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Physics and Astronomy Department Seminar Series

Physics and Astronomy department seminars are currently scheduled on Thursdays at 10:50 AM in Building 8, Room 241 (unless otherwise indicated in red) approximately every other week during the school year. Everyone is invited. Seminars offer a great chance for faculty, students, staff, and community members to meet, mingle, socialize over cookies and tea, and hear about the latest research in physics and related fields. (It's all physics!)

Spring 2013

Date Speaker Title
April 8
(Monday at 5:30pm in room 4-2-314)
Alumni Panel
Cal Poly Alumni
"Cal Poly Alumni Panel"
April 18 Moshe Elitzur
University of Kentucky and Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"Active Galactic Nuclei---A Primer"
May 2
Tim Stelzer
University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
"Discovery of the Higgs at the Large Hadron Collider"
May 9
Andreas Bill
CSU Long Beach
"The Graduate Program at CSU Long Beach - Example of a Master's Thesis"
May 16 Irene Knezevic
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Graphene Plays Dirty: How Impurities and Imperfections Affect the Physics of Graphene Nanostructures "
May 24
(Friday at 4pm
in room 8-241
)
Rolf Danner
Northrop Grumman
"The James Webb Space Telescope-Exploration Beyond the Mighty Hubble"
June 7
(Friday at 4:35pm
in room 8-241
)
Senior Project Posters
Students from the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy CPP
"Student Project Posters"

Schedules from past quarters

Academic Year
Quarter
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

Winter 2013

Date Speaker Title
January 10 Laura Trouille
Northwestern University and Adler Planetarium
"The Monster's Fiery Breath: Supermassive Black Holes at the Centers of Distant Galaxies"
January 14 (Monday at 4pm
in room 4-2-314
)
Greg Stough
University of Oregon and CPP alum
"What's Next? One Student's Guide to Life After Cal Poly"
January 17
Jay Pasachoff
Williams College
"Transits of Venus Throughout History"
January 24 Gregory Villar
JPL and CPP alum
"Moving the joystick: What it really takes to operate a Mars rover"
January 31 Glenn Boreman
UNC, Charlotte
"Graduate Research Opportunities in Optics at UNC Charlotte"
February 7
Alex Small
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
"A fundamental limit to superresolution microscopy"
February 14 Nina Abramzon and Mary Mogge
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, CPP
"Applying to grad school and preparing for the GRE"
February 28 Pol Forn-Diaz
Caltech
"Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics on a chip"

Fall 2012

Date Speaker Title
October 4 Doug Johnson, Sal Moreno, and Hector Maciel
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
"The 20th Annual Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations"
October 18 Homeyra Sadaghiani, Alexander Rudolph, and Steve McCauley
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
"Why Become a Physics and Astronomy Learning Assistant?"
October 25
Anupam Madhukar
Kenneth T. Norris Professor of Engineering & Professor of Physics, Nanostructure Materials & Devices Laboratory, USC
"Functional Active Nanosystems: From Solar Energy Conversion to Cellular Prostheses"
November 1 Josh Smith
Department of Physics, CSU Fullerton
"Gravitational-Wave Astronomy with LIGO"
November 8 Steven Wilkinson
Engineering Fellow, Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon Corporation
"Position, Navigation, and Timing 2012"
November 15
Alexander Rudolph
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
"Introducing Interactive Learning into French University Physics Classrooms"
November 29 Nima Dinyari
Department of Physics, University of Oregon
"Pursuing a Cavity QED System that Couples a Nitrogen Vacancy Center to a Whispering Gallery Mode Silica"

Spring 2012

Date Speaker Title
March 29 Changhuei Yang
Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology
Novel Optical Approaches for Biomedical Applications
April 12 Ionel Tifrea
Cal State Fullerton
Quantum Confinement and Nuclear Spin Diffusion Effects in Low Dimensional Semiconductor Nanostructures
April 20
(Friday, 4 pm)
Valentina Doushkina
N2 Imaging Systems and UC Irvine
Hybrid glass-polymer optics: the properties, implementation and performance
April 26 Janet Scheel
Occidental College
Numerical Simulations of Turbulence in Heated Fluids
May 3
(4pm)
Hui Cao
Yale University
Random laser and time-reversed laser
May 4
(Friday, 6:30 pm)
Hui Cao
Public lecture
Biologically-Inspired Lasers
May 10 Homeyra Sadaghiani
Cal Poly Pomona

