Colloquia Schedule Spring 2016

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

 
Jan. 19

"Spirals, Gaps, and Cavities: Signposts of Planets in Protoplanetary Disks?"

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Robin (Ruobing) Dong

LBNL/Berkeley

host: Adam Kraus

Jan. 26

"The Key Influence of AGB Stars on the Evolution and Global Properties of Galaxies"

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Martha L. Boyer

NASA Goddard

host: Kristen McQuinn

Feb. 2

"CAMPARE and Cal-Bridge: Two Synergistic Programs Forming a Successful New Model for Promoting Participation of Women and Underrepresented Minority Students in Astronomy"

I will describe two programs, CAMPARE and Cal-Bridge, with the common mission of increasing participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in astronomy: through summer research opportunities, in the case of CAMPARE, scholarships in the case of Cal-Bridge, and significant mentoring in both programs, leading to an increase in their numbers successfully pursuing a PhD in the field.

CAMPARE is an innovative REU-like summer research program, currently in its sixth year, comprising a network of 22 comprehensive universities and community colleges in Southern California and Arizona (most of which are minority serving institutions), and 12 major research institutions throughout California, Arizona, and Wyoming.

In its first six summers, CAMPARE has sent 62 students from 14 different CSU and community college campuses to 8 research sites of the program. This is a very diverse group: 85% of participants are URM, female, or both. The graduation rate among CAMPARE scholars is 97%, and of the 37 CAMPARE scholars who have graduated with a Bachelor's degree, almost 60% (21) have completed or are pursuing graduate education in astronomy or a related field, at institutions including UCLA, USC, UC Riverside, Stanford, Univ. of Rochester, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Indiana Univ., Univ. of Oregon, Syracuse, and the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's-to-PhD program.

The Cal-Bridge program is a diverse network of higher education institutions in Southern California, including 5 UC campuses, 8 CSU campuses, and 7 community colleges dedicated to the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minority and female students attending graduate school in astronomy or related fields. To date, 12 Cal-Bridge Scholars have been selected, including 4 women (2 Hispanic), and 6 Hispanic men. Nine of the 12 Cal-Bridge Scholars are first-generation college students.

Once selected, Cal-Bridge Scholars benefit from financial support, intensive, joint mentoring by CSU and UC faculty, professional development workshops, and exposure to research opportunities at the participating UC campuses.

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Alexander L. Rudolph

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

host: William Cochran

Feb. 9

"Exoplanet Atmospheres in High Resolution"

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Jayne L. Birkby

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

host: Daniel Jaffe

Feb. 16

"The Dynamical Evolution of Young Stellar Complexes in the Milky Way"

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Alison I. Sills

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

host: Natalie Gosnell

Feb. 23

"The Evolution of Galaxy Structural Properties"

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Rachel Somerville

Rutgers University, Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics

host: Shardha Jogee

Mar. 1

"A PHAT New Measurement of the High-Mass Stellar IMF"

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Daniel Weisz

UC Berkeley/University of Washington

host: Michael Boylan-Kolchin

Mar. 8

"The Role of Dwarf-Dwarf Galaxy Interactions in Galaxy Assembly"

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Sabrina Stierwalt

NRAO/University of Virginia

host: Kristen McQuinn

Mar. 15

No colloquium scheduled. (Spring Break)

Mar. 22

"Exploring the z~2.3 Cosmic Web with 3D Lyman-Alpha Forest Tomography"

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Khee-Gan Lee

UC Berkeley/LBNL

host: Caitlin Casey

Mar. 29

"Understanding Galaxy Evolution with Massive Starburst Galaxies"

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Hai Fu

University of Iowa

host: Caitlin Casey

Apr. 5

"Implications from the Detection of the Binary Black Hole Inspiral GW150914"

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Matthew Benacquista

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

host: J. Craig Wheeler

Apr. 6

Stellar Seminar talk Date/Time: Wed., 12 Noon: "Title: TBA"

David Yong (Stellar Tinsley Scholar)

Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Australia

host: Fritz Benedict

Apr. 12

"The Calm Before the Storm: Exploring the Post Accretionary Doldrums Prior to the Late Heavy Bombardment"

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William F. Bottke (Planetary Tinsley Scholar)

Southwest Research Instutite, Boulder, Colorado

host: Mike Endl/Judit Ries

Apr. 19

"Disk Galaxy Assembly Across Cosmic Time: Combining Magnitude-limited Survey with Gravitational Lensing"

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Tiantian Yuan (Exgal Tinsley Scholar)

Australia National University

host: Chao-Ling Hung

Apr. 26

"The Discovery and Characterization of the Y Dwarfs"

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Michael Cushing

University of Toledo

host: Brendan Bowler

May 3

"What can Binaries tell us about Planet Formation?"

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Kaitlin M. Kratter (ISM Tinsley Scholar)

Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

host: Adam Kraus

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