Ritter Astrophysical Research Center
Astrophysics Bag Lunch Seminar
(Previous Terms)

Fall 2014 - Cosmic Microwave Background

(Organizer: Tom Megeath)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 27
All /Tom Megeath
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic
Sep 03
Kevin Hardegree-Ullman
History of Observations of CMB
Sep 10
Michelle Deady
The universe at 380,000: recombination

Sep 17
Paula Johns The redshift of CMB
Sep 24
Aditya Togi
Characterizing Fluctuations in the CMB
Oct 01
Joseph Booker Correcting for foreground emission
Oct 08
Cody Gehartz Acoustic Waves in CMB
Oct 15
Alex Mulia Implications for Inflation
Oct 22
Nicole Karnath
Sunyaev Zel'dovich Effect
Oct 29
Jennifer Greco Lensing of the CMB
Nov 05
Jesica  Trucks E-mode Polarization Observations
Nov 12
Lesley Simanton Physical Origin of Polarization
Nov 19
Jonathan Rice B-Mode Polarization and Gravitational Waves
Nov 26
Prof. Tript. O. Phan
Astral Voyage back to Big Bang (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 03
Brian Mazur Cosmological Parameters
Dec 10
All /Tom Megeath
Award for Best Talk
Dec 17
None
Exam Week


Spring 2014 - Computational Astrophysics

(Organizer: Lawrence Anderson-Huang)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 08
All / Lawrence Anderson-Huang
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic (intro slides online)
Jan 14
Lesley Simanton
Galaxy aging
Jan 21 Michelle Deady
Convection

Jan 28
Paula Johns
TBD
Feb 04
Nicolle Karnath
TBD
Feb 11
Jennifer Greco
Planet formation
Feb 18
Alex Mulia
Galactic interactions
Feb 25
Johnathan Rice
Interstellar chemistry
Mar 04
None
Spring Break
Mar 11
Joseph Booker
Three-dimensional dust radiative transfer
Mar 18
Carl Starkey
Stellar winds
Mar 25
Cody Gerhartz
Supernovae
Apr 01
Kevin Hardegree-Ullman
TBD
Apr 08
Jesica Trucks
TBD
Apr 15
Brian Mazur
Cluster Stability
Apr 22
Lawrence Anderson-Huang
Award for Best Talk
Apr 29
None
Exam Week



Fall 2013 - The Solar System

(Organizer: Michael Cushing)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 21
All / Michael Cushing
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic
Aug 28 Tom Allen The Formation Environment of the Solar System
Sep 04
Michelle Deady
Mercury
Sep 11
Nicole Karnath
Titan
Sep 18
Carl Starkey Dwarf Planets
Sep 25
Aditya Togi
Sun
Oct 02
Johnathan Rice
Main Belt Comets
Oct 09
Joseph Booker
Space Weather
Oct 16
Cody Gerhartz Io
Oct 23
Lesley Simanton The Heliopause and IBEX
Oct 30
Alex Mulia Pluto
Nov 06
Kevin Hardegree-Ullman Jupiter
Nov 13
Brian Mazur
Saturn
Nov 20
Jesica Trucks
Mars
Nov 27
None Thanksgiving break
Dec 04
Michael Cushing
Award for Best Talk



Fall 2012 - Seminal Papers in Astronomy and Astrophysics Related to Current Research

(Organizer: Jon Bjorkman)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 22
All / Jon Bjorkman
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic
Aug 29 Eric Pelligrini
Massive Stellar Feedback in 30 Doradus
Sep 05
Lesley Simanton
Globular Cluster Systems and Galaxy Formation.
Searle & Zinn 1978, "Compositions of Halo Clusters and the Formation of the Galactic Halo"
Sep 12
Alex Mulia
Intermediate Mass Black Holes
Gerssen et al. 2002, "Hubble Space Telescope Evidence for an Intermediate-Mass Black Hole in the Globular Cluster M15.  II.  Kinematic Analysis and Dynamical Modeling"
Sep 19
Michelle Deady
Line Formation in Turbulent Media
Gail et al
Sep 26
None?
None?
Oct 03
Johnathan Rice
Interstellar Molecules: A story of CO and H2
Jenkins et al. 1973; Carruthers 1970; Stecher et al. 1971; Wilson et al. 1970
Oct 10 Cody Gerhartz
Classical Be Stars: Infrared Excess
Struve 1931; Gehrz, Hackwell, and Jones 1974
Oct 17
Jimmy Davidson
TBD
Oct 24
Joseph Booker
TBD
Oct 31
Carl Starkey
TBD
Nov 07
Tom Allen
TBD
Nov 14
Aditya Togi
Molecular Gas in Galaxies
Nov 21
None
Thanksgiving break
Nov 28
Justin Brown
TBD
Dec 05
None
Award Ceremony

