Colloquia

for the Academic Year

2017-2018

(August 2017 through July 2018)

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).

Date/Time Speaker Title/Host

WINTER Term 2018:

TUESDAY
June 12
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Max Joshua
Blue Skies Space Ltd.
London, U.K.

Twinkle – a low-Earth orbit visible and infrared exoplanet spectroscopy observatory

Host: S. Metchev

PREVIOUS talks:

WINTER Term 2018:

THURSDAY
May 10
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Paula Heron
Department of Physics
University of Washington

In conjunction with the 2018 Ontario Assoc. of Physics Teachers (OAPT) Conference

Improving learning, broadening participation and preparing students for 21st century careers: Multiple roles for physics education research

Host: T. Poepping
THURSDAY
April 26
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Tanvir Qureshi
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto

Graphene-based composite: Future in Civil Engineering application

Host: G. Fanchini
THURSDAY
April 19
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robert Cockcroft
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Western Ontario

Indigenous Skies: Increasing Diversity in and Attractiveness of Astronomical Knowledge

Host: R. J. Sica
FRIDAY
April 13
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Gordon MacLeod
Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory 
Krugersdorp, South Africa

Africa and Astronomy: Economic Development thru Science

Host: M. Houde
THURSDAY
April 5
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Mark Daley
Department of Computer Science
Western University

What does a computer scientist know about getting hit in the head?

Host: A. Soddu
THURSDAY
March 29
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Niayesh Afshordi
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Waterloo
and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Quantum Black Holes in the Sky: from Quantum Gravity to Astrophysics and Cosmology

Host: S. Basu

THURSDAY
March 22

3:30 p.m.

PAB Room 106

-- CANCELLED --

Dr. Kenneth Clark 
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Queen's University

2018 Annual Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Lecture

CANCELLED: Dark Matter: How to Hunt for the Unknown

Host: B. Chronik
THURSDAY
March 22
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Marco Cortesi
National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)
Michigan State University

Developments and applications of Micro-Pattern Gaseous Detectors (MPGD): A concise review

Host: A. Soddu
THURSDAY
March 15
2:30 p.m.

PAB Room 106

Dr. Neil Turok
Director
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

2018 Physics Undergraduate Conference (PhUnC) Keynote Presentation

Quantum Universe

Host: P. Wiegert
THURSDAY
March 8
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Arnd Pralle
Department of Physics
University at Buffalo, SUNY

Magnetothermal Deep-Brain Neuromodulation in Freely Behaving Mice

Host: A. Soddu
THURSDAY
March 1
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Amartya Sengupta
Physics Department 
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi

Optics in material science: From ultra-fast timescales to ultra-high pressures

Host: S. Shieh
THURSDAY
February 22
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

READING WEEK - No Colloquium 

 
THURSDAY
February 15
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Zbigniew Wasilewski
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo

Towards high quality InSb quantum wells and wires – a quest for topological quantum computers

Host: G. Fanchini
THURSDAY
February 8
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Mark Gorski
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Western Ontario

Molecular Tracers of Star Formation Feedback in Nearby Galaxies

Host: P. Barmby
THURSDAY
January 25
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Jillian Scudder
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Oberlin College

The hunt for cosmic monsters: understanding galaxies in the confused FIR sky

Host: P. Barmby
THURSDAY
January 18
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Arash Akbari-Sharbaf
Institut Quantique 
Université de Sherbrooke

Tunable magnetic phase from antiferromagnetic order to quantum spin liquid in Mo3O13 cluster magnets

Host: M. Cottam
WEDNESDAY
January 17
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Debra Wunch
Department of Physics
University of Toronto

SPECIAL Physics & Astronomy Talk

Remote Sensing for Carbon Cycle Science

Host: R. J. Sica
THURSDAY
January 11
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Shriharsh Tendulkar 
Department of Physics
McGill Space Institute
McGill University

Probing the Origins of Fast Radio Bursts

Host: M. Houde

FALL Term 2017:

THURSDAY
December 14
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Renée Hložek
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Toronto

New cosmology with small-scale CMB data: Ultra-light dark matter and cosmic voids

Host: S. Gallagher
FRIDAY
December 8
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robert Weryk
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

SPECIAL Physics & Astronomy SEMINAR

Discovery circumstances of the first interstellar asteroid

Host: P. G. Brown
THURSDAY
December 7
3:30 p.m.