So you want to become a physics teacher?
May 17 Arlo Caine
Cal Poly Pomona
Mathematical Challenges of Feynman's Path Integral
May 24 7th Annual Physics Education Seminar
Cal Poly Pomona Physics and Astronomy Faculty
Topics in Physics Education
June 1
(Friday, 4 pm)
Student Projects Posters
Cal Poly Pomona
Senior Project and Other Research Posters

 

Winter 2012

Date Speaker Title
January 5 Nathan Smith
Steward Observatory and Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona*
The Pre-Supernova Evolution of Massive Stars
January 12 Dr. A Interesting topic A
January 19 Dr. B Interesting topic B
January 31 (Tuesday) Dr. C Interesting topic C
February 2 Dr. D Interesting topic D
February 9 Peter Muhoro and Crystal Bailey
American Physical Society, Physics Careers
Diversity in Physics Graduate School

Physics Careers: To the Bachelor's Degree and Beyond
February 10 (Friday, 4 PM) Ruth Chabay
North Carolina State University, Educational Research
Computational Modeling in Introductory Physics
(*) This talk is sponsored by the California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education (CAMPARE)

Fall 2011

Date Speaker Title
September 29 Pei-Chun Ho
Cal State Fresno
Unconventional superconductivity in the Filled Skutterudite Compound PrOs4Sb12 and the Related Doping Study in the Pr1-xNdxOs4Sb12 System
October 6

Doug Johnson, Maria Vaugh, Hector Maciel
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
The 19th Annual Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations
October 13
Christoph Haselwandter
Caltech and USC
Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Cell Membranes
October 20 Nina Abramzon and the CPP Physics and Astronomy Faculty Applying to Grad School
October 27 Hyun Gu Kang
Kinesiology and Health Promotion Cal Poly Pomona
Health of Systems: Application of Non-linear Physics in Biomechanics and Medicine
November 10
Heather Knutson
California Institute of Technology
The Grand Tour: Planetary Atmospheres Outside the Solar System
November 29

Glenn Johnson

NASA Johnson Space Center

Space Toilets
and other stuff you’ve always wanted to ask
December 1
Mike Loverude
Cal State Fullerton
Physics Education Research in Upper-Division Physics Core Courses

Spring 2011

Date Speaker Title
April 7
Ursa Major B
Adam Steig
UCLA
(Joint with Chemical and Materials Engineering)
From the Bottom Up: Nanoscale Science and Technology at Thirty
April 14

Chris Maines
National Gallery of Art
Scientific Analysis and Materials Research in the Conservation of Works of Art
April 15
Friday, 4 pm
Joseph Kao
Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine
(Joint with Biological Sciences)
Targeted Delivery of Molecular Probes for In Vivo Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imaging (EPRI)
April 21 Gregory Cohoon (*)
University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences
A Practical Guide to Your First Year of Grad School
May 6
Friday, 7 pm
Ursa Major C
Jill Tartar
SETI Institute
(in conjunction with the SPS Zone meeting)
Are we alone?
May 12
Vatche Sahakian
Physics Department, Harvey Mudd College
Fish in a Pond: String Theory in a Nutshell
May 19
Angel Hoekstra(**)
University of Colorado
(Joint with Faculty Center for Professional Development)
Exploring Effects of Student Attitudes: Data from Interdisciplinary Research on Interactive Teaching in Higher Education
June 2
6th Annual Physics Education Seminar
Physics Dept. Faculty, Cal Poly Pomona
Topics in Physics Education
June 3
Friday, 4-6 PM
Student Projects Posters
Cal Poly Pomona
Senior Project and Other Research Posters

(*) Cal Poly Pomona Physics Alum
(**) NSF ADVANCE Speaker

Winter 2011

Date Speaker Title
January 13 Jeffrey H. Hunt, Ph.D.
The Boeing Company
Physics and its Relevance in the Aerospace Industry
January 27

Yancy Shirley
Dept. of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (*)
The Most Unbiased Census of Star Formation in the Milky Way
February 10
Joseph Rhee
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA
Searching for Warm Excess Stars, the First Step to Meet the Extra-Terrestrial
February 24
Homeyra Sadaghiani
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
Effective Integration of Technology to Enhance Learning Physics in and out of the Classroom
March 3
Carol Hood
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UC Irvine
Investigating the Properties of the Least Massive Black Holes at the Centers of Active Galaxies

 

(*) This talk is sponsored by the California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education (CAMPARE)

