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Past Physics Seminars


  • For the current semester, see our Physics Seminar Schedule page.
  • Semesters during a summer are included with the preceding spring semester.
  • Keep in mind that speakers' affiliations may change over time, so that the following listings are not necessarily reliable sources of contact information.  Please see our Physics-Related Web Sites page for links that may be useful in locating personnel, institutions, and other organizations.

Fall 2012

Thursday
September 20
Dr. Jack Glassman
Department of Physics, SIUE
First Steps Toward the Development
  of an Exawatt Laser:  Construction
  of a Testbed for Laser Glasses
(Sabbatical presentation)

Spring 2012

Thursday
April 12
Dr. Tom Foster
Department of Physics, SIUE
Working Inside the DC Beltway
(Sabbatical presentation)

Fall 2011

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 22
Dr. Arthur J. Braundmeier
Emeritus Professor of Physics, SIUE
Visiting Scientist
Jimenez Research Group
University of Colorado, Boulder
Measurement of Atmospheric
  Aerosol Particle Sizes
Wednesday
December 7
7:30 p.m.
Meridian Ballroom
Morris University
  Center
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Frederick P. Rose Director
Hayden Planetarium
New York, NY
Our Past, Present, and Future
  in Space
Fourteenth William C. Shaw
  Memorial Lecture

For more details see the
  Arts & Issues page.

Spring-Summer 2011

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
April 14
Dr. Laurance Doyle
Astrophysicist, SETI Institute
NASA Ames Research Center
Quantum Astronomy: Extending
  the Weirdness of Modern Physics
  to Cosmic Scales
Wednesday
May 4
4:00 p.m.
SL-0226
Nathan J. Rassi
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Testing the Effectiveness of
  Alternative Input WebAssign
  Questions
Thursday
June 23
1:30 p.m.
SL-0226
Matthew Norton
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Automation of the Analysis of
  Spectroscopic Eclipsing Binary
  Systems

Fall 2010

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
October 21
Dr. Laurance Doyle
SETI Institute and
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Kepler Mission: Detection of
  Circum-Binary Extrasolar Planets
Friday
October 22
Dr. Jack Glassman
Department of Physics, SIUE
First Steps Toward the
  Development of an Exawatt Laser

Spring-Summer 2010

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Wednesday
February 10
7:30 p.m.
Meridian Ballroom
Morris University
  Center
Dr. Steven Squyres
Goldwin Smith Professor
  of Astronomy
Cornell University
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and
  the Exploration of the Red Planet
(William C. Shaw Memorial Lecture)
Thursday
March 18
11:00 a.m.
SL-1105
Dr. Kenneth Heller
School of Physics & Astronomy
University of Minnesota
Improving Student Problem Solving:
  Problems, Coaching, and Computers
(Lunch following lecture in Physics
  Club Lounge, 2nd-floor balcony)
Tuesday
March 23
SL-0226
Reza Baghaei Lakeh
Graduate Student, SIUE
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Heat Transfer Enhancement Using
  Electrohydrodynamics and Ion-Drag
  Flows in Macro and Micro Scales
Tuesday
June 15
3:00 p.m.
SL-0226
Wael Abueideh
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Temperature Dependence of
  Laser-Induced Gratings in Pr-Doped
  Glasses
(Thesis Defense)

Fall 2009

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
October 5
3:30 p.m.
SL-0226
Dr. Donald P. Ames
President, Fluotech, Inc.
Metallurgical Laboratory
  Experiences
(Presented in conjunction with the
  Department of Chemistry
Friday
October 8
2:30 p.m.
SL-0226
William Hageman
Center for Research and Edu-
  cation in Optics and Lasers

University of Central Florida
Developing Passive Athermalization
  Techniques for Solid State Lasers /
  Side Pumping of Large Mode Area
  Gain Guided, Index Anti-Guided
  Fiber Lasers
Tuesday
December 8
5:00 p.m.
SL-1221
Tom Withee
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Physics Articulation Impact on
  Success of SIUE Engineering
  Students
(Thesis Defense)
Thursday
December 10
3:30 p.m.
SL-1221
Georgia Bracey
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Teaching with New Media
  Technologies
(Thesis Defense)

