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Physics Colloquia

  Unless otherwise noted, Physics Colloquia are held every Friday, starting at 10:45 AM. (Refreshments available from 10:30 AM.)

2019 Fall Semester
Location: COB2 140

9/6/2019
Jorge G. Moreno Soto (Pomona College)
Galaxy Encounters: From the Interstellar Medium to the Cosmic Web
(Astrophysics simulation)
Host: Kinjal Dasbiswas
[Video Link]

9/13/2019
Samuel Safran (Weizmann Institute)
Nonlinear Dynamics of Spontaneously Beating Heart Cells
(Soft/Bio theory)
Host: Kinjal Dasbiswas

9/20/2019
Tzu-Ming Lu (Sandia National Lab)
SiGe-based Quantum Electronic Devices
(Condensed Matter experiment)
Host: Michael Scheibner
[Video Link]

9/27/2019
Mehran Kardar (MIT)
Force From Non-Equilibrium Fluctuations in QED and Active Matter
(Soft/Statistical Physics Theory)
Host: Daniel Beller
[Video Link]

10/4/2019
Ettore Vitali (CSU Fresno)
Computational Physics: Computers as Virtual Laboratories to Study Quantum Systems
(Condensed Matter Theory)
Host: David Strubbe
[Video Link]

10/11/2019
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (UCSC)
Cosmic Alchemy in the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
(Astrophysics Theory)
Host: Ajay Gopinathan
[Audio Link]

10/18/2019
Chih-Chun Chien (UC Merced)
Surprises in Transport of Particles and Energy
(Condensed Matter Theory)
Host: Kinjal Dasbiswas
[Audio Link]

10/25/2019
Tugrul Senger (İzmir Institute of Technology)
Thermoelectric Performance of Two-Dimensional Materials
(Condensed Matter Theory)
Host: Mehmet Baykara
[Video Link]

11/1/2019
Alexander Petersen (UC Merced)
Cross-Disciplinary Adventures in Complex Systems: From Physics to Management Science
(Complexity research)
Host: Kinjal Dasbiswas
[Video Link]

11/8/2019
Mark O. Robbins (Johns Hopkins University)
A "Rough" View on Friction and Adhesion
(Condensed Matter Theory)
Host: Mehmet Baykara

11/15/2019
Julio Barreiro (UC San Diego)
(AMO/Condensed Matter Experiment)
Host: Chih-Chun Chien

11/22/2019
Srividya Iyer-Biswas (Purdue University)
(Biophysics Experiment)
Host: Kinjal Dasbiswas

Thanksgiving

12/6/2019
Meng Shen (McGill University)
(Soft matter theory)
Host: Daniel Beller

12/13/2019
Alexander Levine (UCLA)
(Soft/Bio Theory)
Host: Kinjal Dasbiswas

 

2019 Spring Semester
Location: COB2 170

January 25
Kinjal Dasbiswas (UC Merced)
         [Video Recording]
 
Ned Wingreen (Princeton University)  
QSB seminar that maybe of interest to physicists:
“Magic Numbers in Protein Phase Transitions”
1:30 - 2:45pm, Student Service Building (SSB), Room 130
 
February 1
Vernita Gordon (UT Austin)
 Host: Kinjal Dasbiswas
 
February 8
Daniel Beller (UC Merced, soft matter theory)
 
February 15
Eva Silverstein (Stanford, string theory/cosmology)
           Host: Ajay Gopinathan
 
February 22
No colloquium (Grad Visits)
 
March 1
Anna Mercedes-Nirenberg (JPL, astrophysics)
           Host: Ajay Gopinathan
 
March 8
No colloquium (APS March meeting)
 
March 15
Jun Allard (UC Irvine, biophysics theory/math)
           Host: Jing Xu
 
March 22
Udo Schwarz (Yale, materials science) 
 
April 5
Jessica Kirkpatrick (KoBold Metals, data science in industry)
Astrophysicist to Data Scientist
           Host: David Strubbe
 
April 12
Robert Jorstad (Alan Hancock, science outreach)
Service Learning in Physics
           Host: Jing Xu
 
April 19
Ahmet Yildiz (UC Berkeley, biophysics)
           Host: Jing Xu
 
April 26
William Irvine (U. Chicago, soft matter)
           Host: Dustin Kleckner
 
May 3
Lulu Qian (Caltech, biophysics)
           Host:  Tao Ye
 
May 10
Undergraduate Thesis presentations
          Host:  Jay Sharping
 
 
 
 

2018 Fall Semester
Location: COB2 170

August 24
David Quint (UCM NSF CREST)
          [Host: Jing Xu]
 
August 31
Florian Berger (Rockefeller)
          [Host: Jing Xu]
 
September 7
Leily Kiani (LLNL): 
          Optical fiber technologies for commercial and high energy physics applications.
          [Host: Jay Sharping]
 
September 14
Erik Luijten (Northwestern) 
          [Host: Linda Hirst]
 
September 21 
Zvonimir Dogic (UCSB)
          [Host: Linda Hirst]
 
September 28 
Tammy Ma (LLNL):
          [Host: Sai Ghosh]
 
October 5 
Ryan McGorty (University of San Diego)  
          [Host: Arvind Gopinath]
 
October 12 
Vincenzo Vitelli (UChicago)  
          Topological Soft Matter 
          [Link to Video]
          [Host: Ajay Gopinathan]
 
October 19 
Hakeem Oluseyi (NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington DC)   
          Hacking the Stars
          Time: 10:30am - 12 noon, refreshments at 10:15am
          Location: COB2 140
          [Host: Jennifer Lu]
 
October 26 
Natasha Batalha (UC Santa Cruz)
          [Link to Video]
          [Host: Ajay Gopinathan]
 
November 2 
Andrew Wetzel (UC Davis)  
          [Link to Video]
          [Host: David Strubbe]
 
November 9 
Keith Brown (Boston University)   
          [Host: Mehmet Baykara]
 
November 16 
Elena Koslover (UCSD)   
          [Host: Ajay Gopinathan]
 
November 30 
Justin Burton (Emory)
          Link to Video
          [Host: Dustin Kleckner]
 
December 7 
No Colloquium

 

 

2018 Spring Semester
Location: SSB 120

2018 Spring Semester: SSB 120

January 19
James Palko (UC Merced)
          Understanding and Optimizing Energy and Mass Transport in Porous Materials for Energy, Water, and Thermal Management Applications
          [Host: David Strubbe]

January 26
Venkatt Ayyaswamy (UC Merced)
          The Exciting Future of Microplasma: Role of Computations

February 2
Babak Sanii (Claremont College)
          Engineering Self-Assembly at Micro and Macro Scales
          [Host: Anand Subramaniam]

February 9
Alex Noy  (UC Merced/LLNL)
          Molecular Transport and Nanoscale Confinement in Carbon Nanotube Porins

February 16
Victor Muñoz (UC Merced) 
          Probing the Mechanical Unfolding of Single Protein Molecules at High Resolution

February 23
Robin Selinger (Kent State) 
          Modeling Liquid Crystal Elastomers: From Auto-origami to Light-driven Autonomous Soft Robotics
          [Host:  Linda Hirst]

March 2
Jennifer Lu (UC Merced)
          A New Class of Submolecular Switches Based on Conformational Changes
          [Host: David Strubbe]

March 9
Barbara Jacak (UC Berkeley and LBNL)
          Strongly Coupled QCD Matter 
          [Host: Kevin Mitchel]

March 16
Linda Strubbe (Univ of British Columbia)
          Teaching Scientific Thinking in Canada, West Africa, and Central Asia
          [Host: David Strubbe]

April 6
Joshua Casara (UC Merced)
          Effects of Strain on the Optical Properties of Quantum Dot Molecules
          [Host: Michael Scheibner]

April 13
Arvind Gopinath (UC Merced) 
          Active Thermodynamics in Bacterial Swarms

