Physics Colloquium Series opens with planetarium show on Sept. 16

Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe, which debuted at Marietta College in April of 2016, will serve as the first program in the 2016-17 Physics Colloquium at Marietta College.

This presentation will go on an exploration of the Galaxy’s potential for extraterrestrial life. The Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum produced the video. It will be held in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium on Friday, Sept. 16.

The next two presenters will present in Rickey 166.

On Sept. 30, Zachary Long ’11, who is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, will speak about "Radiative Transfer Modeling of the Circumstellar Disks of Young Stars" at noon. Long earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Marietta.

Ben Charley ’13, CEO of Rapid TPC, Inc., will present "From Application to Abstraction and Back: Using Your Physics Toolbox in Entrepreneurship and Beyond" on at noon, Friday, Oct. 28. Charley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Physics from Marietta, while participating in the Engineering Dual Degree Program. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

The Physics Department is excited to welcome Dr. Beverly Taylor of Miami University, as she’ll make a special presentation on "The Physics of Toys" starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10. Her presentation is part of the Sigma Pi Sigma Public Lecture Series and will take place in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium.

Three current Marietta students — Michael Bowen ’17, Brittany Hassman ’17 and Jonathan Kadowaki ’17 — will conduct the final fall presentation on Dec. 2. Looking back at their summer research internship experiences, Bowen will discuss "Exploring Photovoltaic Properties in MAPbCI Perovskite Structures," Hassman will present "Looking for Epitaxy in Thin Copper Films" and Kadowaki will talk about "Research and Development at EGC Enterprises."

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.