Spring 2012 - A Review of the Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics

(Organizer: Michael Cushing)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 10
All / Mike Cushing
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic
Jan 17
None
None
Jan 24
Joseph Converse
TBD
Jan 31
Lesley Simanton
Extragalactic Globular Clusters and Galaxy Formation
Feb 07
Tom Allen
Dynamics of Protoplanetary Disks
Feb 14
Alex Mulia
Young Massive Star Clusters
Feb 21
Cody Gerhartz
The Evolution of X-Ray Clusters of Galaxies
Feb 28
Joseph Booker
High Velocity White Dwarfs and Galactic Structure
Mar 06
None
Spring Break
Mar 13
Michelle Deady
New Light on Stellar Abundance Analyses: Departures from LTE and Homogeneity
Mar 20
Johnathan Rice
The HI Distribution of the Milky Way
Mar 27
Carl Starkey
Interstellar Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Molecules
Apr 03
Justin Brown
Exoplanet Atmospheres
Apr 10
Aditya Togi
Molecular Gas at High Redshift
Apr 17
Charles Poteet
Thesis
Apr 24
Blagoy Rangelov
Thesis and Award Presentation
May 01
None
Finals Week


Fall 2011 - Time Domain Astronomy

(Organizer: JDS)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 23
All / JD Smith
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic
Aug 30
Kevin Croxall
Current and Planned TIme Domain Facilities
Sep 06
None
None (Stellar Variability)
Sep 13
Lesley Simanton
Parallax and GAIA
Sep 20
Josh Thomas Stellar Remnants and Light Echoes
Sep 27
Jimmy Davidson
Gravitational Micro-Lensing
Oct 04
Charles Poteet
Solar and Stellar Activity
Oct 11
Alex Mulia
Solar System as a f(T): Occultations, KBOs, Aurora   
Oct 18
None Fall Break
Oct 25
Michelle Deady Supernovae: Discovery, Light Curves, etc.
Nov 01
Blagoy Rangelov X-Ray Transient Sources
Nov 08
Carl Starkey
Rapid Radio Transients
Nov 15
Brad Rush
Time Delays in Gravitationally Lensed Quasars
Nov 22
Jonathan Rice Reverberation Mapping of AGN
Nov 29
Aditya Togi Gamma-Ray bursts: discovery and follow-up
Dec 06
Tom Allen
Gravitational Waves
Dec 13
All / JD Smith Recap, planning next Semester, and Award Presentation


Spring 2011 - Simulations of Star Cluster Formation and Evolution

(Organizer: RC)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 11
All / Rupali Chandar
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic
Jan 18
Brad Rush
Background information on star clusters
Jan 25
Joe Converse
Overview of simulations and methods
Feb 01
Justin Brown/
Michelle Deady
Simulations of star formation in clusters/groups
Feb 08
Lesley Simanton
Overview of stellar evolution models and uncertainties
Feb 15
Jonathan Rice
General N-body simulations of star clusters
Feb 22
Blagoy Rangelov
Role of star clusters in producing field O-stars
Mar 01
Carl Starkey
Simulations of multiple populations in globular clusters
Mar 08
None Spring Break
Mar 15
Tom Allen
Early dynamical evolution of star clusters
Mar 22
Charles Poteet
Longer term dynamical evolution of star clusters
Mar 29
Jimmy Davidson
Role of binaries in the dyamical evolution of star clusters
Apr 05
Josh Thomas/
Erin Kryukova
Connection between low mass X-ray binaries and globular clusters
Apr 12
Aditya Togi
Simulations of cluster formation in galaxy mergers
Apr 19
Will Fischer
Connection between high mass X-ray binaries and young star clusters
Apr 26
All
Award for best graduate student presentation /
Brainstorming about future bag lunch topics



