Six events scheduled for 2017 fall Physics Colloquium Series

Headshot of Steve Snyder

Marietta College has scheduled six programs for the fall 2017 Physics Colloquium Series, which has been a staple at the College for more than a decade.

Highlighting the fall schedule is Dr. Steven Snyder, who will be on campus as part of the Sigma Pi Sigma Public Science Lecture, at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. Snyder is the CEO of Fleet Science Center in San Diego.

The season begins with Ashley Parker ’12, who is a Ph.D. student at the University of Buffalo and contributor at CERN, at noon, Friday, Sept. 8th, in Rickey 166.

CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

Her presentation is titled, “CMS at LHC: Experimenting with the World’s Largest Machine.”

Jacob Bills ’08 of Miami University will make a presentation about “The Heart as a Dynamical System” at noon, Friday, Sept. 22, in Rickey 166. He will be followed up by a planetarium show at noon, Friday, Oct. 6, in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium. The show will be “Galileo: The Power of the Telescope.”

 On Friday, Oct. 27, Dr. Ann Bragg will make a presentation at noon in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium. Bragg, who is an Associate Professor and Director of the Planetarium at Marietta College. Her topic will be announced at a later date.

The final fall presentation is by Vance Turnewitsch ’14, who works at Barnstorm Research Corp., at noon, Friday, Nov. 10th. The topic of his presentation will be announced at a later date.

Each session is free and open to the public. The Physics Department provides free pizza and drinks, but please call in a reservation to (740) 376-4750 or email adr003@marietta.edu so there is enough to go around.