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"

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Rory Barnes

University of Washington

host: Mike Endl

Jan. 27

"The Elusive and Ionized Gas Surrounding the Magellanic System"

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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"

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Jacob B. Simon

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

host: Neal Evans

Feb. 10

"The Large Reservoirs of Gas Around Galaxies"

The Circumgalactic Medium (CGM) is where infalling gas that feeds star formation meets outflowing, feedback-enriched materials. It is where satellites are stripped and disrupted, and where gas ejected from galaxies may eventually be recycled. From absorption-line experiments, we know this medium takes the form of diffuse, ionized gas bound to the dark matter halo of its host galaxy and extending to at least 300 kpc. In this talk I will present two observationally-motivated puzzles that concern the physical and dynamical state of circumgalactic gas. First, I will review the evidence that the CGM of quenched galaxies contains as much cold gas as their star-forming counterparts. This observation implies that galaxies are transformed from star-forming disks to quiescent spheroids while retaining a significant store of cold gas in their halos. Then, I will show that under simple assumptions such as ionization equilibrium, the cool and warm phases of the CGM (T < 10^6 K) can account for most of the baryons purported to be missing from dark matter halos of both star-forming and passive galaxies with M_halo ~ 10^12. Yet, under these same assumptions, the cool (10^4 K) gas in the CGM is far from pressure equilibrium with a hot medium that could provide hydrostatic support. I will discuss recent progress and future survey data that not only address these problems but will ultimately enable a more complete picture of both the CGM and the cosmic web surrounding it.

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Jessica Werk

UCO/Lick Observatory

host: Volker Bromm

Feb. 12
Thursday

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

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Peter Behroozi

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

host: John Kormendy

Feb. 17

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

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Mark Dijkstra

University of Oslo: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics

host: Steve Finkelstein

Feb. 19
Thursday

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

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Desika Narayanan

Haverford College

host: Chris Sneden

Feb. 24

"The Local Universe as a Cosmology Laboratory"

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Michael Boylan-Kolchin

University of Maryland

host: Volker Bromm

Feb. 26
Thursday

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

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Gail Zasowski

Johns Hopkins University

host: Adam Kraus

Mar. 3

"Massive Galaxy Growth since Cosmic Noon"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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Raffaele Gratton

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

host: Chris Sneden

Apr. 7

"Title: TBA"

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Speaker: TBD

Affiliation: TBD

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Apr. 14

"Title: TBA"

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Adam Leroy

Ohio State University

host: Neal Evans

Apr. 21

"Title: TBA"

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Catherine Espaillat

Boston University

host: Adam Kraus

Apr. 28

Tinsley Visiting Scholar: Extragalactic Group

"Title: TBA"

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Stijn Wuyts

Max Planck Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik

host: Shardha Jogee

May. 5

"Title: TBA"

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Speaker: TBA

Affiliation: TBD

host: TBD

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