Colloquia Schedule Fall 2014

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

Sep. 2

"Hot Chromospheres and Flares on Cool and Ultracool Dwarfs"

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Sarah Jane Schmidt

Ohio State University

host: Adam Kraus

Sep. 9

"Let it Collide: An Epic Saga of Star Wars Planets, Planetesimals, and Super Planet Crashes"

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Stefano Meschiari

University of Texas at Austin

host: Adam Kraus

Sep. 16

"The Complex Interplay between Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution from z~0-6"

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Desika Narayanan

Haverford College

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 23

"Compact Galaxies and Super-Massive Black Holes"

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Remco van den Bosch

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg

host: Karl Gebhardt

Sep. 30

"The Architecture and Timing of Planetary Systems"

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Daniel Fabrycky

University of Chicago

host: TBD

Oct. 7

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Supermassive Black Hole?"

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Jonathan Trump

Pennsylvania State University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 14

"Puzzles in the Structure of Disk Galaxies"

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Stephane Courteau

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

host: Karl Gebhardt

Oct. 21

"Galaxy Build-up in the First Gyr: Insights from ultra-deep HST and Spitzer Observations"

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Pascal Oesch

Yale University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 28

"Forming Earths and Mercuries: Solids Less Volatile than Ice"

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Alexander Hubbard

American Museum of Natural History, New York

host: Joel Green

Nov. 4

"Shedding Lyman Alpha Light on Cosmological Reionization"

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James Rhoads

Arizona State University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Nov. 11

"From Disks to Planets: Observational Insights"

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Andrea Isella

Rice University

host: Adam Kraus

Nov. 18

"The Giant Magellan Telescope Project: Science and Status"

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Rebecca Bernstein

Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)

host: Taft Armandroff

Nov. 25

"There's Government in Your Science"

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Joshua H. Shiode

American Astronomical Society

host: Jeff Silverman

Dec. 2
3.30 PM
RLM 15.216B

DeVaucouleurs Medalist

DeVaucouleurs Lecture: "The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes and Galaxy Evolution"

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C. Megan Urry

Yale University

dinner host: Shardha Jogee (Medal Awarded by Daniel Jaffe)

Dec. 3
4 PM
ECJ 1.202

DeVaucouleurs Medalist

Public Lecture: "Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe: An Observer's View"

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C. Megan Urry

Yale University

dinner host: Daniel Jaffe

Dec. 4
4 PM
NHB 1.720

DeVaucouleurs Medalist

UT CNS Women in Science Lecture: "Why So Few? The Dearth of Women in Science"

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and the gender imbalance is particularly large in physics, where fewer than 20% of college physics majors are women and only 10% of physics faculty are women. Interestingly, astronomy requires more or less the same skills as physics but has roughly double the percentages of women at all levels, indicating the influence of factors beyond scientific/quantitative talent. Decades of social science research suggest the dearth of women is due in large part to lower expectations and evaluations of women as leaders, thinkers, do-ers. I discuss the experimental data and outline steps that can be taken to mitigate obstacles to equal participation, full utilization of available talent being critical to the health of STEM professions.

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C. Megan Urry

Yale University

dinner host: Dean Linda Hicke

Dec. 9

"Brown Dwarfs as Exoplanet Analogs"

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Katelyn Allers

Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA

host: Adam Kraus

Visitors to the Department of Astronomy can find detailed information and maps on our Visiting Austin Page.

Please report omissions/corrections to: G. Orris at argus@astro.as.utexas.edu.

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