Fall 2010 - Millimeter and Sub-millimeter Astronomy

(Organizer: STM)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 24
All / Tom Megeath
Organizational meeting and Overview of Topic
Aug 31
Charles Poteet
Bolometers on single dish telescopes
Sep 07
Josh Thomas
Heterodyne receivers on single dish telescopes
Sep 14
Erin Kryukova
Interferometry (CARMA, SMA, PdB, and ALMA)
Sep 21
Brad Rush Observations of infall toward protostars
Sep 28
Tom Allen Molecular cloud surveys
Oct 05
Tom Allen Continuum observations of protoplanetary disks
Oct 12
None Fall Break - and WittFest!!
Oct 19
Will Fischer
Line observations of protoplanetary disks
Oct 26
Carl Starkey
Observations of AGB stars
Nov 02
Jimmy Davidson
Observations of planets (including minor and dwarf planets)
Nov 09
Joe Converse
Polarization and magnetic fields
Nov 16
Lesley Simanton
Searches for new molecules
Nov 23
Aditya Togi
Observations of nearby galaxies
Nov 30
Blagoy Rangelov
Observations of high-redshift galaxies
Dec 07
Kevin Croxall
Observations of the cosmic microwave background


Spring 2010 - Extrasolar Planets

(Organizer: JEB)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 12
All Organizational meeting
Jan 19
Dave Nero
Planet Formation: Core Accretion, Gravitational Instability
Jan 26
David Corliss
Planet Migration, Scattering, etc.
Feb 02
Erin Kyrukova
Detection of Exoplanets: Doppler; high precision velocities
Feb 09
Brad Rush Exoplanet & Host Star Properties: Surveys and Trends
Feb 16
Tom Allen Ocean Planets/Worlds: Models and Candidates
Feb 23
Stephanie Rety Extrasolar Giant Planet Models; Hot Jupiters
Mar 02
Josh Thomas Terrestrial Planet Formation: Water delivery
Mar 09
None
Spring Break
Mar 16
Adam Lark
Detecting Moons of Exoplanets
Mar 23
Charles Poteet
Extrasolar Terrestrial Planet Models; Observable Properties
Mar 30
Carl Starkey
Detection of Exoplanets: Imaging and Secondary Eclipses
Apr 06
Aditya Togi
Habitable Zones and Biosignatures
Apr 13
Lesley Simanton
Exoplanet Transit/Eclipse Spectroscopy
Apr 20
Blagoy Rangelov
Detection of Exoplanets: Transits; e.g. Kepler and CoRoT
Apr 27
Jimmy Davidson
Detection of Exoplanets: Other: Microlensing, Polarization




Fall 2009 - Laboratory Astrophysics: Experiments and Theoretical Calculations
that Further Our Understanding of Astronomy

(Organizer: SRF)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 25
All Organizational meeting
Sep 01
Adam Ritchey
Nuclear reactions for the s-process
Sep 08
Charles Poteet
Silicate minerology
Sep 15
Brad Rush
H2 formation on grains
Sep 22
Jimmy Davidson
Abundances in the diffuse ISM
Sep 29
Josh Thomas
PAH spectroscopy
Oct 06
--Fall Break-- --None--
Oct 13
Adam Lark
Simulating supernova explosions
Oct 20
Sara Rother
Molecular spectroscopy (late-type stars)
Oct 27
Stephanie Rety Collisional broadening in late-type stars
Nov 03
Tom Allen
Molecular spectroscopy (ISM)
Nov 10
Blagoy Rangelov
X-ray emission from charge exchange
Nov 17
Carl Starkey Simulating planetary nebulae
Nov 24
Dave Nero
Formation/chemistry of grain mantles
Dec 01
Erin Allgaier
Emission from spinning grains
Dec 08
Will Fischer
Simulating interstellar jets


