Colloquium: Apollonian Fractal — Numbers, Geometry, and Physics

Date: September 22, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Planetary Hall Room 126

Featured Speaker:
Jerzy Kocik
Southern Illinois University, Department of Mathematics

Abstract:
Not only is the Apollonian configuration of circles an aesthetically noteworthy fractal but it also possesses a surprisingly rich mathematical structure. In particular, it conceals the main ingredients of modern physics, like Minkowski space-time, a model of spin, analogies of the quantum Aharonov-Bohm-like …

Colloquium: Mathematics and Climate

Date: September 8, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Planetary Hall Room 126

Featured Speaker:
Hans G. Kaper
Georgetown University and Mathematics and Climate Research Network

Abstract:
Mathematical models and statistical arguments play a central role in the assessment of the changes that are observed in Earth’s climate system. While much of the discussion of climate change is focused on large-scale computational models, the theory of dynamical …

Twitter Q&A with Dr. Geller on the solar eclipse

Tuesday, August 15, Twitter Q&A with Associate Professor & Observatory Director, Dr. Harold Geller. Follow @GeorgeMasonNews on Twitter for the Q&A starting at 12pm!

Our #solareclipse17 Q&A is Aug. 15 at 12p! Tweet questions to @GeorgeMasonNews using #VaEclipse or send them in advance to jroger20@gmu.edu pic.twitter.com/7c27QjyhzH

— George Mason News (@GeorgeMasonNews) August 14, 2017

Former PhD Student Probes Puzzling Galaxy Merger

Former PhD student and current postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory Dr. Nathan Secrest is leading a study of the fascinating Was 49 galaxy merger system. This study, in collaboration with NASA’s NuSTAR mission, is changing our understanding of how supermassive black holes form and grow in galaxies, including our own Milky Way.

Read all about the work here:
NuSTAR …

Spring 2017 Semester Colloquia Schedule

Colloquia for the Spring 2017 Semester will take place from 3:00 to 4:15 pm in Exploratory Hall, Room L003, unless otherwise noted.

Refreshments will be served.

Date
Speaker
Affiliation
Title and Abstract

Jan. 27
Joel Green
Space Telescope Science Institute
The Fiery Seeds of Planet Formation

Feb. 3
Joe Pesce
NSF
Physics and Astronomy at the National Science Foundation

Feb. 17
Bob Bartolo
Former IEEE Congressional Fellow
Solving Today’s Complex Environmental Challenges: A Physicist’s …

Sigma Xi Grant Award Winner: Dillon Berger

Congratulations to Dillon Berger, who was awarded a Sigma XI Grant in Aid of Research for a project on modeling the signatures of low mass black holes in galaxies under the direction of Professor Satyapal. This is a very competitive grant with only 15% being awarded and he received $800 in support of this research.

Dillon Berger

Fall 2016 Semester Colloquia Schedule

Colloquia for the Fall 2016 Semester will take place from 3:00 to 4:15 pm in Exploratory Hall, Room L111, unless otherwise noted.

Refreshments will be served.

Date
Speaker
Affiliation
Title and Abstract

Sept. 23
Pauli Kehayias
Harvard
Magnetic Microscopy and NMR with Nitrogen-Vacancy Defect Centers in Diamond

Oct. 7
Alina Bruma
NIST
Spontaneous ordering at nanoscale level : superlattice formation in transition metal nanocubes

Oct. 20
Please note different location
Markita del Carpio Landry
UC …

Congratulations to PhD Students: Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence

Congratulations to three graduating Physics PhD students awarded with this year’s Outstanding Physics & Astronomy Dissertation Awards. These awards will be presented to the awardees during the Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebration and Award Ceremony on May 11, 2016.

George Chintzoglou

George Chintzoglou: May 2016

Dissertation Title:

A Study Of Solar Magnetic Fields Below The Surface, At The Surface, And In …

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award (OURA)

This award recognizes undergraduate students for outstanding research contributions with research advisors at or outside Mason.

APS/IBM Research Internship

APS and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs;
one for undergraduate women and one for underrepresented minorities.
The application deadline for both programs is February 15, 2016. The
goals of the programs are to encourage women and underrepresented
minority undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in science
and engineering. Both internship programs feature salaried positions
at IBM research locations that are typically 10 weeks long …