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Frontiers of Astronomy: Benoit Famaey Thu. October 11th, 2018
8:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Title TBD Benoit Famey (CNRS/University of Starsbourg)

Frontiers of Astronomy: Rachel Bezanson Thu. November 15th, 2018
8:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Title TBD Rachel Bezanson (University of Pittsburgh)

Frontiers of Astronomy: Kelsey Johnson Thu. December 13th, 2018
8:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Title TBD Kelsey Johnson (University of Virginia)

Frontiers of Astronomy: Bill Janesh Thu. March 7th, 2019
8:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Title TBD Bill Janesh (Case Western Reserve University)

Frontiers of Astronomy: Stephen Zepf Thu. April 11th, 2019
8:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Title TBD Stephen Zepf (Michigan State Univ)

Past Events

Event Date Summary
Research Talk: Sandeep Kumar Kataria Mon. July 30th, 2018
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

The Impact of Bulges on Bar Formation and Bar Pattern Speed in Disk Galaxies Sandeep Kumar Kataria (Indian Institute of

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

Frontiers of Astronomy: Other Earths and Origins of Life Thu. April 12th, 2018
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Other Earths and Origins of Life Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard University The lecture will discuss the new field of scientific research

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

Frontiers of Astronomy: The New Moon Thu. March 1st, 2018
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

The New Moon Brett Denevi, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Although we may not think of the Moon as

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

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

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

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

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

Frontiers of Astronomy: Simulating the Universe Thu. December 14th, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Simulating the Universe Mark Vogelsberger (MIT) Modern supercomputer simulations model the evolution of the Universe starting briefly after the Big

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

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

Frontiers of Astronomy: The Universe on A Computer: The Formation of Galaxies, Stars, and Planets in a Violent Cosmos Thu. November 16th, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Universe on A Computer: The Formation of Galaxies, Stars, and Planets in a Violent Cosmos Philip Hopkins, California Institute

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,

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

Frontiers of Astronomy: Mapping the Universe: New Vistas, New Lands Thu. October 12th, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Mapping the Universe: New Vistas, New Lands David Silva, National Optical Astronomy Observatory To be human is to explore. Today’s

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

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

Frontiers of Astronomy: The Frontier From Space Thu. April 13th, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Frontier From Space Daniela Calzetti, University of Massachusetts – Amherst In 2015 the Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 25th

Astronomy Colloquium: Daniela Calzetti Thu. April 13th, 2017
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

The Scales of Star Formation – Insights from the UV Daniela Calzetti (UMass) Over two decades of observations from the

Astronomy Colloquium: Jay Strader Wed. March 22nd, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Black Holes in Globular Clusters Jay Strader (Michigan State University) Hundreds of stellar-mass black holes form in the early lifetime

Frontiers of Astronomy: Our Future Off-Earth Thu. March 9th, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Our Future Off-Earth Chris Impey, University of Arizona The Space Age is half a century old. Its early successes were

Astronomy Colloquium: Chris Impey Thu. March 9th, 2017
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Science Literacy in the MOOC Era Chris Impey (Arizona) In a world shaped by science and technology, the persistently low

Astronomy Colloquium: Ian Roederer Wed. March 1st, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Heavy Metals from the First Stars to Today Ian Roederer (UMichigan) NASA’s Cosmic Origins program aims to address the question,

Astronomy Colloquium: Nelson Padilla Tue. February 21st, 2017
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Angular momentum in galaxy formation simulations Nelson Padilla (U Catolica de Chile) In this talk I will present studies on

Astronomy Colloquium: Steinn Sigurdsson Wed. February 15th, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

How black holes get their kicks: dynamical evolution and coalescence Steinn Sigurdsson (Penn State U) Recent observations have increased interest

Astronomy Colloquium: Laura Lopez Wed. January 25th, 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Observational Assessment of Stellar Feedback in Nearby Galaxies Laura Lopez (Ohio State U) Massive stars have a profound astrophysical influence

Astronomy Colloquium: Michael Skrutskie Fri. December 9th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Diffraction-limited Mid-Infrared Imaging with the 23-meter Large Binocular Telescope Michael Skrutskie (Virginia) While the world awaits the construction of the

Frontiers of Astronomy: The Quest for Infinite Telescope Aperture: Are We There Yet? Thu. December 8th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Quest for Infinite Telescope Aperture: Are We There Yet? Michael Skrutskie, University of Virginia Since the invention of the

Astronomy Colloquium: Monica Valluri Wed. November 30th, 2016
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Using the Stellar Halo to Probe the Assembly of the Milky Way Monica Valluri (U Michigan) Over the next decade

Astronomy Colloquium: Kelly Holley-Bockelmann Thu. November 10th, 2016
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Building Supermassive Black Hole Binaries Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Vanderbilt) Astronomers now know that supermassive black holes reside in nearly every galaxy.

