THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY PRESENTS
A SERIES OF LECTURES, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND FILMS

WHAT PHYSICISTS DO

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” - Carl Sagan

NINETY-SEVENTH SERIES
Spring 2019

History of the Series

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Date About
11 Feb 2019 THE KEYS TO INNOVATION: PRIMING YOUR BRAIN TO PERCOLATE BRILLIANT IDEAS
Dr. Ransom Stephens will describe the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness: the physics of lateral thought, the power of perspective, the value of novelty, and how your brain selects and rejects ideas before you’re even aware of them. Dr. Stephen is a scientist and technologist that collaborated on major discoveries at international labs before joining the private sector. He has written hundreds of articles and several books, including his most recent, The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs.
18 Feb 2019 APOLLO'S DARING MISSION
A President's Day treat. The story of Apollo 8, the first crewed mission to the Moon.
25 Feb 2019 RADIATIVE DRIVERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: KNOWN KNOWNS AND KNOWN UNKNOWNS
What do we know for sure regarding the greenhouse gases and their effects on our climate, and what remains to be settled? Are there still grounds for reserving scientific judgment on the causes of global warming? Dr. William Collins' talk highlights the latest observational and theoretical advances in our understanding of these critical questions.
4 Mar 2019 HOW DO YOU IMAGE EXTRASOLAR PLANETS HIDDEN CLOSE TO BRIGHT STARS?
Directly imaging planets around nearby stars is one of the most technically challenging endeavors in astronomy. Dr. Kalas of UC Berkeley will review the scientific discoveries and surprises delivered by a new generation of advanced observatories and instruments.
11 Mar 2019 SCIENCE OF WAR AND PEACE
Prof. Cominsky, Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, will review the basic science of nuclear weapons and their effects. She will also discuss the nuclear situation in North Korea.
18 Mar 2019 SPRING BREAK
25 Mar 2019 FASTER THAN LIGHT
Dr. Robert Nemiroff
1 Apr 2019 CESAR CHAVEZ DAY
8 Apr 2019 THE PATH FROM PHYSICS TO DATA SCIENCE
Dr. Stephen Martin recently completed his Ph.D. in Physics from UC Santa Cruz and now works as a data scientist at Grand Rounds, Inc. He will discuss his research in computational biophysics, the transition from academia to industry, and his new role in the emerging field of data-driven healthcare.
15 Apr 2019 THE ECLIPSE MEGAMOVIE PROJECT
Dr. Juan Carlos Oliveros Martinez
22 Apr 2019 LARGE-SCALE STRUCTURE
Dr. Tesla Jeltema
29 Apr 2019 UNDERSTANDING PARTICLE THEORY
Dr. Sebastian Ellis

Sonoma State University

This series is supported by private donations and Instructionally Related Activities funds.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609. (707) 664-2119
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