PAB Room 100

Dr. Aaron Zimmerman
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
University of Toronto

The First Detection of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star

Host: R. Valluri
WEDNESDAY
December 6
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Sophie Godin-Beekmann
Director of Research
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

The depletion of the ozone layer and its interaction with climate change

Host: R. J. Sica
THURSDAY
November 30
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Cecile Fradin
Department of Physics and Astronomy
McMaster University

Proteins drilling holes in lipid membranes: The influence of the membrane physical parameters

Host: G. Fanchini
THURSDAY
November 23
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. John Wei
Department of Physics
University of Toronto

Superoxygenation and Superconductivity in Copper Oxide Thin Films

Host: G. Fanchini
TUESDAY
November 21
2:30 p.m.

PAB Room 100

Dr. Olga Trichtchenko
Institute for Aerospace Studies
University of Toronto

Computing solutions to Euler's equations with different conditions at the interface

Host: R. J. Sica
THURSDAY
November 16
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Edwin (Ted) Bergin
Department of Astronomy
University of Michigan

Connecting protoplanetary disk and exoplanet atmospheric composition

Host: E. Peeters
THURSDAY
November 9
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Eugene Wong
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Western Ontario

Cancer metastasis, dormancy and recurrence from the physics perspective

Host: T. A. Sigut
TUESDAY
November 7
11:00 a.m.

PAB Room 100

Dr. C. Megan Urry
Department of Physics
Yale University

Special Departmental Seminar

Galaxy Evolution: Do Active Galactic Nuclei Quench Star Formation?

Hosts: L. Goncharova / S. Gallagher
MONDAY
November 6
5:00 p.m.

SEB 1059

Dr. C. Megan Urry
Department of Physics
Yale University

The Annual ELIZABETH LAIRD Memorial Lecture

Black Holes, Galaxies, and the Evolution of the Universe

Hosts: S. Gallagher / L. Goncharova
THURSDAY
November 2
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Michael Meyer
Department of Astronomy
University of Michigan

Empirical constraints on theories of planet formation: Capitalizing on diversity

Host: S. Metchev
THURSDAY
October 26
1:30 p.m.

PAB Room 100

-- CANCELLED --

Dr. Zbig Wasilewski
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo

Towards high quality InSb quantum wells and wires – a quest for topological quantum computers

Host: G. Fanchini
THURSDAY
October 19
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Ayse Turak
Department of Engineering Physics
McMaster University

Nanostructures for interfacial engineering in organic optoelectronics

Host: G. Fanchini
THURSDAY
October 12
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Stephen R. Julian
Department of Physics
University of Toronto

New quantum phases of matter

Host: G. Fanchini
THURSDAY
October 5
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Rodrigo Vieira
Department of Astronomy
University of São Paulo

The life cycles of Be star disks

Host: C. E. Jones
THURSDAY
September 28
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. James Wurster
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Exeter, U.K.

The implications of non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics on star formation

Host: S. Basu
THURSDAY
September 21
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Leyla Soleymani
Department of Engineering Physics
McMaster University

Materials innovations towards developing miniaturized diagnostics platforms

Host: G. Fanchini
THURSDAY
September 14
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr Julio Martinez-Trujillo
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
Brain and Mind Institute
Robarts Research Institute
The University of Western Ontario

Complex behaviour and the Cerebral Cortex, a fertile ground for quantitative scientists

Host: A. Soddu
THURSDAY
September 7
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Shohini Ghose
Department of Physics & Computer Science
Centre for Women in Science 
Wilfrid Laurier University

What If...?

Host: G. Fanchini

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