Oberlin College and Conservatory

Physics & Astronomy Lecture Series

Academic Year 2020–21

Sarah J. Vigeland

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Sarah J. Vigeland, assistant professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center...

9/24/2020 5pm
Virtual Event

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Ryan P. Lively, associate professor of physics at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of...

10/13/2020 5pm
Virtual Event
Anna Clausen '04

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Anna Clausen ’04, manufacturing technology specialist at 3M. Her presentation is on the topic...

11/12/2020 5pm
Virtual Event
Hillary L. Smith

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Hillary L. Smith, Assistant Professor of Physics at Swarthmore College. Her presentation is on the...

2/10/2021 5pm
Virtual Event

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Kenneth Ghiron, Senior Biophysicist at Neuronetics. The topic of his presentation will be...

2/24/2021 5pm
Virtual Event

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Paul J. Green ’81, astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The title of...

3/24/2021 5pm
Virtual Event

Please join us this week and next week for a series of presentations by this year’s Physics & Astronomy honors students. Each student presentation will take...

4/7/2021 5:20pm
Virtual Event

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Dr. Phillip M. Korngut ’05, Scientific Researcher in Observational Cosmology in the Division of...

6/17/2021 5pm
Virtual Event

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Patrick E. Landreman ’08, Physiological Signal Processing & Algorithms Researcher at Facebook...

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosts guest speaker Ilana Percher ’04, Senior Engineer at Seagate Technology. The title of her presentation is...

Academic Year 2019–20

"Friction in Flatland: A Tribological Trip" is the title of the talk to be presented by Kathryn Hasz ’14, PhD candidate in materials science at the...

"Science on the Edge: Critical Phenomena in Granular Systems" is the title of the talk to be presented by Susan Y. Lehman, professor of physics at the...

’’Giant Pulsars from Tiny Stars’’ is the title of the talk to be presented by Natalia Lewandowska, postdoctoral fellow at West Virginia...

‘‘Relativistic Jets from Supermassive Black Holes’’ is the title of the talk to be presented by Professor of Physics Daniel C. Homan of Denison University....

‘‘Energy, Carbon, and Climate Change: What Role Does Technology Play in Making Things Better (or Worse)?,’’ is the title of the talk to be presented by Ryan...

Academic Year 2018–19

"Gravitational Waves Astronomy" is the title of the talk to be presented by Gabriela González, PhD, Louisiana State University, for the LIGO Scientific...

"Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and Other Matters," is the lecture topic presented by Gabriela González, PhD, Louisiana State University, for the...

"Shape Memory Materials: From Physics to Flights" is the title of the talk to be presented by Othmane Benafan, PhD, materials research engineer at NASA...

The Oberlin Chapter of Sigma Xi, a national science honor society, is proud to sponsor a lecture by our very own Jillian Scudder, assistant professor of...

"What Can the Occult Do for You? Using Overlapping Galaxies to Probe Dust Properties in Galaxies" is the title of the talk to be presented by Benne...

"A Diamond Magnetic Microscope for Neuroscience" is the title of the talk to be presented by Jennifer Schloss ’11, PhD candidate in physics at...

"Listening to the Universe with Lasers" is the title of the talk to be presented by Madeline Wade, assistant professor of physics at Kenyon...

"Hunting for Abnormalities with Atomic Magnetometer Arrays" is the title of the talk to be presented by Ibrahim Sulai, assistant professor of physics and...

Daniel Mukasa, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "Development of a Highly Selective Deuterium-Hydrogen...

"Breakthroughs in Hydrogen Gas Separation" is the title of the talk to be presented by Katharine Rigdon, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics.

Sunyool Park, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "The Construction of an Atomic Magnetometer to Search for Dark...

"Emergence of Tides During Binary Black Hole Inspirals in Numerical Relativity" is the title of the talk to be presented by John Freiberg, Oberlin College...

All are welcome to join the Department of Physics and Astronomy during this week’s Professor Beers. As always, there will be free popcorn. Non-alcoholic...

Academic Year 2017–18

"Tracing Evolution in the Outskirts of the Pinwheel Galaxy" is the title of the talk to be presented by Chris Mihos, Professor of Astronomy at Case Western...

"Climate and Earth System Models: Understanding the Earth's Past, Present, and Future" is the title of the talk to be presented by Susannah Burrows PhD ’05,...

"Nanoscale Membrane Curvature Revealed by Super-Resolution Microscopy" is the title of the talk to be presented by Christopher V. Kelly ’03, assistant...