Spring-Summer 2009

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
April 23
SL-0226
Dr. Edward Navarre
Department of Chemistry
SIUE
Pinch Plasmas as
  Spectroanalytical Tools
Monday
July 6
11:00 a.m.
Room
SL-1221
Seongheon Kim
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
The Effects of Pump Laser
  Wavelength on the Persistent-
  Induced Index Change in Pr3+ Doped
  Silicate Glass Using Pump-Probe
  X-Scan Technique
(Thesis Defense)
Thursday
August 6
10:00 a.m.
Room
SL-0226
Esra Woody
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
The Effect of Write-Beam Wavelength
  on Laser-Induced Persistent Grating
  Formation in Pr3+-Doped Alkali
  Silicate Glasses
(Thesis Defense)

Fall 2008

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
October 16
SL-0226
Dr. R. Sureshkumar
Professor and Associate Chair
Dept. of Energy, Enviornmental
  & Chemical Engineering

Washington University, St. Louis
Flow-induced Self Organization in
  Complex Fluids and Thin Films
Thursday
October 23
SL-0226
Dr. Chin Chuan Wei
Department of Chemistry
SIUE
Using Fluorescence Techniques
  to Investigate the Mechanism of
  Protein Biosynthesis
Tuesday
November 4
SL-0226
Dr. Christopher Glosser
Department of Physics
SIUE
Computational Biophysics:
  Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Thursday
November 20
SL-0226
Dr. Jack Glassman
Department of Physics
SIUE
A Cast Study of High Energy Laser
  Design:  The Z-Beamlet Laser at
  Sandia National Laboratory

Spring-Summer 2008

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Monday
February 4
SL-0226
Dr. Elizabeth Gire
Department of Physics
Oregon State University
The Views and Problem Solving Skills
  of Undergraduate Physics Majors:
  Probing the Expert-Novice Continuum
Monday
February 18
SL-0226
Dr. Jennifer J. Neakrase
Division of Curriculum
  and Instruction

Arizona State University
Nature or Nuture? A Characterization
  of the Knowledge and Practices of
  In- and Out-of-Field Beginning
  Secondary Physics Teachers
Thursday
March 27
SL-0226
Dr. Arthur J. Braundmeier
Professor of Physics
SIUE
Modeling the Acceleration of an
  Automobile without using Calculus
Wednesday
April 16
11:30 a.m.
SL-1221
Dr. Stephan Fuelling
Nevada Terawatt Facility
University of Nevada, Reno
EUV Emission of Warm Dense Plasma
  on an Aluminum Surface Driven
  by a Pulsed MG Field
Thursday
May 1
SL-0226
(1) Lance Spinnie
(2) Nate Fuller
Physics Undergraduate Students
SIUE
(1) Antenna Model Development for
  Wireless power transmission
  via Resonate Inductive Coupling
(2) Compaction Tester Design
Monday
June 30
Meridian
  Ballroom
Morris Univ.
  Center
Dr. Chris Lintott
Junior Research Fellow
Somerville College
Oxford University
The Science of Galaxy Zoo
  or
What to Do With 140,000 Astronomers
Thursday
July 17
11:00 a.m.
Bal Ram Ghimire
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Study of the Extinction Coefficient of
  Alternated Metal Nano-Particles
  on a Surface
(Thesis Defense)
Thursday
July 17
3:00 p.m.
Rajendra Shrestha
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Time Response Dynamics of Plasmon
  Excitation in Metallic Nanoparticles
(Thesis Defense)

