Western University Physics adn AstronomyWestern Science

Colloquia from 2007 - 2008

for the Academic Year
2007-2008
(1 July 2007 - 30 June 2008)
DATE/TIME SPEAKER TITLE / Host

Talks are listed in DESCENDING date order. Physics and Astronomy talks are held on THURSDAYS at 1:30 p.m. in PAB 123. Exceptions are noted in RED.

January to July 2008: 
Thursday
June 12
1:30 p.m.
Rm 215 P&A
Dr. Sunil P.B. Kumar
Physics Department
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, India

Presented Jointly with the APPLIED MATHEMATICS DEPT.
Thursday
May 15

11:00 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
CRC Candidate
Dr. Jiming Bao

Engineering & Applied Physics
Harvard University
Wednesday
May 14

3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
CRC Candidate
Dr. Jiming Bao

Engineering & Applied Physics
Harvard University
Tuesday
May 6

11:00 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
CRC Candidate
Dr. Aaron Slepkov

Applied & Engineering Physics
Cornell University
Research Proposal Talk:
"Organic and hybrid nonlinear photonics"


Hosts: J. de Bruyn / K. Baines
Monday
May 5

3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
CRC Candidate
Dr. Aaron Slepkov

Applied & Engineering Physics
Cornell University
Wednesday
April 30

11:00 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
CRC Candidate
Dr. Giovanni Fanchini

Materials Science & Engineering
Rutgers University
Tuesday
April 29

3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
CRC Candidate
Dr. Giovanni Fanchini

Materials Science & Engineering
Rutgers University
Thursday
April 17

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Ruohong Li

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Oscillator Strength Measurements in Sm II, Nd II and Pr II”

Supervisors: R. Holt / D. Rosner
MONDAY
April 15
1:30 p.m.
Rm 52 B&G
Dr. Gopalan Srinivasan
University of Toronto

A Joint PLANETARY SCIENCE presentation of the Depts. of PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY and EARTH SCIENCES
FRIDAY
April 11
1:30 p.m.
Rm 52 B&G
Dr. Irene Antonenko
University of Toronto

A Joint PLANETARY SCIENCE presentation of the Depts. of PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY and EARTH SCIENCES
MONDAY
April 7

4:30 p.m.
Rm 215 P&A
Astronomy Seminar
Dr. Huirong Yan

Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
University of Toronto
Thursday
April 3
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Paul D. Spudis
Staff Scientist
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Houston, TX

A Joint PLANETARY SCIENCE presentation of the Depts. of PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY and EARTH SCIENCES
TUESDAY
April 1

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Simon Ruffell
Electronic Materials Engineering
Australian National University
Thursday
March 27
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Randy Kissack
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of Western Ontario
MONDAY
March 24

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. S. Peter Worden
(Brig. Gen., USAF, ret.)
Director,
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffat Field, CA

A Joint PLANETARY SCIENCE presentation of the Depts. of PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY and EARTH SCIENCES
Thursday
March 20
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. J. W. (Bill) McConkey
Physics Dept
University of Windsor
MONDAY
March 17

4:30 p.m.
Rm 215 P&A
Astronomy Seminar
Dr. Jonathan Braithwaite

Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
University of Toronto
FRIDAY
March 14

3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Nan Yang

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Microrheology of F-actin Networks ”

Supervisors: J. de Bruyn / J. Hutter
Thursday
March 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Maria Kilfoil
Physics & Astronomy Dept
McGill University
WEDNESDAY
March 12

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Suzanne Giorgio
ESIL, Université de la Méditerranée
Marseille, France

Presented Jointly with the Western Institute for Nanomaterials Science (WINS)
FRIDAY
March 7

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Tushar Das

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Spin-hall effect”

Supervisor: M. Cottam
Thursday
March 6
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. John Whitehead
SHARCNET & Centre for Chemical Physics (CCP) Visiting Fellow
from the Dept of Physics & Physical Oceanography at
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Presented Jointly with the APPLIED MATHEMATICS DEPT.
"Phase Behaviour in Ultra-Thin Magnetic Films

Hosts: J. de Bruyn
/ A. MacIsaac
WEDNESDAY
February 27

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Astronomy Seminar

STAR FORMATION JAMBOREE

4 short talks by:
- Michael Attard
- Wolfgang Dapp
- Talayeh Hezareh
- Dr. Carolyn McCoey

Western Physics & Astronomy
Thursday
February 21

3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Tomas Trebicky

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Charge transport models for organic field-effect transistors”

Supervisor: L. Lau
Thursday
February 21
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Kimberly Hill
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
University of Minnesota
Thursday
February 14

3:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Maher Ahmed

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Plasmonic Nanoparticles: Fundamentals, Properties, Fabrication, and Applications”

Supervisor: S. Mittler
Thursday
February 14
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Bjarni Tryggvason
Astronaut & Visiting Professor
Canadian Space Agency/
Mechanical/Materials Engineering Dept @ Western
MONDAY
February 11

4:30 p.m.
Rm 215 P&A
Astronomy Seminar
Peter Jedicke

Past-Pres. RASC/Professor @
Fanshawe College
Thursday
February 7
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Mahi Singh
Physics & Astronomy Dept
University of Western Ontario
WEDNESDAY
February 6

3:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Parisa Hudson

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Magnetic resonance spectroscopy: A method to quantify metabolic levels in human brains”

