Science Seminar

Science Seminar is our "physics department tea". Each Friday afternoon, the physics faculty, physics majors, and a few other interested students gather together in the physics commons to relax, have drinks and snacks, and discuss the hot topics of the day in physics or other branches of science. We also discuss the relation between science and Christianity, and we do other things such as have guest lecturers or watch videos. This is also the time when students give presentations about their own research in advanced lab or a summer research experience, or their senior integration project, or other topics they might find of interest.

 

Fall 2017 Schedule

 

September 1:  Planning Meeting
September 8:  Impromptu physics web/youtube topics
September 15:  Chaos Theory (Dr. Broussard)
September 22:  Graphene (Dr. Broussard)
September 29:  Review: Now: The Physics of Time, by Richard Muller (Broussard)
October 6:  Nobel Prize Discussion; Now: The Physics of Time (cont.)
October 13:  FALL BREAK (no seminar)
October 20:  Now: The Physics of Time (cont.)
October 27:  Now: The Physics of Time (cont.)
November 3:  Now: The Physics of Time (cont.)
November 10:  Dr. Broussard practices his upcoming SESAPS talk
November 17:  Bell's Inequality (Petcher)
November 24:  THANKSGIVING BREAK (no seminar)
December 1:  Nick Hall presents...

 

Future: Possible Topics

How we know about quarks (history of quarks) 
Eightfold Way
Quantum Computers
Why are there gravity waves?
Supersymmetry alternatives; do we have to have a unified theory?
ITER - fusion project
Horrible book on climate change
Elegant Universe video
Other history of physics
 `t Hooft Video on science and the future

 

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