Alums returning for Spring 2017 Physics Colloquium

headshot of Xiaoyue Ni

Marietta College’s Physics Colloquium Series is made even more special this semester as each speaker is a member of The Long Blue Line.

Xiaoyue (Sally) Ni ’12, will kick off the spring portion of the series at noon, Friday, February 17th, when she speaks on the topic of “Probing Microplasticity: The Mechanical Noise in Metal’s Pre-yield Regime.”

Ni’s return to Marietta to speak is noteworthy because she will also speak about pursuing Ph.D. at California Institute of Technology, a top graduate school.

“Her research is connected to the LIGO experiment,” said Dennis Kuhl, Professor and Chair of the Physics Department. “That is the experiment that made headlines last year for the discovery of gravity waves, the last great prediction of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity remaining to be proved experimentally. The discovery is likely to garner a Nobel Prize in physics for somebody in the near future.”

The second presentation of the series will be held on Friday, March 3rd when Dr. Meredith Rogers Dubelman ’07 speaks on “Next Generation Technology in Aviation.” Since graduating from Marietta, Dubleman has gone on to become a Ceramic Development Engineer with General Electric Aviation.

The series will continue on Friday, March 24 with a planetarium show entitled “Dark Matter Mystery.” The show will be presented in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium.

Kuhl is still looking for a third speaker to present on April 7th, and he believes it will be another Marietta graduate.

All Colloquium presentations run from 12-12:50 p.m. and are in Rickey 166, unless noted.

The Physics Department will supply pizza and beverages. If you plan to attend, please contact Andrea Richardson at (740) 376-4750 or