Bryn Mawr Physics Department Events

Fall 2016–Spring 2017



Colloquia take place on Mondays in the Dorothy Vernon Room, adjacent to the dining hall of the New Dorm.

Dinner 5:30-6:30pm, followed by the colloquium 6:30-7:30 pm. Meal tickets will be provided for those not on the meal plan.

Colloquia Talk Titles and Abstracts

Spring 2016

Jan. 23
Dr. Hillary Smith, Class of 2006
California Institute of Technology
Applied Physics in Energy Storage Materials

Investigations of Materials to Address Alternative Energy Challenges

Thermodynamic properties of materials play a key role in understanding the conduction of heat and electrons.  Experimental probes of entropy and heat capacity help elucidate these properties and can be used to inform the development of new materials.  In this talk, I will describe an investigation of the contributions to entropy in a metallic glass.  Metallic glasses are solids, like crystals, but isotropic and without long-range order, like liquids.  At the glass transition temperature, hundreds of degrees below where the solid melts, the hard glass becomes viscous.  I will describe an investigation into the entropy and heat capacity at the glass transition, and put these new experimental results into the context of decades-old theories.  At the conclusion of the talk, I will connect this work to my current research focus on applying these same experimental tools to solving energy storage problems.  

Feb 27 (Note Special Time and Location Below)

Dr. Shawana Johnson
President and Owner of Global Marketing Insights Inc.
Dr. Charles Samuels
Project Manager and Principle Systems Integration Engineer, Vencore, Inc.
Former Bryn Mawr College Visiting Professor

Remote Sensing

This talk will discuss remote sensing to include its definition, history and several applications. For the purposes of this talk, remote sensing consists of the sensors (e.g., optical elements / instruments), processes, and techniques to collect data remotely (from space satellites, piloted and autonomous aircraft) about the earth (land, water and atmosphere, and human-made features and constructs), and process that data for various applications. These applications are numerous and include environmental science, geospatial science, energy, agriculture and food assessments and security, land and water assessment and use, forestry, oceanography and marine science, weather, meteorology and climate prediction and assessment, and disaster assessment and response. In particular, this talk will focus on the history of remote sensing, and feature the use of LiDAR and Hyperspectral sensors and applications. Dr. Johnson, a world renowned expert, will also provide her insights into owning and operating a small business as well as hold an open discussion of what it's like and how to succeed in operating a woman-owned small business in a male-dominated field.

Journal Club

For Spring 2017, Journal Club takes place on Wednesdays in Park 337—snacks 4-4:15 p.m., presentation at 4:15-5p.m.

Events Summary


23 (Monday) Colloquium: Hillary Smith '06 - Dorothy Vernon Room, 6:30pm (Dinner at 5:30)


27 (Monday) Colloquium: Chuck Samuels and Shawana Johnson - Dalton 300, 5:30-7:30pm (Light Dinner served by Campus Catering)




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