Fall 2010

Date Speaker Title
September 30 Physics Dept. Faculty
Cal Poly Pomona
Applying to Grad School
October 7

John Jewett
Physics Department, Cal Poly Pomona
Energy and the Confused Student
October 14
Doug Johnson, Maria Vaughn, and Hector Maciel
Physics Department, Cal Poly Pomona
The 18th Annual 'Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations'
October 28
Emily Thompson (*) (^)
University of Massachusetts
How to Build the World's Largest Microscope: Probing for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
November 4
Mark Helmlinger (^)
TRW/Northrup Grumman
Ground Truth Adventures Along the Gulf During the First Days of the Spill Spectral Remote Sensing in Action

(*) NSF ADVANCE Speaker

(^) Cal Poly Pomona Physics Dept. Alum

Spring 2010

Date Speaker Title
April 8 Que Huong Nguyen
Marshall University
Hybrid Exciton in Organic-Semiconductor Quantum Dot Systems
April 22

Eric Potma
Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
Nonlinear Coherent Microscopy of Tissues, Nanostructures and Single Molecules
April 29
Emily Rauscher (*)
Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Columbia University and KITP, UC Santa Barbara
Modeling Hot Jupiter Atmospheres: Probing a New Regime of Circulation
May 6
Dana Backman (**)
Director of Outreach, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
Looking for Life in All the Right Places: Astrobiology of the Solar System
May 13
Stefanie Saccoman
Dept. of Teacher Education, Cal Poly Pomona
I like Physics and I Need a Job
May 20
Melissa Martin
Therapy Physics
Applications of Physics in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
May 27
5th Annual Physics Education Seminar
Physics Dept. Faculty, Cal Poly Pomona
Various issues in Physics Education
June 4 (4-6 PM)
Student Projects Posters
Cal Poly Pomona
Senior Project and Other Research Posters

Winter 2010

Date Speaker Title
January 14 Matt Eichenfield
Dept. of Physics, Caltech
Engineering the Interaction of Light and Sound at the Frontiers of Nanotechnology
January 28

Josh Eisner
Dept. of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (*)
Protoplanetary Disks: Insights into Planet Formation
February 4
Doug Singleton
Dept. of Physics, California State University, Fresno
A Brief Introduction to Black Holes
February 11
Oscar Bernal
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, California State University, Los Angeles
NMR/μSR: Spectroscopic Tools for Probing Quantum Criticality and Magnetic Frustration in Condensed Matter Systems
February 18
Danica Marsden
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: Mapping out Structure in the Depths of our Observable Universe
February 25
Winny Dong
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona
A Materials Science Perspective on the Texture of Cakes - or How to Get Students to Bring You Cake

 

(*) This talk is sponsored by the California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education (CAMPARE)

Fall 2009

Date Speaker Title
October 1 Lea Ferreira dos Santos
Yeshiva University
How to Control Transport Behavior in Quantum Many-Body Systems
October 8

Doug Johnson, Hector Maciel, Maria Vaughn
Physics Department
Cal Poly Pomona
The 17th Annual 'Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations'
October 29
Yongsheng Gao
Cal State Univ, Fresno
Road to Discovery of ATLAS/LHC
November 12
Peter Siegel
Physics Department, Cal Poly Pomona
The Kaon-Nucleus Story: a small chapter in Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
November 19
Amanda Weinstein
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA
Exploring the Extreme Universe with Very High Energy (VHE) Gamma Rays

Spring 2009

Date Speaker Title
April 10 Sam McKagan
AAPT
Developing and Researching PhET simulations for Teaching Quantum Mechanics
April 17
3-2137
Jay Pasachoff
Williams College and Caltech
Syzygies: Eclipses, Occultations, and Transits
April 24
Sulakshana Thanvanthri
Louisiana State University
A New Twist in Matter-wave Gyroscopy
May 1
Mark Massie
Nova Sensors
Night Vision Technology, Or What It's Like To See The World Through Infrared Eyes
May 15
Ertan Salik
Dept. of Physics
Cal Poly Pomona
Sensing with Light: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Applications
May 22
Jorge Moreno
Haverford College
Do Mergers of Dark Matter Halos Trigger Quasars?
May 29 Cal Poly Pomona Physics Faculty 4th Annual Physics Education Seminar
June 5 Cal Poly Pomona Physics Majors Student Research Project Posters

 


