THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY PRESENTS
A SERIES OF LECTURES, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND FILMS

WHAT PHYSICISTS DO

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.” - Werner Heisenberg

NINETY-FIRST SERIES
Spring 2016

History of the Series

Mondays at 4:00 p.m. Darwin 103 Coffee at 3:30 p.m.
Feb 08

WHO HAS SEEN THE WIMP? NEITHER YOU NOR I
Dr. Dan McKinsey of UC Berkeley will describe the LUX experiment, a direct search for Dark Matter interactions.
Feb 15

BIG BANG MACHINE
A presentation of the PBS Nova episode "BIG BANG MACHINE" which chronicles the discovery of the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider.
Feb 22

THE HUNT FOR NEW PLANETS
Dr. James Lloyd of Cornell University will describe his career of developing novel instrumentation techniques and his work regarding extrasolar planets.
Feb 29

VERY-HIGH-ENERGY ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS
Dr. Amy Furniss will discuss her observations of the most extreme processes in the Universe with VERITAS, a ground-based imaging Cherenkov telescope viewing the Gamma Ray sky.
Mar 07

NEW HORIZONS MISSION TO PLUTO
Dr. Leslie Young, New Horizons Deputy Project Scientist from the Southwest Research Institute will discuss the latest results from the historic 2015 Pluto flyby.
Mar 21



GRAVITATIONAL WAVES FROM MERGING BLACK HOLES
Prof. Lynn Cominsky (SSU) will report on the recent observations of merging black holes as detected by the twin facilities that comprise the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).
Mar 28

NASA's K2 MISSION, EXTENDING KEPLER'S LEGACY
Dr. Tom Barclay, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames will discuss the Kepler Space Mission, which has discovered over a thousand planets outside our solar system.
Apr 04

CAMPARE AND CAL-BRIDGE: ENGAGING UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS IN PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Dr. Alex Rudolph of CSU-Pomona will describe two California-wide, multi-institutional programs, CAMPARE and Cal-Bridge, with the common mission of increasing participation of underrepresented minorities and women in astronomy and physics through summer research opportunities, scholarships, mentoring, and professional development.
Apr 11

GAMING SCIENCE
Dr. Colin Milburn of UC Davis will discuss ideas from his book "Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter" including nanotechnology, science and video games.
Apr 25

NORAD, METEOR BURST COMMUNICATION AND THE DEEP UNIVERSE
Dr. David Koo of UC Santa Cruz will discuss his research in extragalactic astronomy and his interesting path in life, including 3 years in NORAD and working in industry on meteor-burst communications.
May 2

EUREKA! COSMIC EXPLORATIONS OF ARCHIMEDES, ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT AND EDGAR ALLAN POE
Dr. Ron Olowin, of Saint Mary's College, will provide insights into interesting and little-known stories in the history of astronomy.

Sonoma State University

This series is supported by private donations and Instructionally Related Activities funds.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609. (707) 664-2119
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