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Astronomy Colloquium: Keren Sharon Tue. April 24th, 2018
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

The Universe, Magnified: The Power of Gravitational Lensing
Keren Sharon (Michigan)
When did the Universe form its first galaxies? What do galaxies look like at the epoch when the Universe formed most of its stars? …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Dimitar Sasselov Thu. April 12th, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Ocean Worlds: from Familiar to Exotic and Extreme Planets
Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard)
Water is a common molecule in the the galaxy and an abundant bulk component of planets – like Neptune, far from their stars. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Brett Denevi Thu. March 1st, 2018
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Our Goals for Lunar Science and Exploration
Brett Denevi (JHU/APL)
NASA has recently announced plans to refocus its attention on the Moon as a cornerstone for Solar System science and exploration. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Caitlin Casey Tue. February 13th, 2018
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

The Universe’s Most Extreme Star-Forming Galaxies in the Most Extreme Environments
Caitlin Casey (Texas)
Dusty star-forming galaxies host the most intense stellar nurseries in the Universe. Their unusual characteristics (star formation rates of 200-2000 Msun/yr, compared to the Milky Way’s 1 Msun/yr) pose a unique challenge for cosmological simulations of how galaxies form and evolve, particularly in the first few billion years after the Big Bang. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Cameron McBride Tue. January 30th, 2018
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Data Science: The what, why, and how of my transition from Science to Tech
Cameron McBride (Rubicon Project)
Data science continues to explode as a field as the industrial need for scientific rigor grows. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Jillian Scudder Tue. January 16th, 2018
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Title: The hunt for cosmic monsters: understanding galaxies in the confused FIR sky
Jillian Scudder (Oberlin)
Observing galaxies in the Far-Infrared (FIR) gives us a unique window into the star formation rates of very high redshift, dusty galaxies. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Mark Vogelsberger Thu. December 14th, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Simulating Galaxy Formation: IllustrisTNG and beyond
Mark Vogelsberger (MIT)
In my talk I will describe recent efforts to model the large-scale distribution of galaxies with cosmological hydrodynamics simulations. I will focus on the Illustris simulation, and our new simulation campaign, the IllustrisTNG project. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Ben Monreal Tue. December 5th, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

hWAET: a ground-based telescope for exoplanet direct imaging
Ben Monreal (CWRU Physics)
In the literature on telescope conceptual design, there is a divide which at first glance seems unusual: space telescope design is a free-for-all while ground based concepts are very conservative. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Phil Hopkins Fri. November 17th, 2017
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Stars Re-Shaping Galaxies
Phil Hopkins (Caltech)
The most fundamental unsolved problems in galaxy formation revolve around “feedback” from massive stars and black holes. I’ll present new results from the FIRE simulations which combine new numerical methods and physics in an attempt to realistically model the diverse physics of the interstellar medium, star formation, and feedback from stellar radiation pressure, supernovae, stellar winds, and photo-ionization. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Jason Wright Tue. November 7th, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

The Puzzle of Boyajian’s Star
Jason Wright (PSU)
I have been at the center of efforts to understand KIC 8462852, a strange star found during the Kepler mission. It exhibits deep, irregular “dips” or dimming events lasting days, up to 22% in depth, and appears to be dimming secularly on decadal timescales. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: David Silva Fri. October 13th, 2017
11:00 am-12:00 am

NOAO Today and Tomorrow
David Silva (Director, NOAO)
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) is the U.S. national center for ground-based optical-infrared (OIR) astronomy. It is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Annika Peter Mon. September 25th, 2017
1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Twinkle, twinkle, little galaxy
Annika Peter (OSU)
The littlest galaxies have the potential to tell us the most about the nature of dark matter and about star formation in extreme environments. …Read more.

Astronomy Colloquium: Amanda Kepley Tue. September 12th, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Opening New Frontiers in the Study of Star Formation with the Next Generation of Radio Telescopes
Amanda Kepley (NRAO)
Much of what we know about the molecular gas that fuels star formation comes from observations in the Milky Way and other similar nearby galaxies. …Read more.


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