Past Astrophysics Colloquia

Fall Semester 2013

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic/Title
Monday, 9/9 John T. Clarke Boston University Atmospheric Evolution at Venus and Mars: VeSpR, HST, and MAVEN
Monday, 9/16 Seth Redfield Wesleyan University Properties of the Interstellar Medium Surrounding the Sun and Nearby Stars
Monday, 9/23 Joey Neilsen Boston University Winds of Change: The Physics of Accretion and Ejection Around Stellar-Mass Black Holes
Monday, 9/30 Debra Fischer Yale University The Road to 100 Earths
Monday, 10/7 Jonathan Lunine Cornell University Exoplanets with JWST
Tuesday,10/15 Brian McLeod Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics The Giant Magellan Telescope
Monday, 10/21 Steve Majewski University of Virginia Status of the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) and Its Successor, APOGEE-2
Monday,10/28 Anna Sajina Tufts University The evolution of dusty galaxies as seen through their infrared spectral energy distributions
Monday, 11/4 Robert Simcoe MIT Hydrogen and Heavy Element Measurements near the Epoch of Reionization
Monday, 11/11 Tom Megeath University of Toledo The Role of Environment in the Birth of Stars and Planets
Monday, 11/18 Min Yun University of Massachusetts Cold Gas Content and Star Formation in Galaxies
Monday, 11/25 Gerard van Belle Lowell Observatory Directly Determined Linear Radii, Effective Temperatures, and Shapes of Stars from Long-Baseline Optical Interferometry
Monday, 12/2 Russel White Georgia State University The Search for Young Planets
Monday, 12/9 Chung-Pei Ma UC Berkeley Supermassive Black Holes in Nearby Galaxies

Spring Semester 2013

Date Speaker Topic/Title
Monday, 1/28 Andrew West     Boston University What can Large Samples of Low-Mass Stars tell us about the Galaxy, the Habitability of Exoplanets and the evolution of Stellar Dynamos
Monday, 2/4 Alyssa Goodman Harvard University Brains, Arteries, Sea Monsters, and the Future of Astronomy
Monday, 2/11 Dan Clemens       Boston University The Galactic Plane Infrared Polarization Survey (GPIPS): Early Science
Tuesday, 2/19 Eilat Glikman       Yale University Dust Reddened Quasars: A Transitional Phase in Quasar/Galaxy Co-Evolution
Monday, 2/25 Josh Carter     Harvard CfA Photodynamics: revealing the secrets of the lowest-mass planets and stars
Monday, 3/4 Eric Murphy       OCIW, Pasadena The Star Formation in Radio Survey: GBT Findings and Initial Results iwth the Jansky VLA
Monday, 3/18 Catherine Espaillat  Harvard CfA Tracking Planet Footprints in Dusty Disks
Monday, 3/25 Phil Muirhead     Caltech Small Stars with Small Planets and Big Consequences
Tuesday,   4/2 Jess Werk                  UC Santa Cruz The Invisible, Large Reservoirs of Gas Around Galaxies
Friday, 4/19 Eric Becklin    SOPHIA and UCLA Complementary SOFIA and Keck AO Sciencein Orion and The Galactic Center
Monday, 4/22 Jackie Hewitt        MIT Epoch of Reionization Studies with the Murchison Widefield Array
Monday, 4/29 Richard Feinberg AAS Press Officer A Scientist’s Guide to Interacting with the Media: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

Fall Semester 2012

Date Speaker Topic/Title
Monday, 9/10 Shep Doeleman, Haystack Observatory The Event Horizon Telescope: Observing Black Holes with Schwarzschild Radius Resolution
Monday, 9/17 Doug Finkbeiner, Harvard University, CfA The Galactic center 130 GeV line: WIMP or artifact?
Friday, 9/21 Heather Knutson, Caltech Beyond Hot Jupiters: Exploring the Diversity of Exoplanetary Atmospheres
Monday, 9/24 Jay Lockman, NRAO How to make a Milky Way: the continuing story
Monday, 10/1 Dave Latham, CfA Super Earths and Life
Monday, 10/15 Daryl Haggard, Northwestern University Feedback Large and Small: Multi-Epoch Constraints on AGN Outflows
Monday, 10/22 James Ulvestad, NSF AST Director Opportunities and Challenges in Federal Ground-Based Astronomy
Monday, 10/29 Andrew West, BU What can Large Samples of Low-Mass Stars tell us about the Galaxy, the Habitability of Exoplanets and the evolution of Stellar Dynamos
Monday, 11/5 Jane Rigby, GSFC/JWST The James Webb Space Telescope and Active Galactic Nuclei
Monday, 11/12 John Vaillancourt, USRA/SOPHIA The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy: Status and Recent Science Highlights
Monday, 11/19 Riccardo Giovanelli, Cornell The Submillimeter CCAT Telescope: as High as You Can Drive a Truck
Monday, 11/26 Bill Saturno, Boston University Department of Archaeology Keeping Time with the Cosmos: The Role of Astronomy in 8th Century Maya Society
Monday, 12/03 Mark Reid, CfA Measuring the Cosmos
Monday, 12/10 Loren Anderson, WVU Massive Star Formation in the Era of Herschel and WISE

