Past Lunch Talks


Fall 2013 Schedule
Date Speaker Affiliation Title
Wednesday 9/11 Lynne Hillenbrand Caltech New, Newly Characterized, and Time Variable Young Stars
9/17 Robert Penna MIT Black Hole Disks and Jets: General Relativistic MHD Simulations
9/24 Lorenzo Sironi CfA Non-Thermal Particle Acceleration in Relativistic Magnetized Astrophysical Flows
10/1 Peter Williams CfA Magnetic Activity Past the Bottom of the Main Sequence
10/8 Mike McDonald MIT New Insights into Galaxy Cluster Evolution from the South Pole Telescope
Wednesday 10/16 Sarah Ballard University of Washington Exoplanet Validation by Asteroseismology
10/22 Jack Steiner CfA Measuring the Spins of Stellar-Mass Black Holes
Wednesday 10/30 Katja Poppenhaeger CfA Hot Jupiters and the rotational history of their host stars
11/5 Rusen Lu MIT Haystack Recent progress in (sub)mm-VLBI with the Event Horizon Telescope
11/12 Merav Opher BU The New Heliosphere
11/19 Melissa McClure University of Michigan Spatial Variation of Dust Evolution in Protoplanetary Disks



Spring 2014 Schedule
Date Speaker Affiliation Title
1/14 Ian Crossfield MPIA (Heidelberg) A Clearer View of Clouds on the Nearest Brown Dwarfs
Wednesday 1/29 Ian Stephens BU The Morphology of the Magnetic Field of HL Tau
Wednesday 2/5 (CANCELLED due to weather) Xuening Bai CfA Transport and Accretion Processes in Protoplanetary Disks: A New Paradigm
Wednesday 2/12 Andrew West BU Beginning a Discussion about Diversity in Astronomy and the role of BU Pre-MaP
2/18 Warren Skidmore Thirty Meter Telescope Thirty Meter Telescope: The Next Generation of Ground Based Optical/Infra Red Observatory
2/25 James Davenport University of Washington Spots and Flares: Detailed Studies of Magnetic Activity with Kepler
Wednesday 3/5 Jennifer Yee CfA Microlensing: Beyond Planet Detection
3/11 Spring Break
3/25 Kathy Reeves CfA Energy Transport and Conversion in Solar Eruptions
Wednesday 4/2 Xuening Bai CfA Transport and Accretion Processes in Protoplanetary Disks: A New Paradigm
4/8 Paul Green CfA Innocent Bystanders and Smoking Guns: the Dwarf Carbon Stars
4/22 Linda Watson CfA Star Formation in Nearby Late-Type Galaxies
Monday 5/5 Nicholas McConnell Institute for Astronomy Puzzles in Massive Galaxy Assembly