Physics Colloquia and Seminars
Spring 2023

Beth Mund
Seminar - The STORIES Project: A Perspective from an Analog Astronaut

Speaker: Beth Mund
                 Stellar Communications
Host: J.R. Dennison

January 12, 2023 / Thursday / 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. / SER 244

Bio: Beth Mund is an analog astronaut, science communication advisor, former journalist and NASA Public Affairs Officer for the Johnson Space Center and the International Space Station. Beth currently serves as the Chief Narrative Officer at Stellar Communications where she delivers inspirational science- based narratives. Beth is the host and creator of the Casual Space Podcast, where she shares her weekly conversations with astronauts, engineers, authors and artists about our future in space exploration, and why it matters. 

Justin Likar
Colloquium - Spacecraft charging in the era of Van Allen Probes, Europa Clipper and beyond: Successes and lessons learnt

Speaker: Justin Likar
                Johns Hopkins University APL Space Exploration Sector
Host: J.R. Dennison

January 17, 2023 / Tuesday / 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. / SER 244

Bio: Justin Likar is a Cognizant Engineer within the JHU APL Space Exploration Sector in Laurel, MD.  He serves in Lead Engineer and Principal Investigator capacity in areas relating to natural and manmade space radiation impacts on space system design and operation. Current projects of significance include Europa Clipper (multiple instruments therein), Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), Io Volcano Observer (IVO), and Van Allen Probes. Prior to joining APL in 2018 Justin was with Lockheed Martin Space Systems and United Technologies Aerospace Systems.

Mark Beck
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: Mark Beck
                 Reed College
Host: Rob Davies 

February 28, 2023 / Friday / 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Mark Beck is primarily an experimentalist, but is also interested in theoretical questions in quantum optics and quantum information science. He is particularly interested in exploring ways to extract as much information as possible from quantum systems, typically photons. He has developed a number of undergraduate teaching laboratories that explore fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics. He has been at Reed since 2018.

John Villarrubia
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: John Villarrubia
                National Institute of Standards and Technologies
Host: J.R. Dennison 

March 21, 2023 / Tuesday / 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bio: John Villarrubia is a physicist and project leader in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received a B.S. in Physics from Louisiana State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University. At Cornell he helped to build the first time-resolved high-resolution electron energy loss spectrometer.  At IBM as a postdoc, he did early scanning tunneling microscopy work that produced atomic-resolution images of Cl-modified Si surfaces. At NIST he contributed to the Molecular Measuring Machine project. He is a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences, recipient of three Nyyssonen Metrology best paper awards, a Nanotech Briefs Nano50 Technology Award, and Dept. of Commerce Silver and Gold medals.

Jeff Shainline
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: Jeff Shainline
                National Institute for Standards and Technology
Host: T.-C. Shen 

April 4, 2023 / Tuesday / 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bio: Jeff Shainline explores technologies leveraging the complimentary physics of light and electronics. He is particularly interested in the exploration of superconducting optoelectronic networks for achieving large-scale spiking neural networks. 
Jeff received the B.S. degree in physics from the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. degree from Brown University. He joined the Quantum Nanophotonics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado in 2013. At NIST he leads the Physics and Hardware for Intelligence project.

Galan Moody
Colloquium - TBA

Speaker: Galan Moody
                University of Southern California Santa Barbara
Host: T.-C. Shen 

April 18, 2023 / Tuesday / 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Bio: Galan joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UCSB as an Assistant Professor in 2019 and is a member and thrust co-lead of the UCSB NSF Quantum Foundry. He received his PhD in Physics and his BSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on fabricating and characterizing integrated quantum photonic devices and quantum materials relevant for quantum information processing, communications, and metrology, including 2D materials, semiconductor quantum dots, and hybrid quantum systems.