Speaker List Announced for Fall 2012 Physics Colloquium at Baylor University

September 12, 2012
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 12, 2012) - The department of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University has announced guest speakers for the Fall 2012 Physics Colloquium. Lectures will be given at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Baylor Sciences Building, Room E.125.
"We have a very good list of speakers who are experts in their fields," said Anzhong Wang, Ph.D., a professor of physics and an organizer of the series. "By attending these colloquia, students can be well informed with the cutting-edge physics frontiers and get deep insights into the field. I strongly encourage students as well as faculty to attend."
The schedule of guest lecturers is as follows:
' Sept. 12, 2012: Andy White, Ph.D.
White is a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and will speak on the International Linear Collider Project: physics, accelerator, and detectors.
' Sept. 19, 2012: Yang Li, Ph.D.
Joining the faculty in 2011, Li is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University. He will present a lecture on Electromagnetic Wave Propagation and Antenna Radiation in Forested Environments.
' Sept. 26, 2012: Ryszard Stroynowski, Ph.D.
Stroynowski, professor and chair of the physics department at Southern Methodist University, specializes in optoelectronics and has been involved with the CERN project, the Large Hadron Collider, and the ATLAS experiment in Geneva, Switzerland.
' Oct. 3, 2012: Chris Thron, Ph.D.
Thron is a professor at Texas A&M University-Central Texas and a consultant for Applied Mathematics, Inc. in the field of naval operations research.
' Oct. 10, 2012: Zhenrong Zhang, Ph.D.
In addition to serving as a professor in the physics department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University, Zhang is interested in researching energy and environment related catalytic chemical physics, specifically, the synthesis of "inverse" model oxide nanocatalysts.
' Oct. 17, 2012: Jennifer Marshall, Ph.D.
Marshall is a research scientist in the Munnerlyn Astronomical Instrumentation Laboratory at Texas A&M University where she manages the lab's efforts to build instruments for HETDEX, GMT, the Dark Energy Survey and other telescopes.
' Oct. 24, 2012: Yue Deng, Ph.D.
Serving as a physics professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, Deng's research interests include upper atmosphere, magnetosphere and ionosphere coupling, and space weather prediction.
' Oct. 31, 2012: Bennie Ward, Ph.D.
Ward joined the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University as a distinguished professor of physics in 2003. He has collaborated with colleagues in Germany, Poland, Russia and India while pursuing his research in theoretical particle physics.
' Nov. 7, 2012: Linda Olafsen, Ph.D.
Interested in researching the development and application of semi-conductor laser devices in the three to five micron window of the electromagnetic spectrum, Linda Olafsen is a professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University.
' Nov. 14, 2012: Jeff Olafsen, Ph.D.
Jeff Olafsen researches the fields of nonlinear dynamics and non-equilibrium systems through interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary collaboration in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University, where he also serves as a professor.
by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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