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Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Zoom logoFor Fall 2021, all UNM Physics and Astronomy Colloquia will take place on Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5 pm either in the Colloquium room, 1100 PAÍS, or remotely via Zoom. If you would like to attend any Physics and Astronomy events online, please contact the front office at 505 277-2616 for registration and passcode information.

The Colloquia series is a weekly seminar that brings speakers from academia, national labs and industry to discuss a wide range of research topics. The series is free and all are welcome to attend.

Friday August 26, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  The W Boson Mass and the Standard Model of Particle Physics
 Presenter:  Ashutosh Kotwal, Duke University
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / unm.zoom.us/ j/ 92048459507
 Host:  Michael Gold
 Location:  Zoom

 

Friday September 2, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Forward-Looking Physics at CERN's Large Hadron Collider
 Presenter:  Jonathan Feng, University of California, Irvine
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / unm.zoom.us/ j/ 92048459507
 Host:  Rouzbeh Allahverdi
 Location:  Via Zoom. Please take the Satisfaction Survey

 

Friday September 9, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Insights into the formation, composition, and structure of exoplanets
 Presenter:  Jason Steffen, University of Nevada Las Vegas
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / unm.zoom.us/ j/ 92048459507
 Host:  Diana Dragomir
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

 

Friday September 16, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Physics, Inference, and Networks
 Presenter:  Cristopher Moore, Santa Fe Institute
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / web.microsoftstream.com/ video/ 4ac2e9cf-f757-44c1-9c17-c78b79fb6c73
 Host:  Michael Gold
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

 

Friday September 23, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Physics, Inference, and Networks (continued)
 Presenter:  Cristopher Moore, Santa Fe Institute
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / youtu.be/ 9RgC5XpQxJ0
 Host:  Michael Gold
 Location:  Via Zoom. Please take the Satisfaction Survey

 

Friday September 30, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Surprises from the Expansion of the Universe
 Presenter:  Dr. Adam Riess is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, the Thomas J. Barber Professor in Space Studies at Johns Hopkins with a joint appointment with the Space Telescope Science Institute.
He is an observational cosmologist and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. A past winner of a MacArthur Grant, the Breakthrough Prize in Physics, the Einstein Medal, the Shaw Prize and the Gruber Prize; Adam's observations of the accelerating expansion of the universe earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. -- PASSWORD class
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / youtu.be/ S7-jBqjW6b8
 Host:  Kevin Cahill
 Location:  Zoom

 

Friday October 7, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Rapid Innovation in Nuclear Physics
 Presenter:  Robert Duncan, Texas Tech University

Prof. Duncan joined Sandia National Labs, and then the Physics and Astronomy Department at UNM, after earning his physics degrees at MIT and UC Santa Barbara. He became a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia in 1995, and then the first Associate Dean for Research within the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM in 1999. He served as the founding Director of the New Mexico Consortium at LANL in 2006, before going on to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Missouri (MU), and then as the Senior Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University. He currently serves as the President's Distinguished Chair in Physics at Texas Tech. His
experimental research interests are in dynamic critical phenomena,
quantum fluids, and in precision measurement and new quantum sensing instrumentation design.

Prof. Duncan has published seventy papers in refereed journals, and he has taught throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in physics. He has served as a NASA PI within the Fundamental Physics Program. Prof. Duncan is a Fellow and a life member of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow and a Board Member of the National Academy of Inventors. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the United States Air Force. Prof. Duncan was named the Gordon and Betty Moore Distinguished Scholar within the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at Caltech in 2004. He chaired the Instrumentation and Measurement Topical Group for the American Physical Society in 2002, and the International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids in 2003. He has co-invented 12 US patents and 31 international patents, and he has assisted in the formation of companies. Prof. Duncan chaired the Panel on Fundamental Physical Science in Space for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Decadal Survey in 2010. He has also served on the NAS Panel to evaluate the effectiveness of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). He is a frequent plenary speaker at the World Federation of Scientists in Erice, Sicily, and he has served on executive 'blue ribbon' review committees at the Naval Research Laboratory, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Duncan and Major General (ret) Annette 'Annie' Sobel met early in their professional careers, when they both served on the technical staff at Sandia National Labs. They married in 1993, and they now reside in Lubbock, TX and in Sandia Park, NM.
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / unm.zoom.us/ j/ 92709699696
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

 

Friday October 21, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  A Route to Armageddon:Technical Shortfalls in Russia's Nuclear Early Warning Systems
 Presenter:  Theodore A Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and International Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / youtu.be/ mU3HS85j0OQ
 Host:  Kevin Cahill
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

 

Friday October 28, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Progress Towards Atomic-Scale Analytical Tomography
 Presenter:  Dr. Thomas F. Kelly has been active in the fields of analytical electron microscopy, atom probe microscopy, and superconducting materials since 1977. He co-authored a book on Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) technology in 2012 and just completed a foundational book on atomic-scale analytical tomography. His work has been recognized by professional colleagues including the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award from the Materials Research Society, the prestigious Nelson W. Taylor Lecture at the Pennsylvania State University, the MAS Peter Ouncumb Award for Excellence in Microanalysis, and Fellowship in the Microscopy Society of America, the Microanalysis Society, the International Field Emission Society, and the Korean Society for Microscopy. He has won three R&D 100 Awards. He was elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2021. Dr. Kelly earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Highest Honors from Northeastern University in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 where he studied rapidly solidified stainless steel using analytical electron microscopy. He was a tenured professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1983 to 2002. In 1999 he founded Imago Scientific Instruments where he created the first LEAP whose successors have become the commercial atomic-scale tomographic instrument in worldwide use today. Imago was acquired by CAMECA Instruments in 2010. In 2018, he founded Steam Instruments and is currently its President and CEO.
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / youtu.be/ 3Kj6gheRJx4
 Host:  John Panitz
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

 

Friday November 11, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Dense Active Matter
 Presenter:  Julia Yeomans, University of Oxford
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / youtu.be/ bRag38GQudw
 Host:  Kevin Cahill
 Location:  Via Zoom. Please take the Satisfaction Survey

 

Friday November 18, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Ultra-high resolution structural and molecular imaging of cells and tissues
 Presenter:  Fang Huang, Purdue University
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / youtu.be/ Bb7zCgn5tkU
 Host:  Keith Lidke
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

 

Friday December 2, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  Exploring cosmology with the South Pole Telescope
 Presenter:  Amy Bender, Argonne National Lab
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / unm.zoom.us/ j/ 92709699696
 Host:  Darcy Barron
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

 

Friday December 9, 2022
3:30 pm  Title:  TBA
 Presenter:  Marandi, Alireza, Caltech
 Series:  Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
 Web Site:    https:/ / unm.zoom.us/ j/ 92709699696
 Location:  PAIS-1100, PAIS

Disability Notice If you need an auxiliary aid or service to attend any Department of Physics and Astronomy event, please contact the department (phone: 505 277-2616; email: physics@unm.edu) as far in advance as possible to ensure you are accommodated.