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The Spring 2017 colloquia will be held in the lobby of the Physical Sciences Complex unless otherwise noted

Each week during the semester, the Department of Physics invites faculty, students and the local community to hear prominent scientists discuss intriguing physics research. The Spring 2017 colloquia will be held Tuesdays in the Physical Sciences Complex lobby at 4:00 p.m. (preceded by light refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)

Parking is available in the Regents Drive Parking Garage (PG2). An attendant will direct visitors within the garage. Additionally, a free ShuttleUM bus runs between the College Park Metro Station and Regents Drive at about eight-minute intervals.

For further information, please contact the Physics Department at 301-405-5946 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

January 31
Lisa Manning, Syracuse University 
Hosted by: Chris Jarzynski


Jamming in Biological Tissues

Biological tissues involved in important processes such as embryonic development, lung function, and cancer progression have recently been shown to be close to a disordered fluid-to-solid transition. However, existing theories cannot explain jamming transitions in confluent tissues, where there are no gaps between cells and the packing density is always unity. I will discuss a new theoretical framework that predicts a critical rigidity transition in biological tissues identified by an experimentally accessible structural order parameter, with diverse potential applications in asthma, cancer, metamaterials and mechanical topological insulators

 

February 7
John Mather, NASA

TBA

 

 

February 14
TBA

TBA

 

February 21
Ed Ott, University of Maryland

TBA

 

February 28
Carr Lecture
PHYS Room 1412
Stuart Parkin, IBM/Max Planck Institute 
Hosted by: Rick Greene/Chris Lobb

TBA

 

March 7

Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute
 
March 14
TBA

TBA

 

 
March 21
Spring Break No colloquium
No colloquium

 

March 28

TBA
Hosted by: 

TBA

 

 

 
April 4
Andrea Cavalleri, Max Planck Institute
Hosted by: 

TBA

 

 

April 11
Ashvin Vishwanath, Harvard
Hosted by: Mohammad Hafezi

TBA

 

 

April 18
TBA
Hosted by: 

TBA

 

 

April 25
TBA

TBA

 

May 2
TBA

TBA

 

May 9
Tilman Esslinger, ETH Zurich Institute 
Hosted by: Mohammad Hafezi

TBA

 

 

Upcoming Events

Jan
25

Wed, Jan 25, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jan
26

Thu, Jan 26, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Jan
26

Thu, Jan 26, 2017 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Jan
27

Fri, Jan 27, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm