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Current and Past Colloquium Schedules

Spring 2021 Physics & Astronomy Virtual Colloquium Schedule

Day/Date Speaker Institution Title/Abstract Location
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 Raffaella Margutti Northwestern University "The Renaissance of Astrophysics: a landscape of opportunities in the era of Time Domain Multi-Messenger investigations" Recording of Dr. Margutti's talk
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 No colloquium      
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 Richard Lebed Arizona State University "The XYZ Affair: Tales of the Third (and Fourth) Hadrons" Recording of Dr. Lebed's talk
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 No colloquium        
Thursday, March 4, 2021 Amy Furniss California State University - East Bay  “Coping with Impostor Syndrome” via Zoom - talk will be recorded
Thursday, March 11, 2021 Amy Furniss California State University - East Bay  “Let’s Talk About Implicit Bias” via Zoom - talk will be recorded
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Ashkan Salamat University of Nevada, Las Vegas Topic: Recent observations of room temperature superconductivity via Zoom
Thursday, March 25 No Colloquium    SPRING BREAK  
Thursday, April 1, 2021 Arvinder Sandhu University of Arizona Topic: Attosecond Spectroscopy of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanomaterials
 
Thursday, April 8, 2021 Paula Heron University of Washington "Improving Student Learning in Physics: The dual roles of conceptual understanding and reasoning ability"
via Zoom - talk will be recorded
Thursday, April 15, 2021        
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Raúl Herrera  Berkeley Lab, Sac State Physics Alumnus, Class of 2010    
Thursday, April 29, 2021        
Thursday, May 6, 2021     Senior Project Talks via Zoom
Thursday, May 13, 2021     Senior Project Talks via Zoom

Fall 2020 Physics & Astronomy Virtual Colloquium Schedule

Day/Date Speaker Institution Title/Abstract Location Time Notes - 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 Dimitrios Giannios Purdue University The Journey of Relativistic Astrophysical Jets Recording of Dr. Giannios's talk 4:00-5:15 pm  
Thursday, October 8, 2020 Shima Parsa Rochester Institute of Technology The Anomalous Origin of Polymer Enhanced Oil Recovery Recording of Dr. Parsa's talk 4:00 - 5:15 pm  
*Friday, October 16, 2020 NSM Virtual Research Symposium 2020 Sac State NSM majors Line-up of Physics Majors presenting research posters   *3:00 - 7:00 pm Line-up and times of student presenters is in the Title/Abstract column to your left
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - this talk has been cancelled and replaced - see next row Laura Chomiuk - Cancelled   Michigan State University What's So Classical about Classical Novae?      This talk will be rescheduled for a future date
Thursday, October 22, 2020 Jaroslav Trnka UC Davis Geometric Picture for Scattering Amplitudes Recording of Dr. Trnka's talk *4:05-5:15pm  
Thursday, October 29, 2020 Allison Fleshman Lawrence University Adventures at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Tracking Single Molecules with a Really Fancy Laser for a Really Good Cause Recording of Dr. Fleshman's talk 4:00 - 5:15 pm  
*Thursday, November 5, 2020 2020 Student Research & Creative Activity Fall Poster Forum Sac State (campus-wide) Undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral Students   Link to view ALL the posters from the Poster Forum 4:00 - 5:15 pm

All posters have now been archived and are available to anyone to view via link to your left. 
Thursday, November 12, 2020 Elizabeth Fernandez Forbes Magazine Science Contributor Being (and Talking to) a Scientific Journalist Dr. Fernandez's talk is not available for future viewing. 4:00 - 5:15 pm  
Thursday, November 19, 2020 Klaus van Benthem University of California, Davis Imaging Nanofunctionality: Evolution of Atomic Scale Defect Structures under Applied Stress Dr. van Benthem's talk is not available for future viewing. 4:00 - 5:15 pm  
*Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Nicholas Sanders Sac State Physics Major Senior Project Talk Short Gamma Ray Bursts and the Intrinsic Nature of their Luminosity    4:00 - 5:15 pm  
*Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Christopher Carnahan Sac State Physics Major Senior Project Talk Analyzing Structures in Artificial Biological Cells   4:00 - 5:15 pm  
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Nathaniel Shepard Sac State Physics Major Senior Project Talk Investigation of Shock-induced Star Formation in Merging Cluster ZwCl 0008.8+5215 Recording of today's talks: Nathan's talk begins approximately 00:40 4:00 - 5:15 pm  
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Kathleen Scanlon Sac State Physics Major Senior Project Talk Star Formation Rates in the Galaxy Cluster Merger Abell 3365 Recording of today's talks: Katie's talk begins approximately 26:45 4:00 - 5:15 pm  
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Jeffery Cavanaugh Sac State Physics Major Senior Project Talk Developing Instruments for a New Soft Condensed Matter lab: From Lasers to Guts Recording of today's talks: Jeff's talk begins approximately 48:30 4:00 - 5:15 pm  