Spring Semester 2012

Date Speaker Topic/Title
1/23 Marla Geha, Yale Ultra-Faint Galaxies Around the Milky Way
1/30 Eric Chaisson, CfA Cosmic Evolution and the Arrow of Time
2/6 Charles Lada, CfA Star Formation Rates in Molecular Clouds and the Nature of the Extragalactic Scaling Relations
2/13 Jim Drake, University of Maryland Magnetic reconnection as a cosmic particle accelerator
2/27 Marco Velli, CIT, JPL Coronal Heating and Solar Wind Models: Tests with Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter
3/5 Chris O’Dea, RIT Seyfert Galaxies
3/19 Stefi Baum, RIT, Center for Imaging Science Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble – Goings On in Cool Core Clusters
3/26 Jessica Rosenberg, GMU Baryons in Galaxies and the Intergalactic Medium: Tracers of Galaxy Evolution
4/2 Merav Opher, BU Baryons in Galaxies and the Intergalactic Medium: Tracers of Galaxy Evolution4/2 Merav Opher, BU – At the edge of the solar system: Learning how stars interact with their surrounding media
4/9 Randy Jokipii,  University of Arizona Turbulent Shocks in Astrophysical Plasmas
4/23 Dr. Laura Lopez, MIT Dissecting Supernova Remnants
4/30 Elizabeth Blanton, BU Sloshing, Bubbles, and Active Galactic Nuclei in Clusters of Galaxies (Up Close and Far Away)


Fall Semester 2011

Date Speaker Topic/Title
Monday, September 12, 2011 Diana Worrall,
University of Bristol
Active-Galaxy Jets: an Exhausting Business
Monday, September 19, 2011 Elke Roediger,
Jacobs University Bremen
Understanding Dynamical Galaxy Clusters: Combining Observations and Simulations
Monday, September 26, 2011 Daisuke Nagai,
Yale University
Cosmology and Astrophysics with Galaxy Clusters
Monday, October 3, 2011 Helen Kirk,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Mass Segregation in Clustered and Isolated Star-Forming Environments
Monday, October 17, 2011 Jeff Hall,
Lowell Observatory
Fifty Years of Stargazing: Stellar Cycles at Lowell Observatory
Monday, October 24, 2011 Smadar Naoz,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The Origin of Retrograde Hot Jupiters
Monday, October 31, 2011 Thomas Dame,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The Milky Way as a Grand Design Spiral
Monday, November 7, 2011 Catherine Espaillat,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Planet Formation in Dusty Disks Around Young Stars
Monday, November 14, 2011 No Seminar No Seminar
Monday, November 21, 2011 Kevin Schawinski,
Yale University
The Co-Evolution of Galaxies and Black Holes
Monday, November 28, 2011 Thomas Bania,
Boston University
The Green Bank Telescope H II Region Discovery Survey
Monday, December 5, 2011 Barry Madore,
Carnegie Observatories
Decoding the Schmidt Law: What Can We Know about Star Formation?
Monday, December 12, 2011 Maryam Modjaz,
New York University
Stellar Forensics with Supernovae & GRBs

