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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:




Jan 9, 2023 No Class - No Colloquium  N/A
Jan 16, 2023 UI Holiday - No Colloquium



Jan 23, 2023 John Hiller
Physics Department, University of Idaho
Gravity and quantum mechanics: Newton-Schrodinger and Einstein-Klein-Gordon solitons
Jan 30, 2023 Jia Song
University of Idaho
A Grammar-guided Smart Fuzzer
Feb 6, 2023 Jeunghoon Lee
Associate Professor, Organic/Materials Chemistry, Boise State University
Investigation of Exciton Delocalization Properties of DNA-Templated Squaraine and Squaraine:Rotaxane Dye Aggregates.
Feb 13, 2023 You Qiang
Physics Department, University of Idaho

Nano-Watermelon: Synthesis, Nanostructure and Nanomagnetism

Feb 20, 2023 UI Holiday - No Colloquium N/A
Feb 27, 2023 Peter Engels
Washington State University
Exploring the quantum world: Experiments with ultracold quantum gases
Mar 6, 2023 Michael Forbes
Washington State University
About the 2022 Nobel Prize: "What is Quantum Entanglement?"
Mar 13, 2023 Spring Recess - No Colloquium
Mar 20, 2023 John McCloy
Washington State University
Summary of CdTe and Ga2O3 crystal growth
Mar 27, 2023 Indrajit Charit
University of Idaho

Advanced Manufacturing Research at the University of Idaho for Nuclear Applications

Apr 3, 2023 Dong Ding
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Flexible chemical/fuel/hydrogen production at intermediate temperatures using solid oxide electrochemical cells for decarbonized economy
Apr 10, 2023 Xiaodong Xu
University of Washington
Interacting Opto-Moire Quantum Matters
Apr 17, 2023
Lan Li
Boise State University
Computational and Machine Learning Studies of DNA-Templated Dye Aggregate Design
Apr 24, 2023 Brianna Mount
Black Hills State University
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics and Low Background Counting at the Sanford Underground Research Facility
May 1, 2023 Student Presentations(TBA) TBA



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
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
Fall Recess - No Colloquium
Dean Lee
Physics Department, Michigan State University and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

Science at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

 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


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