WFU Physics Colloquium Schedule — Spring 2021

Previous and future colloquia

All colloquia will be held at 4 PM online (unless noted otherwise).

Thurs. Jan. 28, 2021 — Professor George C. Schatz, Northwestern University  — “Plasmonic Lattices” (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Feb. 04, 2021 — Professor Lalit Deshmukh, University of California, San Diego –“ALIX in Wonderland: Multivalency, Phosphorylation-mediated Amyloids, Autoinhibition, and Endosomal Membrane Interactions” (host: S. Cho)

Thurs. Feb. 11, 2021 — Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, Stanford University — “Therapeutic Opportunities in Glycoscience” (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Feb. 18, 2021Professor Eric R. Scerri, UCLA — “A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science” — (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Feb. 25, 2021 — Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford — “Pulsars – Their Discovery and Impact” (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Mar. 04, 2021 — Professor Burkhard Rost, Technical University of Munich — “Artificial Intelligence Captures Language of Life Written in Proteins” (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Mar. 11, 2021 — Professor Harry B. Gray, Caltech — “Metal Oxos in Chemistry and Biology” (host: J. Macosko)

Thurs. Mar. 18, 2021 — Professor Frank von Hippel,  Princeton University — “The Risk of Nuclear War and How Physicists, Acting as Citizen-Scientists, Can Help Reduce It” (hosts: J. Macosko and D. Kim-Shapiro)

Thurs. Mar. 25, 2021 — Dr. Samindranath Mitra, Editor, Physical Review Letters — “You Have Your Physics Results. Now What?” (host: N. Holzwarth)

Tues. Mar. 30, 2021 — Hamna Iqbal, WFU graduate student — Online Ph.D. Defense: “Dynamics of Charge Carrier Traps in Organic Semiconductors” — 9 AM — mentor: Professor Oana Jurchescu

Thurs. Apr. 01, 2021 — Dr. Gail H. Marcus, Independent Consultant on Nuclear Power Technology and Policy based in Washington DC — “From Fukushima to the Future: Lessons Learned and New Developments”  (Part of Special Event:   “Remembering the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster”  in coordination with the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Engineering; physics host: D. Kim-Shapiro)

Thurs. Apr. 08, 2021 — Dr. Michael J. Marcus, Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC — “Can Next-Generation 6G Mobile Communications Above 100 GHz Find a Way to Coexist with Passive Satellites Used for Weather and Environmental Sensing?”   (Joint colloquium with Engineering; physics host: D. Kim-Shapiro)

Tues. Apr. 13, 2021 — Ren Tong, WFU graduate student — Online Ph.D. Defense: “Considerations on Two Types of Solid-Sate Dosimeters for Ionization Radiation” — 1 PM — mentor: Dr. J. Daniel Bourland

Thurs. Apr. 15, 2021 — Dr. Vincent Noireaux, Physics and Nanotechnology (PAN), University of Minnesota –“Programming With DNA Outside Living Cells: From Gene Circuits to Self-Assembly” (host: J. Macosko)

Thus. Apr. 22, 2021 — Melissa Pashayan, WFU graduate student — Online Ph.D. Defense: “Tunable Collagen I Matrices for Cellular Migration Assay and Mechanical Properties of Mitotic Mammary Cells” — 1 PM — mentor: Dr. Jed Macosko

Thurs. Apr. 22, 2021 — Dr. Jimmy Chen, Google AI Quantum, Mountain View, CA — “Quantum Computing with Superconducting Qubits” (host: Oana Jurchescu)

WEDNESDAY Apr. 28, 2021 — Dr. Miles Silman, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University — “The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Carbon Nanomaterials in Andean and Amazonian Conservation” (host: Mark Welker, Dept. of Chemistry–note this colloquium is on Wednesday.  For students enrolled in PHY301/601 or others unable to attend due to the day change, please contact Professor Jed Macosko at or for the recorded version. 

Thurs. May 6, 2021 — Honors Presentations and Awards Ceremony — (host: Dany Kim-Shapiro)

Tentative schedule — please check announcements and abstracts of seminars.