News & Events

Department Colloquium

Physics department colloquium takes place in Corcoran 101 (725 21st NW, Washington DC 20052), usually on Thursdays 4-5pm. Refreshments are provided on the fourth floor from 3:45pm.

October 17, 2019
Laurence Arcadias, Maryland Institute College of Art and NASA GSFC
Robin Corbet, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and NASA GSFC
AstroAnimation: Bridging Two Cultures in the Post-Truth World

October 10, 2019
Crystal Bailey, American Physical Society - Head of Career Programs
Breaking the Myth of the "Non-Traditional" Physicist: The Real Story About Employment for Physics Graduates

October 3, 2019
Eric Bellm, University of Washington
Searching for X-Ray Binaries with Large-Scale Optical Variability Surveys

September 26, 2019
Neil Johnson, George  Washington University
Slaying the Online Hydra of Hate, Distrust and Anti-Science

September 19, 2019
Rodrigo Nemmen, Universidade de São Paulo
Accelerating Scientific Computing with GPUs

Department News 


GW students standing with their research posters at Research Days 2019

Student Innovation Shines at Research Days 2019

Eric Boulter, a junior majoring in astrophysics and music, is using virtual reality technology to bring the solar system to life. Wearing a headset, users can stand among the stars and study how they are formed.
Members of the GW Society for Physics Students chapter put on a series of science workshops at Drew Elementary every spring.

Not Just Another Science Class

Members of the GW chapter of the Society of Physics Students share their passion for learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshops with local children.
An artist representation of the hypernova.

Supernovae Shine Light on Gamma-ray Bursts

New deep space observations by Professor of Astrophysics Chryssa Kouveliotou and an international team of scientists provide insights into Gamma-ray bursts and their relations to supernova, the blindingly bright flashes from a dying star.

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Frances E. Walker Lecture Series

The Frances E. Walker Lecture Series brings prominent women physicists and astrophysicists to campus to highlight their accomplishments and connect mentors with students. The series is supported by the Frances E. Walker Fund for Women in Physics

Past Frances Walker Lectures 


Barry Berman Memorial Lecture Series

The goal of the Barry Berman Memorial Lecture Series is to inspire young people to study medical physics by inviting nationally and internationally prominent scientists to speak on the application of physics principles to medicine. The series was founded in 2011 through a generous gift from one of Berman’s close collaborators and colleagues, Cedric Yu, a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology. 

Professors Berman and Yu formerly worked together under a National Institutes of Health-funded project on radiation cancer therapy. 

Past Berman Lectures 



Past Events

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