Fall 2007

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 13
SL-0226
Dr. P. Narayana Swamy
Emeritus Professor of Physics
SIUE
Feynman's Proof of Maxwell
  Equations:  In the Context of
  Quantum Gravity
Thursday
November 8
2nd Floor Lobby
Science Bldg.
SIUE Physics Faculty Research Interests at SIUE
(Poster session)
Thursday
November 15
SL-0226
Dr. Arthur J. Braundmeier
Professor of Physics
SIUE
Atmospheric Turbulence and
  the Long Distance Propagation
  of Laser Beams
Wednesday
December 5
7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall
  Theater
Dr. Christopher Sorensen
University Distinguished Professor
Departments of Physics
  and Chemistry
Kansas State University
Fire, Fractals, and the
  Divine Proportion
(William C. Shaw Memorial
  Lecture)
Thursday
December 13
11:00 a.m.
Room SL-1221
Daniel J. Probst
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Nonlinear Optical Properties of
  CdTe Using the X-scan Technique
(Thesis Defense)

Spring-Summer 2007

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
February 22
Dr. David Barnaby
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Western Kentucky University
The Sky’s on Fire:
  Lighting up the Night with
  Blazar Gamma-rays
Tuesday
February 27
Dr. Jeffrey A. Sabby
Department of Physics
University of Arkansas
Having Fun with Observational
  Astronomy: Spectroscopic Eclipsing
  Binaries, Automated Observatories,
  and Undergraduate Education
Thursday
March 1
Dr. Pamela Gay
Department of Physics, SIUE
Think Cosmically, Act Locally
  (Affect Globally)
Monday
March 12
Dr. N. Sanjay Rebello
Physics Department
Kansas State University
Transfer of Learning and
  Implications for Instruction
(Sponsored jointly with the Office of
  Science & Mathematics Education)
Thursday
April 19
Dr. Charles Henderson
Physics Department & Mallinson
  Institute for Science Education
Western Michigan University
Barriers to the Implementation of
  'Reformed' Instruction
(Sponsored jointly with Excellence in
  Learning and Teaching Initiative)
Tuesday
May 22
Dr. Richard Wiener
Program Officer
Research Corporation
Research Funding Opportunities
  for Beginning Science Faculty
Tuesday
June 12
Jason C. Schaake
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Characterization of Optical Constants
  for Cerium Oxide Thin Films
(Thesis Defense)
Monday
July 30
Ruchi Pandey
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
A Study of the Evolution of
  the Coherence Function in
  Non-Linear Media
(Thesis Defense)

Fall 2006

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DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 14
Dr. P. Narayana Swamy
Emeritus Professor of Physics
SIUE
Generalized Heisenberg
  Uncertainty Relation and
  Quantum Harmonic Oscillators
Thursday
September 21
Dr. Said Nakati Sidki
Professor Emeritus
Department of Mathematics
Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Groups, Trees and Automata
Thursday
October 5
Dr. Laura McCullough
Associate Professor
Physics Department
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Gender in Science and
  Math Education
Thursday
October 19
(1) Britney Rutherford
(2) Matt Skibinski
Undergraduate Students
Department of Physics, SIUE
(1) Continued Development of
  the Pump Storage Ring for OPA
  Applied to Stellar Interferometry
(2) Internship in Health Physics
Thursday
October 26
Dr. Kannan Ramaswamy
Department of Chemistry
Washington University
Optically Generated
  Nuclear Spin-Orientation
  in Semiconductors
Tuesday
October 31
Dr. Narendra K. Jaggi
Chair, Department of Physics
Illinois Wesleyan University
Measurable Consequences of
  Extra Spatial Dimensions
Thursday
November 9
Christopher Favazza
Department of Physics and
  Center for Materials Innovation
Washington University
Formation of Ordered
  Nanostructures through Laser-
  Induced Hydrodynamic Flow
  in Thin Metal Films
Thursday
November 16
Snail Scott
Assistant Professor of Art
University of Missouri - St. Louis
The Orrery in
  Age of Enlightenment
Thursday
November 30
Dr. Mary L. Urquhart
Assistant Professor
Center for Space Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
Lunar Thermal Emission,
  Rock Abundance,
  and Landing Hazards
Thursday
December 7
Jacquelyn Marler
Undergraduate Student
Department of Physics, SIUE
Characterizing Spherical Lenses
  Using the X-Scan Technique