Frontiers of Astronomy: A Space‐time Symphony of Gravitational Waves Thu. November 10th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

A Space‐time Symphony of Gravitational Waves Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Vanderbilt University On February 11, 2016, scientists announced the first detection of

Astronomy Colloquium: Ed Moran Wed. October 26th, 2016
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

AGN unification: the hidden truth Ed Moran (Wesleyan U) Seyfert galaxies have been traditionally classified into two groups based on

Astronomy Colloquium: Doug Hamilton Fri. October 14th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

The Origin of Titan and Hyperion Doug Hamilton (Maryland) Titan is arguably the Solar System’s most unusual satellite. It is

Frontiers of Astronomy: Pluto’s Lonely Ice Cap Thu. October 13th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Pluto’s Lonely Ice Cap Doug Hamilton, University of Maryland The icy white heart of Pluto became an instant sensation after

Astronomy Colloquium: Bill Janesh Wed. September 28th, 2016
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Needles in a Haystack: Searching for Optical Counterparts to Ultra-compact High Velocity HI Clouds Bill Janesh (Indiana University) Low mass

Frontiers of Astronomy: Biography of the Milky Way Thu. April 14th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Biography of the Milky Way James Bullock, University of California, Irvine The Universe on the grandest scales is a vast network

Astronomy Colloquium: James Bullock Wed. April 13th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Cosmology and the Local Group James Bullock (UCalifornia, Irvine) The Local Group and the tiny galaxies that surround the Milky

Astronomy Colloquium: Hongsheng Zhao Mon. April 11th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

New Physics Beyond Galaxies Hongsheng Zhao (University of St Andrews) I will show how current data on galaxies and clusters

Astronomy Colloquium: Elena D’Onghia Wed. March 30th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

The Structure and Dynamics of the Milky Way Stellar Disk Elena D’Onghia (U Wisconsin) Ongoing surveys are revolutionizing our understanding

Astronomy Colloquium: Kevin Stevenson Wed. March 16th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Today’s Exo-Weather Forecast: Hot and Humid with a Chance of Clouds Kevin Stevenson (Chicago) Planet-finding surveys have revealed thousands of

Frontiers of Astronomy: Galactic Cannibalism Thu. March 3rd, 2016
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Galactic Cannibalism Kathryn Johnston, Columbia University Galaxies! Images of these objects are awe-inspiring – spirals of billions of stars, along

Astronomy Colloquium: Kathryn Johnston Thu. March 3rd, 2016
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Dark Matter and Stellar Halos around Galaxies:  Formation, Histories and Structure Kathryn Johnston, Columbia University The existence of spectacular low-surface-brightness

Joint Phys/Astro Colloquium: John Monnier (Cancelled) Thu. February 25th, 2016
4:15 pm-5:15 pm

Cancelled due to inclement weather.

Astronomy Colloquium: Adam Leroy Wed. February 17th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Star Formation-Driven Molecular Superwinds as Understood From the Two Nearest Starburst Galaxies (and a Small Survey) Dr. Adam Leroy, Ohio

Astronomy Colloquium: Tony Sohn Wed. February 3rd, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Dynamics of Local Group Galaxies via HST Proper Motions Tony Sohn (Johns Hopkins U) The Universe evolves hierarchically with small

Astronomy Colloquium: Kristen McQuinn Wed. January 13th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Leo P: Galaxy Evolution at the Faint-end of the Luminosity Function Kristen McQuinn (University of Texas, Austin) Theories of galaxy

Frontiers of Astronomy: Gamma Ray Bursts: The Biggest Explosions Since the Big Bang Thu. December 10th, 2015
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Gamma Ray Bursts: The Biggest Explosions Since the Big Bang Edo Berger, Harvard University Representing Nature’s biggest explosions since the

Astronomy Colloquium: Edo Berger Thu. December 10th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Short-Duration Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Sources Edo Berger (Harvard) Gamma-ray bursts are the most luminous

Astronomy Colloquium: Kevin Croxall Wed. December 2nd, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Oxygen in the Local Universe: Establishing Order through CHAOS Kevin Croxall (OSU) The metal content of a galaxy is one

Frontiers of Astronomy: The History of the Milky Way Written in the Stars Thu. November 12th, 2015
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

The History of the Milky Way Written in Stars Jennifer Johnson, Ohio State University Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, did

Astronomy Colloquium: Jennifer Johnson Thu. November 12th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

The Secret Lives of Stars: Galactic History from the APOGEE Survey Jennifer Johnson (Ohio State University) The history of a

Astronomy Colloquium: Benoit Famaey Wed. October 21st, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Galactoseismology in the Milky Way Benois Famaey, CNRS/Strasbourg Current Galactic dynamical models still often rely on the zeroth order assumptions

Frontiers of Astronomy: 25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope Thu. October 15th, 2015
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope Frank Summers, Space Telescope Science Institute In April 1990, astronauts aboard the Space

Astronomy Colloquium: Frank Summers Wed. October 14th, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Frank Summers (STScI) Truth and Beauty in Astronomy Visualization The presentation of complex scientific ideas demands both precision and detail.

