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


Marcel Agueros

Columbia University

host: Adam Kraus

Sep. 6

Exploring Galaxy Formation in the Epoch of Reionisation


Stephen Wilkins

University of Sussex

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 13

The Milky Way Laboratory


Cara Battersby

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

host: Neal Evans

Sep. 20

No talk scheduled

Sep. 27

Spin and Magnetism in Cool Stars


Elisabeth Newton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

host: Andrew Mann

Oct. 4

A Story of Stellar Nurseries


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

I will give an overview of the current state of exoplanet physics, highlighting some of the major achievements of the recently completed Kepler mission. Today, K2 is building upon that rich legacy by surveying 14x more sky than Kepler, casting a wide net for planets around nearby bright stars. I will present some of my group's K2 efforts, including a program to study sub-Saturns: a mysterious class of planets between Neptune and Saturn size, not present in our Solar System. These planets have mean densities ranging from 2.0 g/cc (concrete) to 0.05 g/cc (Styrofoam) and offer an intriguing window into the processes that form and sculpt planetary systems. I'll conclude by offering some thoughts on the future directions of exoplanet science given upcoming ground- and space-based missions including TESS, Gaia, JWST, and WFIRST.


Erik Petigura

California Institute of Technology

host: Brendan Bowler

Oct. 25

The Future of Exoplanet Science at McDonald Observatory


Paul Robertson

Penn State University

host: Greg Mace

Nov. 1

Title: TBA

Kelly Holley-Bockelmann

Vanderbilt University

host: Craig Wheeler/Eva Noyola

Nov. 8

Towards the Characterization of Potentially Habitable Planets with High Resolution Spectroscopy


Matteo Brogi

University of Colorado Boulder

host: Dan Jaffe

Nov. 15

Controlling Star Formation: From Clouds to Galaxies

Eve Ostriker

Princeton University

host: Volker Bromm

Nov. 22

Title: TBA

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


Alexandra Pope

University of Massachusetts Amherst

host: Caitlin Casey

Dec. 6

Title: TBA

David Sand

Texas Tech University

host: Kristy McQuinn

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