WFU Physics Colloquium Schedule — Fall 2018

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All seminars will be held at 4 PM in Room 101 of Olin Physical Laboratory (unless noted otherwise); there will be refreshments at 3:30 PM in the lobby prior to each seminar.

Wed. Aug. 29, 2018Welcome and Summer Research Presentations

Wed. Sept. 5, 2018 — Professor Richard Williams, WFU Department of Physics, recipient of 2017 Physics Department Outstanding Alumni Award    “Reflections on 5 decades in Wake Forest physics: A history of brief time and what does all this have to do with gamma rays and the price of crystals?”

Wed. Sept. 12, 2018 — Professor Metin Gurcan, Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine (host: Dr. Keith Bonin)  “Pixels to Diagnosis: How to design, develop and evaluate a medical image analysis system?”

Wed. Sept. 19, 2018 — Professor Keith Bonin, WFU Department of Physics and Associate Provost of Research and Scholarly Activities    “Optical corral using a standing-wave Bessel beam”

Tue. Sept. 25, 2018 — Professor Dava J. Newman, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar from MIT Human Exploration from Earth to Mars: Becoming Interplanetary”  (host: S. Meiburg, N. Holzwarth)

Wed. Oct. 3, 2018 — Professor Lauren Lowman, WFU Department of Engineering (host: N. Holzwarth)  “Adaptive Modeling of Vegetation Green-up and Die-off Responses to Extreme Weather”

Wed. Oct. 10, 2018 — Professor Gordon “Corky” Brittan, Montana State University (joint colloquium with Philosophy Department; hosts: J. Dostal, E. Austin, and R. Kennedy)  “Reality, Truth, and Objectivity: Reflections on Steven Weinberg’s “Against Philosophy”

Wed. Oct. 17, 2018 — Professor Martin Guthold, WFU Department of Physics  “The Mechanical and Structural Properties of Fibrin Fibers”

Wed. Oct. 24, 2018 — Dr. Illias Belharouak, ORNL “Science and Technology Drivers in Batteries for Renewables Energy & Mobility Applications” (joint colloquium with Chemistry Department; hosts: A. Lachgar, N. Holzwarth)

Wed. Oct. 31, 2018 — Professor Peter G. Wolynes, Rice University (Wake Forest College Board of Visitors Special Colloquium; joint colloquium with Chemistry Department; host: S. Cho)  “Energy Landscapes for Protein Folding and Misfolding”

Wed. Nov. 7, 2018 — Professor Suzanne E. Barbour, Dean of Graduate School of University of Georgia. “Strategies to Diversify the STEM Pipeline” (host: O. Jurchescu)

Wed. Nov. 14, 2018 — Professor Xifan Wu, Temple University  “Why does hydronium diffuse faster than hydroxide in liquid water? An accurate first-principles’ modeling of H-bond structure and proton transfer in liquid water”   (host: N. Holzwarth)

Tues. Nov. 20, 2018 — Masters Defense, Lauren Nelson, Masters Candidate:  “Interactions Between Heme-Globins and Ligands”   (Advisors:  Dr. Daniel Kim-Shapiro and Dr. Sam Cho)

Wed. Nov. 21, 2018 — Thanksgiving Holiday —

Wed. Nov. 28, 2018 — Professor Devine Kumah, NCSU — “Controlling Electronic and Magnetic Phases at Complex Oxide Interfaces”    (host: N. Holzwarth)

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 — Masters Defense, Terra Dwayne Colvin, Jr., Masters Candidate:  “Assessing Mutations In a Zinc Finger Domain of NF-ΚB Essential Modulator (Nemo) Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations”  (Advisor:  Dr. Fred Salsbury)

Wed. Dec. 5, 2018 — Dr. K. Maria Mills, NIH — “Freezing with force: Direct observation of type IA topoisomerase gate dynamics”  (host: D. Kim-Shapiro)

Tentative schedule — please check announcements and abstracts of seminars.

Previous and future colloquia