Supervisor: B. Chronik
TUESDAY
February 5
3:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Condensed Matter Seminar
Dr. Tsuyoshi Mizuguchi

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Japan
FRIDAY
February 1

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Astronomy Seminar
Dr. James Di Francesco

NRC - Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

Host: M. Houde
Thursday
January 31
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. An-Chang Shi
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
McMaster University

Presented Jointly with the APPLIED MATHEMATICS Dept.
"Confined Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers

Hosts: J. de Bruyn / M. Karttunen
WEDNESDAY
January 30

12:30 -2:00 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Graduate Students'
SEMINAR and MEETING


Dr. James Di Francesco
Dr. David Loop
Dr. Luc Simard
The National Research Council's
Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

Pizza will be served
TUESDAY
January 29

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Stephen Hudson

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Diffusion and Electrophoresis in Hydrogels”

Supervisor: J. Hutter
Thursday
January 24
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Stephen Morris
Physics Department
University of Toronto
MONDAY
January 21

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Kyle Gilbert

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Development of a field-cycled magnetic resonance imaging scanner”

Supervisor: B. Chronik
FRIDAY
January 18
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Ralf Gellert
Department of Physics
University of Guelph

Presented Jointly with the EARTH SCIENCES Dept.
Thursday
January 17
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Peter Kruse
Brockhouse Inst of Materials Research & Chemistry Dept
McMaster University
July through December 2007: 
Thursday
December 20

1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Albert Russell
Western Physics & Astronomy
"Numerical simulations of composition changes in the high latitude thermosphere during disturbed conditions”

Supervisors: B. Sica / J-P St-Maurice
Thursday
December 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Peter Gural
Advanced Research Division
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)
Virginia, USA
Thursday
December 6
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Georges Michaud
Physics Department
University of Montreal
Thursday
November 29
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Michael Balogh
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Waterloo
WEDNESDAY
November 28
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Alain Berinstain
Director of Space Astronomy and Planetary Exploration,
Canadian Space Agency

Presented Jointly with the Dept. of EARTH SCIENCES
TUESDAY
November 27
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Martin Bureau
Functional Polymer Systems
National Research Council - Industrial Materials Institute
(NRC-IMI)
Boucherville, QC
Thursday
November 22
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Matthew Ford
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Dept.
University of Toronto
TUESDAY
November 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Michael J. Bennett
Medical Physics at the University of Edinburgh, UK
School of Clinical Sciences & Community Health
Thursday
November 8
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Nick Provatas
Materials Science & Engineering
McMaster University
Thursday
November 1
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. John Dutcher
Department of Physics, University of Guelph Advanced Foods and Materials Network (NCE)
WEDNESDAY
October 31
2:30 p.m.
Visual Arts
Rm 100
Dr. Glenn Martyna
IBM, T.J. Watson Research Laboratory, New York

Presented Jointly with the APPLIED MATHEMATICS DEPT.
Thursday
October 25
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Harvey Richer
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of British Columbia
Thursday
October 18
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Profs. J. Hutter, A. Sigut & M. Zinke-Allmang
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Western Ontario
Thursday
October 11
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Melanie Campbell
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Waterloo
TUESDAY
October 2
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Iftekhar-ul Haque

Western Physics & Astronomy

- CANCELLED -
"Spectral properties of synthetic opal photonic crystals
Thursday
September 20
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Jack Baggaley
Physics & Astronomy Dept.
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand
Thursday
September 13
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Norm Murray
Director, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
Toronto
Thursday
September 6
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Douglas O. ReVelle
Atmospheric, Climate and Environmental Dynamics Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Thursday
August 30
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
Dr. Ray Morris
Ice, Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Program,
Australian Antarctic Division,
Department of Environment and Water Resources,
Kingston, Tasmania, Australia
TUESDAY
August 28
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Nimalan Swarnalingam

Western Physics & Astronomy
“Studies of polar mesosphere summer echoes at multiple sites using calibrated radars”

Supervisor: W. Hocking
MONDAY
August 27
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
MSc Public Lecture
James Odegaard

Western Physics & Astronomy
“Design and performance evaluation of a pinhole-SPECT array insert for a field cycled MRI”

Supervisor: B. Chronik
WEDNESDAY
August 22
9:30 a.m.
Rm 123 P&A
MSc Public Lecture
Jing Zou

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Study of the microscopic structure of polymer-clay mixtures under shear using light scattering”

Supervisor: J. de Bruyn
Thursday
August 16
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
MSc Public Lecture
Josh de Bever

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Design of multiple-imaging-region gradient coil for parallel mouse MRI”

Supervisor: B. Chronik
WEDNESDAY
August 15
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Songbo Xu

Western Physics & Astronomy
“Immobilized ferrocenium in tetraurea calix[4]arenes heterodimers: self-assembly on gold, electrochemical responses, and detection of the redox states by a tip - towards molecular information storage”

Supervisors: S. Mittler / M. Zinke-Allmang
FRIDAY
August 10
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
659Y Graduate Seminar
Iftekhar-ul Haque

Western Physics & Astronomy


- CANCELLED -
"Spectral properties of synthetic opal photonic crystals
Thursday
August 9
1:30 p.m.
Rm 123 P&A
PhD Public Lecture
Debashish Mukherji

Western Physics & Astronomy
"Molecular dynamics studies of the diffusion of adsorbed and confined polymer films”

Supervisor: M.
Müser