Upcoming Physics Colloquia

Keep Posted:  Come see what physics and astronomy are all about!!

All talks are held in Mara Auditorium, Masters 110 unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2017


Physics Seminar - Larry Marschall, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Gettysburg College


"A MUST-SEE: The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017"

Thursday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m.

*Lunch provided at 11:30 a.m.


Physics Seminar - Somayeh Farhadi, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania
Postdoctoral Researcher


"Active Spinners"

Friday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m. in Science Center, Room 300

*Lunch provided at 11:30 a.m.


Physics Seminar - Matthew J. Murray, '11

University of Maryland
Chemical Physics Program


"Collision Dynamics of Highly Oriented Molecular Super Rotors with an Optical Centrifuge"

Friday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m. in Science Center, Room 300

*Lunch provided at 11:30 a.m.


X-SIG Seminar Series - Markita Landry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of California, Berkeley


"Nanoscale Technologies: How Tiny Things Help Solve Big Life Science Problems"

Tuesday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m.

"Infrared Microscopy of Nanosensors for Brain Imaging of Modulatory Neurotransmitters"

Wednesday, March 30th at 12:00 p.m. in Science Center, Room 200


Physics Seminar - Peter J. Pella, Ph.D.

Physics Professor, Emeritus
Gettysburg College


"The Current Status of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament Efforts"

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

*Lunch provided at 11:30 a.m.


Fall 2016 Schedule

Senior Capstone Presentations

Accelerator Group

Lower left to Right: Paul McDonnell, Samuel Wilensky, Elliot Snider, Tanner Kirkpatrick,
Madison Lacroce, Tyler Billings, Justin Myers, Dylan Mosquera

Gettysburg College '17

"Investigating Structural Changes in the Surface Morphology of Proton-Irradiated Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)"

Friday, December 2 at 12:00 p.m. in Masters, room 117

Sarah Hansen
Gettysburg College '17

"Electrostatics of Nucleosome Core Particles (NCPs)"

Alexander O'Toole
Gettysburg College '17

"Stress in Cyclically Sheared Granular Material"

Friday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Masters, room 117

Fangchen Li
Gettysburg College '17

"Neutron Transport Simulations for NIST Neutron Lifetime Experiment"

Avery German
Gettysburg College '17

"First Optical Tests of a New Multi-Cone X-Ray Imaging Bragg Crystal Spectrometer"

Friday, November 11 at 12:00 p.m. in Masters, room 117

Peter Christ
Gettysburg College '17

"Particle Identification for Neutron-Rich Sodium, Fluorine, and Neon Isoptopes at the NSCL"

Gordon McCann
Gettysburg College '17

"Simulation of Superquadric and Supertoroid Particles to Examine the Effects of Particle Shape upon Self-Assembly Behavior"

Friday, November 4 at 12:00 p.m. in Masters, room 117

Colloquia presentations take place throughout the academic year. These instructive, thought-provoking lectures and discussions on current topics in astronomy and physics are open to the public, as well as to all students, faculty, administrators and staff of Gettysburg College.

Talks have been given by scientists from colleges and universities, government and industry, as well as by Gettysburg faculty and senior physics majors. Past topics have included the physics of boomerangs, chaos, general relativity, plasma, astrometric inquiry from other observatories, the physics and chemistry of mesoscopic matter, high resolution imaging, holography, the top quark, solar sea power, superconductivity, the super collider, magnetic monopoles, medieval astronomy and much, much more.

For science majors, these colloquia offer a valuable opportunity to explore fields of interest and potential job opportunities.