Spring 2006

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
March 2
Dr. Thomas M. Foster
Departments of Physics and
  Office of Science and
  Mathematics Education, SIUE
Why do Engineering Programs
  Require Physics?
  Preparing the SIUE Engineering
  Major
Thursday
March 30
Dr. Pamela Gay
Harvard University Science Center
Pro-Am Collaboration:  Multi-Periodic
  RR Lyrae Stars, and Other
  Success Stories from the AAVSO
Thursday
April 6
Dr. Kristin A.M. Scott
Plasmon Corporation
Colorado Springs, CO
Optics in Optical Data Storage
  Technology
Tuesday
April 11
(1) 11:00 a.m.
(2) 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Scott V. Franklin
Department of Physics
Rochester Institute of Technology
(1) Can Students Write to Learn?
  Exploring Student Writing in Physics
(2) Jamming and Flow of Rod-Like
  Granular Materials
Thursday
April 27
Dr. David Barnaby
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Western Kentucky University
Investigating Dragons Breath:
  Blackholes and Jets in Blazars

Fall 2005

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 15
7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall
  Theater
Dr. Michael Turner
Assistant Director for Mathematical
  and Physical Sciences
National Science Foundation
Rauner Distinguished Service
  Professor and Chair
Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Chicago
The Dark Side of the Universe:
  Beyond Stars and the
  Starstuff We Are Made Of
(William C. Shaw Memorial
  Lecture)
Thursday
October 27
Dr. Thomas M. Foster
Dr. Jack Glassman
Dr. Christopher J. Glosser
Dr. Rebecca S. Lindell
Professors of Physics, SIUE
Physics Faculty Focus I:
Current research topics
Thursday
November 3
Steve Horstmann
Northrop Gruman Space Technology
Cutting Edge Optronics
Designing a Laser for the Death
  Star:  Using Common Components
  in Modern Solid State Lasers
Thursday
November 17
Dr. Arthur J. Braundmeier
Dr. Abdullatif Y. Hamad
Dr. Monwhea Jeng
Professors of Physics, SIUE
Physics Faculty Focus II:
Current research topics
Thursday
December 15
Nathan Anterhaus
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Effects of Electron Beam Irradiation
  on the Grating Kinetics in
  Eu-Doped and Undoped Silicate
  Glasses  (M.S. Thesis Defense)

Spring 2005

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
February 24
Dr. Arthur J. Braundmeier
Professor of Physics, SIUE
A Thin Introduction to
  Thin Optical Films
Thursday
March 17
Dr. David H. Kaplan
Professor of Physics, SIUE
Photons in
  Scintillating Optical Fibers
Thursday
March 24
Dr. N. Sanjay Rebello
Physics Department
Kansas State University
Transfer of Learning in
  Physics Education
  Research and Development
Thursday
March 31
Dr. P.N. Swamy
Emeritus Professor of Physics, SIUE
Quantum Harmonic Oscillators
Thursday
April 21
Dr. Monwhea Jeng
Professor of Physics, SIUE
Bell's Theorem, Nonlocality,
  and Unbreakable Codes
Thursday
April 28
Dr. Andrew Heckler
Assistant Dean, College of
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The Ohio State University
Cognition and the
  Learning of Physics

Fall 2004

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 2
Dr. P.N. Swamy
Emeritus Professor of Physics, SIUE
Does Physics Imply a Creator?
Thursday
September 16
Dr. Abdullatif Y. Hamad
Assistant Professor of Physics, SIUE
X-Scan:  A New Technique to
  Measure Nonlinear Refraction
Thursday
October 21
Dr. Neville (Bill) Reay
Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Physics
Ohio State University
Toward an Effective Use of Voting
  Machines in Physics Lectures
Thursday
October 28
Dr. Ramki Kalyanaraman
Department of Physics
Washington University, St. Louis
Dynamic Assembly of Functional
  Nanostructured Thin Films
Thursday
November 18
Barbara Wiley
MSE, Aerospace Engineering
GPS Branch Technical Advisor
National Geospatial-Intelligence
  Agency (St. Louis, MO)
Where Are We?
  Physics, Geodesy and GPS
Thursday
December 2
Dr. Susana E. Deustua
Director of Educational Activities
American Astronomical Society
The Accelerating Universe
  and Dark Energy
Tuesday
December 7
Martin McConnell
Physics Undergraduate Student, SIUE
Black Holes - Evolution, Effects, and
  Consequences (Senior Project)

