Fall 2014 Physics Colloquium

More information coming soon!

Thursday, September 25th
Dr. Hans Verlinde, Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

"I've Looked at Clouds From All Sides Now"

Contrary to intuition, clouds in the cold Arctic atmosphere frequently contain liquid water, even at temperatures as low as -30 °C! The presence of liquid water in these clouds is important because it changes how much the cloud warms the surface, and thus plays a role in the winter-time formation and summer melting of ice. In order to understand the role of these clouds in the rapidly changing Arctic, we understand their physical processes, and to do so need quantitative observations of their properties. But getting these observations is difficult: if you fly a plane into one of these clouds the plane can easily transform into a ball of ice. Therefore, we have to resort to remote sensing of the cloud properties, using a variety of sensors.

He will talk about the physics of mixed-phase clouds (liquid cloud that precipitates ice) and the challenges of observing their characteristics.

Noon
Tome 115
Pizza provided


Thursday, October 23rd

Olivia Wilkins, Dickinson College
"Talk Title"

Abstract: TBD

Noon
Tome 115
Pizza provided

Tuesday, November 18th
Sigma Pi Sigma Talk - Speaker TBD
4:30 p.m.
Tome 115

Sigma Pi Sigma Dinner
6:00 p.m.
HUB Siderooms

Monday, December 8th
Senior Seminar Talks


 4:30 p.m.
Tome 115
Pizza Provided

Tuesday, December 9th
Senior Seminar Talks


Noon
Tome 117
Pizza Provided

Thursday, December 11th
Senior Seminar Talks


Noon
Tome 115
Pizza Provided