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2017-2018 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.

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 2018

Friday, January 19
Designing A Physics Class that Biology Majors Appreciate: Lessons from BLiSS Physics
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University

Friday, January 26
Mechanical Quantum Systems
Matthew LaHaye, Syracuse University

Friday, February 2
Building a quantum computer with silicon quantum dots
Susan Coppersmith, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, February 9
Rattle and Shine: Joint Detection of Gravitational Waves and Light from the Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817
Edo Berger, Harvard Center for Astrophysics

Friday, February 16
Five years on Mars: Exploration of Gale crater with the Curiosity Rover
Kevin Lewis, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, March 2
The Physics of Hurricanes
Kerry Emanuel, MIT

Friday, March 9
Title TBD
Tim Atherton, Tufts University

Friday, April 6
Forming the Brightest Galaxies in the Universe
Desika Narayanan, University of Florida

Friday, April 13
This colloquium will be held at 2:30pm at Robinson 253, Science and Engineering Complex, 212 College Avenue, Medford.
Teaching Students to Think Like Physicists
Carl Weiman, Stanford University

Friday, April 20
String Theory in the Bathtub
Alberto Nicholas, Columbia University

Friday, April 27
Photonics at the Quantum Limit
Prineha Narang, Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Fall 2017

Friday, September 8
The Nature and Demographics of Small Exoplanets
Diana Dragomir, MIT Kavli Institute

Friday, September 15
Lattice Boltzmann simulation of complex states of flowing matter
Sauro Succi, La Sapienza (Rome)

Friday, September 22
Multidimensional, Multiclass Event Classifier and its applications in ATLAS at the LHC
Krzysztof Sliwa, Tufts University

Friday, September 29
What does students' mathematical sense-making look like in quantum mechanics?
Andy Elby, University of Maryland

Friday, October 6
Understanding the Universe Through Distant Galaxies
Viviana Acquaviva, City University of New York

Friday, October 20
Chirality: from particles and nuclei to quantum materials
Dmitri Kharzeev, Stony Brook University

Friday, October 27
The Binary Neutron Star GW170817 and Other Short Stories
Salvatore Vitale, MIT

Friday, November 3
Unraveling Galaxy Formation Histories with Semi-Resolved Stellar Populations
Charlie Conroy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Friday, November 17
Physics and Quantitative Finance
Michael Douglas, Stony Brook University

Friday, December 1
The Search for a QBist Formulation of Quantum Theory
Christopher Fuchs, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Friday, December 8
The World's Smallest Neutrino Detector
Phil Barbeau, Duke University