[an error occurred while processing this directive] The WFU Physics Department is pleased to host Professor David Vanderbilt for a colloqium entitled "Theory of electric polarization and orbital magnetization" on Thursday January 25th, 2007 at 4 PM in Olin 101.

Professor Vanderbilt is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and is the winner of the 2006 Rahman Prize in Computational Physics awarded by the APS. " For his conceptual breakthroughs in his development of the ultrasoft pseudopotential and the modern theory of polarization, and their impact on first-principles investigations of the properties of materials." He is currently serving as the Chair of the APS Division of Materials Physics.

He is the author of more than 200 publications and has been at the forefront of most of the recent developments in understanding and simulating fundamental properties of materials -- most recently in the "modern" theory of polarization and magnetization. His current research interests include the development of methods for treating insulators in finite electric fields, advancing the theory and applicability of Wannier functions, and applying Berry-phase methods to study magnetic systems.