Links to Colloquia

Past years' colloquia

Eisenbud Lecture Series in Mathematics and Physics

Berko Symposium

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Department Colloquia

Martin Weiner Lecture Series
Department of Physics Colloquium
4:00 pm, Abelson 131
Refreshments at 3:30pm outside Abelson 131

Fall 2016 Colloquia

Tuesday , September 6, 2016

Aparna Baskaran (Brandeis)
Active Materials : Applying the soft materials paradigm to Biology

Abstract: In this talk I will introduce and discuss a recently developed class of microscopically driven materials that have been termed active materials. Drawing lessons from both biology and in vitro experimental systems, I will discuss theoretical challenges and different approaches that have proved fruitful so far. In particular, I will discuss the physics of active brownian particles and active nematics. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Albion Lawrence (Brandeis)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chandralekha Singh (University of Pittsburgh)
Improving student understanding of quantum mechanics 
Host: Prof. Matthew Headrick

Abstract: Learning quantum mechanics is challenging, in part due to the non-intuitive nature of the subject matter. Our research shows that the patterns of reasoning difficulties in learning quantum mechanics are often universal similar to the universal nature of reasoning difficulties found in introductory physics. Our research also shows that students often have difficulty in monitoring  their learning while learning quantum mechanics. To help improve student understanding of quantum concepts, we are developing quantum interactive learning tutorials (QuILTs) as well as tools for peer-instruction. The goal of QuILTs and peer-instruction tools is to actively engage students in the learning process and to help them build links between the formalism and the conceptual aspects of quantum physics without compromising the technical content. I will discuss the effectiveness of these learning tools based upon assessment data.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

No colloquium (Rosh Hashanah).

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Irmgard Bischofberger, (MIT)
Host: W. Benjamin Rogers 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Daniel Gottesman (Perimeter Institute)
Host: Matthew Headrick

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

No colloquium (Brandeis Monday).

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

James Battat (Wellesley) 
Host: Gabriella Sciolla

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jeffrey Morris, CUNY
Host: Bulbul Chakraborty

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Eisenbud Lecture Series in Mathematics and Physics
Nigel Hitchin (Univ. of Oxford)

(Lectures II and III will take place at 4pm on Wednesday, November 16 and Friday, November 18 respectively)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

No colloquium (Thanksgiving week).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Raffaele Ferrari (MIT)
Host: Albion Lawrence

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chris Santangelo (UMass Amherst)
Host: W. Benjamin Rogers

Spring 2017 Colloquia

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

David Keith (Harvard)
Host: W. Benjamin Rogers

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No colloquium. Midterm Recess.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

No colloquium (APS).
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

John Bush (MIT)
Host: W. Benjamin Rogers
Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Tuesday April 11, 2017 

No colloquium. Passover and spring recess.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

No colloquium. Passover and spring recess.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017