Colloquia Schedule Spring 2015

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

Jan. 20

Tinsley Visiting Scholar: Planetary Group

"Habitability of Planets Orbiting M Dwarfs"


Rory Barnes

University of Washington

host: Mike Endl

Jan. 27

"The Elusive and Ionized Gas Surrounding the Magellanic System"


Kathleen Barger

Texas Christian University

host: Cyndi Froning

Feb. 3

"Probing the Nature of Accretion and Planet Formation in Protoplanetary Disks: Connecting Theory with ALMA Observations"


Jacob B. Simon

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

host: Neal Evans

Feb. 10

"The Large Reservoirs of Gas Around Galaxies"


Jessica Werk

UCO/Lick Observatory

host: Volker Bromm

Feb. 12

Special Colloquium: "Insights into Galaxy Formation from z=15 to the Present Day"


Peter Behroozi

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

host: John Kormendy

Feb. 17

"Towards a Complete Theory of Lyman-Alpha Transfer in and around Galaxies"


Mark Dijkstra

University of Oslo: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics

host: Steve Finkelstein

Feb. 19

Special Colloquium: "Three Problems in Trying to Form Galaxies (and how ISM Physics can Save Us)"


Desika Narayanan

Haverford College

host: Chris Sneden

Feb. 24

"The Local Universe as a Cosmology Laboratory"


Michael Boylan-Kolchin

University of Maryland

host: Volker Bromm

Feb. 26

Special Colloquium: "New Tools for Galactic Archaeology from the Milky Way"


Gail Zasowski

Johns Hopkins University

host: Adam Kraus

Mar. 3

"Massive Galaxy Growth since Cosmic Noon"

The Hubble Space Telescope and integral-field spectrographs on the ground offer us an unprecedented view on the internal physics within high-redshift galaxies. Exploiting the powerful synergy between multi-band high-resolution imaging from CANDELS and spectroscopy from 3D-HST, SINS, and KMOS^3D, I will present new insights on resolved stellar populations, bulge growth and quenching since z ~ 2.5, as well as dynamical constraints on the mass budget in early disks. I will emphasize the importance of using both stellar and gaseous tracers to reconstruct the characteristic life cycle of galaxies, and to obtain a comprehensive picture of galaxy growth.


Stijn Wuyts

Max Planck Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik

host: Chris Sneden

Mar. 10

Tinsley Visiting Professor

"David vs. Goliath: Exploiting the Black Hole Mass Scale to Better Constrain Accretion Physics"


Sera Markoff

University of Amsterdam

host: Pawan Kumar

Mar. 17

Spring Break: March 16 - 20: no Colloquium being held this week.

Mar. 24

"MOSFIRE: the Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infrared Exploration at Keck Observatory"


Ian McLean

University of California, Los Angeles

host: Gregory Mace

Mar. 31

Tinsley Visiting Scholar: Stars Group

"SPHERE: the New High-contrast Imager for the ESO-VLT"


Raffaele Gratton

INAF - Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy

host: Chris Sneden

Apr. 7

"Title: TBA"


Speaker: TBD

Affiliation: TBD

host: TBA

Apr. 14

"Title: TBA"


Adam Leroy

Ohio State University

host: Neal Evans

Apr. 21

"Tracking Planet Footprints in Dusty Disks"


Catherine Espaillat

Boston University

host: Adam Kraus

Apr. 28

Tinsley Visiting Scholar: Extragalactic Group

"Title: TBA"


Stijn Wuyts

Max Planck Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik

host: Shardha Jogee

May. 5

"Title: TBA"


Brian Metzger

Columbia University

host: Pawan Kumar

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