Spring Semester 2011

Date Speaker Topic
Monday, January 24, 2011 Markos Georganopoulos, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Current Issues in Understanding Extragalactic Relativistic Jets
Monday, January 31, 2011 Anna Frebel, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Stellar Archaeology: New Science with Old stars
Monday, February 7, 2011 Sylvain Veilleux, University of Maryland, College Park Galactic Winds and Their Cosmological Implications
Monday, February 14, 2011 Michael Person, MIT Occultation Studies of the Outer Solar System
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Christy Tremonti, University of Wisconsin, Madison High Velocity Outflows in Post-starburst Galaxies: the smoking gun for quasar feedback?
Monday, February 28, 2011 Travis Barman, Lowell Observatory Clouds and Chemistry in the Atmospheres of HR8799b and 2M1207b
Monday, March 7, 2011 Elena D’Onghia, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics The Formation of Stochastic Spiral Arms in Disk Galaxies
Monday, March 21, 2011 Mark Krumholz, University of California, Santa Cruz Simulations of Massive Star Formation
Monday, March 28, 2011 Héctor Arce, Yale University Stellar feedback during star formation
Monday, April 4, 2011 Manasvita Joshi, Boston University Multiwavelength Studies of Fermi-LAT Blazars
Monday, April 11, 2011 Matt Browning, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Stellar Interiors
Thursday, April 21, 2011 Tom Wilson, Naval Research Laboratory Sub-mm CO lines
Monday, April 25, 2011 Tim Paglione, The City University of New York (CUNY) Star Formation on Galactic Scales
Monday, May 2, 2011 Claudia Cyganowski, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics The Early Stages of Massive Star Formation

Fall Semester 2010

Date Speaker Topic
Monday, September 13, 2010 Tereasa Brainerd, Boston University Seeing the Unseeable: The Orientations of Galaxies Inside their Dark Matter Halos
Monday, September 20, 2010 Mark Heyer, UMASS Amherst MHD Turbulence in Molecular Clouds
Monday, September 27, 2010 Ruth Murray-Clay, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Frontier Planets: Wide Separation Giants and Hot Super-Earths
Monday, October 4, 2010 No Seminar
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 No Seminar
Monday, October 18, 2010 Laura Parker, McMaster University Galaxy Groups from 0 < z < 1: Evolution in Action
Monday, October 25, 2010 Anil Seth, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Nuclear Star Clusters and Black Holes
Monday, November 1, 2010 Kathy Cooksey, MIT The Last Eight-Billion Years of Intergalactic CIV and SiIV Evolution
Monday, November 8, 2010 Priyamvada Natarajan, Yale University The Formation and Evolution of Black Hole Seeds
Monday, November 15, 2010 Fred Walter, SUNY at Stony Brook All the Low Mass Objects – Where Do They All Come From?
Monday, November 22, 2010 Alberto Bolatto, University of Maryland Infrared Surveys of the Magellanic Clouds: From Galaxy Evolution to Planets
Monday, November 29, 2010 Matt Lister, Purdue Kinematics of Jets in Active Galactic Nuclei
Monday, December 6, 2010 Ori Fox, NASA GSFC Cosmic Explosions, Hot Dust, and the Infrared Instruments That Observe Them

Spring Semester 2010

Date Speaker Topic
Monday Jan. 25 Kenneth Janes, Boston University Star Clusters: Studies in Stellar and Galactic Evolution
Monday Feb. 1 Jonathan Foster, Boston University Scattered, Extinguished and Emitted: Three Views of Star-forming Dust
Monday Feb. 8 Peter McCullough, CfA & STScI Discovery and Characterization of Transiting Extrasolar Planets
Tuesday Feb. 16 Crystal Brogan, NRAO Searching for the Secrets of Massive Star Birth
Monday Feb. 22 Margaret Meixner, CfA & STScI The Life Cycle of Matter in the Magellanic Clouds: Insights from the Spitzer Surveys
Monday Mar. 1 Don Figer, RIT Massive Young Star Clusters and the Stellar Upper Mass Limit
Monday Mar. 15 Kim McLeod, Wellesley Probing the Assembly of Massive Galaxies via Quasar Hosts at z=4
Monday Mar. 22 Doug Gies, GSU Transformations in Massive Binary Stars
Monday Mar. 29 Barry Madore, Carnegie The Carnegie Hubble Program: Determining the Hubble Constant to 2%
Monday Apr. 5 Henry Roe, Lowell Titan’s Methane Weather
Monday Apr. 12 Kevin Covey, Cornell The Origin and Evolution of Stellar Spin

Fall Semester 2009

Date Speaker Topic
Tuesday Sept. 8 Elizabeth Blanton, BU/IAR Active Galactic Nuclei in Clusters of Galaxies: Cooling Flows,
Feedback, and High-z Systems
Tuesday Sept. 15 Martin Elvis, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory The Quasar Continuum: New Connections
Tuesday Sept. 29 Edo Berger, Harvard University Gamma-Ray Bursts: A New Probe of the High-Redshift Universe
Tuesday Oct. 6 Eileen Friel, Lowell Observatory Open Clusters: Their Role in the Galaxy
Thursday Oct. 8 James Green, University of Colorado Probing the Inter-Galactic Medium with the Cosmic Origins
Tuesday Oct. 20 Joshua Winn, MIT Exoplanets and their Odd Orbital Inclinations
Wednesday Oct. 28 John Johnson, University Hawaii Retired A Stars and their Planets
Tuesday Nov. 3 John Bochanski, MIT Our 15 Million Nearest Neighbors: M Dwarfs & the Local Milky Way
Thursday Nov. 12 Randy Kimble, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center A Powerful New Imager for HST: Performance and Early Results of Wide Field Camera 3
Tuesday Nov. 17 Aneta Siemiginowska, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory X-ray Jets and Evolution of Extragalactic Radio Sources
Tuesday Dec. 1 B.-G. Anderson, NASA-Ames Research Center The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy ,SOFIA: Status and Science overview
Tuesday Dec. 8 David Wilner, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Planet Forming Disks

