SPE: A glance back through the years (1993–2016)

(All speakers are physics professors, unless otherwise noted.)

1993–1994 Director: David Hertzog

  • Looking into the Brain with a Laser
    Enrico Gratton
  • Liquid Crystals: Strange Fluids That Don't Always Flow
    Paul Goldbart
  • What is Everything Made of?
    Gordon Baym (member of the National Academy of Sciences, NAS)
  • The Particle Zoo and Who's Behind the Bars
    Tony Liss
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging: From Physics to Medicine
    Paul Lauterbur (Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine 2003) Chemistry, Center for Advanced Study

1994–1995 Director: David Hertzog

  • What is Everything Made of?
    Gordon Baym (NAS)
  • A glance back: Professor Goldbart talking about liquid crystals
    A glance back: Professor Golbart talking about liquid crystals.
  • Liquid Crystals: Strange Fluids That Don't Always Flow
    Paul Goldbart
  • Superfluid Superstars: An Inside View of a Pulsar
    David Pines (NAS)
  • No Escape from Black Holes
    Ed Seidel, NCSA, Physics and Astronomy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging: From Physics to Medicine
    Paul Lauterbur (Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine 2003) Chemistry, Center for Advanced Study
  • What is Mass?
    Scott Willenbrock
  • The Collision of Quantum Mechanics with Supercomputers
    Philip Phillips

1995–1996 Director: Paul Goldbart

  • Watching the Social Activities of Atoms
    Murray Gibson
  • Chaos: the Science of Non-Elephants
    David Campbell
  • No Escape from Black Holes
    Ed Seidel, NCSA, Physics and Astronomy
  • Cosmic Collisions: Comet Shoemaker-Levy's Impact on Jupiter
    Margaret Meixner, Astronomy
  • Never Be Lost Again
    Jeremiah Sullivan
  • Active Mountain Building and Earthquakes
    Wang-Ping Chen, Geology
  • Severe and Unusual Weather: the Roles of Science and Technology
    John Walsh, Atmospheric Sciences

1996–1997 Director: Paul Goldbart

  • The Birth, Life and Death of Stars
    James Kaler, Astronomy
  • Surfing Waves in the Microcosmos: Using Light Waves to View the Body
    Eric Wiener
  • So You Thought Computers Could Do Anything? Some Probably Unsolvable and Infeasible Computational Problems
    Michael Loui, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • The Strange Fate of Cats (and Other Things) According to Quantum Mechanics
    Anthony Leggett (Nobel Laureate in Physics 2003; NAS; Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; Fellow of the Royal Society)
  • Exotic Objects of the Cosmos: Neutron Stars, Pulsars, and Black Holes
    Frederick Lamb
  • When Ash Meets Cowhide: The Physics of Baseball
    Alan Nathan
  • My Time is NOT Your Time: Einstein's Relativity in Theory and Practice
    Gary Gladding
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, and Other Ways to Really See Atoms
    Munir Nayfeh

Fall 1997 Director: Scott Willenbrock

  • Black Holes: A Video Voyage Through Einstein's Spacetime
    Stuart Shapiro
  • Liquid Crystals: Strange Fluids That Don't Always Flow
    Paul Goldbart
  • Using Chaos to Mix Fluids Well
    Hassan Aref, Physics, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • The Physical and Chemical Effects of Ultrasound
    Kenneth Suslick, Chemistry
  • Radio Observations of Large Interstellar Molecules of Possible Biological Interest
    Lewis Snyder, Astronomy
  • The Physics of Music
    David Hertzog
  • The Particle Zoo and Who's Behind the Bars.
    Tony Liss

Fall 1998 Director: Scott Willenbrock

  • Exotic Objects of the Cosmos: Neutron Stars, Pulsars, and Black Holes
    Frederick Lamb
  • Baseball: It's Not Nuclear Physics (or is it?)
    Alan Nathan
  • High Temperature Superconductors: From Broken Symmetries to Cell Phones
    Laura Greene
  • What's a Physicist Doing Studying Biology?
    Paul Selvin
  • How Do Airplanes Work? Taking the Fear out of Flying a Piper Archer II
    Deborah Errede
  • Is Music Composition More Elusive for Computers?
    Douglas Hofstadter, Cognitive Science, Indiana University

Fall 1999 Directors: Mats Selen & Inga Karliner

  • Finessing Photons: Interesting Ways in Which Light is Manipulated in Science and Nature
    Lance Cooper
  • The Art and Science of Pin Hole Camera
    Peter R. McCullogh, Astronomy
  • Computational Science: The Real World of Ideas
    Roscoe Giles, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Boston University
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: An Ingenious Experiment With Surprising Results
    Charles Slichter (NAS)
  • The World of Quantum Mechanics: How is it Different from Our Everyday World?
    Aida El-Khadra
  • Atom Smashes: Particle Accelerators and Detectors
    Mats Selen

