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WFU Physics Colloquium Schedule -- Spring 2012

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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.

Wed. Jan. 18, 2012 -- Professor Larry Ford, Tufts University -- "Negative Energy Density in Quantum Field Theory" (host: Paul Anderson)

Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 -- Professor Timothy Gfroerer, Davidson College -- Defects in solar cell materials -- the good, the bad, and the ugly (host: N. Holzwarth)

Wed. Feb. 1, 2012 -- Professor Wesley Henderson, NCSU -- Delving Into the Depths of Solution Structure -- Developing Tools for Lithium Battery Electrolyte Characterization (Joint with Chemistry; hosts: N. Holzwarth and Abdou Lachgar)

Wed. Feb. 8, 2012 -- Professor Jennifer B. Erway, WFU Math -- Barrier methods for critical exponent problems in general relativity

Wed. Feb. 15, 2012 -- Professor Davide Lazzati, NCSU -- Gamma-Ray Bursts (host: E. Carlson)

Wed. Feb. 22, 2012 -- Dr. E. Tim O'Brien Sr., UNC -- Probing the Responses & Native Stiffness of Cells Using Magnetic Tweezers (host: M. Guthold)

Wed. Feb. 29, 2012 -- Prof. Timothy Elston, UNC -- Models and methods for quantifying cell movement (host: J. Macosko and G. Holzwarth)

Wed. Mar. 7, 2012 -- Dr. Debbie Berebichez -- The Science of Everyday Life: My Life Journey (cohosted by The Office of Multicultural Affairs)

Wed. Mar. 14, 2012 -- (Spring break)

Wed. Mar. 21, 2012 -- Dr. Emilio Salinas, WFU Medical School The stochastic rise-to-threshold: a fundamental neuro-computational process at multiple time scales (host: D. Kim-Shapiro)

Wed. Mar. 28, 2012 -- Professor Kenan Gundogdu, NCSU -- Optical Two-Dimensional Fourier Transform Spectroscopy of P3HT Thin Films (host: N. Holzwarth)

Wed. Apr. 4, 2012 -- Prof. Jim Curran, WFU Biology -- Hydration shells of molecules in molecular association: A mechanism for biomolecular recognition (host: J. Macosko)

Wed. Apr. 11, 2012 -- Prof. Kader Kara, U. of Central Florida Organic Materials for Solar Energy and Lighting: Their interface with Metal Surfaces (host: A. Lachgar)

Wed. Apr. 18, 2012 -- Prof. Valeri Barsegov, UMass Lowell -- Mechanism of forced elongation of fibrin (host: S. Cho)

Wed. Apr. 25, 2012 -- Honors Theses Presentations

Wed. May 2, 2012 -- ΣΠΣ and awards ceremonies

Fri. May 20, 2012 -- Ph. D. Defense: Ryan Best -- "A Complete Dosimetric Model of the Gamma Knife Perfexion Using Penelope Monte Carlo Codes

Fri. June 1, 2012 -- Ph. D. Defense: Brian Kolb -- "A survey of several van der Waals-rich systems and a machine learning approach to improving density functional theory"

Mon. July 16, 2012 -- Dr. Gavin Collins, CSIRO Australia -- "Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSCs), Bulk Heterojunction (BHJ) Solar Cells and Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs): Materials Discovery and Processing" -- 2 PM in Olin 101 (host: O. Jurchescu)

Wed. July 25, 2012 -- Ph. D. Defense: Joel Grim -- "Experimental and Computational Studies of Nonlinear Quenching in Materials Used as Radiation Detectors" -- 1:30 PM in Olin 101

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

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Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7507
Phone: (336) 758-5337, FAX: (336) 758-6142