WFU Physics Colloquium Schedule — Spring 2018

Previous and future colloquia

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. Jan. 17, 2018 — Colloquium rescheduled for April 18, 2018.

Wed. Jan. 24, 2018 — Colloquium rescheduled for Feb. 28, 2018. Some physics colloquium participants may wish to attend the Chemistry Colloquium at this time — Dr. Nikolay Kornienko from Cambridge University will be speaking on “Developing Energy Harvesting and Storage Systems through Rational Design” at 4 PM at Wake Downtown, Room 4802.

Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 — Professor Stan Meiburg, WFU Sustainability Graduate Programs — Energy Policy and the EPA (host: N. Holzwarth)

Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018 — Dr. Kristian Berland, University of Oslo — “Computational Engineering of Thermoelectric Materials” (host: T. Thonhauser)

Wed. Feb. 14, 2018 —  Dillon Sanders — “Properties and Dynamics of Jammed Matter: Insights from Simulations” (host: P. Anderson)

Wed. Feb. 21, 2018 — Professor John Gemmer, WFU, Math — “Why is Lettuce So Wrinkly?” (host: F. Salsbury)

Wed. Feb. 28, 2018 — Professor Yosuke Kanai, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Electronic Stopping in Condensed Matters: Understanding Electronic Excitation Dynamics under Proton Irradiation (host: N. Holzwarth)

Wed. Mar.  7, 2018 — Spring break

Wed. Mar. 14, 2018 —  Ryan Melvin, PhD Candidate – Physics Department, WFU — “Bias, Uncertainty, and Ions” – (joint colloquium with Chemistry; host: J. Macosko)

Mon. Mar. 19, 2018 —  Ryan Melvin, PhD Defense, F. R. Salsbury, Jr., Advisor — “Bias, Uncertainty, and Ions” – Public Presentation at 2 PM in Olin 107.

Wed. Mar. 21, 2018 — Professor Walter Bradley, Baylor University and Texas A&M — “Converting Agricultural Waste into Value-Added Products:  The Case of the Coconut” (host: J. Macosko)

Wed. Mar. 28, 2018 — Professor Hanli Liu, University of Texas at Arlington — “Can shining laser light on our heads make us smarter? — Understanding transcranial photobiomodulation by 1064-nm laser” (host: Richard Williams)

Fri. Mar. 30, 2018  — Junwei Xu, PhD Defense – David L. Carroll, PhD, Advisor –  “Charges and Excitons in Field-Induced Organic and Pervoskite Light Emitting Devices.” –  Public Presentation at 10 AM in Olin 101

Wed. Apr. 4, 2018 — Professor Christopher Tycner, Central Michigan University —  “Utilizing Optical Interferometry to Advance our Knowledge of Stellar Disks” (host: Bin He)

Mon. Apr. 9, 2018  David Montgomery, PhD Defense.  David L. Carroll, PhD, Advisor “Non-Traditional Study of Renewable Generators in Thermoelectric and Pieoelectric Meta Structures”   Public Presentation at 12 PM in Olin 107

Wed. Apr. 11, 2018 — Dr. Wilson Cauley, Arizona State (WFU alum) —  “A Multi-Pronged Observational Approach to Measuring Exoplanet Magnetic Fields”  (host: P. Anderson)

Tues. Apr. 17, 2018  — Jason Howard, PhD Defense.  Natalie Holzwarth, PhD, Advisor —  “First-Principles Simulations of Solid State Battery Materials”   Public Presentation at 2 PM in Olin 107

Wed. Apr. 18, 2018 — Professor Tamara Bogdanovic, Georgia Tech — When galaxies merge, what happens to their supermassive black holes? (hosts: D. Kim-Shapiro and Daniel Vickers)

Thurs. Apr. 19, 2018  — Zachary Lamport, PhD Defense.  Oana Jurchescu, PhD, Advisor —  “Charge Transport in Organic Electronic Devices: From Nano to Macro-Scale”      Public Presentation at 10:30 AM in ZSR Library, Room 404

Wed. Apr. 25, 2018Physics Honors Presentations, Part I

Wed. May 2, 2018 Physics Honors Presentations, Part II and Departmental Awards. Program begins at 3:30 PM

Tues. May 8, 2018  — Ahmad Al-Qawasmeh, PhD Defense.  Natalie Holzwarth, PhD, Advisor —  Ab Initio Simulations of Idealized Solid Electrolytes in Lithium Ion Batteries”    Public Presentation at 11:00 AM in Olin 101

Sun., May 20, 2018 —  Departmental Reception will be held in the Olin Physics Laboratory Foyer from 4:15-6:15pm to celebrate our 2018 graduating Seniors! 

Fri., June 15, 2018 —  Jiajie Xiao, PhD Defense.  Fred Salsbury, PhD, Advisor  —  “Understanding the Generalized Allostery in Thrombin”  Public Presentation at 1:00 PM in Olin 101

Monday, July 23, 2018 — PhD Defense – Drew Onken “Applying Novel Material Characterization Techniques Using Ultrafast Laser Excitation and Neutron Diffraction in Radiation Detector Crystal”

Thursday, July 26, 2018 – Masters Defense – Eric Henderson: Effects of Gate Thickness, Gate Morphology and Emissive Layer Material On Organic Light Emitting Varactor Capacitor Performance

Tentative schedule — please check announcements and abstracts of seminars.

Previous and future colloquia