Fall 2000 Directors: Mats Selen & Kevin Pitts

A glance into 2000 SPE: Cynthia Chiang speaks with people after Professor Fields' lecture
A glance into 2000 SPE: Cynthia Chiang speaks with people after Professor Fields' lecture.
  • The Education of John Bardeen, Double Nobel Prize Physicist
    Lillian Hoddeson, Physics and History
  • The Universe: From Big Bang Till Today
    Brian Fields, Physics and Astronomy
  • Biophysics, How Nerves Fire and Muscles Contract
    Paul Selvin
  • Chaos: The Science of Non-Elephants
    David Campbell, was Physics Department Head; became Dean of Engineering, Boston University
  • The Mystery of Mass
    Scott Willenbrock

Fall 2001 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

A glance back: Professor Thaler demonstrating the ugly side of science
A glance back: Professor Thaler demonstrating the ugly side of science.
  • Phonon Imaging: Seeing Sound in Solids
    James Wolfe
  • Bose-Einstein Condensation: A Journey to the Coldest Places in the Universe
    Gordon Baym (NAS)
  • Liquid Crystals: From the Laboratory to the Shopping Mall
    Paul Goldbart
  • Peering inside the Proton
    Naomi Makins
  • The Physics of Dance
    George Gollin
  • Science: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Jon Thaler

Fall 2002 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

  • Something Quantum This Way Comes
    Paul Kwiat
  • Physics in the Early Universe: Ingredients of the Primordial Soup
    Brian Fields, Physics and Astronomy
  • The Physics of Music
    Steven Errede
  • A Trip Through the Light Fantastic: Tricks with Light in Science and Nature
    Lance Cooper
  • All About Energy
    David Ruzic, Nuclear Engineering

Fall 2003 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

  • Human Induced Climate Change: An Introduction and Overview
    Michael Schlesinger, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Light From Black Holes
    Charles Gammie, Physics and Astronomy
  • How We Use Light to Illuminate Biology
    Robert Clegg
  • Complex Systems: Where Physics Meets Life
    Alfred Hubler
  • It's So Weird, It's So Simple, and You'll Derive It for Yourself Entirely
    From Scratch, Right There In Your Seat: Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity.
    George Gollin
  • The Elusive Neutrino: Why Something That Does So Little Matters So Much.
    Mats Selen

Fall 2004 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

  • Steaming Geysers and Puffing Volcanoes
    Susan Kieffer, Physics and Geology
  • What is Absolute Zero? Ultra-cold Quantum Weirdness
    Brian DeMarco
  • Could a Defense Against Intercontinental Missiles Work?
    History and Technology.
    Frederick Lamb
  • From the Infinite to the Infinitely Small. Probing the Cosmos at an Accelerator
    Tony Liss
  • Little Engine that Could: How Tiny Motor Proteins Move on a Molecular Highway
    Taekjip Ha
  • The Crystals that Nature Cannot Make
    Jim Eckstein

Fall 2005 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

  • Einstein's Miracle Year
    Paul Kwiat
  • From Transistor to Light-Emitting Transistor
    Milton Feng, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Looking into Brain with Lasers
    Enrico Gratton
  • The Latest from Broadway to Loomis: The First 10 Microseconds of the Universe
    Matthias Grosse-Perdekamp
  • Quantum Mechanics: Stranger Than We Can Imagine
    Michael Weissman

Fall 2006 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

A glance back: Professor Nathan after his lecture about using physics to debunk some myths of baseball
A glance back: Professor Nathan after his lecture about using physics to debunk some myths of baseball.
  • Corked Bats and Rising Fastballs: Using Physics to Debunk Some Myths of Baseball
    Alan Nathan
  • Why Can't Time Run Backwards
    Anthony Leggett (Nobel Laureate in Physics 2003; NAS;
    Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)
    Fellow of the Royal Society)
  • Physics of the Body
    Klaus Schulten
  • Looking for 10^-16 m Objects with a 10 ^4m Microscope
    Tim Stelzer
  • Phonon Imaging: Seeing Sound in Solids
    James Wolfe

Fall 2007 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

  • The Great Scientific Instruments: Why We Build Them
    David Hertzog
  • The Liquid Crystalline State of Matter: From the Laboratory to the Shopping Mall
    Paul Goldbart
  • Fire or Ice? The Fate of the Universe
    Jon Thaler
  • Over the Moon with Carbon Nanotubes
    Nadya Mason
  • Mysteries of the Cold Universe
    Smitha Vishveshwara

Fall 2008 Directors: Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

A glance into 2008 SPE: Professor Pitts' gets help from the audience on a demonstration
A glance into 2008 SPE: Professor Pitts' gets help from the audience on a demonstration.
  • How We Use Light to Illuminate Biology
    Bob Clegg
  • The Pervasive Nature of Feedback in Natural and Engineered Systems
    Andrew Alleyne, Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Transforming Science Policy, and the Power Grid with High Temperature Superconductors
    Laura Greene
  • The Physics of UFOs
    Kevin Pitts
  • Law and Science
    Amy Gajda, Law School, Journalism
  • Special lecture May 2009
    Angels & Demons: The Science Revealed
    Kevin Pitts and Mark Neubauer

Fall 2009 Directors: Naomi Makins, Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

