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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 3:45 p.m.

COVID Update: All department colloquia will be held remotely until further notice.



Department News

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Online Parenting Communities Pulled Closer to Extreme Groups

Previous research has shown that social media feeds the spread of misinformation. But exactly how that occurs has been unclear, leaving social media platforms struggling under the deluge of new material posted each day. Led by Professor of Physics  Neil Johnson, the research team set out to better understand how the Facebook machinery helps misinformation thrive and spread through the platform’s network of online communities.

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NASA Pact Rockets Astrophysics Impact

The GW Astrophysics Group within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is expanding its reach into space exploration with a new agreement with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The milestone partnership will open doors to a greater imprint for the CCAS Physics Department in space science.

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Excited states of strongly interacting matter predicted from first principles

The George Washington Lattice QCD collaboration has determined for the first time the existence and properties of strongly interacting three-body resonances from first principles.

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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.