Colloquiums are held on Fridays from 4:10 - 5pm, usually in EPS108 or EPS103 if a larger audience is anticipated. Refreshments are served prior to the talk at 3:45pm in the EPS second floor lobby. Come and join us for coffee or tea and cookies!

Date Speaker Title and Abstract Host
Spring Semester 2013
January 11 Randy Babbitt, MSU Physics "Quantum Entanglement, Rainbow Spectrometry, and Improvisation: My Sabbatical in Three Acts" Rufus Cone
January 18 Jonathan Eggert (Bozeman native and BS grad MSU Physics) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Achieving Planetary-Core Conditions in the Laboratory: Laser-Driven High-Energy-Density-Physics (HEDP) Experiments Rufus cone
January 25 Dr. Zeb Barber Director, MSU Spectrum Lab.

Laser Remote Sensing at Spectrum Lab

Rufus Cone
February 1 Natalia Perkins, UW-Madison

"Emergent phases of correlated electrons in materials with spin-orbit coupling and magnetic frustration"

Anton Vorontsov
February 8 Scott Ransom, Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, Virginia Detecting Gravitational Waves (and doing other cool physics) with Millisecond Pulsars Neil Cornish
February 15 Professor Ran Sivron, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS Palladius and Roman Sundials Sachiko Tsuruta
February 21
Reid 101
Wolfgang Tittel, AITF/GDC Industrial Research Chair in Quantum Cryptography and Communication, University of Calgary, Canada "How to Catch a Photon" Rufus Cone
March 1 Nicholas Giordano , Hubert James Distinguished Professor of Physics and Department Head Purdue University "The Physics of the Piano" Rufus Cone
March 8 MSGC and Taylor Planetarium at the Museum of the Rockies
*Refreshments to be served before the event at 3:15pm, EPS second floor atrium*
"Experience the Aurora"
(at Museum of the Rockies)
Angela Des Jardins
March 22 Mark Rast, Associate Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0391 Turbulence, are transport models possible or necessary? Philip Judge
March 29 Stephon Alexander, Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor of Physics, Dartmouth College Wilder Laboratory
The Cosmological and Gravitational Consequences of a Parity Violating Universe Nico Yunes
April 4 Margaret Morrison, Professor, Department of Philosophy
Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada
From the Infinite to the Finite: Philosophical Problems with Phase Transitions Prasanta Bandyopadhyay,
Jiong Qiu, Rufus Cone
April 5 David Spergel, Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science
Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU)
Princeton University
Cosmic Microwave Background: What Can We Learn about Physics from the Universe's Baby Picture? Nico Yunes
April 12

Dr.Teruaki Enoto, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

"X-ray view of Magnetars, the strongest magnet in the universe?" Sachiko Tsuruta
April 19 Dr. Brian Larsen,  Los Alamos National Laboratory Van Allen Probes: Exploring the Extremes of Space Weather, Mission and Recent Results Joey Key
April 26 Dr. Carl M. Bender, Wilfred R. and Ann Lee Konneker Distinguished Professor of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis Professor of Physics, University of Heidelberg Visiting Professor of Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, Imperial College, London "Complex extension of quantum mechanics" Nico Yunes
Fall Semester 2012
August 31 Dr. Michael Smith "Confluence: Some Patterns in Nature, Mathematics and Poetry or Why Artists Should Care About Mathematics" John Neumeier
September 7
Chris Wright, "Hydraulic Fracturing" Bob Swenson/Rufus Cone
September 14 Robert Kolasinski, Sandia National Lab, Livermore, CA     “Characterizing the atomic-scale behavior of hydrogen on metal surfaces” Dick Smith
September 21      
September 28 Cathy Whitlock, MSU Director, Montana Institute on Ecosystems & Professor of Earth Sciences "Montana Institute on Ecosystems, the EPSCoR science agenda, and Research on Fire and Climate Change" Rufus Cone
October 5 Philip Judge
Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
"Surprises in Solar Physics" Charles Kankleborg
October 12 Eric Grimsrud "The Earth’s Climate - Historic, Present, and Future. A Consensus Scientific View" Smith/Cone
October 19 Lucia Kleint, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO "High Resolution Observations of the Sun" Rufus Cone
October 26 Dr. Carla M Riedel MSU Physics "Hunting the Higgs Boson"
Slides from the talk can be found here...
Rufus Cone
November 2 Dr. Will M. Farr, Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Exploration in Astrophysics, Northwestern University "Mass Measurements of Black Holes in X-Ray Transients: Adventures in Astrostatistics" Nicolas Yunes
November 9 Dr. Robert C. Maher, Professor and Department Head, MSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

"Analysis and interpretation of long-term soundscape recordings"

Rufus Cone
November 16

Roy Nelson (MSU grad), Laser Applications Business Area Manager, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp, Boulder, CO

"Total Sight(tm)LIDAR System" Rufus Cone
November 30 Dr. Andrew Leibmann , MSU Physics "Testing Strong Gravity by
X-Rays from Active Galactic Nuclei"
Sachiko Tsuruta
December 7

Dr. Patrik Callis, MSU Chemistry Department

"The Extraordinary Fluctuating Electrostatic Landscape of Proteins and Water as seen through Newtonian Dynamics + Quantum Mechanical Simulations of Fluorescence Wavelengths and Intensity"

Rufus Cone