Spring 2004

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Tuesday
January 13
Dr. Jack Glassman
Research Asst. Professor of Physics
  and Director of Laser Development
University of Nevada, Reno
The Leopard Laser at the
  University of Nevada, Reno
Tuesday
January 20
Matthew Bigelow
The Institute for Optics
University of Rochester
Ultra-Slow and Superluminar Light
  Propagation in Room-Temperature
  Solids
Thursday
January 22
Dr. Lei Zhang
Visiting Assist. Professor of Physics
Department of Chemistry & Physics
Elizabeth City State University
Optical Properties
  of Polymer-Dispersed
  Liquid Crystalline Materials
Wednesday
January 28
Dr. Aleksey Bugayev
Applied Research Center
Old Dominion University
Holographic Interferometry of
  Ultrafast Phenomena in
  Semiconductors Induced by Pico-
  and Femtosecond Pulse Excitation
Tuesday
February 3
Dr. Hernando Garcia
Department of Physics
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New Approach to the Measurement
  of the Nonlinear Refractive Index
  and the Raman Gain Coefficient of
  Short (<25 m) Lengths of Silica and
  Erbium-Doped Fibers
Thursday
February 12
Dr. Natalia Dushkina
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowling Green State University
Optical Properties of
  Bulk CdS and Thin-Film CdS
  Formed by Laser Ablation
Thursday
March 18
Dr. Christopher Glosser
Department of Physics
Baylor University
Recent Progress in Computational
  Biophysics:  A Pedagogical Review
Tuesday
March 23
Dr. Ranjith S. Wijesinghe
Assistant Professor of Physics
Pittsburg State University
Comparison of Electric and Magnetic
  Techniques for the Determination
  of Conduction Velocity Distribution
  of Nerve Bundles
Tuesday
March 30
Dr. Scott Steckenrider
Development Leader for
  New Business Development
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
Photo-Acoustics:
  Technology and Applications of
  Laser-Based Ultrasonics
Tuesday
April 13
Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik
Professor of Physics and
  Associate Dean of Graduate
  Studies and Research, SIUE
Applescript Applications
  for the Internet
Friday
May 7
James E. Kuhlman
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Evaluating the Matter and
  Interactions Curriculum
(Thesis Defense)

Fall 2003

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 4
Dr. Mohammad R. Sayeh
Department of Electrical
  and Computer Engineering
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Analytical Solution for Nonlinear
  Dynamics of Photorefractive Gratings
Thursday
September 18
Dr. Brian K. Brickeen
Sr. Scientist / Mgr., Laser Engineering
Northrop Gruman Space Technology
Cutting Edge Optronics
Solid State Lasers:
  Introduction to Technology and
  Applications
Thursday
October 2
Dr. S.M. Aouadi
Department of Physics
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Real-Time Spectroscopic Ellipsometry
  Study During the Growth of
  Nanocrystalline and Nanolaminate
  Nitride Coatings
Thursday
October 16
Dr. Edward F. Stephens
Cutting Edge Optronics
(Physics B.S. & M.S. Graduate, SIUE)
Career Paths and Expectations as
  an Industrial Scientist/Engineer
Thursday
October 30
Dr. P.N. Swamy
Emeritus Professor of Physics, SIUE
From One-Particle Quantum Physics
  to Many-Body Systems
Thursday
November 20
Dr. Rebecca S. Lindell
Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, and
  Biology Education Research Group,
  SIUE
Using the Lunar Phases Concept
  Inventory to Quantitatively Investigate
  College Students' Understanding
  of Lunar Phases

