PHY 497 Seminar series

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Physics and Astronomy Seminar (PHY 497)

This seminar series is intended for majors and minors in the department of physics as well as other students interested in physics, engineering and astronomy. It will consist of a weekly series of talks given by visiting scientists and engineers as well as senior research students and is held in both the fall and spring semesters.  

Attendance is not limited to physics students and faculty - all students and faculty are welcome to attend.

For information on the Spring 2023 presentations or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Eric Gansen, Physics Professor, at

Spring 2023 Seminars
(All seminars begin at 3:20 p.m. and are held in 111 Cowley Hall)

Wednesday, February 1st
Photoluminescence Enhancement of Perovskites Nanocomposites Using Ion Implanted Silver Nanoparticles
Presented by:  Dr. Shahid Iqbal, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University

Wednesday, February 8
Are Ground State Protons Quantum Vortices?
Presented by:  Dr. Steven Verrall, Physics Instructional Academic Staff, UWL

Wednesday, February 15
From Physics to Engineering:  The Applied Side of Science
Presented by:  Dr. Anne-Marie Lerner, Assistant Chair and Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, March 1
Engineering Degrees at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Path to Get There From UWL
Presented by:  Dr. Brian Hinderliter, Professor, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Wednesday, March 8
Progress towards All-Optical UV Switching in ZnO/ZnMgO Quantum Wells
Presented by:  Dr. Eric Gansen, Physics Professor, UWL

Wednesday, March 22
Background and Uncertainty Estimations for the NOvA Neutrino Oscillation Analysis
Presented by:  Miranda Elkins, Graduate Student, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University

Wednesday, March 29
From Physics to a Career in HVAC
Presented by:  Sam Bayer, Masters HVAC

Wednesday, April 5
Studying the Milky Way Circumgalactic Medium with HaloSat
Presented by:  Dr. Jesse Bluem, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa

Wednesday, April 12
What Can You Do With a Physics Degree?
Presented by:  Dr. Shelly Lesher, Physics Professor and Chair, UWL

Wednesday, April 19

Wednesday, April 26
Sigma Pi Sigma Initiation and Capstone Poster Session
Presented by:  Dr. Seth King, Physics Professor, and Dr. Eric Barnes, Physics Professor, UWL