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Colloquium

Attention: Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, all Spring colloquiums have been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you at our Fall 2020 coloquiums.

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Each week the department hosts a leading expert in physics or a related field, from inside or outside Tufts, to speak and answer questions about his or her work. The talks are designed to be accessible to anyone with undergraduate physics knowledge. They are an important part of our intellectual community, offering an opportunity to come together and learn about the most exciting current developments in and around our shared field, from the people who are making them happen.

Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia are held on Fridays at 3:00pm in Room 401 of the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) at 574 Boston Avenue in Medford.

Spring 2020

Friday, January 24
The Missing Materials in Computational Science Education
Brian Gravel, Tufts University

Friday, January 31
How to Make a Massive Stellar Halo
Eric Peng, Peking University

Friday, February 7
Superconductivity meets Magnetism: Prospects for Cryogenic Memory
Norman Birge, Michigan State University

Friday, February 14
Higgs boson at the LHC: Addressing Open Questions in Elementary Particle Physics
Tae Min Hong, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, February 21
Cells as living liquid crystals and the role of topological defects
Francesca Serra, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, February 28
Improving student learning in physics: The dual roles of conceptual understanding and reasoning ability
Paula Heron, University of Washington

Friday, March 6
Quantum Gravity in the Sky? Alleviating the tension in CMB using Planck scale physics
Abhay Ashtekar, Pennsylvania State University

Friday, March 13
No colloquium. Day before spring break.

Friday, March 20
No colloquium. Spring break.

Friday, March 27 - Cancelled
Anna Sajina, Tufts University

Friday, April 3 - Cancelled
Neta Bahcall, Princeton University

Friday, April 10 - Cancelled
Paul Humphreys, University of Virginia

Friday, April 17 - Cancelled
Eleni Katafori, University of Philadelphia

Friday, April 24 - Cancelled
Greg Rutledge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Fall 2019

Friday, September 6
Professor Gary R. Goldstein's 50th Tufts Anniversary Celebration
Simonetta Liuti, University of Virginia / Leonard Gamberg, Penn State Berks

Friday, September 13
Wrapping liquids and gases in thin sheets: From interfacial films to balloons and back
Joseph Paulsen, Syracuse University

Friday, September 20
Collision Course: Particle Physics Meets Machine Learning
Jesse Thaler, MIT

Friday, September 27
The Role of Mergers in Galaxy Evolution Over Cosmic Time
Jeyhan Kartaltepe, RIT

Friday, October 4
Faculty Mini-talks
Physics and Astronomy Faculty Members

Friday, October 11
Shedding Light on the Gaseous Halos of Galaxies in the Early Universe
Britt Lundgren, UNC Asheville

Friday, October 18
The Keys to Success... Are Somewhere at the Bottom of My Purse
Nancy Gray, Gordon Research Conferences

Friday, October 25
Multiwavelength variability studies of young stars and their protoplanetary disks
Catherine Espaillat, Boston University

Friday, November 1
Fear of a Dark Universe
Stephon Alexander, Brown University

Thursday, November 7
Kathryn A. McCarthy Lectureship
Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University

Friday, November 8
Imaging at the Genomic-scale: From 3D Organization of the Genome to Cell Atlas of the Brain
Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University

Friday, November 15
The Physics of Virus Self-assembly
Vinothan Manoharan, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Friday, November 22
Cosmic Explosions and Cosmic Accelerators
Regina Caputo, NASA

Friday, November 29
No colloquium due to Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday, December 6
PIQUE: A New Frame Work for Quantum Systems Engineering
Archana Kamal, UMass Lowell