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Physics Colloquium

About the Colloquium

The Physics Department Colloquium is a series of seminars from scientists about their research. It also provides an opportunity for physics graduate students to deliver professional talks. All seminars are open to anyone who is interested.

Times and Locations

The Physics Colloquium is held in Engineering/Physics 122 each Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Colloquium sessions are also offered via Zoom this semester.

We do not have presentations on UI holidays or school breaks.

Join us in EP 122 or via zoom:  Password: UIPHYS

Spring 2024



Title or Topic

Jan 15, 2024 UI Holiday - No Colloquium
Jan 22, 2024 You Qiang
Physics Department, University of Idaho

Recovery of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Industry Scrap and Post-Consumer Magnets by Modulated Magnetic Separation Nanotechnology

Jan 29, 2024 Jonathan Barnes
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Modeling Collaboration & Innovation, University of Idaho
Computational techniques for predicting variants of concern for viral proteins
Feb 5, 2024 Maria Charisi
Washington State University

Frontiers of multi-messenger astrophysics with pulsar timing arrays

Feb 12, 2024

David Condon
Institute for Modeling Collaboration & Innovation, University of Idaho

Searching for anti-microbial targets: a case study in fungi
Feb 19, 2024

UI Holiday - No Colloquium

Feb 26, 2024 Kris Waynant
Department of Chemistry, University of Idaho
Redox-Active Azothioformamide Ligands: From Coordination to Catalysis
Mar 4, 2024 Robert Mitchell
Western Washington University
Modeling the effects of projected climate change on peak flows in a western Cascades watershed
Mar 11, 2024 Spring Break - No Colloquium  
Mar 18, 2024 Chris Marx
Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho
Impact of bacterial epigenetics on evolutionary trajectories
Mar 25, 2024 Anya Guy
Washington State University
Transforming Undergraduate Physics Labs - a TA Centered Approach
April 1, 2024 Marty Ytreberg
Physics Department, University of Idaho
Using computational molecular biophysics to improve human health
Apr 8, 2024 Christopher R. Birkinbine

Science Communication: The Importance of Science Professionals in Public Discourse

Apr 15, 2024 Todd Duncan
Pacific University
Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life? Exploring the Nature of Explanation in Physics
Apr 22, 2024 John Hiller
Physics Department, University of Idaho
Schrodinger-Newton gravitational solitons with cylindrical symmetry
Apr 29, 2024 Student Presentations(TBA) TBA


Previous Semesters:

Fall 2023



No Class - No Colloquium
Christine Berven
Physics Department, University of Idaho

The Physics of Sailing


UI Holiday - No Colloquium
Rup Machleidt
Physics Department, University of Idaho

The Dream of the German Atomic Bomb

John Hiller
Physics Department, University of Idaho

Studying the deuterium nucleus with electron and photon beams 

Krzysztof Gofryk
Center for Quantum Actinide Science and Technology,
Idaho National Laboratory

Strong Electronic Correlations and Topology in Actinide Materials

Oliver Stone Film "Nuclear Now", Part 1
Miles Beaux
Ph.D., Scientist at Los Alamos National Lab
 Statistical Mechanics Treatment of Multiconfigurational Ground States in Isolated Neutral Atoms
Oliver Stone Film "Nuclear Now", Part 2 and discussion
Dario Machleidt, JD
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Seattle
Alternate Careers in Physics: Patent Law
Don Baer

Azusa Tojo
School of Global Studies, UI
Passing the Torch of Peace: Remembering Hiroshima
Todd Nagel
Western University
Physical Reality Without Spacetime
David Entem
University of Salamanca, Spain

Exotics in the quark model

Fall Recess - No Colloquium

Deniz Hernandez
Neutrinos put to use in Earth Science
Student Presentations(TBA) TBA

Spring 2023



John Hiller (Physics Department, University of Idaho) Gravity and quantum mechanics: Newton-Schrodinger and Einstein-Klein-Gordon solitons
Jia Song (University of Idaho) A Grammar-guided Smart Fuzzer
Jeunghoon Lee
Associate Professor, Organic/Materials Chemistry, Boise State University
Investigation of Exciton Delocalization Properties of DNA-Templated Squaraine and Squaraine:Rotaxane Dye Aggregates.
You Qiang (Physics Department, University of Idaho)

