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"


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"

Computer simulations and theoretical understanding have now reached a stage where simulations are increasingly able to tackle the complexity of galaxy formation and evolution. This talk will describe in particular the successes and challenges of high-resolution hydrodynamic galaxy simulations, now including radiative pressure feedback, in trying to understand the Hubble Space Telescope observations of galaxies during the period of most vigorous star formation (1 < z < 3, "Cosmic High Noon"). The lower stellar mass star-forming galaxies at z > 1 have recently been shown to have mostly elongated (prolate) stellar distributions rather than disks or spheroids, and our simulations may explain why. A large fraction of star-forming galaxies at redshifts 1 < z < 3 are found to have massive stellar clumps; these originate from violent disk instabilities in our simulations, which also play a role in galaxy compaction and help to create compact galactic spheroids ("nuggets"). We are following in our simulations how angular momentum evolves as gas falls toward the inner galaxy and becomes stars. The talk will also describe the Assembling Galaxies of Resolved Anatomy (AGORA) program to run high-resolution simulations using as much as possible the same initial conditions, physical assumptions, and output analysis procedures. AGORA will systematically compare galaxy simulations using a wide variety of computer codes with each other and with observations, and thus improve understanding of galaxy formation.


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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