Spring-Summer 2003

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Monday
February 17
Dr. & Lt. Col. Michael A. Marciniak
Department of Engineering Physics
Air Force Institute of Technology
Ultra-Fast Spectroscopy of
  Mid-Infrared Semiconductor
  Lasers. . . from an Optics
  Point-of-View
Tuesday
February 25
Dr. David A. Branning
Department of Physics
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A Tale of Two Photons: Quantum
  Thought-Experiments with Light
Monday
May 5
Catherine Sylve
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
The Effect of Problem Solving on
  Conceptual Understanding in the
  High School Physics Curriculum
(Thesis Defense)
Tuesday
July 1
Steven Horstmann
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Laser Induced Grating in Eu3+-Doped
  Sodium-Magnesium-Aluminosilicate
  Glasses Using a Pump Beam of
  Wavelength 532 nm
(Thesis Defense)

Fall 2002

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 12
Dr. Thomas M. Foster
Dr. Kimberly A. Shaw
Department of Physics, SIUE
A Peek Into Pandora's Box:
  What We Have Learned About
  Our Introductory Physics Classes
Thursday
October 10
Dr. Leon Hsu
University of Minnesota
Charge Transport in III-Nitride
  Semiconductor Heterostructures
Thursday
October 24
Dr. Andrea M. Pascarella
Department of Physics
University of Northern Iowa
CAPA (Computer-Assisted
  Personalized Assigments)
  in a Large University Setting
Thursday
November 14
Dr. W. Robert Binns
Research Professor of Physics
Washington University
The Elemental and Isotopic
  Abundances of Galactic
  Cosmic Rays
Thursday
November 21
Anne Wake
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
Physics and Astronomy: Seeing the
  Light with a Homemade Telescope

Spring 2002

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
February 7
Dr. P. Narayana Swamy
Professor Emeritus
Department of Physics, SIUE
Fundamental Units, Constants,
  Dimensions and All That
Thursday
February 14
Dr. Patrick Schelling
Materials Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
Atomic-level Simulation of Thermal
  Transport and Phonon Dynamics
Tuesday
February 26
Monwhea Jeng
Department of Physics
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Scaling, Universality, and Self-
  Similarity in Disordered Systems
Tuesday
March 5
Dr. Paul Bunson
Department of Physics
Grinnell College
When Protons Run Amok:
  Radiation Damage of
  Semiconductor Devices
Wednesday
March 27
7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall
  Theater
Dr. Virginia Trimble
Professor of Physics
University of California at Irvine
Visiting Professor of Astronomy
University of Maryland
Cosmology: Man's Place in the
  Universe
(William C. Shaw Memorial Lecture,
  also supported by the Shaw
  Memorial Fund and the College
  of Arts and Sciences)

Fall 2001

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
August 30
Dr. P. Narayana Swamy
Department of Physics, SIUE
"NOTHING"
Thursday
September 6
James A. Wilson
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
The Universe: An Examination
  of the Big Bang Theory
(M.S. project defense)
Thursday
September 27
Dr. Kathleen A. Harper
Physics Education Research Group
Ohio State University
Alternative Problems Based on
  Problem Solving Research
Wednesday
October 17
7:30 p.m.
Room SL-3114
Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus
Prof. of Physics, Elect. Engineering,
  and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute
  of Technology
Big Prospects for Small Science
(William C. Shaw Memorial Lecture,
  also supported by the
  Shaw Memorial Fund and the
  College of Arts and Sciences)
Thursday
November 15
Dr. Laura E. McCullough
Department of Physics
University of Wisconsin - Stout
The Missing Women:
  Physics and Gender

