Spring 2015 Physics Colloquium

Thursday, January 29th
Professor David Mertens, Dickinson College
"Phase Transitions and the Physics of Synchronization"

Spontaneous collective synchronization is a topic of great interest in the life sciences.  Although it may appear to be a nontraditional topic for physicists, our expertise in phase transitions gives us a unique perspective on the phenomenon. In this talk he will explain how the physics of phase transitions sheds light on synchronization and he will provide experimental and theoretical examples from his work on the topic.

12:00 p.m.
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Tuesday, February 17th
Professor David Reed, Dickinson College
RUSH Hour Speaker - "Round pegs, square holes and graduate school: Thoughts about how to succeed as an interdisciplinary scientist""

Professor Reed will focus on how to go from a liberal arts school, through graduate training and into early career while keeping an interdisciplinary view on the world since students often get confined to just one point-of-view on the world during their graduate studies. Some of his experiences will be used to highlight what can be achieved when you jump into a brand new field and what some of the costs are. Being able to look out at the natural world, ask questions and attempt to tackle them from multiple angles has more in common with Isaac Newton's self description as a "natural philosopher" than modern definitions of what a scientist is.

12:00 p.m.
Stafford Lecture Room
Lunch provided

Thursday, February 19th
Seth Tracy '12 & James Doyle '12, Epic
"An Epic Approach to Digitizing Healthcare"

Join James Doyle '10 and Seth Tracy '12 in a discussion around how their Dickinson education and experiences helped uniquely place them at the junction of two growing fields: medicine and computer science. Learn how the complexities of electronic medical care are approached every day at Epic and what it means to impact over 180 million people with the code you write. The talk will also include an overview of career opportunities and time for open discussion.

12:00 p.m.
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Thursday, March 19th
Ritoban Thakur
"Talk Title TBD"

Abstract TBD

12:00 p.m.
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Wednesday, March 25th
Amy Lytle
"Talk Title TBD"

Abstract TBD

3:30 p.m.
Tome 115
Refreshments provided

Friday, April 3rd
Tarun Biswas
"Talk Title TBD"

Abstract TBD

Time TBD
Location TBD

Thursday, April 9th
May Chen
"Talk Title TBD"

Abstract TBD

3:00 p.m.
Stafford Lecture Room
Refreshments provided

Thursday, April 16th
Desika Narayanan
"Talk Title TBD"

Abstract TBD

12:00 p.m.
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Monday, April 20th
Physics Senior Talks
"Talk Titles TBD"

Abstracts TBD

4:30 p.m.
Tome 115
Refreshments provided

Tuesday, April 21st
Physics Senior Talks
"Talk Titles TBD"

Abstracts TBD

12:00 p.m.
Stafford Lecture Room
Lunch provided

Thursday, April 23th
Physics Senior Talks
"Talk Titles TBD"

Abstracts TBD

12:00 p.m.
Tome 115
Refreshments provided

Thursday, April 30th
New Physics Majors Induction Ceremony & BBQ

4:30 p.m.
Tome Hall Back Patio - Rain Location Tome 115
BBQ provided