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Colloquia from 2015-16

for the Academic Year
2015-2016
(August 2015 through July 2016)

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).

PREVIOUS Colloquia:    

Summer Term 2016:

TUESDAY
June 21
10:30 a.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Jason Nordhaus
School of Mathematical Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology

Binary interactions on the post-main sequence

Host: S. Gallagher

Winter Term 2016:

Thursday
May 26
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Paul Bazylewski
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Band Engineering of Graphene using Metal Mediated Oxidation

Host: G. Fanchini
FRIDAY
May 20
12:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Ann Hornschemeier
NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland

ASTRONOMY Seminar

All the X-ray binaries in the Universe: X-ray Emission from Normal and Starburst Galaxies Near and Far

Host: S. Gallagher
Thursday
May 19
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Chat Hull
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Multi-scale observations of dust polarization in star-forming clouds, cores, envelopes, and disks

Host: S. Basu
Thursday
May 12
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Zoran Miskovic
Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Interaction of Graphene with Charged Particles

Host: M. Singh
MONDAY
May 2
1:15 p.m.

PAB Room 106

Dr. Karen Leighly
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Oklahoma

Great Lakes Quasar Symposium Keynote Talk

Using Photoionization to Understand Outflows in AGN and Quasars

Host: S. Gallagher
Thursday
April 28
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Daniel J. Scheeres
Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
The University of Colorado Boulder

The Strength of Rubble Piles: Evidence and Implications

Host: P. Brown
Thursday
April 21
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Bruce Macintosh
Department of Physics
Stanford University

Direct imaging of extrasolar planets and the Gemini Planet Imager

Host: S. Metchev
FRIDAY
April 15
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Michael Eracleous
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Penn State University

Using the broad emission lines of quasars to study the dynamics of gas in the accretion flow

Host: S. Gallagher
Thursday
April 14
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Gregg Wade
Department of Physics
Royal Military College of Canada

Stellar magnetic fields and stellar evolution

Host: J. Landstreet
Thursday
April 7
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Michal Simon
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stony Brook University

Masses and Ages of Young Stars

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
March 31
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Brian Jackson
Department of Physics
Boise State University

On the edge: Exoplanets with orbital periods shorter than a Peter Jackson movie

Host: P. Brown
Thursday
March 24
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo
Department of Physics
Université de Montréal

Black Holes: Sculptors of Galaxies and Clusters

Host: S. Gallagher
Thursday
March 24
3:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Stephanie Simmons
Department of Physics
Simon Fraser University

Annual CAP Lecture

The International Race for a Quantum Computer

Hosts: R.J. Sica / T. Poepping
Thursday
March 17
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Arun Ramchandran
Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto

Macrotransport processes in the pressure-driven flow of a concentrated, non-colloidal suspension

Host: J. de Bruyn
WEDNESDAY
March 16

7:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre
Talbot College, Western

Dr. Ada E. Yonath (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2009)
Department of Structural Biology and Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly

Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Our Apologies: The Annual ELIZABETH LAIRD Memorial Lecture is

The Origin of Life

Host: R.J. Sica / M. Singh
Thursday
March 10
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Melanie Campbell
Department of Physics and Astronomy and School of Optometry and Vision Science
University of Waterloo

Through the Optics of the Eye to a Window on the Brain

Hosts: W. Hocking / T. Poepping
Thursday
March 3
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. John Katsaras
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Evidence for Nanoscopic Lipid Domains in Model Membranes and a Bacterium

Hosts: P. Wiegert
Thursday
February 18
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. John Sipe
Department of Physics
University of Toronto

The Nonlinear Optics of Graphene: Welcome to the Wild West!