Spring 2020 Colloquium Schedule

Day/Date Speaker Institution Title/Abstract Location Time Notes
Thursday, 2/20/20 Dr. Chris Weber Santa Clara University "Toward Ultrafast Control of Dirac Electrons: Coherent Phonons in a Topological Semimetal" MND 1015 4:00 - 5:15pm  
Tuesday, 3/3/20 Dr. Jordan Stone University of Arizona "Understanding the Giant Planet Formation Process with Direct Imaging" MND 1015 4:00 - 5:15pm  
Thursday, 3/5/20 Dr. Nicholas McConnell Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators, UC Santa Cruz  "Supermassive Black Holes and Extreme Astrophysics in Massive Galaxies" MND 1015 4:00 - 5:15pm  
Tuesday, 3/10/20 Dr. Triana Almeyda University of Southampton, UK  "Mapping Active Galactic Nuclei Using Light Echoes" MND 1015 4:00 - 5:15pm  
*CLOSED to the public. (Open only to physics majors & faculty.)

Thursday, 3/12/20
Dr. Alex Pettitt Hokkaido University, Japan  "The Structure and Evolution of Star-forming Galaxies" MND 1015 4:00 - 5:15pm  
*CANCELLED

Tuesday, 3/17/20
Dr. Curtis Asplund Franklin & Marshall College, PA "Dialogue Concerning Two Great Theories" MND 1015 4:00 - 5:15pm  CANCELLED
*CANCELLED

Thursday, 3/19/20
Dr. Dimitrios Giannios Purdue University "The Journey of Relativistic Astrophysical Jets" Will be rescheduled for an upcoming semester   CANCELLED - Rescheduled for October 1, 2020.  
*CANCELLED

Thursday, 4/23/20
Rob Custodio Sac State Physics Class of 2008, Radiologic Health Branch, California Dept. of Public Health CANCELLED MND 1015 4:00 - 5:15pm CANCELLED
*CLOSED to the public. (Open only to physics majors & faculty.)

Tuesday, 5/5/20
Brandon Thomas Sac State Physics Major "Modeling electron capture in simulated 3-D semiconductor detector" Via Zoom 3:30pm Senior Project talks
*CLOSED to the public. (Open only to physics majors & faculty.)

Tuesday, 5/5/20
Rafael Umeda Sac State Physics Major "Improvements and Application of the Quantum Anti-Ferromagnetic Heisenberg Monte Carlo Simulator to the Honeycomb Lattice" Via Zoom 4:30pm Senior Project talks
*CLOSED to the public. (Open only to physics majors & faculty.)

Wednesday, 5/6/20
 Mason Bender Sac State Physics Major TBA Via Zoom 4:00pm Senior Project talks
*CLOSED to the public. (Open only to physics majors & faculty.)

Wednesday, 5/6/20
Kevin Coan Sac State Physics Major "Measuring the Low-Temperature Porosity of 3D printed Polylactic Acid" Via Zoom 4:45pm Senior Project talks
*CLOSED to the public. (Open only to physics majors & faculty.)

Thursday, 5/7/20
Jeremy Tollefson Sac State Physics Major "Designing an Advanced Lab for Undergraduate Physics: Heat Propagation and Thermal Diffusivity" Via Zoom 4:00pm Senior Project talks
*CLOSED to the public. (Open only to physics majors & faculty.)

Friday, 5/8/20
Joseph Moore  Sac State Physics Major "Thermal Contraction of Polylactic Acid" Via Zoom 3:00pm Senior Project talks