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Colloquia from 2016-17

for the Academic Year
2016-2017
(August 2016 through July 2017)

Date/Time Speaker Title/Host

You can find all the Physics & Astronomy Events on Western's Events Calendar by clicking here. Our Colloquia will be presented (unless otherwise noted) on THURSDAYS at 1:30 p.m. in PAB Seminar Room 100 (Main Floor [south side] of the Physics & Astronomy Building).

Winter Term 2017:

PREVIOUS Colloquia:    
WEDNESDAY
May 10
2:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Christopher Johns-Krull
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rice University

Searching for Planets Around the Youngest Stars

Host: S. Metchev
TUESDAY
May 2
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Tengming Shen
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA

Dr. Shen is a candidate for a faculty position in P&A

Superconductivity and magnetism:
Have they changed or
touched your life, and how can they revolutionize the 21st
century?

Host: R.J. Sica
Thursday
April 27
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Sami Dib
Universidad de Atacama, Copiapo
and Starplan, Copenhagen 

Assessing and understanding variations in the outcome of star formation

Host: S. Basu
Thursday
April 20
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Adolf Witt
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Toledo

The puzzle of the Extended Red Emission in Interstellar Space

Host: E. Peeters
Thursday
April 13
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Paul Higgs
Department of Physics & Astronomy
McMaster University

Understanding the RNA World: How to get from Chemistry to Biology using some Physics

Host: J. de Bruyn
Thursday
April 6
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Al-Amin Dhirani
Department of Physics / Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto

Nanoengineering materials: A bottom-up approach towards understanding long outstanding challenges in condensed materials science

Host: M. Singh
Thursday
March 30
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Leslie Rogers
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Chicago

The Diversity and Demographics of Distant Rocky Worlds

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
March 23
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Richard Holt
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western University

Some Random Thoughts on Quantum Mechanics

Host: J. de Bruyn
Thursday
March 16
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Prof. Michael Dunham
Physics Department
SUNY Fredonia

The formation of stars: How do stars gain their mass?

Host: M. Houde
Thursday
March 9
2:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Nigel Smith
Director of SNOLAB
Keynote Speaker at the Physics Undergraduate Conference (PhUnC)

The SNOLAB Science Programme:
Cutting-edge science from a deep hole in the ground

Host: D. Del Papa
Thursday
March 2
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Adam Muzzin
Department of Physics and Astronomy
York University

How to build a Big Galaxy

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
February 16
3:30 p.m.
PAB Room 106

Dr. Stanley Greenspoon
Capilano University

2017 Annual CAP Lecture

What's New in the Search for Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life

Host: B. Chronik
Thursday
February 16
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

CANCELLED

Dr. Michael Meyer
Department of Astronomy
University of Michigan

Empirical constraints on theories of Planet Formation: Capitalizing on Diversity

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
February 9
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Jason Rowe
Physics Department
Université de Montréal

From Pixels to Planets: A history of transiting extrasolar planets with a behind-the-scenes look and first-hand account of the Kepler Mission

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
February 2
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Bruce Gaulin
Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research
McMaster University

Quantum Ground States in Real Frustrated Magnets

Host: G. Fanchini
Thursday
January 26
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Paulo Miles-Páez
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Exploring ultra-cool atmospheres with linear polarimetric observations

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
January 19
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Jeyhan Kartaltepe
School of Physics & Astronomy
Rochester Institute of Technology

What Drives Star Formation in the Most Luminous galaxies in the Universe?

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
January 12
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

CANCELLED

Dr. Markus Müller
Departments of Applied Mathematics and Philosophy
Western University

From physical principles to quantum theory and beyond

Host: T. A. A. Sigut
Thursday
January 5
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

No Colloquium this week

 
Thursday
December 15
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Tobin Filleter
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto

Mechanics of 2D Materials: Tribology, Strength, and Fracture of Graphene and Graphene Oxide

Host: G. Fanchini
Thursday
December 8
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Arash Bahramian
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Michigan State University

Population of X-ray binaries in globular clusters

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
December 1
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Richard Hill
Visiting Scientist at Perimeter Institute and
University of Chicago, Fermilab

The Proton and the Future of Particle Physics

Host: A. Buchel
Thursday
November 24
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. David Litchfield
Chair, Department of Biochemistry
Director, Functional Proteomics Facility
Western University

Proteomic strategies to reveal the promise and peril of molecular targeted therapies and precision medicine

Host: A. Soddu
Thursday
November 17
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Hanno Rein
Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
University of Toronto, Scarborough

Simulating the Solar System for 10 billion years at machine precision: Numerical challenges and physical results

Host: P. G. Brown
Thursday
November 10
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Kari Dalnoki-Veress
Department of Physics and Astronomy
McMaster University

Soft materials at surfaces and interfaces: Elastocapillarity

Host: S. Mittler
Thursday
November 3
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robert Scott
Laboratoire de Mathématiques de Bretagne Atlantique
Université Bretagne Occidentale (UBO)
Brest, France

What is curved spacetime? What is all the excitement about gravitational waves?

Host: R. Valluri
Thursday
October 27
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robert Marshall
Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department
The University of Colorado, Boulder

The Earth’s Atmosphere as a Natural Source of X-ray Radiation

Host: P. G. Brown
Thursday
October 20
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Georges Michaud
Physics Department
Université de Montréal

From the Horizontal Branch to HgMn stars: Atomic diffusion in stars

Host: J. Landstreet
Thursday
October 13
9:30 a.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Tony Moffat
Physics Department
Université de Montréal

BRITE-Constellation now in full bloom

Host: C. E. Jones
Thursday
October 6
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Louis J. Dubé
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics
Université Laval

A Network Approach to Complex Systems – complexity made simple, … but not simpler

Host: A. Soddu
Thursday
September 29
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Megan Reiter
Astronomy Department
University of Michigan

Powerful jets driven by intermediate-mass protostars in the Carina Nebula

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
September 22
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Paul Wiegert
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Detecting invisible planets and four other neat-o things Planetary Dynamics can do for you

Host: R.J. Sica
Thursday
September 15
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Jessica Grahn
Brain + Mind Institute, Department of Psychology
Western University

Feeling the beat: Rhythm, movement, and the brain

Host: A. Soddu
Thursday
September 8
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Anahi Granada
Physics & Astronomy Department
University of Western Ontario

Be stars as probes of critical rotation and its effect on environment and stellar evolution

Host: C. E. Jones
Thursday
August 25
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Louis Allamandola
Astrophysics & Astrochemistry Lab
NASA Ames Research Center

From Astrochemistry to Astrobiology

Host: E. Peeters
MONDAY
August 22
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. David Turner
Astronomy & Physics Department
Saint Mary's University, Halifax

The Mysterious Stars of Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Host: D. F. Gray

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