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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:




Sep 12, 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
Sep 19, 2022 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

Sep 26, 2022 Jennifer A Sundararajan and Lokendra Khanal
From College to Corporate: Exposure & Experience
Oct 3, 2022 Heidi Wu
Boise State University

Probing Cosmic Acceleration with Galaxy Clusters

Oct 10, 2022 Amy Reines
Montana State University
The Smallest Supermassive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies
Oct 17, 2022 Dakota Roberson
Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), U of I (Idaho Falls)

Cyber-Physical Security for High-Consequence Energy Systems

Oct 24, 2022 Erika Rader
Department of Earth and Spatial Science, U of I

Beyond thermal: VNIR imaging of molten lava

Oct 31, 2022 Vivienne Baldassare
Physics Department, Washington State University
The population of massive black holes in dwarf galaxies
Nov 7, 2022 Matt Duez
Physics Department, Washington State University
Turbulence Theory
Nov 14, 2022 John Hiller
Physics Department, University of Idaho
Gravity and quantum mechanics: Newton-Schrodinger and Einstein-Klein-Gordon solitons
Nov 21, 2022 Fall Recess - No Colloquium
 Nov 28, 2022 Dean Lee
Physics Department, Michigan State University and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

Science at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

 Dec 5, 2022  Student Presentations(TBA)  TBA



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
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
Rebecca Bishop
The Aerospace Corporation
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

Physical Address:
Engineering-Physics Rm 311

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Phone: 208-885-6380

Fax: 208-885-4055


Web: Department of Physics