Spring 2009 - Galaxy Evolution: Surveys

(Organizer: JDS)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 13
All Organizational meeting
Jan 20
J.-D. Smith
Introduction
Jan 27
Constantinos Makrides
Original Redshift surveys: CfA + 2DF
Feb 03
Carl Starkey
David Nero
Sloan Intro; Milky Way Companions: Segue and more
Feb 10
Adam Lark
Erin Allgaier
Sloan/Galaxy Evolution: Mass/Metallicity Relation;
              Sub-MM Surveys
Feb 17
Charles Poteet
Nearby Galaxies: SINGS + THINGS   
Feb 24
Josh Thomas
Intermediate redshift: Colors + Morphology: GEMS +
              COMBO-17   
Mar 03
James Davidson
Large area NIR surveys: 2MASS and UKIDS
Mar 10
--Spring Break-- --None--
Mar 17
David Corliss
SWIRE: Spitzer wide area survey
Mar 24
Chip Davidson
NDWFS + AGES: The Boötes surveys
Mar 31
Blagoy Rangelov AEGIS, Extended Groth Strip Survey, +VVDS
Apr 07
Sara Rother Lyman Alpha Surveys: LALA + ...
Apr 14
Tom Allen GOODS
Apr 21
Stephanie Rety COSMOS
Apr 28
Adam Ritchey
Brad Rush
Sloan Cosmology: BAO’s; Lensed Galaxy Surveys


Fall 2008 - Local Research Overviews

(Organizer: JDS)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 26
All Organizational meeting
Sep 02
Adam Ritchey
JD Smith
The Abundance of Boron in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds
Galaxies, Dust, and Star-Formation: An (Infrared) Bird's Eye View
Sep 09
Blagoy Rangelov
Sara Rother
An Archival Study of High Mass X-ray Binaries And Young Star Clusters
Rigel
Sep 16
David Nero
David Corliss
Cooling Constraints on Circumstellar Disk Fragmentation
Time Series Study of HR 1040
Sep 23
Kyle Walker
Karen Bjorkman
Rubidium in the Interstellar Medium
Direct Imaging and Polarimetry of Disks around Herbig Ae/Be Stars
Sep 30
Erica Hesselbach
Lawrence Anderson-Huang
Probing the Density Structure and Variability of Be Star Circumstellar Disks
Microturbulence in Stellar Atmospheres
Oct 07
Erin Allgaier
Rupali Chandar
An Infrared Search for Protostars Across Diverse Environments
Are Globular Star Clusters Still Forming Today?
Oct 14
Josh Thomas
Jon Bjorkman
Atomic Astrophysics
Polarization of Giant Extrasolar Planets
Oct 21
--Fall Break-- --None--
Oct 28
Greg Thompson
Uma Vijh
Time Series Analysis of Line Profile Variability in epsilon Ori
The SAGE Legacy Programs: SAGE-LMC: Variable Sources
Nov 04
VOTE!!
Adam Lark
Brad Rush
Ghostbusters
A Photometric Study of HBe Candidates in the LMC and SMC
Nov 11
--Veterans Day--
--None--
Nov 18
Charles Poteet
Tom Megeath
The Orion Protostar Survey
Star Formation
Nov 25
Jimmy Davidson
Steve Federman
Fun with Polarized Light
Activities in Laboratory Astrophysics
Dec 02
Stephanie Rety
Adolf Witt
Modeling the Disk of Gamma Cas
The Heart of the Red Rectangle
Dec 09
Chip Davidson
Will Fischer
Polycyclic aro..., er, PAHs, uh, what?
One-Micron Spectroscopic Studies of Accretion and Outflow in T Tauri Stars


Spring 2008 - Black Holes: From Stars to Galaxies

(Organizer: RC)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 08
All Organizational meeting
Jan 15
Rupali Chandar
Motivation and Overview
Jan 22
Dan Kittell
Stellar mass BHs in binary systems
Jan 29
Adam Lark
More fundamental than mass? BH spin
Feb 05
James Davidson
Intermediate mass BHs in GCs - formation/theory
Feb 12
Brad Rush
Intermediate mass BHs in GCs - detection/observational signatures
Feb 19
Charles Poteet
Ultraluminous x-ray sources (ULXs) in nearby galaxies
Feb 26
Erin Allgaier
Nuclear star clusters, BHs, and AGN
Mar 04
--Spring break--
--None--
Mar 11
Sara Rother Sgr A* and the BH at the Galactic center
Mar 18
Chip Davidson The link between ultra-high energy cosmic rays and BHs
Mar 25
Stephanie Rety
How do you "weigh" a Supermassive BH
Apr 01
David Corliss
BH mass-sigma relationship in galaxies and its evolution
Apr 08
David Nero
Supermassive BHs, AGN feedback, environmental influences
Apr 15
Blagoy Rangelov
When did black holes form?  High redshift quasars and
BH formation in hierarchical structure formation models
Apr 22
Greg Thompson
Gamma ray bursts or microquasars