Spring Semester 2009

Date Speaker Topic
Tuesday Jan. 20 Warren Brown, CfA Hypervelocity Stars and Massive Black Holes
Tuesday Jan. 27 Dan Clemens, IAR GPIPS and other fun with the Perkins Telescope
Tuesday Feb. 3 No Seminar
Tuesday Feb. 10 Andrew West, MIT From Foreground Trash to Bountiful Treasure: Galactic Stratigraphy, Magnetic Activity
and the Kinematics of M dwarfs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Tuesday Feb. 17 Nathan Smith, UC Berkeley
Monday Schedule but we are still having seminar at 4pm.
Eruptive Mass Loss in Massive Stars and Precursors to the Most
Luminous Supernova Explosions
Monday Feb. 23 Riccardo Schiavon,Gemini The History of Star Formation of Early-Type Galaxies
Tuesday Feb. 24 Stella Kafka, CalTech Magnetic Activity on CV Secondaries: Nature or Nurture?
Tuesday Mar. 3 No Seminar
Friday Mar. 6 Peter Frinchaboy, University of Wisconsin Stellar Tracers: Probing Physics and Galactic Structure
Tuesday Mar. 17 Cornelia Lang, University of Iowa The Galactic Center
Tuesday Mar. 24 Ed Berschinger, MIT Dark Energy or Modified Gravity?
Tuesday Mar. 31 Peter Barnes, University of Florida The CHAMPS Mopra Molecular Line Survey
Tuesday Apr. 7 Peter Schloerb, University of Massachusetts LMT
Tuesday Apr. 14 Gregor Tucker, Brown University BLAST
Tuesday Apr. 21 Richard French, Wellesley University Saturn or Pluto
Tuesday Apr. 28 Evan Skillman, University of Minnesota The Recent Star Formation Histories of Nearby Galaxies

Fall Semester 2008

Date Speaker Topic
Tuesday Sept. 9 Alan Marscher, BU/IAR Probing Deeply Into the Inner Jets of Blazars
Tuesday Sept. 16 No Colloquium
Tuesday Sept. 23 Soren Meibom, Center for Astrophysics The Rotational Evolution of Low-Mass Stars
Tuesday Sept. 30 No Colloquium
Tuesday Oct. 7 Max Tegmark, MIT New Clues About Inflation, Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Tuesday Oct. 14 No Colloquium
Tuesday Oct. 21 Lisa Prato, Lowell Observatory Young Planets in Visible and Infrared Light: Spots’ Tricks
Tuesday Oct. 28 Jason Wright, Cornell University TBA
Tuesday Nov. 4 Elliot Horch, Southern Connecticut State University Fainter and Closer: New High-Resolution Imaging Capabilities at the
WIYN Telescope
Tuesday Nov. 18 Dava Sobel, Author Joint IAR/CSP Seminar: The Drama of Copernicus: How He Was Convinced to Publish his Crazy Idea
Tuesday Nov. 25 Gerritt Verschuur, University of Memphis Intermediate and High-Velocity “Clouds” A New Look at an Old Problem
Tuesday Dec. 2 Ellen Zweibel, University of Wisconsin The Origin and Evolution of Astrophysical Magnetic Fields
Tuesday Dec. 9 Tim Beers, Michigan State University SEGUE-1, SEGUE-2, and the Future of Large Scale Surveys of the Galaxy