  • Exotic Superconductors: New Mysteries, Exciting Applications
    Dale Van Harlingen
  • Decision Making in Living Cells
    Ido Golding
  • The Dark Side of the Universe
    Brian Fields, Physics and Astronomy
  • Understanding Complex Systems
    Alfred Hubler
  • The Atom Chip
    Benjamin Lev
  • From Blindness to Sight: The Physics of Vision Restoration
    Dr. Samir Sayegh, MD, PhD

Fall 2010 Directors: Naomi Makins, Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

  • Black Holes and Other Strange Objects in the Sky
    Charles Gammie, Physics and Astronomy
  • Quarks and Cold Atoms: From the Hottest to the Coldest Places in the Universe
    Gordon Baym
  • A Curvy, Stretchy Future for Electronics
    John Rogers, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Physics of Genes and Why It Matters to You
    Aleksei Aksimentiev
  • A Trip Through the Light Fantastic: Tricks with Light in Science and Nature
    Lance Cooper
  • Unlocking the Dark Secrets of our Universe: How Studying the Smallest Things with the Biggest Science Project Ever Gets to the Heart of the Matter
    Tony Liss

Fall 2011 Directors: Naomi Makins, Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

A glance into 2011 SPE: Professor Nathan's advertisement for his lecture on the physics of cheating in baseball
A glance into 2011 SPE: Professor Nathan's advertisement for his lecture on the physics of cheating in baseball.
  • Exotic Objects of the Cosmos: Neutron Stars, Pulsars and Black Holes
    Frederick Lamb
  • The Physics of Climate Change
    Scott Willenbrock
  • The Mysterious Neutrino
    Jen-Chieh Peng
  • Corked Bats, Humidors and Steroids: The Physics of Cheating in Baseball
    Alan Nathan
  • Transforming Science, Policy and the Power Grid with High Temperature Superconductivity
    Laura Greene
  • Inside Out: How Physics Has Revolutionized Medical Imaging
    P. Scott Carney, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fall 2012 Directors: Naomi Makins, Inga Karliner & Kevin Pitts

A glance into 2012 SPE: Professor Kwiat talks about the quantum information revolution
A glance into 2012 SPE: Professor Kwiat talks about the quantum information revolution.
  • The Quantum Information Revolution
    Paul Kwiat
  • A Billionth of a Billionth of a Meter: Building a Microscope for the Observation of Quarks and Anti-Quarks Inside the Proton
    Matthias Grosse Perdekamp.
  • How We Think and Move at the Smallest Scale
    Paul Selvin
  • Extrasolar Planets
    Jon Thaler
  • Our Weird Quantum World
    Michael Weissman
  • Understanding the Energy Challenge: It Takes More Than Science
    Paul Debevec

Fall 2013 Directors: Liang Yang and Inga Karliner

  • Nature's Biological Nanomachines
    Yann Chemla
  • Creating Quantum Matter at the Coldest Temperatures in the Universe
    Brian Demarco
  • Baby Stars: Take A Solar Mass of Gas and Dust and Just Add Gravity
    Leslie Looney
  • The Ultimate MRI: Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy
    Raffi Budakian
  • Why is There Mass?
    Tony M. Liss
  • What Is Inside Jupiter and Saturn and How Do We Know?
    David M. Ceperley

Fall 2014 Directors: Liang Yang and Inga Karliner

  • Decisions, Decisions: How Cells Sense Their Environment and Make Decisions to Adapt and Respond
    Thomas E. Kuhlman
  • This Old Zero-Net-Energy House
    Scott S. Willenbrock
  • Everyone Loves Science
    Mats A. Selen
  • When Stars Attack! In Search of Killer Supernova Explosions
    Brian D. Fields
  • Building Mountains: How Forces in the Earth Raise Rock Miles into the Sky
    Stephen Marshak
  • Magnets and Big Machines: The Use of Neutrons to Explore Magnetism in New Materials
    Gregory MacDougal

Fall 2015 Directors: Peter Adshead and Inga Karliner

  • The First Galaxies in the Universe and the ALMA Telescope
    Professor Joaquin Vieira
  • Building Emergent Biological Machines
    Professor Rashid Bashir
  • Hunting for the Elusive Neutrino
    Professor Liang Yang
  • How Laws, Sausages, and Science are Made: an Inside View of How Science Really Works
    Professor Peter Abbamonte
  • I'm Beginning to See the Light: Properties and Applications of our Friendly Photons
    Professor Paul G. Kwiat
  • How to Train your Photon (20-min talk followed by lab tours)
    Professor Virginia Lorenz

Fall 2016 Directors: Peter Adshead and Inga Karliner

  • Exoplanets
    Professor Jon Thaler
  • Visualizing the Amazing Quantum World
    Professor Vidya Maadhavan
  • What can theoretical physics tell us about the evolution of early life?
    Professor Nigel Goldenfeld
  • Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and LIGO
    Professor Edward Seidel
  • The Hidden Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
    Professor Jeffrey Filippini
  • Visit to the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) where the Higgs Boson was Found
    Professor Verena Martinez Outshoorn