Each week during the semester, the Department of Physics invites faculty, students and the local community to hear prominent scientists discuss intriguing physics research. Unless otherwise noted, colloquia are held Tuesdays in room 1410  of the John S. Toll Physics Building at 4:00 p.m. (preceded by light refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)

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September 5
Smitha Vishveshwara, University of Illinois

 Hosted by Jay Sau and Johnpierre Paglione

September 12
Abhay Deshpande, Stony Brook University
Hosted by Xiangdong Ji & Raman Sundrum

September 19
Jason Hogan, Stanford University

Hosted by Steve Rolston

September 26
Maissam Barkeshli, University of Maryland


October 3
R.I. Sujith, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Hosted by Raj Roy 

October 10
Shih-I Pai
Charles Clark, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Hosted by Konstantina Trivisa
October 17
Paint Branch
Lecture in
Applied Physics
Sponsored by Prof. Ed Ott
John C. Mather, NASA
This lecture will be held in 1101 A. James Clark Hall, with pre-lecture socialization at 3:30 p.m. 

October 24
Richard E. Prange Prize Lecture
Pablo Jarillo-Hererro, MIT
Hosted by Sankar Das Sarma
October 31
Eun-Ah Kim, Cornell University
Hosted by Maissam Barkeshli
November 7
Stephen Taylor, Vanderbilt University
Hosted by Peter Shawhan

November 10

(time TBA)

Kip Thorne, California Institute of Technology
Prof. Thorne will give a public lecture as part of a memorial service for Charles W. Misner. Details will be added here when available. 


November 14
Sankar Das Sarma, University of Maryland

November 21
Robert Goldston, Princeton University

November 28

December 5
Richard L. Greene, University of Maryland
Distinguished University Professor Lecture