2006
(1 July 2005 - 30 June 2006)
DATE/TIME SPEAKER TITLE / Host
2006
Wednesday
June 14
3:00 p.m.
Rm 137 P&A
Dr. Jan Cami
SETI Institute
NASA Ames Research Center
“Molecular Gas and Dust around Evolved Stars"

Host: Peter Simpson

Monday
June 5
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Uwe Langbein
The University of Applied Sciences
Wiesbaden, Germany

and ...

Michael Nitsche
UWO and UAS, Wiesbaden
at 1:30 p.m.

Activities in the field of optics and integrated optics of the Physics Department of the University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden

at 2:15 p.m.

“Engineering Aspects of Evanescent Fluorescence Microscopy”


Host: Silvia Mittler

Wednesday
May 24
3:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Paula R.L. Heron
University of Washington
“Improving student learning in physics: The challenge of identifying effective instructional strategies”

Host: Patrick Whippey

Monday
May 8
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Marcin Sawicki
Physics Department
University of California at Santa Barbara
“The long faint tail in galaxy evolution”

Host: John de Bruyn

Tuesday
May 2
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Els Peeters
Research Scientist
NASA Ames Research Center
“Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons as astrophysical probes”

Host: John de Bruyn

Thursday
April 27
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Debashish Mukherji
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"A generalization of charge equilibration method to fluctuating charges"
Monday
April 24
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Ed Thommes
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
University of Toronto
“Planet formation, migration and survival”

Host: John de Bruyn

Thursday
April 20
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Patrick Espy
Senior Scientific Officer
British Antarctic Survey
“Exploring the dynamics and chemistry of the middle atmosphere using remote sensing”

Host: John de Bruyn

Wednesday
April 19

2:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Asad Rezaee
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Gold nanoparticle sensors in solution"
Thursday
April 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Jian Liu
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"The search for ultra-thin high-k dielectric films used in CMOS technology"
Wednesday
April 12
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Joseph Harrington
Dept of Astronomy
Cornell University
“The Pioneering Direct Measurements of Extrasolar Planets”

Host: John de Bruyn

CANCELLED
Tuesday

April 11
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Dallas Abbott
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University

A presentation of the Planetary Science Program
CANCELLED
"Impact basins on the ocean floor"

Hosts: Peter Brown (Physics & Astronomy Dept.) and Penny King (Earth Sciences Dept.)
Monday
April 10
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Maxim Lyutikov
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
University of British Columbia
“Eclipses and orbital modulation in the binary pulsar PSR J0737-3039A/B”

Host: John de Bruyn

Friday
April 7
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Harry Y. McSween
Earth & Planetary Sciences Dept.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

A presentation of the Planetary Science Program
"Geologic Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Missions"

Hosts: Peter Brown (Physics & Astronomy Dept.) and Penny King (Earth Sciences Dept.)
Thursday
April 6
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Kari Dalnoki-Veress
Physics & Astronomy Dept. Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research
McMaster University
“Polymer Crystallisation, Dynamics and Morphology at the Nanoscale”

Host: Silvia Mittler
Tuesday
April 4
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Trinh Nguyen
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Spin-transfer torque and dynamics in nanomagnets"
Thursday
March 30
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Guillaume Gervais
Department of Physics
McGill University
“Physics of Flatland and of the Nano-World Near T=0”
Wednesday
March 29
2:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659 Graduate Seminar
Razvan Nistor
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Path integral methods in atomistic simulations"
Monday
March 27
2:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Eugene Wong
Medical Biophysics Dept.
University of Western Ontario
What’s the 'Phuss' in radiation cancer treatment optimization? The Physics, Physiology and Philosophies

Host: John de Bruyn

Friday
March 24
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Leïla Haïder
LNPC
René Descartes University
Paris 5, France
Rheology and Ultrasound Scattering From Reversible Fractal Red Cell Clusters in a Shear Flow

Host: John de Bruyn

Thursday
March 23
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Don Brownlee
Department of Astronomy
University of Washington
“Stardust and Primitive Early Solar System Materials"

Host: Peter Brown

Monday
March 20
2:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Nikolai Piskunov
Uppsala University
Sweden
“3D radiative transport through stellar atmospheres and the stellar environment”

Host: David Gray
Monday
March 20
1:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Robert Byer
Applied Physics Department Stanford University
“LIGO and LISA – The search for Gravitational Waves”

Host: Silvia Mittler
Monday
March 20
9:30 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Robert Byer
Applied Physics Department Stanford University
“Black Holes, Einstein, and Gravitational Waves LIGO, LISA and Lasers” (Undgergrad Talk)

Host: Silvia Mittler
Thursday
March 16
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Charles McKenzie
Radiology Dept. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard University
“Quantification of Liver Fat Content with Magnetic Resonance Imaging”

Host: John de Bruyn

Friday
March 10
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Arkady Major
Physics Department
Institute for Optical Sciences
University of Toronto
“Ultrafast Quantum Electronics and Nonlinear Optics: Lasers, Materials and Microscopy for Bio-Medical Applications”

Host: John de Bruyn

Thursday
March 9
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Giles Novak
Physics & Astronomy Dept. Northwestern University
“Mapping Magnetic Fields in Star Forming Clouds”