Winter 2009

Date Speaker Title
January 16 Alex Small
Physics Department
Cal Poly Pomona
Optics Beyond the Diffraction Limit, or, Don't Believe Everything You Hear in Physics 122!
January 30
Jessica Lu
Dept. of Astronomy California Institute of Technology
Star Formation Around the Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy
February 13 Nathan Tung
Department of Physics
Cal Poly Pomona
Unification of Fundamental Forces: Universal Constants of Physics and the Story They Tell
February 27 Lute Maleki
CEO and President OEwaves, Inc.
Physics and Industry in 21st Century


Fall 2008

Date Speaker Title
October 10 Doug Johnson, Anatol Hoemke, Hector Maciel, Maria Salazar
Physics Department
Cal Poly Pomona
The 16th Annual 'Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations"
October 17
12:30 – 5:30
4-1-314
Summer Science Students
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly Science Student Summer Research Symposium
October 24 Anna Cai
Department of Mathematics
UC Irvine
Multi-scale Modelling for Threshold Dependent Cellular Differentiation
November 7 Raymond Hall
Physics
CSU Fresno
Demarcation: Is there a Sharp Line Between Science and Pseudoscience?
November 14 Jose Lopez
Department of Applied Science and Technology
Physics Division, Saint Peter’s College, NJ
Improving the World, one Microplasma at a Time
November 21 Karen Felzer
U.S. Geological Survey
Pasadena, C
Can Earthquakes Be Predicted?

 


Spring 2008

Date Speaker Title
April 11 Villanapur Ravi, Department of Chemical & Material Engineering
Cal Poly Pomona
Materials Science and Engineering -- Case Studies Illustrating an Interdisciplinary Field
April 25 Tom Gage
President & CEO
AC Propulsion
Electricity: Transportation Without Petroleum
April 28
Mon, 11 AM
8-48
Paul Wellin
Wolfram Research
Mathematica 6 in Education and Research
May 2 Brian Holmes
Physics Department
San Jose State Univ.
The Physics of Brass Musical Instruments or What do horn players do with their right hands, anyway?
May 9 Ozdal Boyraz
Dept. of Elec. Eng. and Computer Science
UC Irvine
Silicon/Non-Silicon Based Optical Pulse Shaping and Optical Signal Processing
May 16 Thomas Lohse
Physics Department
Humboldt University
Berlin, Germany
TeV-Gamma-Astronomy with the H.E.S.S. Telescopes in Namibia – Cosmic Gamma Rays from Exploding Stars and Black Holes
May 23 Cal Poly Pomona Physics Faculty 3rd Annual Physics Education Seminar
June 6 Cal Poly Pomona Physics Majors Senior Projects Posters


Winter 2008

Date Speaker Title
January 18 Richard Haskell
Physics Department,
Harvey Mudd College
Campus Sustainability:  A Local Response to Global Warming and Peak Oil
February 8 Adrian Parsegian
National Institutes of Health
DNA Packaging and Interactions in vitro and in viro
February 22 Zuoyue Wang
Dept. of History
Cal Poly Pomona
In Sputnik's Shadow: American Science Policy during the Cold War and Beyond
February 29 Kyler Kuehn
Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics
Ohio State University
The Search for High-Energy Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts with AMANDA
March 7 Ed Prather
Dept. of Astronomy and Ctr. for Astronomy Education
University of Arizona
Using Research to Create a Learner-Centered Science Classroom
March 19
Wed, 4 PM
4-1-314
William Wootters
Physics Department
Williams College
Quantum Entanglement
     


Fall 2007

Date Speaker Title
October 5 Doug Johnson, Hector Maciel, Maria Salazar, Anatol Hoemke
Physics Department
Cal Poly Pomona

The 15th Annual "Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations"

[PICTURES of event]

October 26 Phil Lukeman
Dept. of Chemistry
Cal Poly Pomona
DNA Nano: Self-assembling Structures - Scaffolding Science
November 2 Shenda Baker
Dept. of Chemistry
Harvey Mudd College and
Managing Partner
BioSTAR West
Neutrons and Biological Structures - a Multidisciplinary Approach to Materials Science
November 16 Nuh Gedik
Dept. of Chemistry, Caltech and Dept. of Physics, MIT
Ultrafast Structural Dynamics Observed with Atomic Scale Resolution


