Colloquia and Events

During the academic year, the Department hosts a weekly colloquium series which features speakers from both academia and industry.  This semester (Spring 2019) the colloquia take place on Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 pm in BIOS 335.  Refreshments are served at 3:15 pm and talks begin at 3:30 pm.

This week's colloquium

"Characterizing habitable environments in the Solar System and beyond"
Dr. Renyu Hu
Thursday, May 2, 3:15 pm in BIOS 335

The field of planetary science is on the verge of the very first definitive identification of habitable environments in the Solar System and beyond. Rovers and orbiters at Mars have revealed active interactions between the atmosphere and the surface, and provided evidence for a once habitable world. The search for planets beyond the Solar System has found a handful of temperate exoplanets within the reach of the James Webb Space Telescope for atmospheric observations. To guide the search for these diverse worlds I have developed planetary atmosphere, radiative transfer, and planetary evolution models. In this talk, I will highlight recent progress, from isotopic constraints of the composition and mass of the ancient atmosphere on Mars to the first observational confirmation of an atmosphere on a super-Earth exoplanet. I will also discuss the opportunities to find habitable worlds that are very different from Earth using exoplanet biosignatures.


Upcoming colloquia

Not until Fall 2019!


Previous colloquia (2018-19)

Apr. 25: Dr. Harry Themann, Cal State LA, "Observation of Electron Antineutrino Disappearance at Daya Bay"

Apr. 18: Dr. Seyda Ipek, UC Irvine, "Why Are We Here?  Matter–Antimatter Asymmetry of the Universe"

Apr. 11: Prof. Pete Kekenes-Huskey, Univ. of Kentucky, "Molecular simulations of diffusion in nanoporous media"

Mar. 21: Prof. Andreas Bill, CSU Long Beach, "Quantum States of Superconducting-Magnetic Proximity Systems and Josephson Junctions"

Mar. 14: Prof. Nick Graham, USC, "Systems biology approaches to decode cellular behaviors"

Feb. 28: Prof. Roya Zandi, UC Riverside, "Principles for designing protein nanocages"

Feb. 21: Dr. Davide Gerosa, Caltech, "Understanding the birth and growth of binary black holes using gravitational waves"

Feb. 14: Prof. Hai-Bo Yu, UC Riverside, "Hunting for Dark Matter"

Feb. 7: Dr. Daniel Silevtich, Caltech, "Taming Disorder: Statics and Dynamics in a Realization of the Random Field Ising Model"

Jan. 31: Dr. Simon Birrer, UCLA, "Probing Dark Matter with Gravitational Lensing"

Nov. 29: Prof. Marco Bernardi, Caltech, "Advances in Computing Charge Carrier Dynamics in Materials from First Principles"

Nov. 15: Prof. Olaseni Sode, Cal State LA, "Exploring the electronic and vibrational structure of carbon dioxide"

Nov. 8: Prof. Zhongbo Kang, UCLA, "Quantum tomography of a proton"

Nov. 1: Prof. Ximin He, UCLA, "Bioinspired Dynamic Material Systems based on Smart Hydrogels: Sensing, Sorting, and Harvesting"

Oct. 25: Dr. Coral Wheeler, Caltech, "Be it therefore resolved: simulating dwarf galaxies at the high resolution limit"

Oct. 18: Prof. Breanna Binder, Cal Poly Pomona, "SN2010da: From Supernova Impostor to Ultraluminous X-ray Source"

Oct. 11: Prof. Anna Bezryadina, CSU Northridge, "Optical trapping and manipulation of bacteria"

Oct. 4: Prof. Wylie Ahmed, CSU Fullerton, "Active mechanics and forces that keep our cells alive" 

Sept. 27: Prof. Eli Levenson-Falk, USC, "Fleas on Schrödinger's Cat: Decoherence in Superconducting Quantum Circuits"

Sept. 20: Arabi Seshappan, Cal State LA, "CeBOx (B=La, Mn, Co, Fe) as potential catalysts for thermochemical water splitting reactions"

Sept. 13: Marc Ong, Cal State LA, "Applications of machine learning in physics and chemistry"

Sept. 6: Prof. Peter Zhao, Cal State LA, "Polaronic high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates, bismuthates, and pnictides"


Previous colloquia (2017-18)

May 3: Prof. Christoph Haselwandter, USC, "Collective phenomena in cell membranes"

April 26: Dr. Yuval Baum, Caltech, "Current at a distance and resonant transparency in Weyl semimetals"

April 19: Prof. Jayakanth Ravichandran, USC, "Shining Light on Perovskite Chalcogenides: Semiconductors for Visible to Infrared Optoelectronics"

This list will be rebuilt shortly!  (We had a little accident...)