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 during the Fall and Spring semesters. 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.

Fall 2018 Semester Schedule

August 30, 2018
Dr. John Gillaspy

National Science Foundation
"How NOT to get a grant from NSF"

September 20
Prof. Helene Flohic
University of the Pacific
Observations of Supermassive Black Holes in Transition States

Friday, October 5
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Research Symposium
University Union Ballroom III
5:00PM - 7:00PM

October 11
Prof. Rae Robertson-Anderson
University of San Diego
Untangling the Mechanics of Entangled Biopolymer Composites

October 25
Dr. Laura McWilliams
California State Senate, Energy Policy Committee
"From Lasers to the Legislature"

November 1
Prof. Derek Kimball
California State University, East Bay
Topic: TBA

November 15
Dr. Tammy Ma
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Topic: National Ignition Facility

November 29
Sacramento State Physics Majors
"Senior Project Talks"

December 6
Sacramento State Physics Majors
"Senior Project Talks"

 

 

Next Seminar

October 25, 2018
Dr. Laura McWilliams
California State Senate,
Energy Policy Committee

“From Lasers to the Legislature

Abstract:   For her graduate work, Laura studied the chemistry of atmospheric pollution and carbon capture at air-liquid surfaces using a spectroscopic technique called vibrational sum-frequency generation.  Following her graduate work, Laura was a 2017 science policy fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) working in the State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy.  As a consultant on CA energy policy for the past two years, Laura has worked on a range of issues from renewable energy integration, utility long-term planning, and increasing safety in electric and gas infrastructure.  Her seminar will discuss her chemistry research, her transition from academia to policy, and what it is like to be a scientist in the Capitol.