Host: M. Singh
Thursday
February 11
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Silvia Mittler
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Evanescent fields: Their sources and applications

Host: W. Hocking
Thursday
February 4
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Joanne O'Meara
Department of Physics
University of Guelph

The evolution of the undergraduate physics curriculum at the University of Guelph

Host: W. Hocking / T. Poepping
Thursday
January 28
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Ganapathy Baskaran
Distinguished Visiting Research Chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 
and The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Chennai, India)

Molecular solids under high pressure: New prospects for room temperature superconductivity

Hosts: S. Valluri
Thursday
January 21
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Mattia Galiazzo
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Close encounter and impacts with Terrestrial planets: 
Dynamical studies and observations

Host: P. Wiegert
Thursday
January 14
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Andrew Pon
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Observations of Turbulence Dissipating in Giant Molecular Clouds

Host: M. Houde
Thursday
January 7
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Patrick Hall
Department of Physics & Astronomy
York University

Quasar Outflows: The Fast and the Furious

Host: S. Gallagher

Fall Term 2015:

Thursday
December 3
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Niels Oppermann
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
University of Toronto

Cosmic magnetism revealed through Faraday rotation

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

Dr. Michael Noseworthy
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
McMaster University

Towards a Better and Faster Understanding of in vivo Metabolism Using NMR

Host: B. Chronik
FRIDAY
November 20
12:30 p.m.
ROBARTS, Fisher Conference Rm

Dr. Alfred Yu 
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo

JOINT Colloquium with Western's Biomedical Imaging Research Centre (BIRC)

Ultrasound imaging innovations for live monitoring of complex flow dynamics

Host: T. Poepping
Thursday
November 12
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Stella Melo
Cloud Physics and Severe Weather Research Section
Environment Canada

Using observations in a science framework to advance the quality of meteorological information in Canada

Host: W. Hocking
Thursday
November 5
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robert J. Sica
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Optimal Estimation Methods for Active Remote Sensing

Host: W. Hocking
Thursday
October 29
1:00 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robert Scott
Laboratoire de Physique des Océans
Université Bretagne Occidentale
France 

Time dilation in the curved space-time of general relativity

Host: S. Valluri
Thursday
October 22
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. A.G.G.M. (Xander) Tielens 
Leiden Observatory
Universiteit Leiden
The Netherlands

Astrochemistry: Putting the astro in astrobiology

Host: E. Peeters
Thursday
October 15
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Timothy Scholl
Robarts Imaging and Department of Medical Biophysics
Western University

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of In Vivo Metabolism 

Host: B. Chronik
Thursday
October 8
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Faisal Boudala 
Cloud Physics and Severe Weather Research Section
Environment Canada

Overview of 4Wing Cold Lake Research Project (4WCLRP)

Host: W. Hocking
Thursday
October 1
1:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Bryan Gaensler
Director, Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

Radio Polarimetry and Cosmic Magnetism

Host: S. Basu
FRIDAY
September 25
12:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Bill Harris
Department of Physics and Astronomy
McMaster University

JOINT presentation with the P&A ASTRONOMY Seminar

Globular Cluster Systems, Galaxy Halos, and Dark Matter

Host: S. Gallagher
FRIDAY
September 18
12:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Rob Weryk
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii

ASTRONOMY SEMINAR

Near Earth Object Detection with Pan-STARRS

Host: P. Brown
Thursday
September 17
2:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Wayne Hocking 
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Western University

Unusual modes of diffusion in the Earth's upper atmosphere

Host: None
FRIDAY
September 11
12:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Lauren Hetherington
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

ASTRONOMY SEMINAR

Extending the Observed Length of the Orphan Star Stream

Host: S. Metchev
Thursday
September 10
2:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Stanimir Metchev
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western University

From Exoplanets to Comets: Pursuing Old and New Initiatives at Western

Host: M. Houde

Summer Term 2015:

TUESDAY
August 11
2:30 p.m.
PAB Room 100

Dr. Robi Banerjee
Department of Physics, Hamburg Observatory
University of Hamburg

ASTRONOMY SEMINAR

Star formation out of the Magnetised Interstellar Medium

Host: S. Basu
   

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Mahi Singh                   msingh*
 

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