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Colloquia from 2014-15

for the Academic Year
2014-2015
(August 2014 through July 2015)

Date/Time Speaker Title/Host

You can find all the Physics & Astronomy Events on Western's Events Calendar by clicking here. Our Colloquia are 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 2015:   

WEDNESDAY
May 27 
Time TBA
PAB Room 100

Dr. Olga Popova
Institute for Dynamics of Geospheres
Russian Academy of Sciences

ELIZABETH LAIRD MEMORIAL LECTURE

The Chelyabinsk Meteoroid Entry and Airburst Damage

Host: S. Basu / M. Campbell-Brown
 PREVIOUS Colloquia:    
TUESDAY
May 19 
11:00 a.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Thomas Maindl
Department of Astrophysics
University of Vienna

Simulating Impacts and Collisions with Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)

Host: P. Wiegert
Thursday
April 9 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Yang Song
Department of Chemistry
Western University

Development and Characterization of Novel Materials under Extreme Conditions using Spectroscopy and Synchrotron Radiation

Host: A. Soddu
Thursday
April 2 
1:30 p.m.  2:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Tim Robishaw
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
National Research Council Canada

Measuring Magnetic Fields Near and Far via the Zeeman Effect

Host: M. Houde
Thursday
March 26 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Emily Rauscher
Department of Astronomy
University of Michigan

The Increasing Complexity of Exoplanet Atmospheres

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

Dr. Terry Peters
Imaging Research Group
Robarts Research Institute

Physics, Astronomy, Medical Imaging, and Surgery

Host: A. Soddu
Thursday
March 12
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Douglas Duncan
Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
University of Colorado

Applying the Scientific Method to University Science Teaching: Remarkable effort, Remarkable success

Host: M. Houde
Thursday
March 5 
3:30 p.m.
PAB Room 106

CAP Lecture

Dr. Gabor Kunstatter
Department of Physics
University of Winnipeg

The Black Hole Information Loss Problem: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Host: S. Basu
Thursday
February 26
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Michal P. Heller
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

String theory, thermalization and ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions
Host: A. Buchel
Thursday
February 12
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Jesse Zhu
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Western University

Manipulating Particles for the Best Industrial Practice

Host: S. Basu
Thursday
February 5 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Dustin Lang
McWilliams Center for Cosmology - Dept of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University
Dept of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo

The Web is My Observatory: Enabling astronomy with heterogeneous images

Host: P. Barmby
Thursday
January 29 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Audrey Bouvier
Department of Earth Sciences
Western University

Meteorites: Time capsules of the origin of the Solar System and terrestrial planets

Host: P. Brown
Thursday
January 15 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Hilke Schlichting
Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Planet Formation and the Solar System

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
January 8 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Sarah Sadavoy
Planet and Star Formation Department
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Heidelberg, Germany

Core Formation Caught in the Act?

Host: M. Houde


Fall Term 2014:   

Thursday
December 11 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. J. J. Kavelaars
Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
National Research Council Canada

The Kuiper belt and planet formation: A post-Pluto encounter for the New Horizons spacecraft and disruptive change for planetesimal accretion

Host: P. Brown
Thursday
December 4 
1:00 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Vivek Maheshwari
Department of Chemistry
University of Waterloo

Cell-graphene hybrids as materials for device application and nanoparticle chains as active electrochemical systems

Host: G. Fanchini
TUESDAY
December 2 
12:30 p.m.
Chemistry Bldg Rm 115

Dr. Naomi Matsuura
Department of Medical Imaging
University of Toronto

Designing useful contrast agents for medical imaging: Basic research challenges

Host: G. Fanchini
Thursday
November 27 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Alex Buchel
Department of Applied Mathematics
Western University

String Theory approach to non-equilibrium dynamics of strongly coupled systems

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

Dr. Hilding Neilson
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Toronto

Mass Loss, binarity, and rotation: Testing the details of stellar astrophysics using classical Cepheids

Host: A. Sigut
Thursday
November 13 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Asif ud-Doula
Department of Physics
Penn State Worthington Scranton

Magnetospheres of Massive Stars

Host: C. Jones
Thursday
October 23 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robert Camley
Department of Physics
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Secret Lives of Dead Physicists

Host: M. Cottam
Thursday
October 16 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Ian D'Souza
Missions Scientist
COM DEV International Ltd., Cambridge ON

The QEYSSat Mission - Quantum Science and Quantum Commercialization

Host: S. Basu
WEDNESDAY
October 8 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

JOINT presentation with the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX)

Dr. Sara Seager

Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Search for Earth 2.0

Host: P. Brown
Thursday
October 2 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. George Eleftheriades
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Toronto

Negative-Refraction, Super-Resolution Imaging and Invisibility with Metamaterials

Host: S. Basu
Thursday
September 18 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. J. L. (Iain) Campbell
Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute
University of Guelph

The Curiosity rover alpha particle x-ray spectrometer: mineralogy and geochemistry challenge physics 

Host: L. Goncharova
Thursday
September 11 
1:00 p.m.
PAB First Floor Atrium

Graduate Student Reception


Host: S. Basu
Thursday
September 4 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Giovanni Fanchini
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western University

Interfacing organic and carbon-based nanomaterials towards their applications in sustainable energy

Host: S. Basu
Thursday
August 14 
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Anahi Granada
Department of Astronomy
University of Geneva 

Evolution of rotating B-Type Stellar populations 

Host: C.E. Jones / T.A.A. Sigut
   

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