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Fall 2019 – Colloquium Schedule

Colloquia are held on Thursdays at 4:10 pm in Webster 17 on the Pullman campus of Washington State University, unless otherwise noted.
Come meet the speaker over coffee & cookies at 3:45 pm in the foyer on the Ground floor above the lecture hall.

*Distinguished Colloquium Series, a reception will be held following these events.

You can help support these events by giving to the Physics Excellence Fund or the S Town Stephenson Lectureship

Date Speaker and Talk Title
August 22 Brian Saam, Washington State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Title: “State of the Department”
August 29 Jessica Werk, University of Washington
Title: “A Colossal Galaxy Adventure”
*September 5 J Thomas Dickinson, Washington State University
Title: “Some historical highlights in the formative years of the WSU Physics and Astronomy Department”
September 12 Bruce Remington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Title: “From kilobars to gigabars: probing matter at extreme states of deformation on NIF”
September 19 Jason Stoke, Eastern Washington University
Title: “Characterization of Solar Cell Thin Films using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry”
September 26 Alex Mellnik, Rigetti Quantum Computing
Title: “Today’s Quantum Computers”
October 3 Matthew Hedman, University of Idaho
Title: How old are Saturn’s rings (and moons)?
October 10 Nick Borys, Montana State University
Title: “The nanoscale world of excitons in 2D atomically thin semiconductors”
*October 17 Yogendra Gupta, Washington State University
Title: “Sixty Plus Years of Shock Wave Research and Graduate Education at Washington State University”
October 24 Chris Waltham, University of British Columbia
Title: “The human voice, the erhu and the violin ”
October 31 Jacob Fisher, Aerojet Rocketdyne
Title: “Physics Principles used for Electric Propulsion at Aerojet Rocketdyne”
November 7 Fred Gittes, Washington State University
Title: “How Berry’s phase comes out of geometry”
November 21 Vivienne Baldassare, Yale University
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
Title: “No shortcuts to the top: formation and growth of supermassive black holes”
December 2
Peter Gao, University of California, Berekely
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
December 5 Christina Williams, University of Arizona
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
December 10
Jennifer Andrews, University of Arizona
Candidate for Open Faculty Position



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