"What Happens If You Periodically Force A Nonlinear Oscillator?" is the title of the talk to be presented by Jim Walsh, professor of mathematics at...

Professor of Physics Stephen FitzGerald of the Department of Physics and Astronomy will close out this fall’s Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series with a...

"Desperate Measures (in Desperate Times)" is the title of the talk to be presented by Tom Giblin, associate professor of physics at Kenyon...

"Development Engineering: Empowering Communities in Low Resource Settings through Technology-Based Solutions" is the title of the talk to be presented by...

Naiyuan (James) Zhang, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "Hydrogen Isotope Separation in Metal-Organic Frameworks."

"New Method for Visualizing Gravitational Waves Using the Potential Vector of the Gravitoelectric Tensor" is the title of the talk to be presented by Ben...

Please join us for pizza and socializing. This event is open to everyone who is taking a physics class, especially first- and second- year students.

Stella Koch Ocker, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "Testing the Production of Scintillation Arcs with B1133+16."

"Finding Embeddings of Black Hole Horizons" is the title of the talk to be presented by Terrence Pierre Jacques, Oberlin College senior honors student in...

Lele Mathis, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "HD Formation Within Hydrogen Isotope Mixtures in Metal-Organic...

"Simulating Pulsar Signal Scattering in the ISM with Two Distinct Scattering Phenomena" is the title of the talk to be presented by Adam Jussila, Oberlin...

Please join us for pizza, socializing, and a discussion of "things we never quite understood in physics." Bring your questions! We'll see how many...

Academic Year 2016–17

"The Detection of Gravitational Waves and the Modeling of their Sources" is the title of the talk to be presented by Oberlin College Assistant Professor of...

"The Gravitational-Wave Universe Seen By Pulsar Timing Arrays" is the title of the talk to be presented by Chiara Mingarelli, PhD, of the Max Planck...

"Self-Assembly of DNA Nanomechanical Devices" is the title of the talk to be presented by Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Carlos...

"To React or Not to React: Classifying Atmospheric Chemicals as Air Pollutants and Greenhouse Gases" is the title of the seminar talk to be presented by...

"Computing Zero Point Energy Difference for H2 and D2 in Porous Materials" is the title of the talk to be presented by Kinori Rosnow, Oberlin College senior...

"Modeling Potential Wells With Boundary Element Method" is the title of the talk to be presented by Dahyeon Lee, Oberlin College senior honors student in...

Hannon Ayer, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "Two Photon Direct Frequency Comb Spectroscopy of Atomic Potassium."

Jacob Turner, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "Detecting Gravitational Waves with Pulsars: Removing the...

"Separation of FeO and Fe3O4 Nanoparticles Using a Linear Inverted Halbach Array" is the title of the talk to be presented by Jason Heitler-Klevans, Oberlin...

Kai Shinbrough, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled "Quantum Separation of Hydrogen Isotopes in Metal-Organic...

"Unusual Magnetic Spin Arrangements in Manganese Ferrite Nanoparticle Assemblies" is the title of the talk to be presented by Ian Hunt-Isaak, Oberlin College...

Academic Year 2015–16

Toward an Atomic Level Description of a Whole Living Cell - The Photosynthetic Chromatophore of Purple Bacteria, a Key Milestone Klaus Schulten of the...

"Magnetic Micro-Shuttles: Bioengineering at the Cellular Level" is the title of the talk to be presented by Professor R. Sooryakumar, Department of Physics,...

"Explaining Science to Non-Experts: Two Physics Alumni Discuss Their Experience" is the title of the forum to be presented by Kate Becker '01 and David...

"The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: Science, Technology, NASA, and the Advance of a New Branch of Astrophysics" is the title of the special...

"Imaging Black Hole and Neutron Star Binaries" is the title of the talk to be presented by Saeqa Vrtilek, PhD, senior astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian...

"Gravitational Waves and Numerical Relativity: Probing the Warped Side of the Universe" is the title of the talk to be presented by Kip S. Thorne,...

Kip S. Thorne, world-famous astrophysicist and Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology, will present a general...

"Building Electronic Devices With Atomically Thin Materials" is the title of the talk to be presented by Hugh Churchill ’06), assistant professor of physics,...

"A Case Study in the Science and Engineering of Energy Storage Materials and Devices" (Or, "How Did An Oberlin Physics Major End Up Running A Battery...

"What's the Cage Size of an Electron?" is the title of the talk to be presented by Oberlin College Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christoph...