Nano-Watermelon: Synthesis, Nanostructure and Nanomagnetism

UI Holiday - No Colloquium N/A
Peter Engels (Washington State University) Exploring the quantum world: Experiments with ultracold quantum gases
Michael Forbes (Washington State University) About the 2022 Nobel Prize: "What is Quantum Entanglement?"
John McCloy (Washington State University) Summary of CdTe and Ga2O3 crystal growth
Indrajit Charit (University of Idaho)

Advanced Manufacturing Research at the University of Idaho for Nuclear Applications

Dong Ding (Idaho National Laboratory (INL)) Flexible chemical/fuel/hydrogen production at intermediate temperatures using solid oxide electrochemical cells for decarbonized economy
Xiaodong Xu (University of Washington) Interacting Opto-Moire Quantum Matters
Lan Li (Boise State University) Computational and Machine Learning Studies of DNA-Templated Dye Aggregate Design
Brianna Mount (Black Hills State University) Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics and Low Background Counting at the Sanford Underground Research Facility
Student Presentations (TBA) TBA

Fall 2022



Alistair Smith
Interim Chair, Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences, College of Science
Professor of Wildland Fire Science, College of Natural Resources
Using physics to search for general mechanistic responses of trees to fire
Shirley Luckhart
Dept. of Biological Sciences (COS) and Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology (CALS), Co-Director, Institute of Health in the Human Ecosystem

6.5 million deaths and the unimaginable impacts that we don’t even know about yet

Jennifer A Sundararajan and Lokendra Khanal (Intel) From College to Corporate: Exposure & Experience
Heidi Wu (Boise State University)

Probing Cosmic Acceleration with Galaxy Clusters

Amy Reines (Montana State University) The Smallest Supermassive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies
Dakota Roberson (Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), U of I (Idaho Falls))

Cyber-Physical Security for High-Consequence Energy Systems

Erika Rader (Department of Earth and Spatial Science, U of I)

Beyond thermal: VNIR imaging of molten lava

Vivienne Baldassare (Physics Department, Washington State University) The population of massive black holes in dwarf galaxies
Matt Duez (Physics Department, Washington State University) Turbulence Theory
John Hiller (Physics Department, University of Idaho) Gravity and quantum mechanics: Newton-Schrodinger and Einstein-Klein-Gordon solitons
Dean Lee (Physics Department, Michigan State University and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory)

Science at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

 Student Presentations (TBA)  TBA

Spring 2022



Andy Rivkin (Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL))  The DART Mission - A Crash Course
Mark Panning  (Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)) Planetary Seismology: Results from Mars crust to core and a return to the Moon
Janet Vertesi (Princeton University) TBD
Paul Withers (Boston University) New views of the ionosphere of Mars from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft
Carol Paty (University of Oregon) Searching for (Habitable) Ocean Worlds
Dana Longcope (Montana State University)
How and Why we Study the Sun from Space
Briony Horgan (Purdue University) First year on Mars with the Perseverance rover and next steps in the search for life beyond Earth
Mark Marley (University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory) TBD
Rebecca Bishop (The Aerospace Corporation) TBD
Ross Beyer (NASA Ames Research Center) NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER)
Krzysztof Gofryk (Idaho National Laboratory)
Strong magnetoelastic interactions and piezomagnetism in uranium dioxide
Student Presentations (TBA) TBA

Fall 2021



Zach Etienne (Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Idaho) Advancing Multimessenger Astrophysics with Next-Generation Black Hole and Neutron Star Binary Merger Simulations
David Sivak (Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University) Maximizing power and velocity of an information engine
Becky Tallent (Associate Professor Emeritus,School of Journalism and Mass Media, University of Idaho) Working with the News Media
James Bull (Professor,Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho) Gene Drives
Jeremy Tamsen (Director ofOffice of Tech Transfer, University of Idaho) Intellectual Property Basics
Abhi Singh (University of Delaware) Modeling stochasticity in the timing of intracellular events: A first-passage time approach
Brian Collins (Washington State University) Resonant X-rays as spatiochemical nanoprobes within organic structures and devices
Bill Cannon (PNNL) Thermodynamics and Learning in Biological Cells
Margaret S. Cheung (UW-PNNL) Proteins in a crowd under heat and pressure
Barrie Robison (University of Idaho) Video Games and Data Science at U of I (provisional)
Sofia Chabysheva (University of Idaho) Impact of the quantum vacuum (provisional)


Department of Physics

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Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
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Phone: 208-885-6380

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