Spring 2007

Date Speaker Title
April 13 Douglas Singleton
Fresno State University
Hawking and Unruh Radiation Made 'Easy'
April 24
Tues, 12 PM
Steve Strom
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Science with Next Generation Telescopes
April 27 Suketu P. Bhavsar
University of Kentucky
A Method to Determine the Largest True Structures in the Universe
May 4 Timothy C. Corcoran
Chemistry Department Cal Poly Pomona
Fluorescence in Biotech: An Old Dog with a New Trick
May 11
Joint Physics/Math Seminar
Jeffrey L. Vaughn
Senior Scientist
the Optical Sciences Company
Adaptive Optics
May 18
Physics Faculty
Cal Poly Pomona
Physics Education Seminar
June 1 Senior Physics Majors
Cal Poly Pomona
Senior Projects Poster Session

Winter 2007

Date Speaker Title
January 19 K.E. Wilson
Jet Propulsion Lab
Inter-planetary Laser Beam Communications
February 2 Barbara Hoeling
Pomona College
Looking beneath the surface: An Optical Coherence Microscope for imaging
biological tissue
February 6
Tues, 11 AM
4-1-314
MacKenzie R. Stetzer
University of Washington
Using research to guide instruction: New insights into student understanding
February 9 Mohsen Shiri
Harvard and Pace Universities
Finite Quantum Theory
February 13
Tues, 11 AM
4-1-314
Homeyra Sadaghiani
University of Washington
Student mathematical and conceptual difficulties in learning quantum mechanics
February 16 Joseph Carson
Jet Propulsion Lab
Population Studies of Planets and Brown Dwarfs Orbiting Nearby Stars
February 20
Tues, 11 AM
4-1-314
Alexander Small
National Institututes of Health
A biophysical Model of Angiogenesis: How Do Growing Tumors Feed and Breathe?
February 23 Kingshuk Majumdar
Berea College
Ultracold bosons in an optical lattice
February 27
Tues, 11 AM
4-1-314
Joseph A. Barranco
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Planet Embryos in Vortex Wombs: The Origin of Planetary Systems

Fall 2006

Date Speaker Title
September 29 Doug Johnson
Physics, Cal Poly Pomona
The Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations
October 6
CANCELLED
Steven Strom
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Science with Next Generation Telescopes
October 13
MOVED from November 3
Kai Lam
Physics, Cal Poly Pomona
Chern-Simons, Anyon? Why Knot?
October 27 Everett Lipman
Physics, UCSB
Measuring Individual Biological Molecules with Visible Light
November 17
Lee Schumann
Aerospace Corporation
From the Infinitesimally Small to the Infinitely Large: Mankind's Search for Understanding of the Universe Around Him

Spring 2006

Date Speaker Title
April 7 Graciela Brelles-Mariño
Biology, Cal Poly Pomona
    and
Nina Abramzon
Physics, Cal Poly Pomona
Biofilms: How can we use plasma to get rid of these guys?
April 21 William Degraffenreid
Physics,
CSU Sacramento
Structure of lithium: What we looked for, what we found, what we discovered en route, and what we discovered looking back
May 5 Slava Turyshev
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Pioneer Anomaly: The Puzzle, New Data and New Investigation

May 19

Alex Rudolph, Ertan Salik, and Nina Abramzon
Physics, Cal Poly Pomona
Presentation on student response systems

June 2

Senior Physics Majors
Physics, Cal Poly Pomona
Senior Projects Poster Session

Winter 2006

Date Speaker Title
January 20 Peter Siegel
Physics, Cal Poly Pomona
Tangling Helium's Twin Electrons
February 3 John Milton
Computational Neuroscience,
Claremont Colleges
Stick balancing at the Fingertip: Insights into the Neural Control of Balance
February 17 Snezana Bogdanovich
Advance Technology Division, Hologic, Inc.
Designing X-ray Detectors for Medical Imaging

March 3
(Cancelled)

Jose Lopez
Mathematics & Physics,
St. Peter's College
Improving the World One Microdischarge at a Time

Fall 2005

Date Speaker Title
October 7 Doug Johnson
Cal Poly Pomona, Physics
The Wonderful World of Physics Demonstrations
October 21 Tom Donnelly
Harvey Mudd College
Physics
Production and Application of an Aerosol of Micron-scale Particles
October 28 James Rego
Cal Poly Pomona, Chemistry
Unconventional Applications of Liquid Crystals: From Scarab Beetles to Solar Cells
November 18 Robert Hicks
UCLA
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Physics and Chemistry of Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas for Materials Processing

 
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