WFU Physics Colloquium Schedule — Spring 2022

Previous and future colloquia

All colloquia will be held at 4 PM in Olin 101 (unless noted otherwise). For additional information contact

Thurs. Jan. 13, 2022 — Professor Tricia Clayton, Engineering Department WFU — “Human Caused Earthquakes: How Bad Can They Be?” (host: Nick Corak)

Thurs. Jan. 20, 2022 — Dr. Oliver Rando, U. Mass Med — “Epigenetic Inheritance from Yeast to Man: Molecular Memory Systems in Health and Disease” (host: J. Macosko)

Wed. Jan. 26, 2022 (Please note different day of the week) — Professor Yusuf G (Debo) Adewuyi, Chemical, Biological and Bio Engineering Department – North Carolina A&T State University — “Advances in Ultrasound- and Cavitation-Assisted Catalyzed Conversions of Edible and Non-Edible Biomass to Biorenewable Fuels” (host: Abdou Lachgar, Please note that this presentation will be in Salem Hall 012, not Olin 101)

Thurs. Feb. 3, 2022 (rescheduled for Feb. 23)

Thurs. Feb. 10, 2022 — Dr. Delilah Gates, Princeton University — “What We can Learn from Light: Observational Signatures of Rotating Black Holes” (host: D. Kim-Shapiro)

Thurs. Feb. 17, 2022 — Mr. Andrew Barelli, WFU physics alumn — “The Physicist’s Secret Sauce: Why a Degree in the Sciences is Valuable on Wall Street” (host: J. Macosko)

Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 (Please note different day of the week) — Professor Wendu Ding, Chemistry Department WFU — “Plasmon-Coupled Resonance Energy Transfer” (host: S. Winter)

Thurs. Feb. 24, 2022 (Please note this is just one day after the previous colloquium) — Dr. Ken Cousins, Research Principal at Earth Economics — “Applied Ecological Economics: Integrating Nature in Decision making” — (hosts: J. Macosko, A. Cottrell, from Economics)

Thurs. Mar. 3, 2022 — Dr. Jess McIver, University of British Columbia — “What can we learn from gravitational waves?” —(host: G. Cook)

Thurs. Mar. 10, 2022 — Spring break

Wed. Mar. 16, 2022 (Please note different day of the week) — Professor Megen Culpepper, Appalachian State University, — (host: R. Alexander, the colloquium will be in Salem, not in Olin)

Thurs. Mar. 17, 2022 Brian Keating, UCSD — “Moving Violations: Cosmic Probes of Physical Asymmetry” — (host: E. Carlson)

Thurs. Mar. 17, 2022 CANCELED — Dr. Thomas Maschmeyer, The University of Sydney—”From Plant to Plant – Renewable chemicals and fuels from Biomass waste”

Thurs. Mar. 24, 2022— Dr. Alicia Aarnio, University of North Carolina Greensboro — “Untangling the twisted magnetic fields of young stars during star formation” — (host: P. Anderson)

Thurs. Mar. 31, 2022— Dr. Michael Munley, Wake Forest Medical Physics Program — (hosts: D. Kim-Shapiro and J. Macosko)

Thurs. Apr. 7, 2022 — Dr. Edward Kee, CEO of Nuclear Economics Consulting Group — “Nuclear Power and Market Failure” — (host: Jed Macosko)

Thurs. Apr. 14, 2022 — End of Semester Ceremonies. Speakers (in order of appearance): Annelise Brigham, Rich Pope, Will Caulkins, Jash Desai, Zach Scofield — (host: E. Carlson)

Mon. Apr. 18, 2022 — Sarah Fisher, WFU Graduate Student — Ph.D defense: “An investigation into nonstandard theories of gravity” — 3:30 – 4:30 (note special time) — mentor: Professor Eric Carlson

Thurs. Apr. 21, 2022 — No school (as voted at the Dec. 13, 2021 faculty meeting)

Thurs. Apr. 28, 2022Annual Honors Presentations and Awards Ceremony — Part II: Speakers: Caleb Sawyer, Alexander Marshall (host: E. Carlson)

Thurs. June 23, 2022 Dr. Susi Lehtola, Molecular Sciences Software Institute, Blacksburg VA — Special interdisciplinary summer colloquium — “Atoms, molecules, fully numerical calculations, and density functionals” (host: N. Holzwarth)