Spring 2001

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Tuesday
February 20
Dr. David Kaplan
Department of Physics
Yeshiva University
New Light in Physics: 
  Scintillating Optical Fibers
  and Their Applications
Tuesday
February 27
Dr. Abdullatif Hamad
Department of Physics
Oklahoma State University
The Physics and Applications
  of Rare Earth Doped
  Photorefractive Glasses
Thursday
March 1
Rebecca Lindell (Adrian)
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Kansas State University
Promoting Conceptual Change
  in the Instroductory
  Astronomy Classroom
Tuesday
March 6
Dr. Scott Bonham
Department of Physics
North Carolina State University
The Reality and Potential of
  Web-Based Homework
Thursday
March 22
Dr. Kastro Hamed
Department of Physics
Georgetown University
Investigating Students'
  Understanding of Surface
  Phenomena
Tuesday
March 27
Dr. Lenore Horner
Department of Physics
Creighton University
Elektromagnetische Polka
Thursday
March 29
Dr. Valeri Petkov
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Michigan State University
Local Structure of Materials from
  High Energy X-Ray Diffraction
Tuesday
April 3
Dr. Gregory Comer
Department of Physics
Saint Louis University
Probing Neutron Star Superfluidity
  Using Gravitational Wave Data
Thursday
April 5
Dr. Yashar Yourdshahyan
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
Structures and Surface Reactions
  from Density Functional Theory

Fall 2000

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Tuesday
September 12
Dr. P. Narayana Swamy
Department of Physics, SIUE
Stars, Test Charges and Other
  Bewilderments in Physics
Thursday
October 5
Dr. Leah O'Brien
Department of Chemistry, SIUE
High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy
  of Diatomic Radicals (or, Now that we
  have a Hamiltonian, what can we do
  with it?)
Thursday
October 12
Dr. Thomas M. Foster
Department of Physics, SIUE
Modern Introductory Mechanics:
  The Emperor's New Clothes
Thursday
October 26
Joan Winnett
Cooper Electronics Technology
St. Louis, MO
(SIUE Physics Alumna)
Product development at
  Cooper Electronics Technology
Thursday
November 2
Dr. William Thacker
Department of Physics
St. Louis University
Modeling the Transition to Turbulence

Spring 2000

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Tuesday
January 25
Samir I. Sayegh, M.D., Ph.D.
Dept. of Ophthalmology
  and Visual Sciences
Washington U. School of Medicine
The Physics and Medicine of
  Laser Eye Surgery
Tuesday
February 22
Mary Shapiro and Linda Taft
Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Demonstration of web sites
  accompanying their College
  and University Physics texts
Friday
March 3
Chung-Wu Ho, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
SIUE
Is There a Ghost in the Machine?
(Also sponsored by: SIUE Dept. of
  Philosophical Studies; Science
  and Consciousness Group)
Thursday
March 23
John Walkup, Ph.D.
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
University of Oklahoma
Team Learning on the Web
Tuesday
March 28
Thomas Foster, Ph.D.
Center for Innovation in Learning
Carnegie Mellon University
The Problem with
  Solving Problems
Wednesday
March 29
Stuart Hutton, Ph.D.
Dept. of Physics
Gustavus Adolphus College
Dielectric Relaxation and Electrical
  Conductivity with Application to
  Lower Dimensional Magnetic
  and Electrical Systems
Friday
March 31
2:00 p.m.
Univ. Center
Faculty Club
P. Narayana Swamy, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
SIUE
The Indeterminacy Principle:
  Limits to Perception
(Also sponsored by: SIUE Dept. of
  Philosophical Studies; Science
  and Consciousness Group)
Tuesday
April 4
Lei Bao, Ph.D.
Dept. of Physics
Kansas State University
Dynamics of Student Modeling:
  Understanding the Physics
  of Learning Process
Thursday
April 6
Tom Ruekgauer, Ph.D.
Textron Systems
Socorro, NM
Nonlinear Processes Within
  Cylindrical Microcavities
Tuesday
April 11
Kanishka Marasinghe, Ph.D.
University of Missouri, Rolla
Nuclear Waste to Supermagnets:
  A Physicist's Adventures
  in Materials Science
Thursday
April 13
Jim Kafka, Ph.D.
Spectra-Physics Lasers
Mountain View, CA
Lasers, Pulses and Telecom
(Distinguished Traveling Lecturer
  Program in Laser Science)

