CU Café Speakers

CU Café aims to bring diverse, engaging, innovative faculty to speak at CU Boulder. Our speakers are asked to present both an academic talk and a lay/career talk during their visit. In addition, these faculty members will be asked to bring a mentee (undergrad, grad student, postdoc) to CU in order to increase networking opportunities for CU students and postdocs.

Please browse through our upcoming speaker series and feel free to e-mail us with speaker suggestions for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Jim Gates, University of Maryland
    • CU Café host: Cliff
    • Co-hosts: Mathematics and Physics Departments
    • January 31 – February 1, 2017
      • Career Talk and lunch: Tuesday, January 31, 12-1 pm; MATH 350
      • Research Colloquium: Wednesday, February 1, 4-5 pm; Duane G1B20
        • Title: The 1,358,954,496 Matrix Elements to Get From SUSY Diff EQ’s to Pictures, Codes, Card Games, Music, Computers, and Back Again
        • Abstract: In this presentation a discussion is given of a recent derivation of a supersymmetrical QM representation spectrum that took some surprising twists and turns along the way.
  • Geraldine Cochran, Rutgers University
    • Mentee: Lissette Almonte
    • CU Café host: Simone
    • Co-host: The ATLAS Institute
    • April 5-7, 2017
      • Research Seminar: Wednesday, April 5, 4-5 pm; ATLAS 100
        • Title: Making Graduate Education More Inclusive
        • Abstract: Historically, access to education in the U.S. has not been equitable.  Furthermore, intersectionality, the interaction of multiple identities, results in educational experiences that vary widely for diverse groups of students with implications for both the retention of current students and the recruitment of future students.  In this talk, current literature on inclusion and intersectionality in graduate physics programs will be discussed.  To better understand barriers to ethnic/racial minority students participating in graduate education a study has been conducted through the APS Bridge program, a program designed to increase the number of ethnic/racial minorities earning PhDs in physics.  In this study, we analyzed student responses to an application question regarding why they chose not to apply to graduate physics programs.  To further understand the barriers identified in the first phase of this study, we interviewed participants in the 2016 Cohort of the APS Bridge program.  This work will be presented.
      • Career Talk and lunch:

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