Fall 2007: White Dwarfs

(Organizer: NDM)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 21 All Organizational meeting
Aug 28 Nancy Morrison Atmospheric physics, fundamental parameters
Sep 4 Lawrence Anderson-Huang Atomic, molecular spectra of gases at high pressure
Sep 11 David Nero Origin of atmospheric compositions
Sep 18 Dan Kittell Magnetism in isolated (not binary) white dwarfs
Sep 25 Greg Thompson Pre-white dwarf evolution, physics of white dwarf cooling
Oct 2 Kyle Walker Cosmochronology and the cooling time
Oct 9 Blagoy Rangelov White dwarfs in open and globular clusters
Oct 16 --Fall break--
--None--
Oct 23 Sara Rother High-velocity white dwarfs
Oct 30 James Davidson AM Herculis and DQ Herculis stars
Nov 6 Erin Allgaier Dwarf novae, with emphasis on white dwarf physics
Nov 13 Brad Rush Classical novae, with emphasis on white dwarf physics
Nov 20 Adam Ritchey Nucleosynthesis in classical novae
Nov 27 Charles Poteet Luminous supersoft X-ray sources
Dec 4 Erica Hesselbach Type Ia supernova explosion models, progenitors

References to use as starting points of literature search:

Links are to ADS abstract display; full text PDF files may be available from UT computers only. The first one is especially recommended and discusses several of the above topics at least briefly.


Spring 2007: The First Stars

(Organizer: KSB)


Key Reference: "The First Stars", Bromm, V. & Larson, R., 2004,
         Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys., 42, 79.
[Click here for access to
PDF file (available from UT computers only)]


Date Speaker Topic
Jan 09
All Organizational Meeting
Jan 16 Lawrence Anderson-Huang Overview of the Topic
Jan 23
Dave Nero Theory of the First Stars:
Why are they Massive?  What are their Properties?
Jan 30
Adam Ritchey Structure of the Early Universe and
Implications for the First Stars
Feb 06
Erin Allgaier When did the First Stars Form?
Feb 13
Josh Thomas The Era of Reionization and
the Role of the First Stars
Feb 20
Jimmy Davidson Possible Observational Evidence for the First Stars:
WMAP Results on CMB
Feb 27
Charles Poteet Possible Observational Evidence for the First Stars:
Infrared Background (Spitzer)
Mar 06
Spring Break None
Mar 13
Sara Rother Impact of the First Stars on their Environment
Mar 20
Greg Thompson Possible Observational Evidence for the First Stars:
Early Chemical Enrichment of Galaxies
Mar 27
Kyle Walker Possible Observational Evidence for the First Stars: 
Hyper-Metal-Poor Halo Stars
Apr 03
Brad Rush The Initial Mass Function (IMF) of the First Stars
Apr 10
Erica Hesselbach Production of Coolants in the Early Universe
Apr 17
Dan Kittell Transition from Pop III to Pop II Star Formation
Apr 24
Ian McGinnis Connections with Gamma Ray Bursts

 


Fall 2006: Formation of Planetary Systems

(Organizer: STM)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 22 All Organizational Meeting
Aug 29
Jon Bjorkman
Structure of Primordial Disks (Theory)
Sep 05
Dave Nero
Evolution of Dusty Primordial Disks (Observation)
Sep 12 Josh Thomas
Transition Disks (Observation and Theory)
Sep19 Erica Hesselbach
Evolution of Gas Disks (Observation and Theory)
Sep 26
Dan Kittell
Debris Disks - Frequency and Lifetime (Observation)
Oct 03
Steve Federman
Sub-mm and mid-IR Mapping of Debris Disks (Observation)
Oct 10
Erin Allgaier
Optical and near-IR Mapping of Debris Disks (Observation)
Oct 17
Fall Break None
Oct 24
Ian McGinnis
Formation of Gas Giants (Theory)
Oct 31
Kyle Walker
Formation of Terrestrial Planets (Theory)
Nov 07
Adam Ritchey
Observed Properties of Exoplanets (Observation)
Nov 14
Brad Rush
Planet Migration in Gas Disks and
the Formation of Hot Jupiters (Theory)
Nov 21
Greg Thompson
Planet Migration in our Solar System:
Neptune, Saturn, the Late Heavy Bombardment,
and the Edge of the Solar System (Theory)
Nov 28
Tom Megeath
Chondrules and the Formation of the Solar System
(Meteoritics and Theory)
Dec 05 David Horne
Carbon-rich Disks and Carbon-rich Planets