Spring Semester 2008

Date Speaker Topic
Tuesday Jan. 29 Michael Meyer, University of Arizona Two Tails of a Distribution Function: The Initial Mass Functions of Extreme Star Formation
Tuesday Feb. 5 Paul Ho, Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taipei
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA
From the SMA to ALMA
Tuesday Feb. 12 Paul Green, University of Arizona Factory Trawling the X-ray Sky: The Chandra Multiwavelength Project (ChaMP)
Tuesday Feb. 26 Steve Longmore, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA The Evolutionary Sequence of Protostellar Cores
Tuesday Mar. 18 Sara Seager, MIT Exoplanets: Interiors, Atmospheres, and the Search for Habitable Worlds
Tuesday April 1 James Slavin, NASA/GSFC MESSENGER Mission
Tuesday April 8 Hans Zinnecker, Astrophysical Institute of Potsdam (AIP) Do all (massive) stars form in clusters?
Tuesday April 15 Ned Wright, UCLA IR Cosmology
Tuesday April 22 Robert Mathieu, University of Wisconsin Open Clusters: Open Windows on Stellar Dynamics
Tuesday April 29 Julio Navarro, University of Massachusetts Dark Matter
Tuesday May 6 Bruno Guidordoni, Science and Religion

Fall Semester 2007

Date Speaker Topic
Tuesday Sept. 18 Jay Lockman, NRAO The ongoing formation of the Milky Way: High Velocity clouds plunging
into the Galaxy
Tuesday Sept. 25 Alberto Bolatto, University of Maryland The Primitive Universe, Near and Far
Tuesday Oct. 2 Giles Novak, Northwestern University The Galactic Magnetic Field and its Role in Star Formation
Tuesday Oct. 9 No Seminar Monday schedule for classes
Tuesday Oct. 16 Kelsey Johnson, University of Virginia Are Super Star Clusters Actually Super?
Tuesday Oct. 23 Irena Stojimirovic, BU/IAR Parsec-scale Outflows from Low-Mass YSOs
Tuesday Oct. 30 James Jackson, BU/IAR Infrared Dark Clouds: The Birth of Star Clusters
Tuesday Nov. 6 Amalia Hicks, University of Virginia Missing Baryons: Recent Results from X-ray Observations of High-Redshift Clusters
Tuesday Nov. 13 Ian Dell’Antonio, Brown University Lensing/Dark Matter
Tuesday Nov. 20 Keivan Stassun, Vanderbilt University A Synthesis of Fundamental Issues in the Formation and Early Evolution of Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs
Tuesday Nov. 27 Daniela Calzetti, University of Massachusetts Star Formation in the Mid-Infrared, and implications for
the high redshift Universe
Tuesday Dec. 4 Josh Winn, MIT The Transits of Exoplanets
Tuesday Dec. 11 TBD TBA

Spring Semester 2007

Date Speaker Topic
Tuesday Jan 23 Justin Kasper, MIT Breaking the Ionospheric Barrier: The Mileura Wide-field Array and the Return of Low Frequency Radio Astronomy
Tuesday Jan 30 Elizabeth Blanton, Boston University IAR Radio Sources in Clusters of Galaxies: Impact on the ICM and Probes of High-z Systems
Tuesday Feb 6 Karl Gordon, University of Arizona Spitzer Observations of the Aromatic Features: New Insights from Spectroscopy and Imaging
Tuesday Feb 13 Adam Burgasser, MIT Substellar Noir: Brown Dwarf Binaries and the Mystery of the L/T
Tuesday Feb 20 Monday Class Schedule, No Seminar
Tuesday Feb 27 Bob Rood, University of Virginia The Nature of Technological Civilizations: How to Search for Unicorns
Tuesday Mar 6 Bob Benjamin, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater Infrared Galactic Cartography: Constraints on the Stellar Disk, Bar, and Spiral Arms
Tuesday Mar 13 No Seminar (Spring Break)
Tuesday Mar 20 Geoffrey Landis, NASA Glenn Research Center Three Years on Mars: the Mars Exploration Rovers Mission
Tuesday Mar 27 David Helfand, Columbia University MAGPIS: Finding Magnetars, Dark Accelerators, and Other Shiny Trinkets in a Galactic Plane Radio Survey
Tuesday Apr 3 Brian Chaboyer, Dartmouth College The Space Interferometry Mission: Parallaxes, Planets & More
Tuesday Apr 10 Kevin Marvel, Executive Officer, American Astronomical Society Astronomy and the FY 2008 Budget
Wednesday Apr 11 Martin J. Rees, Cambridge University Scanning Cosmological Horizons
Tuesday Apr 17 David Charbonneau, Center for Astrophysics The Era of Comparative Exoplanetology
Monday Apr 23 Jim Heasley, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii The Pan-STARRS Project
Tuesday Apr 24 Steve Snowden, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center The diffuse X-ray background: from Earth’s exosphere to the edge of the Universe
Tuesday May 1 Maxim Markevitch, Center for Astrophysics Novel methods of measuring some interesting properties of
intergalactic gas in clusters