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2015-2016 Colloquium

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.

The colloquium is held on Fridays at 3:00pm in Room 401 of the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) at 574 Boston Ave. Coffee and cookies are served at 2:30pm.

Spring 2016

January 22
Of Bodies Chang'd to New Forms
Tim Atherton, Tufts University

February 5
What Stubs and Sparkles in Vast Vats of Liquid Will Tell Us About Exploding Stars
Kate Scholberg, Duke University

Feburary 12
How 10 Years of Education Research Revealed 40 Years of Bad Assumption
Dave Pritchard, MIT

February 19
Jamming: A tale of two rigidities
Andrea Liu, University of Pennsylvania

March 4
Perspectives On (and From) Quantum Information Science: What's Next?
Lorenza Viola, Dartmouth College

March 11
Metaphotonics: controlling light-matter interactions through a structured interface
Thomas Vandervelde, Tufts University

March 18
Thermal stability of black hole accretion disks
Aleksander Sadowski, MIT

April 1
The ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider: An early legacy and future prospects
Hugo Beauchemin, Tufts University

April 8
Curvature Directed Assembly
Kathleen J. Stebe, University of Pennsylvania

April 15
Space Shuttle Entry Flight Control System Development
General Robert Stewart, United States Air Force

April 22
JWST is Coming to a Lagrangian Point Near You!
George Rieke, University of Arizona

April 29
Multiwavelength Surveys of Supermassive Black Hole Growth
Meg Urry, Yale University


Fall 2015

September 18
Listening for deep understanding of energy
Michael Wittmann, University of Maine

September 25
Powerful Atomic and Molecular Galactic Winds and Their Cosmological Implications
Sylvain Veilleux, University of Maryland

October 9
Beyond-Standard-Model Tensor Interaction and Hadron Phenomenology
Simonetta Liuti, University of Virginia

October 16
Brilliant Blunders
Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute

October 23
Shifting Standards: Experiments in Particle Physics in the Twentieth Century
Allan Franklin, University of Colorado

October 30
Physics and International Security: Nuclear weapons, arms control, and current issues
Lisbeth Gronlund, Union of Concerned Scientists

November 6
Modelling stars and galaxies: The bright side of the Cosmos
Claudia Maraston, University of Portsmouth

November 13
Star Formation Across Space
Daniela Calzetti, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

November 20
Hunting the First Generations of Stars and Galaxies
Anna Frebel, MIT

December 4
MicroBooNE: Unlocking the Secrets of the Neutrino with Liquid Argon Detector Technology
Matt Toups, Fermi National Laboratory

December 11
Unraveling the Spin Structure of the Nucleon
Gary Goldstein, Tufts University