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Talks will be posted as speakers are confirmed. Click here to see a list of talks from previous years’ Colloquia Series.

Spring, 2022

February 18th

Speaker: Dr. Tuan Nguyen, TCNJ Physics Department

Topic: From Electron to Higgs and Everything In Between

Abstract: 20th century physics was dominated by particles – their discoveries, their theories, and the machines built to discover them. In this talk, we will cover everything you ever wanted to know about this fantastic era: the birth of quantum mechanics, discovery of elementary particles, accelerators, bubble chambers, Feynman diagrams, quarks, the Standard Model, the Higgs boson, string theory, and much more – and all on one slide.

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: Science Complex P-117

March 1st

Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Weil, Purdue University

Topic: Stellar Fireworks: Tackling Observations of the Dynamic Night Sky in the Era of Big Data

Abstract:  Over the next decade as the Legacy Survey for Space and Time (LSST) by Rubin Observatory begins operations the number of supernovae detected by large all-sky surveys will increase by over an order of magnitude. The supernova community is actively developing the cyber-infrastructure needed to tackle this large influx of data in order to process, prioritize and coordinate follow-up observations for maximal science gains. The Recommender Engine For Intelligent Transient Tracking (REFITT) is a data-driven AI system that ingests supernova light curve information in real-time, forecasts the supernova evolution, and recommends observations to observing agents to augment survey light curves at critical epochs. I will discuss how REFITT works to make such recommendations and how citizen scientists and professional observatories work together in the follow-up effort.

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University in the Time Domain Astrophysics Group. My research at Purdue University has focused on cyberinfrastructure development for the deluge of data from the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) by Rubin Observatory, coming in late 2023. My work has been focused on the coordination of these follow-up observations between various observing agents. I have worked with ground- (Magellan, MMT, SALT, SOAR, MDM Observatory, SAAO, LCO) and space- (HST, Chandra) based observatories totaling more than 170 nights of observing. I received my PhD from Dartmouth College in June 2020 specializing in observations of supernovae and supernova remnants. I did a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard & Smithsonian | Center for Astrophysics and have a B.S. in Physics from Brandeis University. I will be starting a new position this summer at Northrop Grumman Corporation, as a Future Technical Leaders Fellow.

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: Science Complex P-117