"Interval Timing and Decision Making with an Opponent Poisson Diffusion Model" is the title of the talk to be presented by Oberlin College Assistant...

"Galaxy Morophology Near and Far" is the title of the talk to be presented by Visiting Assistant Professor Laura DeGroot of Denison University. Abstract: ...

Peter Elgee, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled Progress Towards Laser Cooling an Atomic Beam of Lithium.

Interferometric Weighing of Mass Filaments Using Gravitational Femtolensing is the title of the talk to be presented by H. Perry Hatchfield, Oberlin College...

Eric Rappeport, Oberlin College senior honors student in physics, will present a talk entitled “Infrared Spectroscopy of Molecular Hydrogen in HKUST-1.”

Solar observing. Safely view the Sun using our solar telescopes.

Didn't know Oberlin had an observatory? Stop by Peters Hall to get a glimpse of the observatory, planetarium, and other astronomical features. Tour...

Academic Year 2014–15

"Detecting Gravitational Waves from Supermassive Black Hole Binaries" is the title of the talk to be presented by Dan Stinebring, Francis D. Federighi...

"Integrating Intermittent Renewable Generation on Bulk Electric Systems" is the title of the talk to be presented by Marie Rinkoski Spangler '02, senior...

“Wormholes, Black Holes, and the Structure of Spacetime in General Relativity: the Science of ‘Interstellar'" is the title of the talk to be presented by...

"Landauer's Principle, Fluctuations and the Second Law" is the title of the talk to be presented by Professor Benjamin Schumacher, Kenyon College. Abstract:...

"A Multiwavelength View of Pulsars as Gravitational Wave Detectors" is the title of the talk to be presented by Tim Dolch, postdoctoral research associate,...

The Oberlin Astronomy Club is an organization for science enthusiasts and scientists alike. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary. We're talking...

"High Temperature Superconductivity: Taming Serendipity" is the title of the talk to be presented by Professor Laura H. Greene, Department of Physics and...

"Macro Dark Matter" is the title of the talk to be presented by David Jacobs, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town. Abstract: Dark matter is...

The Oberlin community is invited to the Jessee Rowsell Memorial Symposium and Celebration honoring the life and work of a beloved professor. Assistant...

"Examining the Mechanics of Dynamic Microtubule Networks" is the title of the talk to be presented by Scott Forth ’02, postdoctoral associate at the...

"Precision Spectroscopy of Atomic Lithium" is the title of the talk to be presented by Donal Sheets, Oberlin College Senior Honors Student in Physics. A...

Academic Year 2013–14

"And Yet It Moves: Quantal Interference of Charged Particles and the Aharonov-Bohm Effect" is the title of the talk to be presented by Daniel F. Styer, John...

A talk by Amy Graves, professor of physics at Swarthmore College. A reception for Professor Graves will begin at 4:10 p.m., Anderson Lounge area, Wright...

A Physics & Astronomy Department Lecture Series talk presented by Dr. Thomas Lemberger, professor of physics at the Ohio State University. Abstract: ...

"The Acceleration of Relativistic Jets in Active Galaxies" is the title of the talk to be presented by Dr. Dan Homan, Associate Professor of Physics, Denison...

Dr. Daniel Hemberger (OC ’07), a Postdoctoral Scholar in Astronomy at California Institute of Technology, presents this talk as part of the Physics &...

"How Neuronal Synchrony Can Help to Explain the Mystery of Sleep" is the title of the talk to be presented by Christian Fink, assistant professor of...

"Compressive Sensing for Quantum Imaging" is the title of the talk to be presented by Gregory Howland '07, graduate student in the Department of Physics &...

"Polarization Analyzed Small Angle Neutron Scattering of Ferrite Nanoparticles" is the title of the talk to be presented by Kathryn R. Hasz, Oberlin College...

Oberlin College Senior Honors Student in Physics Chetan Poudel will present a talk entitled "Separating Magnetic Nanoparticles Using a Halbach Array: ...

"Overtone Spectroscopy of Hydrogen Trapped in Metal-Organic Frameworks" is the title of the talk to be presented by Oberlin College Senior Honors Student in...

Benjamin K. Lemberger, Oberlin College Senior Honors Student in Physics, will present a talk entitled "Special Symmetries in a Bouncing Universe." Abstract:...

"Musical Black Holes: The Songs of the Kerr-Newman Spacetime" presented by Zachary R. Mark, senior honors student in Physics. Abstract: Are charged,...