Colloquia Schedule Fall 2015

Colloquia are on Tuesdays (unless otherwise indicated) at 3:30 pm in RLM 15.216B

Sep. 1

No Colloquium scheduled.

Sep. 8

"Convection in Cool Stars, as Revealed through Stellar Brightness Variations"


Fabienne Bastien

Pennsylvania State University

host: Adam Kraus or Bill Cochran

Sep. 15

"Compact Objects in Globular Clusters"


Thomas Maccarone

Texas Tech

host: Karl Gebhardt

Sep. 22

"Convection in Low-Mass Stellar Evolution, or 'What about magnetic fields?' "


Gregory Feiden

University of Uppsala, Sweden

host: Andrew Mann

Sep. 29

"Tracing the Cosmic Shutdown of Star Formation in Massive Galaxies"


Katherine Whitaker

Hubble Fellow, UMass Amherst

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 6

"The Assembly of Disk Galaxies"


Susan Kassin

Space Telescope Science Institute

host: Rachael Livermore

Oct. 13

"Are we Correctly Measuring Star Formation Rates?"


Kristen McQuinn

University of Texas at Austin

host: Adam Kraus

Oct. 20

No Colloquium Scheduled, to avoid conflict with:
Bashfest 2015: Frank N. Bash Symposium 2015, October 18-20, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Frank N. Bash and invited speakers

"New Horizons in Astronomy"

Oct. 27

Tinsley Scholar: Interstellar Group (visiting: Oct 25-31)

"The Impact of Stellar Feedback on Molecular Clouds"


Stella Offner

Affiliation: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

host: Neal Evans

Nov. 3

Tinsley Scholar: Theory Group (visiting: late Oct - early Nov)

"Disk Dynamos: Understanding the Origin of Galacic Magnetic Fields"

The emergence of large scale magnetic fields in galaxies is poorly understood, and frequently claimed as evidence for new fundamental physics. Standard mean field dynamo theory predicts exponential, but very slow, growth of such fields. Combining this with reasonable seed field mechanisms has given rise to the expectation that high redshift galaxies will be very weakly magnetized and that the first generation of star formation will take place in a largely unmagnetized interstellar medium. The latter prediction is convenient, but unverified, and the former is not consistent with observational evidence. I will discuss a fundamental revision of dynamo theory, supported by simple physical arguments and computer simulations, which predicts a faster-than-exponential growth of the disk magnetic field. A consequence of this model is that detecting a disk galaxy without a large scale magnetic field will be quite difficult, and that early star formation took place in a magnetized environment.


Ethan Vishniac

Johns Hopkins University

host: TBD

Nov. 10

"From TripleSpec to NEWS: Exoplanet Discovery Science with Bread and Butter Infrared Spectroscopy"


Philip S. Muirhead

Boston University

host: Adam Kraus

Nov. 17

"New Insights on Galaxy Formation from Comparisons of Simulated and Observed Galaxies"


Joel R. Primack

UC Santa Cruz

host: Paul Shapiro

Nov. 24

No colloquium scheduled.

Dec. 1

DeVaucouleurs Medalist

"Expansion of the Universe Seen by Hubble"


Adam Riess

Johns-Hopkins University, and Space Telescope Science Institute, and DeVaucouleurs Medalist

host: Shardha Jogee, Chair

Dec. 8

"Supernovae and their Progenitor Systems (or lack thereof)"


Ori Fox

Space Telescope Science Institute

host: Jeff Silverman

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