 

Spring 2006: Current Topics in Nucleosynthesis

(Organizer: SRF)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 10  All Organizational Meeting
Jan 17 Lawrence Anderson-Huang
The main and weak s process
Jan 24
Jennifer Benson
The abundance of F
Jan 31
Josh Thomas
D in quasar absorption systems
Feb 07 David Horne
D in the Galactic interstellar medium
Feb 14
Greg Thompson alpha/Fe in quasar absorption systems
Feb 21 Dave Nero The nu process
Feb 28
Adam Ritchey Be and B in old stars (cosmic ray spallation)
Mar 07 Spring Break None
Mar 14
Ian McGinnis 26Al in the Galaxy
Mar 21
Noel Richardson
Is there a weak r process?
Mar 28
Erin Allgaier
The r and s process in the thick disk
Apr 04
Brad Rush 60Fe in the Solar System
Apr 11 Erica Hesselbach
Li in halo stars (Spite plateau and 7Li/6Li ratio)
Apr 18 Erin Hardy The r and s process in very metal-poor stars
Apr 25 Dan Kittel
The r and s process in the thin disk

 

Fall 2005: Recent Science Results from the Hubble Space Telescope

(Organizer: ANW)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 23  All Organizational Meeting
Aug 30 David Horne
Malhotra et al.: An Overdensity of Galaxies at z = 5.9 +/- 0.2
in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field Confirmed Using the ACS Grism
Sept 06
Adolf Witt
Laird et al. : X-ray properties of UV-selected star-forming galaxies
at z~ 1 in the Hubble Deep Field North

Sept 13
Nancy Morrison
Massarotti et al:  : A Search for Substellar Companions around 15 Weak-Lined
T Tauri Stars with the Planetary Camera 2 of the Hubble Space Telescope

Sept 20 Erica Hesselbach
Soderberg et al.: An HST Search for Supernovae Accompanying X-Ray Flashes
Sept 27
Dan Kittel Riess et al.: Cepheid Calibrations from the Hubble Space Telescope of the Luminosity
of Two Recent Type Ia Supernovae and a Redetermination of the Hubble Constant

Oct 04 Adam Ritchey King et al.: Color-Magnitude Diagrams and Luminosity Functions Down to the
Hydrogen-Burning Limit. III. A Preliminary Hubble Space Telescope Study of NGC 6791

Oct 11
Josh Thomas Hughes et al.: Nuclear Properties of Nearby Spiral Galaxies from
Hubble Space Telescope NICMOS Imaging and STIS Spectroscopy

Oct 18 Fall Break None
Oct 25
Noel Richardson Maund et al.: Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the progenitor
sites of six nearby core-collapse supernovae
Nov 01
Jennifer Benson
Shkuratov et al.: Hubble Space Telescope imaging polarimetry of
Mars during the 2003 opposition

Nov 08
Kyle Walker
Hayes et al.: HST/ACS Lyman alpha imaging of the nearby starburst ESO 338-IG04
Nov 15
Erin Hardy Gaensicke et al.: Hubble Space Telescope STIS Observations of the Accreting
White Dwarfs in BW Sculptoris, BC Ursae Majoris, and SW Ursae Majoris

Nov 22 Dave Nero
Pian et al.: Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet spectroscopy of blazars:
emission-line properties and black hole masses
Nov 29 Ian McGinnis Waters et al.: Ultraviolet Hubble Space Telescope Observations of the Jet in M87
Dec 06 Greg Thompson
Rich et al.: Hubble Space Telescope WFPC2 Color-Magnitude
Diagrams for Globular Clusters in M31


