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Physics and Astronomy Seminars and Events

Each semester we host a number of academic seminars and events that expand upon and enrich our classroom.

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Seminars

Seminars begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Meyerhoff Auditorium (101 Ho Science Center) - unless specified otherwise. More details will be added to this schedule as they become available throughout the semester.

August 26 

Welcome to Physics & Astronomy and Summer Research Poster Session

August 30 

Prof. Beth Parks, Physics & Astronomy, "Designing and Testing an Inexpensive Solar Tracker in Uganda"

September 6

Summer Research Symposium for Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. Representing the Physics & Astronomy Department is Ishir Dutta '17

September 13

Tim Glotch '99, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, "New Insights into Lunar Geology from Mid-Infrared Remote Sensing Measurements"  (joint seminar with Geology Dept) 

September 20

Physics & Astronomy Meet and Greet - an opportunity for students to gather and discuss the opportunities and challenges of being a Physics & Astronomy major

September 27

Seth Major, Professor of Physics, Hamilton College "Seeing and Quantizing Black Holes"

October 4

Danielle Solomon '13, Professional Theater Artis, The Mediums, "Alternative Routes for a Colgate Physics Major" 

October 11

Fall recess (no seminar scheduled)

October 18

Physics & Astronomy Faculty Research "What Do Faculty Do All Day?"  (to be held in Lathrop 207)

October 25

Bill Wood '83, Research Associate, Science & Technology Division, Corning Inc., "A Geometric Description of the Coherent Multimode Optical Field"

November 1

Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Ithaca College, "OSIRIS-Rex: NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission (Target: Carbonaceous Asteroid 101955 Bennu)" (joint seminar with Geology Dept)

November 10 (Wednesday, at 4:10pm) 

Bob Boyd, Professor of Optics and Physics, University of Rochester "Quantum Nonlinear Optics: Nonlinear Optics Meets the Quantum World" 

November 15 

Leslie Hebb, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Hobart and William Smith, "Stellar Surface Brightness Mapping with Starspot Crossing Transits" (to be held in 207 Lathrop) 

November 29

Amanda Zranchev '12, "Teaching Physics: a perspective on science education at a rural New England boarding school and a Manhattan day school" and Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony (to be held in 207 Lathrop)

December 6

Student Course Poster Presentations

January 31

Applying for Summer Research Fellowships

February 7

Prof. Tom Balonek, "Winter Wonders: Witnessing the birth, life, and death of stars in the winter sky" (to be held in the Ho Tung Visualization lab)

February 14

Prof. Aubreya Adams, Geology Department, "Seismic Imaging: Remotely Probing the Deep Earth"

February 28

Prof. Adam Burnett, Geography Department, "Environmental Conditions Associated with Large Lake-Effect Snow Events in the Tug Hill Plateau Region of New York State"

March 7

Riina Tehver, Associate Professor, Denison University, "Modeling Nature's Nano-Machines" (joint seminar with Biology Department)

March 28

Douglas Packard '10, Graduate Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, "How to get from here to there: Quantum particle transport in condensed matter systems" (to be held in 207 Lathrop)