Physics Colloquium Schedule – Fall 2023

Previous and Future Colloquia

All colloquia will be held at 4 PM in Olin 101 (unless noted otherwise). Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM in Olin Lobby prior to each seminar. For additional information contact

Fri. Aug. 4, 2023Ph.D. Defense – Nouf Alharbi, Physics Graduate Student, “Mechanical Properties of Single Electrospun Nanofibers for Biomedical Applications”, (Advisor: M. Guthold)

Thurs. Aug. 31, 2023Welcoming Colloquium

Thurs. Sept. 7, 2023The originally scheduled program has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. The usual colloquium reception at 3:30 PM in the Olin Lobby will still be held.

Thurs. Sept. 14, 2023Professor Salman Azhar, Duke U and WFU Alum — “Fantastic Frameworks From Physics” (host: N. Holzwarth)

Thurs. Sept. 21, 2023Professor Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena, Georgia Tech, “Phase Transformations via Surface Defects in Halide Perovskites” (host: O. Jurchescu)

Thurs. Sept. 28, 2023 —  Professor Clausell Mathis, “Culture-Based Approaches to Physics Instruction” Michigan State U (host: F. Salsbury and J. Macosko)

Thurs. Oct. 5, 2023Professor Jessica I. W. Morgan, Scheie Eye Institute, “Adaptive Optics and Interference Theory Enable Measurement of Retinal Function” U Penn and WFU Alum (host: M. Guthold)

Thurs. Oct. 12, 2023 — Fall break

Thurs. Oct. 19, 2023Professor Michael Graetzel, EPFL, Switzerland, “Molecular Photovoltaics and the Advent of Perovskite Solar Cells” (in collaboration with Chemistry’s Vail lectureship; hosts: W. Hinze and E. Ghadiri)

Thurs. Oct. 26, 2023Professor Carlos Bustamante, “Division of Labor and Mechanism of Translocation in a Ring ATPase” UC Berkeley, (host: M. Guthold and J. Macosko)

Thurs. Nov. 2, 2023 —  Professor David Gracias, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, “Physical Intelligence at the Interface of Biology and Engineering”, Johns Hopkins University (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Nov. 9, 2023Professor Huilin Li, “CryoEM – what it is, and how we are using it to reveal the chemical and physical basis of biological macromolecules that duplicate the genomes”, Department of Structural Biology, Van Andel Institute (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2023J. Denice Lewis, Research and Instruction Librarian for Engineering and Science, WFU — “Improving your research workflow with AI tools” — (host: F. Salsbury)

Fri. Nov. 17, 2023Ph.D. Defense – Ryan Sullivan, Physics Graduate Student, “Molecular Rectifiers: Design and Applications”, (Advisor: O. Jurchescu) at 3 PM in ZSR – Rm 404

Thurs. Nov. 23, 2023 — Thanksgiving holiday

Wed. Nov. 29, 2023Masters Thesis Defense – Zezhong Zhang, Physics Graduate Student, “Relationship between Fibrin Clot Structure and Fibrinogen and Thrombin Concentrations” (Advisor: M. Guthold) at 9 AM in Olin 107

Thurs. Nov. 30, 2023Professor Aditya Devarakonda, Department of Computer Science, WFU — “Algorithmic Techniques for Scalable Machine Learning and Applications” — (host: F. Salsbury)

Thurs. Dec. 7, 2023Dr. Jianhang Xu, UNC- Chapel Hill — “Nuclear Quantum Effects: Insights from First-Principles Theory” (host: N. Holzwarth)