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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.

If you wish to attend physics seminars in person in EP 122, please be aware that you will be required to:

(1) wear a face covering over your mouth and nose at all times
(2) social distance as much as possible

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

Join us in EP 122 or via zoom:




Aug 23, 2021 NO Colloquium

Aug 30, 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
Sep 6, 2021 NO COLLOQUIUM - UI Holiday  
Sep 13, 2021

David Sivak (Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University)

Maximizing power and velocity of an information engine
Sep 20, 2021 Becky Tallent (Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism and Mass Media, University of Idaho) Working with the News Media
Sep 27, 2021 James Bull (Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho) Gene Drives
Oct 4, 2021 Jeremy Tamsen (Director of Office of Tech Transfer, University of Idaho)
Oct 11, 2021 Abhi Singh (University of Delaware) TBA
Oct 18, 2021 Brian Collins (Washington State University) TBA
Oct 25, 2021 Bill Cannon (PNNL) Thermodynamics and Learning in Biological Cells
Nov 1, 2021 Margaret S. Cheung (UW-PNNL) Proteins in a crowd under heat and pressure
Nov 8, 2021 Barrie Robison (University of Idaho) Video Games and Data Science at UI (provisional)
Nov 15, 2021 Sofia Chabysheva (University of Idaho)
Impact of the quantum vacuum (provisional)
 Nov 22, 2021  NO Colloquium - Fall Break  
 Nov 29, 2021 - For Credit Students Graduate Student Presentations TBD
 Dec 6, 2021 - For Credit Students Graduate Student Presentations TBD
Dec 13, 2021 NO Colloquium - Finals Week  




Jan. 25, 2021 Jason Barnes (Professor, Department of Physics, University of Idaho)
The Rocket Science of Dragonfly
Feb. 1, 2021 Matthew Bernards (Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Idaho)

In Pursuit of Perfection: Are Polyampholytes the Answer?

Feb. 8, 2021 Cody Steven (Postdoctoral researcher, Planetary Science Institute and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Idaho) Challenges and Solution of Modulated Crystal Structures
;Feb. 15, 2021 NO COLLOQUIUM - UI Holiday  
Feb. 25, 2021 (Thursday) David Trang (University of Hawaii) Space Weathering on the Moon, Mercury, and Bennu
Mar. 1, 2021 Matthew McCluskey (Department of Physics & Astronomy, Washington State University)

Defects in Gallium Oxide, in the Bulk and on the Surface

Mar. 8, 2021
Dr. Zachariah Etienne (Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University) Advancing Multimessenger Astrophysics with Next-Generation Black Hole and Neutron Star Binary Merger Simulations
Mar. 15, 2021 (No Colloquium - Spring Break) N/A N/A
Mar. 22, 2021 Audrey Qiuyan Fu (Department of Mathematics and Statistical Science, University of Idaho)  Imputation of Single-Cell Gene Expression Data with Deep Learning
Mar. 29, 2021 David Yopp (Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences, University of Idaho) The LLAMA project for mathematics instruction: Findings and suggests for teaching and learning
Apr. 5, 2021 Sarah (Xiao) Wu (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Idaho) Characteristics and Production of Plasma Activated Water
Apr. 12, 2021 Dmitri Tenne (Department of Physics, Boise State University) Raman spectroscopy for characterization of crystalline phases and phase transformations in multifunctional oxide nanostructures
Apr. 19, 2021 Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma (Department of Computer Science, University of Idaho)
Using a 3D visual matrix to explore the co-relationship between elements and mineral species
 Apr. 26, 2021 Victor Afigbo (Physics Graduate Student, Department of Physics, University of Idaho) The Dynamics of a Magnetic Monopole in the Presence of an Electromagnetic Field: A Case-Study of an ideal hyperbolic Penning


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