Physics Colloquium Fall 2008
Thursday 4:00-5:30 p.m. Thimann Lecture Hall 1

September 25, 2008

October 2, 2008
The Mysteries of Jovian and Terrestrial Lightning
Joseph Dwyer
Department of Physics & 5pace Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

October 10, 2008
Paradigm shift in Imaging and Optics; Video Camera that is less expensive than a cup of
Bruce McWilliams, Chairman of Tessera Inc., Silicon Valley

October 16, 2008
One Hundred Million Years of Evolution of the Human Genome
David Haussler
Engineering Department, UCSC

October 23, 2008
Reforming Introductory Physics Courses: The Illinois Experience
Gary Gladding
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

October 30, 2008
Solution to the 350-year-old puzzle of Huygens's anomalous suspension
Michael Nauenberg
Emeritus, Physics Department, UC5C

November 6, 2008
The Biophysics of Gene Regulation, Studied One Molecule at a Time
Steven Block
Stanford University

November 13, 2008
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Mission
Robert Johnson
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, UCSC

November 20, 2008
An Exactly solvable model for Strontium Cooper Borate: Where Mott Hubbard Physics Jives on
Archimedean Lattices
Sriram Shastry
Physics Department, UCSC

November 27, 2008
Thanksgiving Holiday - No Colloquium today

December 4, 2008
Colloquium cancelled

Physics Colloquium Winter 2009
Thursdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. Thimann Lecture Hall 1

January 8, 2009
Quantum criticality and black holes
Subir Sachdev
Harvard University

January 15, 2009
New Physics at the LHC, why and what?
Martin Schmaltz
Physics Department, Boston University

January 22, 2009
-the Puzzle of Charge and Mass
Stuart Raby
Ohio State University

January 29, 2009
The Formation of Massive Stars
Mark Krumholz
Astronomy Department, UC Santa Cruz

February 5. 2009
Nanosecond x-ray pulses from peeling tape
Carlos G. Camara
UCLA Physics and Astronomy

February 12, 2009
Cycles in fossil diversity astrophysics or geophysics?
Richard Muller
UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

February 19, 2009
Magnetic Monopoles in Spin Ice
Roderich Moessner
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Condensed Matter

February 26, 2009
String Theory and Holography: Approaches to a Quantum Theory of Gravity
Tom Banks
Physics Department, UC Santa Cruz

March 5, 2009
Nuclear Physics and the New Standard Model
Michael Ramsey-Musolf
University of Wisconsin

March 12, 2009

Physics Colloquium Spring 2009
Thursdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. Thimann Lecture Hall 1

April 16, 2009
Optoelectronic retinal prosthesis for restoration of sight to the blind
Daniel Palanker
Stanford University

April 23, 2009
Sam Krucker

April 30, 2009
Dark Energy: Current theoretical issues and Progress toward future experiments
Andreas Albrecht
UC Davis

May 14, 2009
Search for the standard model Higgs boson at the Tevatron
Evelyn Thomson
University of Pennsylvania

May 21, 2009
Luiz Alvarez and the pyramid burial chambers, the JFK assassination, and the end of the dinosaurs
Charles Wohl
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

May 28, 2009
Crossing the P, dotting the alpha, and raising havoc with permutations-fundamental-symmetry tests with atoms at Berkeley
Dmitry Budker
U.C. Berkeley

June 4, 2009
Ultrasensitive searches for the axion
Karl van Bibber
Naval Postgraduate School

June 11, 2009
The South Pole Telescope – cosmology, detectors, and life at the Pole
Helmuth Spieler
Lawrence Berkeley Lab