 

Spring 2005: Astronomical Surveys

(Organizer: PBJ)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 11  All Organizational Meeting
Jan 18
Phil James Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS)
Jan 25 Lawrence Anderson-Huang
SDSS: Overview and Distribution of Galaxies
Feb 01
Kyle Walker GALEX or Deep Ecliptic Survey
Feb 08
Dan Kittel 2MASS IR Survey
Feb 15
Doug Long GLIMPSE
Feb 22
Greg Thompson SDSS: Cosmology
Mar 01 David Nero Near Earth Object Search Programs
Mar 08 Spring Break None
Mar 15 Ian McGinnis Parkes Multibeam Pulsar Survey
Mar 22
Erin Hardy SDSS: Dwarf Stars
Mar 29
Josh Thomas MACHO
Apr 05 David Horne SDSS: Asteroids and Near Earth Objects
Apr 12 Adam Ritchey SDSS: Galactic Halo
Apr 19 Noel Richardson OGLE
Apr 26 Erica Hesselbach
Spitzer Wide Area Infrared Extragalactic (SWIRE)

 

Fall 2004: X-ray Astronomy

(Organizer: SRF)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 24  All Organizational Meeting
Aug 31
Steve Federman History of X-ray Astronomy
Sept 07 Karen Bjorkman
X-rays from Solar System Objects
Sept 14
Jon Bjorkman Local Bubble/X-ray Shadows
Sept 21
Adolf Witt X-ray Halos
Sept 28
Nancy Morrison Stellar Black Holes
Oct 05
Doug Long O Stars
Oct 12 Fall Break None
Oct 19 Uma Vijh Star-forming Regions
Oct 26 David Horne Pulsars/Neutron Stars
Nov 02
Erica Hesselbach Supernova Remnants
Nov 09
Dan Kittel Galactic Center (of Milky Way)
Nov 16 Greg Thompson X-ray Sources in Galaxies
Nov 23 Anatoly Miroshnichenko Extraplanar Gas
Nov 30 Jennifer Benson Cluster Cooling Flows
Dec 07 John Wisniewski
Active Galactic Nuclei

Spring 2004: Dust in the Universe

(Organizer: ANW)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 13  All Organizational Meeting 
Jan 20 A. Witt
Interstellar Extinction in the Milky Way Galaxy
Jan 27 L. Anderson-Huang
Scattering by Dust
Feb 03 A. Miroshnichenko Absorption Features Produced by Dust
Feb 10 D. Horne
Dust in Interplanetary Space
Feb 17 P. James Stardust in Meteorites
Feb 24 N. Morrison
Hydrocarbons in Interstellar Space
Mar 02 D. Long Interstellar Polarization of Starlight
Mar 09 None None - Spring Break
Mar 16 E. Hesselbach
Dust in Evolved Stars
Mar 23 D. Kittel
Dust Formation in Supernova Ejecta
Mar 30 U. Vijh Extended Red Emission
Apr 06 G. Thompson
Dust in Protoplanetary Disks
Apr 13 J. Benson Interstellar Ices
Apr 20 L. Leeuw IR/Sub-mm Emission of Dust in Galaxies
Apr 27 J. Wisniewski  Cometary Dust

Fall 2003: The Universe at High Resolution
(Instrumentation, Techniques, & Science Results)

(Organizer: KSB)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 26  All Organizational Meeting 
Sep 02 N. Morrison
Nulling Interferometry
Sep 09 K. Bjorkman Background, Overview, & Future Prospects
Sep 16 A. Miroshnichenko Spectro-astrometry
Sep 23 A. Witt Ultra-high Resolution Spectroscopy
Sep 30 D. Horne Adaptive Optics & Laser Guide Stars
Oct 07 I. Mihaylov Gravitational Microlensing
Oct 14 U. Vijh Optical/IR Interferometry
Oct 21 None None - Fall Break
Oct 28 J. Bjorkman High Resolution X-Ray Imaging (Chandra)
Nov 04 J. Wisniewski  Sub-arcsecond Coronagraphic Imaging
Nov 11 None None - Veteran's Day
Nov 18 J. Benson Lunar Occultation
Nov 25 D. Long Speckle Interferometry
Dec 02 L. Leeuw Millimeter and Sub-mm Arrays (and Radio VLBI?)
Dec 09 A. Carciofi Spectropolarimetry