April 20
Eric Dunham (Stanford)
          Physics of Earthquakes and Tsunamis
          [Host: Jing Xu]

April 27
L. Mahadevan (Harvard)
          Wisdom of Hives and Mounds: Collective Problem Solving by Super-organisms
          [Host: Ajay Gopinathan]

May 4
Undergraduate Thesis Presentations
          [Organizer: Lin Tian]

2017 Fall semester: COB 263

 
2017 Spring semester

 
2016 Fall semester

 
2016 Spring semester

 
2015 Fall semester

  • 08/28 Alex Noy (UC Merced) --- Chien
  • 09/04 Francois Blanchette (UC Merced) --- Mitchell
  • 09/11 Vivek Shenoy (UPenn) --- Gopinathan
  • 09/18 Cecilia Leal (UIUC) ---Hirst
  • 09/25 Erwin Frey (LMU Munich) --- Gopinathan
  • 10/02 Fred Cooper (Santa Fe Institute) ---Chien
  • 10/09 Prof Liang-Chy Chien (Kent State) ---Hirst
  • 10/16 Richard Packard (UC Berkeley) --- Chien
  • 10/23 Mohammad Mofrad (UC Berkeley) ---Gopinathan
  • 10/30 --- No colloquium
  • 11/06 Prashant Nagpal (CU Boulder) --- Ghosh
  • 11/13 Tao Ye (UC Merced) --- Chien
  • 11/20 Joshua Shaevitz (Princeton) --- Gopinathan
  • 11/27 Thanksgiving holiday --- No colloquium
  • 12/04 Hernan Garcia (UC Berkeley)--- Gopinathan
  • 12/11 Undergraduate presentation

 
2015 Spring semester

  • 01/23 Nick Ouellette (Yale) --- Mitchell
  • 01/30 Michael Scheibner (UC Merced)
  • 02/06 Bin Liu (UC Merced) 
  • 02/13 Rajiv Singh (UC Davis) --- Gopinathan
  • 02/20 Michael Covin (UC Merced) 
  • 02/27 Anand Bala Subramaniam (UC Merced) 
  • 03/06 APS March Meeting --- No colloquium
  • 03/13 Cheo Park (NASA) --- Sharping
  • 03/20 Siyuan Han (U. Kansas) --- Lin
  • 03/27 Holiday --- No colloquium
  • 04/03 Jinghua Guo (LBNL) ---- Ghosh
  • 04/10 Michael Zwolak (NIST) --- Chien
  • 04/17 Omar Saleh (UCSB) --- Gopinathan
  • 04/24 Oscar Murrillo (NASA) ---  Sharping
  • 05/01 Orlando Guzman --- Ghosh
  • 05/08 Undergraduate presentations --- Sharping/Menke

 
2014 Fall semester

  • 08/29 Roland Winston (UC Merced) 
  • 09/05 Chen-Yen Lai (UC Merced) --- Chien
  • 09/12 Victor Munoz (UC Merced)
  • 09/19 Jian-Xin Zhu (Los Alamos National Lab) --- Chien
  • 09/26 Giacomo Vacca (Kinetic River Corp) --- Sharping
  • 10/03 Peter Fischer (LBNL/UC Santa Cruz) --- Ghosh
  • 10/10 Robin Selinger (Kent Sate) --- Hirst
  • 10/17 Graduate student presentation --- Chien
  • 10/24 Massimiliano Di Ventra (UC San Diego) --- Chien
  • 10/31 Tom Solomon (Bucknell University) --- Mitchell
  • 11/07 Jim Franson (UMBC) -- Sharping
  • 11/14 Chen-Lung Hung (Caltech/Purdue) --- Chien
  • 11/21 Suckjoon Kim (UCSD) - Gopinathan
  • 11/28 Thanksgiving holiday
  • 12/05 Senior Thesis presentations --- Senior Thesis coordinator
  • 12/12 Kerwyn Huang (Stanford) - Gopinathan
  • 12/19 Final exams (No colloquium)