Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Series

The Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Series is open to all members of the university. Unless otherwise noted, talks are held on Thursday afternoons at 4:00-5:20 in Mendocino 1015. Schedule is regularly updated as dates, titles, and abstracts are received. Please check back often. To receive updates about the Colloquium Series, please join our Events Mailing List. For past semesters' series, see our archive.

Spring 2015 Semester Schedule

February 5, 2015
Dr. Seth Hillbrand
Sacramento State
"Sub-millimeter Cosmology and the Origins of the Universe"

February 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
Dr. Michael Ray
Union College
"The Super World of Superfluids"

February 12, 2015
Dr. Nathan Dawson
Case Western Reserve University
"Manipulating Light with Organics: Emitters, Harvesters, and More..."

February 26, 2015
Dr. Zachary Smith
UC Davis
"Measure Smarter Not Harder:  Optical Instrumentation for Measurement of Human Blood"

March 3, 2015 (Tuesday)
Dr. Tia Miceli
New Mexico State
"Uncovering Neutrino Mysteries using Liquid Argon"

March 5, 2015
Dr. Mikkel Jensen
Harvard University
"Probing Mechanics of Intracellular Networks Using Model Systems"

March 12, 2015
Dr. Samantha Fonseca
UC Davis
"Imaging the Structure of Molecules Using Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distribution (MFPADs)"

April 2, 2015
Dr. Nicolas Douguet
UC Davis
"Electron-impact Induced Chemistry in Plasmas, Astrophysics and Biophysics"

April 9, 2015
Thor Barrera
"The Dynamic Theory of Reluctance Accelerators"
Robby Beard
"Experiment and Design of a Reluctance Accelerator"
Sacramento State Senior Project Talks

April 16, 2015
Prof. Jennie Guzman
California State University, East Bay
"Search for Violations of the Spin Statistics Theorem with Ultra-cold Strontium Atoms"

April 23, 2015
Curtis Castrapel - Facebook
Henry Garcia - Pixar Animation Studios
Vickie Brandt - Radiological Health Branch (State of CA)
Alumni Industry Panel

May 7, 2015
Elizabeth Keys
"Projectile Retarding Forces in Ballistic Gelatin by Analysis of High Speed Video: Analyzing Four Standard Load .357 SIG Rounds - A talk on ballistics while trying not to use the word, "bullet"...

Christopher Keys
"Designing and Constructing Antenna Scanners for Use in Microwave Metamaterial Experimentation"

Sacramento State Senior Project Talks

May 14, 2015
Garrett Thompson
"Implementing an Alternative to the Standard Homework Model"
John Wilson
"Study of the Initial Spin Distribution of Neutron Stars"
Sean Nuttall
"Monte Carlo Simulations of the Specific Heat, Magnetic Susceptibility, and Critical Temperature of a Nearest Neighbor Classical Ising Model on the Square Lattice"

Sacramento State Senior Project Talks