Colloquia Schedule Spring 2013

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

Jan 18
Fri
2 PM

"Probing the Physics of the Dark Universe with Galaxies"

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Risa H. Wechsler

Stanford University

hosts: Shardha Jogee (Astronomy) & Linda Reichl (Physics)

Jan 22

"From Building Blocks to Large Galaxies: Towards Understanding the Formation of the Milky Way"

The early chemical evolution of the Galaxy and the Universe is vital to our understanding of a host of astrophysical phenomena. Since the oldest, most metal-poor stars are relics from the high-redshift universe, they probe the chemical and dynamical conditions of a time when large galaxies first began to assemble. Recent works have shown that the ultra-faint dwarf galaxies (with L<10^5Lsun) contain a relatively large fraction of extremely metal-poor stars and are devoid of solar-metallicity stars. This reflects a rather short or truncated star formation history similar to what one would expect to occur in a first/early galaxy. The chemical signatures of these dwarfs furthermore support the concept that small systems analogous to the surviving ultra-faint galaxies were the building blocks of the Milky Way's low-metallicity halo. This opens a new window for studying galaxy formation with the means of stellar chemical analyses.

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Anna Frebel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

host: Volker Bromm

Jan 29

"High-redshift, Gravitationally Lensed Starburst Galaxies Revealed by the South Pole Telescope and ALMA"

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Joaquin D. Vieira

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

host: Neal Evans

Feb 5

"The Death of Massive Stars"

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Christian D. Ott

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

host: Milos Milosavljevic

Feb 12

Tinsley Scholar

"Asteroseismology with the Kepler Mission"

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Gerald Handler

Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw

hosts: Fritz Benedict, and Stars Research Group

Feb 19

"Three-Dimensional Simulations of Core-Collapse Supernovae"

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Sean Couch

University of Chicago

host: Milos Milosavljevic & Craig Wheeler

Feb 26

"The Dark Ages Radio Explorer (DARE)"

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Jack O. Burns

University of Colorado, Boulder

host: Craig Wheeler

Mar 5

"Feedback in Faint Galaxies During the Peak Epoch of Star Formation"

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Dawn Erb

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

host: Steve Finkelstein

Mar 12

Spring Break: no talks or classes scheduled this week (March 11-15).

Mar 19

Tinsley Scholar

"Reionization History and Physical Processes Indicated from the Census of Galaxies at z~>7"

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Masami Ouchi

University of Tokyo, ICRR

hosts: Roderik Overzier & UT Astronomy Galaxies Research Group

Mar 26

"Dark Matter in Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies"

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Anatoly Klypin

New Mexico State University

host: John Kormendy

Apr 1
Monday
3:00 pm

PhD Defense Presentation

"Theoretical Studies of Superluminous Supernovae"

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Emmanouil "Manos" Chatzopoulos

University of Texas at Austin

Apr 2

"Galaxy Star Formation Efficiency from z = 0 to z = 8"

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Peter Behroozi

Stanford University

host: Shardha Jogee

Apr 9

"Bayesian Success Stories in Astronomy"

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James Scott

University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, Red McCombs School of Business

host: Daniel Jaffe

Apr 16

"New Clues on the Origin of the Astrophysical r-Process"

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Richard Boyd

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory/National Ignition Facility

host: Chris Sneden

Apr 19
Friday
Noon

PhD Defense Presentation

"Metallicities of Anomalous-Velocity Gas in the Vicinity of the Milky Way"

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John Barentine

University of Texas at Austin

Apr 23

"The WISP Survey: Overview of Recent Results for Galaxies in the 1 < z < 2 Redshift Range"

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Claudia Scarlata

University of Minnesota

host: Steve Finkelstein

Apr 30

Tinsley Scholar

"YSOVAR: Mid-Infrared Variations in Young Stars"

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Luisa M. Rebull

California Institute of Technology

host: Joel Green & UT Astronomy Interstellar Research Group

May 7

"Repeating Novae and the Origin of SN Ia Events"

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George Wallerstein

University of Washington

host: Harriet Dinerstein

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