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WFU Physics Colloquium Schedule
-- Spring 2008

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.

Thurs. Jan. 17, 2008 Colloquium postponed until 2/14/08 due to closing of the University.

Tue. Jan. 22, 2008 Dr. Ewelina Hankiewicz, Fordham U. -- Amazing spin transport effects at the nanoscale

Wed. Jan. 23, 2008 Professor Richard Kaner, UCLA -- Synthesis and Applications of Conducting Polymer Nanofibers (special joint colloquium with Chemistry Dept; host: A. Lachgar; 11:15 AM in Olin 103)

Fri. Jan. 25, 2008 Kevin Conley, WFU -- Thesis defense (Colloquium will begin at 3:15 PM and is open to the public.) A Dirac All-Electron Basis and Spin-Orbit Coupled Projector Implementation of the Projector Augmented Wave Method for Atomic Systems

Tue. Jan. 29, 2008 Dr. Tamar Pereg-Barnea, U. Texas at Austin -- Relativity and Condensed Matter Meet - a story about Dirac Fermions on a graphene sheet

Thurs. Jan. 31, 2008 Dr. Derek Stewart, Cornell U. -- A unified approach to nanoscale charge and energy transport

Thurs. Feb. 7, 2008 (Founders Day Convocation in Wait Chapel at 4:30 PM)

Mon. Feb. 11, 2008 Professor Richard Superfine, UNC -- From Cilia to Silia: Biological and engineered fluid flows (hosts: M. Guthold and J. Macosko)

Thurs. Feb. 14, 2008 Professor Paul J. Turinsky, NCSU Dept. of Nuclear Engineering -- The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership and Generation IV Reactors (host: N. Holzwarth) (originally scheduled for Jan. 17th)

Thurs. Feb. 21, 2008 Professor Jed Macosko, WFU -- Lab-on-Bead Processing of Encoded Chemical Libraries: Drug Discovery at the Nanoscopic Level

Thurs. Feb. 28, 2008 Professor Duane Pontius, Birmingham-Southern College -- The Fountains of Enceladus (host: J. Grigsby)

Thurs. Mar. 6, 2008 Professor Gerald Meisner, UNCG -- Online, Inquiry-Based Physics Course and Virtual Laboratories; Do Students Learn? (host: F. Salsbury)

Thurs. Mar. 13, 2008 (Spring break)

Thurs. Mar. 20, 2008 (Good Friday holiday on 5/21/08)

Thurs. Mar. 27, 2008 Dr. Jay Chervenak, NASA & WFU alum -- Superconducting Detector Arrays for Astrophysics -- (host: N. Holzwarth)

Thurs. Apr. 3, 2008 Professor Dmitri Khveshchenko, UNC-Chapel Hill -- "Physics of Quantum Computing" (host: W. C. Kerr)

Thurs. Apr. 10, 2008 Professor Yong-qing Li, East Carolina University -- Probing Biological Dynamics of Single Cells Using Laser Tweezers and Raman Spectroscopy (host: D. Kim-Shapiro)

Thurs. Apr. 17, 2008 Will Hodge, WFU -- Electron-electron interactions in solids: analytic results for the Hubbard model in the atomic limit

Thurs. Apr. 24, 2008 Honors thesis and Pre-Ph.D. presentations by Andrew Wall and Doug Bonessi, respectively -- "Absorption and emission of light by electrons and holes in ZnO" and "Optical Tweezer Forces and Torques: Experiment and Theory" ( beginning at 3:45 PM)

Thurs. May 1, 2008 ΣΠ&Sigma and awards ceremonies; Honors Thesis presentation by Sarah Kylap -- Numerical Computation of the Stress-Energy Tensor in the Neighborhood of a Wormhole due to Fermionic Fields

Mon. July 21, 2008 William B. Hodge, WFU -- Thesis defense (Colloquium will begin at 1:00 PM and is open to the public.) Constrained Variational Calculation of Second-Order Reduced Density Matrices for Hubbard Rings

Mon. July 28, 2008 Douglas K. Bonessi, WFU -- Thesis defense (Colloquium will begin at 2:00 PM and is open to the public.) Optical Forces and Torques: Theory and Experiment

Tentative schedule -- please check announcements and abstracts of seminars.

Previous and future colloquia

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100 Olin Physical Laboratory
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507
Phone: (336) 758-5337, FAX: (336) 758-6142