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.

November 21, 2019
Natasha Holmes, Cornell University
Bennhold Lecture -- Why traditional labs fail (and what to do about it)

November 14, 2019
Nicholas White, George Washington University
The Gamow Explorer: A High Redshift Universe Gamma-Ray Burst Mission

October 24, 2019
Alexander Turbiner, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Stony Brook University
Choreography in Nature, in Newtonian Gravity (living in motion)

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 


Neil Johnson sitting at a desk with papers in front of him

Cross-Disciplinary Research to Quantify Evolution, Spread of Misinformation

Physics professor Neil Johnson and his collaborator Yonatan Lupu have been awarded a three-year, $1.86 million grant from the Department of Defense to study how misinformation spreads between groups and across social media platforms.
Senior physics major Ujwal Kumar (right) and biology major Alison Pagalilauan

Getting Creative: Student Research in the Virtual Learning Environment

For physics major Ujwal Kumar, the COVID pandemic turned everything upside down — including his astrophysics research on gamma ray bursts. But thanks in part to CCAS' STEM Summer Research Program, Kumar found creative ways to continue his research remotely.
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.

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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 




Upcoming Events

Upcoming events will be posted on this page when scheduled. Head to our archive to view all past events.