Fall 1999

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Thursday
September 9
Zhiyi Liu
Physics graduate student, SIUE
A Serial Interface Program for Control
  of the Lambda 9 Spectrometer
(M.S. thesis defense)
Tuesday
October 12
Dr. Warren P. Grice
Physics faculty, SIUE
Multi-Source Entanglement in
  Quantum Teleportation
Tuesday
October 19
Dr. David A. Branning
Optical Technology Division
National Institute of Standards and
  Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
The Quantum Eraser:
  Complementarity Without the
  Uncertainty Principle
Thursday
November 4
Dr. Patricia Lindley
Charles Evans & Associates
  Redwood City, CA
Dr. Bruno Schueler
Physical Electronics, Inc.
  Eden Prairie, MN
Time-of-flight Secondary Ion
  Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS):
  Fundamentals and Applications
Tuesday
November 9
Dr. Brian K. Clark
Department of Physics
Illinois State University, Normal
Image Potential States of Coated
  Gold and Silver Substrates
Tuesday
November 16
Dr. Ik-Ju Kang
Professor Emeritus, Physics, SIUE
A Prediction of Hurricane Path
  by a Wave Model

Spring 1999

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
Tuesday
February 23
Prof. P. Narayana Swamy
Dept. of Physics, SIUE
Infinities in Physics: What we Can
  (or Not) Learn from Transfinite
  Numbers in Mathematics
Thursday
April 1
Prof. Julia A. Thompson
University of Pittsburgh
Rare (Forbidden) Kaon Decays:
  How and Why We Look for Them
Tuesday
April 13
Shawn O'Connor
Physics Graduate Student, SIUE
A Presentation of Ultra-Fast Optics
Tuesday
April 20
Prof. Warren P. Grice
Dept. of Physics, SIUE
Shedding Light on Quantum Mysteries

Fall 1998

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
September 22 Prof. P. Narayana Swamy
Dept. of Physics, SIUE
Maxwell Equations from Schroedinger
  Equation: Say, What?
October 6 Gail Keefe
MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
(SIUE Physics Alumna)
How Physicists Use in the Job the
  Physics They Learned in School
October 13 Prof. Greg Comer
Dept. of Physics
St. Louis University
From Non-relativistic to
  General Relativistic Superfluids
  and Applications to Neutron Stars
October 27 Prof. Phil Fraundorf
Dept. of Physics
University of Missouri, St. Louis
(SIUE Physics Alumnus)
New Eyes in Physics:
  Prospects, Pioneers and Pitfalls
November 3 Prof. Albert Luo
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
SIUE
Analytical modeling of chaotic
  motion layers in nonlinear
  dynamics
November 10 Dr. Donald P. Ames
President, Fluotech Inc., St. Louis
Horology:
  Time Keeping and Dissemination

Spring 1998

DATE SPEAKER SEMINAR TITLE
January 27 Prof. Gerald J. Pogatshnik
Physics Faculty, SIUE
Building and Managing an Academic
  Website Using Adobe PDF Files
March 3 Prof. P. Narayana Swamy
Physics Faculty, SIUE
Sabbatical Research Fall 1997:
  Travels and Travails
March 10 Dr. Diane Herrick
Eastman Kodak Company
Electrophotography: The Technology
  of Copiers and Laser Printers
March 24 Prof. Frederick W. Zurheide
Physics Faculty, SIUE
Physics is Phun, Revisited
March 31 Prof. Roger C. Hill
Physics Faculty, SIUE
Optical Phenomena In Nature, or,
  Why Is The Full Moon Full?
April 7 Prof. George A. Henderson
Physics Faculty, SIUE
“A White Sportcoat and a Pink
  Carnation”: Do you See it?
  “A White F sharp or a Pink G flat”:
  Do you Hear it?
April 14 Dr. Don Ames
President, Fluotech, Inc.
Astronaut Visor Analyses
April 21 Dr. George Dubé
President
MetaStable Instruments, Inc.
A Review of 1083 nm Lasers
  for Hyperpolarizing Metastable
  Helium Atoms
April 28 Ted McMinn
Vice-President, Technology
Cutting Edge Optronics
The Development of Diode-Pumped
  Solid-State Laser Systems
  at Cutting Edge Optronics


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