JMU Physics Department Seminar Schedule, Fall 2016
Seminars this semester will be in EnGeo 1301 (formerly HHS 1301)

Past Seminars            


JMU Physics Dept. Seminars this semester will meet either Thursday from 3:30-5:00 OR Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:00.  Guests from the outside community are welcome to attend.  They should procure a parking tag at 540-568-3300, or park in metered spaces in the university lots. If you would like to be added to or removed from the email list, notify Harold Butner by sending an email to

Fall 2016 Seminars


Speaker (Affiliation)




Thursday 09/01

Harold Butner
JMU Physics

Welcome Back
Towards the Future
(Junior/Senior Advising)

Thursday 09/08

Career and Academic

Two Words: Think Ahead!
Resources JMU can offer you...
(Junior/Senior Advising)

H. Butner

Thursday 09/15

Justin Finke

Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes
the Connection to Black Holes
in Ultraluminous X-Ray Sources

S. Scully


Friday 09/23

Emma Oxford
JMU Libraries

Research Tools
The Annotated Bibliography
(for students only)

Thursday 09/29

JMU Physics Students

Summer Internships

H. Butner

Thursday 10/06

Sean McWilliams
West Virginia University

Direct Observation of Gravitational Waves
from a Black-Hole System
with Advanced LIGO

H. Butner

Thursday 10/06

Sean McWilliams
West Virginia University

The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

John C. Wells Planetarium Science Series 7pm - Wilson Hall - Public Talk

S. Virani

Thursday 10/13

Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
Aalto University

Lattice mechanics and self similarity
in structures with high mechanical efficiency

M. Dias

Thursday 10/20

Christine Helms
University of Richmond

The Mechanical Properties of Fibrin

C. Hughes

Friday 10/28

Andrew Werner
a. i. solutions

From Switzerland to Qatar:
A Physics major in the commercial sector

JMU Physics Alumnus of the Year
Class of 2003

C. Hughes

Tuesday 11/01

Marco Bersanelli
University of Milano

Science from the Planck Mission

Special time

G. Scarel

Tuesday 11/01

Marco Bersanelli
University of Milano

The First Light in the Universe

John C. Wells Planetarium Science Series 7pm - Wilson Hall - Public Talk

S. Virani

Thursday 11/03

Ilarion Melnikov

The Topological In The Physical

Seminar on the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

H. Butner

Thursday 11/10

Shou Chen
University of Houston

Efficient transition metal
dichalcogenide electrocatalysts
for water splitting

C. Constantin


Thursday 11/17

No Seminar

Go to the Labs instead!

Students Explore the Research Labs

All PHYS 105 students and other interested students
visit the Physics Research Labs
and see what your fellow students are working on!


Thursday 11/24

Thanksgiving Break
No Seminar

Thursday 12/01

Alberto Accardi
Hampton University &
Jefferson Lab

The proton
100 years later (or so)...

I. Niculescu

Thursday 12/08

Keigo Fukumura
JMU Physics

Tracing the Physics
of the Innermost Circumnuclear Region
of Active Galaxies with X-Ray Spectroscopy

H. Butner

Thursday 12/15

End Of Semester

Finals Week (from 12/12 till 12/16)
No Seminar

Good Luck on Finals!


Other JMU Science and Technology Seminars:

John C. Wells Planetarium

Department of Biology
Department of Geology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mathematics and Statistics