Host: Martin Houde

Wednesday
March 8
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Trevor Ireland
Earth Chemistry Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University, Canberra

A presentation of the Planetary Science Program
"The oxygen isotope composition of the Sun"

Hosts: Peter Brown (Physics & Astronomy Dept.) and Penny King (Earth Sciences Dept.)
Tuesday
February 28
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Roger Zemp
Optical Imaging Laboratory
Biomedical Engineering Dept Texas A&M University
Photoacoustic imaging for visualizing molecular biology in vivo

Host: John de Bruyn

Thursday
February 23
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Rose Thompson
School of Math & Statistics University of Sydney
“The ultrasonic field near to boundaries in biomedical tissue and phantoms”

Host: Tamie Poepping
Tuesday
February 21
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Eric Poisson
Physics Dept.
University of Guelph
"Tidal heating of black holes"

Host: Martin Houde
Thursday
February 16

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659B Graduate Seminar
Kyle Gilbert
UWO Physics & Astronomy
Superconducting Magnets for Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Friday
February 10
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Mikko Karttunen
Applied Math Dept.
University of Western Ontario
"Membranes here, there and everywhere — modeling biomembranes in different scales"

Host: Martin Houde
Thursday
February 9

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Mohammadrahim "Comron" Nouri
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Dipole-Exchange Spin Waves in Magnetic Nanowires"
Thursday
February 2
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Igor Bello
Surface Science Western University of Western Ontario
“Synthesis and study of cubic boron nitride films”

Host: Silvia Mittler
Thursday
January 26
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Hervé Tabuteau
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Western Ontario
"Motion of a sphere into a yield stress fluid"

Host: John de Bruyn
Thursday
January 19
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Martin Müser
Applied Math Dept.
University of Western Ontario
"The microscopic origin of friction between solids"

Host: Silvia Mittler
Wednesday
January 18

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Eric Meloche
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Spin-Wave Properties in Anisotropic Magnetic Materials"
Monday
January 16

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Lyudmila Goncharova
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
Rutgers University, N.J.
Medium Energy Ion Scattering Study of Oxygen Transport and Reactions in High-κ Dielectrics on Si"

Host: William Lennard

2005
Tuesday
December 13

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
MSc Public Lecture
Eric Karhu
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Quantitative friction measurements with the atomic force microscope"
Monday
December 12

1:30 p.m.
Rm 137 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Alex Tetervak
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Growth Morphologies of Wax in the Presence of Kinetic Inhibitors"
Thursday
December 8
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Silvia Mittler
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Western Ontario
"Ultra Thin Film Analysis: Waveguide Mode Spectroscopy & Gold Nanoparticle Plasmonic Resonances"
Thursday
December 1
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Donald Spector
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, NY
"The trouble with Waiting for Godot in Copenhagen"

Host: Silvia Mittler
Thursday
November 17
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Darren Dowell
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
CalTech
“The far-infrared luminosities and temperatures of submillimeter galaxies”

Host: Martin Houde
Thursday
November 10
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Sergey Mashchenko
McMaster University
“Formation of small galaxies in the early universe”

Host: Martin Houde
Friday
November 4
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Philippe Coussot
Head, LMSGC
Institut Navier, France
“Yielding and aging in soft-jammed systems”

Host: John de Bruyn
Thursday
October 20
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Margaret Campbell-Brown
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Western Ontario
"The Meteroid Environment"
Monday
October 17
7:00 p.m.
Althouse College Auditorium
CLIFFORD WILL LECTURE
Dr. Clifford Will
Professor of Physics
Washington University, St. Louis
"Was Einstein Right?"

Presented by the University of Western Ontario, Canadian Assoc. of Physicists (CAP) and the Perimeter Institute
Thursday
October 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Eduard Vorobyov
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Western Ontario
"Episodic Accretion Bursts in the Early Stages of Star Formation"
Thursday
October 6
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Chitra Rangan
Department of Physics
University of Windsor
"Quantum computing with atoms"

Host: Silvia Mittler
Thursday
September 29
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Jeff Hutter
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Western Ontario
"Nano/bio-materials as seen by the Atomic Force Microscope"
Thursday
September 22
6:00 p.m.
South Valley Rm 40
ELIZABETH LAIRD LECTURE
Dr. VIOLA VOGEL
Department of Materials
ETH Zürich, Switzerland
"Biological Nanotricks: Shuttling and Switching at the Nanoscale"

Presented by the University of Western Ontario
Thursday
September 15
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. T.G. Phillips
CalTech
"Observations of Deuterated and Multiply Deuterated Molecules in the ISM"

Host: Martin Houde
Thursday
August 25

1:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659B Graduate Seminar
Ruohong Li
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Magneto-optical and Magnetic Traps for Cold Atoms on Atom Chips "
Wednesday
August 3

1:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
658 Graduate Seminar
Comron Nouri
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Polaritons in Periodic and Quasi-periodic Superlattices "
Thursday
June 30

1:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
658 Graduate Seminar
Nimalan Swarnalingam
UWO Physics & Astronomy
"Atmospheric circulations and polar mesopause dynamics"