Colloquia Schedule Fall 2016

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

 
Aug. 30

Setting Stellar Chronometers: The PTF(+) Open Cluster Survey

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Marcel Agueros

Columbia University

host: Adam Kraus

Sep. 6

Exploring Galaxy Formation in the Epoch of Reionisation

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Stephen Wilkins

University of Sussex

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 13

The Milky Way Laboratory

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Cara Battersby

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

host: Neal Evans

Sep. 20

No talk scheduled

Sep. 27

Spin and Magnetism in Cool Stars

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Elisabeth Newton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

host: Andrew Mann

Oct. 4

A Story of Stellar Nurseries

All stars are observed to form in molecular clouds (MCs). Since these “stellar nurseries” set the stage for star formation in the Milky Way and other galaxies, astronomers would like to understand how they form and evolve. In this presentation, I will discuss different ways of investigating the environments and evolution of MCs. Millimeter observations, for example, show that local and extragalactic MCs have systematic velocity gradients, possibly indicating the large scale of rotation of clouds. In my study of MCs in the Milky Way and M33, I demonstrate that any viable theory of cloud formation must agree with a number of interesting trends pertaining to cloud kinematics. For instance, I find that many clouds may be counter-rotating with respect to overall galactic rotation, which has important consequences for theory and galactic simulations. I will also discuss how investigating both the dense gas and diffuse gas associated with MCs—via far-infrared and 21-cm observations—provides unique insight into how these environments evolve and eventually form stars.

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Nia Imara

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

host: Caitlin Casey

Oct. 11

Network Cosmology: What can we learn from galaxy Facebook?
Sungryong Hong


Comet Update!
Adam McKay


The Fossil Record of Binary and Planetary Orbits
Trent Dupuy


UT Postdocs (Three talks)

Oct. 18

Formation and Compositions of Planet Interiors and Atmospheres: Discoveries from Kepler, K2, and beyond

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Erik Petigura

California Institute of Technology

host: Brendan Bowler

Oct. 25

The Future of Exoplanet Science at McDonald Observatory

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Paul Robertson

Penn State University

host: Greg Mace

Nov. 1

Building Supermassive Black Hole Binaries

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Kelly Holley-Bockelmann

Vanderbilt University

host: Craig Wheeler/Eva Noyola

Nov. 8

Towards the Characterization of Potentially Habitable Planets with High Resolution Spectroscopy

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Matteo Brogi

University of Colorado Boulder

host: Dan Jaffe

Nov. 15

Controlling Star Formation: From Clouds to Galaxies

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Eve Ostriker

Princeton University

host: Volker Bromm

Nov. 22

Drilling the Chicxulub Impact Structure: Study of large impact formation and effects on life

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Sean Gulick

The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics

host: Bill Cochran

Nov. 29

Dust-obscured star formation at the Cosmic Frontier : New observations from the Large Millimeter Telescope

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Alexandra Pope

University of Massachusetts Amherst

host: Caitlin Casey

Dec. 6

Moving Near Field Cosmology Beyond the Local Group

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David Sand

Texas Tech University

host: Kristy McQuinn

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