The Fall 2019 Physics Colloquium Series begins Tuesday, September 24. The first speaker will be Matthew Caplan, nuclear astrophysicist and new assistant professor of Physics at Illinois State. Caplan also works as a science writer and scientific consultant for educational media.

The series takes place at 4 p.m. Tuesdays in Moulton Hall, room 214. The events are free and open to the public.

September 24
“Neutron Stars, Nuclear Pasta, and Dark Matter”
Speaker—Professor Matthew Caplan
Illinois State University, Department of Physics

October 1
“Warming of Lake Surface Waters Around the Globe”
Speaker—Professor Catherine O’Reilly
Illinois State University, Department of Geography-Geology

October 8
“Near-earth Supernovae”
Speaker—Professor Brian Fields
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics

October 15
“Unraveling Nucleic Acid Biophysics, One Molecule at a Time”
Speaker—Professor Brian Cannon
Loyola University Chicago, Department of Physics

October 22
“Forging the Heaviest Elements”
Speaker—Professor Rebecca Surman
University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics

October 29
“Gravitation & Cosmology and LIGO”
Speaker—Professor and Chair Alan Wiseman
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Physics

November 5
“Airy Beam for Medical Imaging”
Speaker—Professor Ping Yu
University of Missouri, Department of Physics and Astronomy

November 12
“The Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems”
Speaker—Professor Alexander Seidel
Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Physics

The series is sponsored by Illinois State University’s Department of Physics. For accommodation requests or more information on the colloquium series, contact the Department of Physics at (309) 438-8756 or email