Physics Research Seminar Series / PHYS 299C

This seminar series is designed for undergraduate physics majors, but open for others to attend, in particular grad students. Each day, a different University of Maryland Physics professor will talk about his/her research at a level appropriate for undergraduate Physics majors. This is a great opportunity to learn about the world-class research being done in the Physics Department and to find out about possible ways to get involved. Seminars will take place every day (except Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18) from 10:00-11:15 in room 1201. Questions during and after the seminar are strongly encouraged!

If you are an undergraduate student, you may register for PHYS 299C and earn 1 credit for participating in the seminar series. You will be expected to attend all or nearly all of the seminars (no more than one or two absences, say, except for excused reasons such as illness). Otherwise, the only required work is to choose two different talks that you found particularly interesting and, for each one, write a one-page essay summarizing the talk and what you found interesting about it. These reports will be due on January 13 and 22. You may pre-register for the course or add it up to the schedule adjustment deadline: Wednesday, January 6 at 4:30 pm.

Students (undergraduate and graduate) who are not registered for the course are still welcome to attend talks that interest them.

Schedule of talks

All talks will be from 10:00-11:15 in room 1201 of the Physics Building.

Monday, Jan 4 Michael Coplan Neutron detection
Tuesday, Jan 5 Luis Orozco What we know about Francium
Wednesday, Jan 6 Victor Yakovenko Econophysics
Thursday, Jan 7 Rajarshi Roy Dynamical systems for communications and sensor networks
Friday, Jan 8 Wolfgang Losert The physics of cell motion
Monday, Jan 11 Jordan Goodman Gamma-ray astronomy
Tuesday, Jan 12 Steven Anlage Cloaking and perfect imaging with metamaterials
Wednesday, Jan 13 Kaustubh Agashe Extra dimensions
Thursday, Jan 14 Michelle Girvan The complex dynamics of cancer: a physics prospective
Friday, Jan 15 O. W. Greenberg The color charge of quarks
Monday, Jan 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - no talk
Tuesday, Jan 19 Arthur La Porta Single molecule optical techniques in molecular biology
Wednesday, Jan 20 Michael Fuhrer Massless electrons in graphene
Thursday, Jan 21 Joe Redish Research in physics education
Friday, Jan 22 Sarah Eno Physics with the LHC