Astronomy Colloquium: Gail Zasowski Wed. September 30th, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Gail Zasowski (Johns Hopkins University) New Tools for Galactic Archaeology from the Milky Way One of the critical components for

Astronomy Colloquium: David Merritt Wed. September 9th, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

How Things Get Into (Supermassive) Black Holes David Merritt, Rochester Institute of Technology Gas near the center of a galaxy

Astronomy Colloquium: Michelle Collins Wed. September 2nd, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

The faintest galaxies as probes of cosmology and galactic evolution Michelle Collins (Yale) As the faintest galaxies we are able

Dynamical Evolution of Very Young Stellar Sub-Cluster Fri. April 17th, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dynamical Evolution of Very Young Stellar Sub-Clusters Alison Sills, McMaster University Recent observations of massive, young, nearby star-forming complexes are starting

Stellar Mergers and Interactions: Yes, Virginia, Stars Do Collide Thu. April 16th, 2015
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Stellar Mergers and Interactions: Yes, Virginia, Stars Do Collide Alison Sills, McMaster University Professor Sills will discuss strong interactions between stars

Adventures in Data Science: An Astronomer Takes the Road Ever-More-Often Traveled By Wed. April 1st, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Adventures in Data Science: An Astronomer Takes the Road Ever-More-Often Traveled By Craig Rudick, University of Kentucky About two years ago

Interpreting Dwarf Galaxy Observations with Realistic Simulations Wed. March 18th, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Interpreting Dwarf Galaxy Observations with Realistic Simulations Alyson Brooks, Rutgers University The cosmological model based on cold dark matter (CDM) and

Stars and Galaxies at the Dawn of Time Thu. March 5th, 2015
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Stars and Galaxies at the Dawn of Time Volker Bromm, University of Texas, Austin How and when did the cosmic dark

The First Stars and Galaxies: The Run-up to the JWST Wed. March 4th, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm

The First Stars and Galaxies: The Run-up to the JWST Volker Bromm, University of Texas, Austin How and when did the

What do the smallest galaxies tell us about dark matter? Wed. February 11th, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm

What do the smallest galaxies tell us about dark matter? Matt Walker, Carnegie Mellon University I will discuss how to translate

Orion as a Laboratory of Protostellar Evolution: Results from the Herschel Orion Protostar Survey Wed. February 4th, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Orion as a Laboratory of Protostellar Evolution: Results from the Herschel Orion Protostar Survey Tom Megeath, University of Toledo The Orion

Mercury: New views from MESSENGER Wed. January 21st, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Mercury: New views from MESSENGER Steve Hauck, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, CWRU More than 35 years after Mariner 10 made

Probing Cosmic Acceleration with the Dark Energy Survey Thu. December 11th, 2014
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Probing Cosmic Acceleration with the Dark Energy Survey Josh Frieman, University of Chicago / FermiLab The Nobel Prize in Physics for

Probing the Dark Universe Thu. December 11th, 2014
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Probing the Dark Universe Josh Frieman, University of Chicago / FermiLab Over the last two decades, cosmologists have made a remarkable

Globular Cluster Streams as Galactic High-Precision Scales Wed. November 19th, 2014
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Globular Cluster Streams as Galactic High-Precision Scales Andreas Küpper, Columbia University Tidal streams are promising probes of the gravitational potential of

Directions to the Nearest Alien Earth-like Planet Thu. November 13th, 2014
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Directions to the Nearest Alien Earth-like Planet Sarah Ballard, University of Washington Astronomers used to hedge at the question of whether

Choose Your Own Adventure: Multiplicity of Planets among the Kepler M Dwarfs Wed. November 12th, 2014
11:00 am-1:00 am

Choose Your Own Adventure: Multiplicity of Planets among the Kepler M Dwarfs Sarah Ballard, University of Washington The Kepler data set

A Tale of Three Neutrinos Wed. October 29th, 2014
11:00 am-1:00 am

A Tale of Three Neutrinos Derek Fox, Penn State University I will discuss recent work to identify the brightest sources of

Do astronomical data contradict the existence of dynamically relevant particle cold or warm dark matter? Wed. October 8th, 2014
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Do astronomical data contradict the existence of dynamically relevant particle cold or warm dark matter? Pavel Kroupa, University of Bonn The

Lifting the Dusty Veil: Understanding the Stellar Structure of Spiral Disks Fri. September 26th, 2014
12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Lifting the Dusty Veil: Understanding the Stellar Structure of Spiral Disks Andrew Schechtman-Rook, University of Wisconsin Measuring the vertical distribution of

Astrophysics’ Extreme Matter Experiments: Understanding the Diagnostics Wed. September 17th, 2014
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Astrophysics’ Extreme Matter Experiments: Understanding the Diagnostics Chris Fryer Los Alamos National Lab Astrophysical Transients (supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, kilanovae, …) are

Testing Galaxy Formation with Clustering Statistics and ΛCDM Halo Models at z=0-1 Wed. September 10th, 2014
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Testing Galaxy Formation with Clustering Statistics and ΛCDM Halo Models at z=0-1 Ramin Skibba, UC San Diego Galaxies form and evolve


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