Spring 2003: The Outer Solar System

(Organizer: PBJ)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 14  All Organizational Meeting 
Jan 21 N. Morrison Jupiter Interior: A Rocky Core?
Jan 28 P. James Jupiter Red Spot: Deep Circulation/Thin Layer
Feb 04 J. Bjorkman Jovian Magnetosphere and Aurorae
Feb 11 S. Federman He & D Abundances/Jovian Planets, Implications 
Feb 18 D. Long Migration of Jovian-type Planets
Feb 25 I. Mihaylov Formation of Giant Planets: Competing Theories
Mar 04  L. Anderson-Huang Evidence for Europa Oceans
Mar 11   None None - Spring Break
Mar 18  A. Witt Asteroid Taxonomy & Broader Issues
Mar 25  J. Benson Io Volcanism: Origin; HST & Galileo Results
Apr 01 J. Wisniewski Pluto: Occultations, Mutual Eclipses
Apr 08 All Pizza lunch! and informal discussion on Cassini mission
Apr 15 U. Vijh Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs
Apr 22 D. Horne Clouds on Uranus & Neptune Since Voyager
Apr 29 L. Leeuw Titan: Occultations, Adaptive Optics; Cassini

Fall 2002: The Early Universe

(Organizer: JEB)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 27  All Organizational Meeting 
Sep 03 J. Bjorkman Introduction/Overview
Sep 10 A. Miroshnichenko CMB Anisotropy Observations
Sep 17 N. Morrison Dark Energy & Alternate Cosmologies
Sep 24 J. Wisniewski CMB Polarization 
Oct 01  I. Mihaylov Inflation Theory
Oct 08  A. Witt SN Searches & Accelerating Universe
Oct 15  S. Federman Primordial Abundances & Implications
Oct 22  None None - Fall Break
Oct 29  K. Pan Observational Properties of Early Galaxies
Nov 05 D. Long Dark Matter Candidates
Nov 12 J. Benson Distribution of Dark Matter
Nov 19 D. Horne Theory of CMB Anisotropies
Nov 26 L. Leeuw Massive Black Holes & Galaxies
Dec 03  U. Vijh Star Formation History of the Universe
Dec 10 A. Carciofi Theory of Galaxy Formation

 


Spring 2002: The Universe in the Infrared

(Organizer: ANW)

Date Speaker Topic (order TBD)
Jan 15  P. James
(All)
Cosmic IR Background & TeV Gamma Rays
(Organizational Meeting) 
Jan 22 N. Morrison IR studies of circumstellar disks
Jan 29 A. Miroshnichenko Circumstellar environments of Mira variables
Feb 05 S. Federman IR polarimetry of star-forming regions
Feb 12 Y. Sheffer IR spectroscopy of planetary nebulae
Feb 19  B. Bonev What powers ultraluminous IR galaxies?
Feb 26 I. Mihaylov IR investigations of Wolf-Rayet stars
Mar 05 U. Vijh What is the evidence for PAHs in interstellar environments?
Mar 12  None None - Spring Break
Mar 19  D. Horne IR spectroscopy of asteroids
Mar 26 D. Koglin Emission of zodiacal dust
Apr 02  J. Benson IR spectroscopy of sub-stellar objects/brown dwarfs
Apr 09  K. Pan Far-IR background radiation & the history of star formation
Apr 16  A. Carciofi IR absorption & emission spectroscopy of interstellar dust
Apr 23  J. Wisniewski IR studies of T-Tauri stars
Apr 30 D. Pierini Starburst galaxies in the IR




Fall 2001: The Universe at Gamma-Ray Energies

(Organizer: ANW)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 28  All  Organizational Meeting 
Sep 04   A.N. Witt History of Gamma-Ray Astronomy 
Sep 11   None Cancelled 
Sep 18   N.D. Morrison Gamma-Ray Photon Emission Processes 
Sep 25  K. Bjorkman  Gamma-Ray Detectors and Observatories 
Oct 02   B.Bonev Solar Gamma Rays 
Oct 09   J. Wisniewski Stellar Explosions & Remnants 
Oct 16  None None - Fall Break
Oct 23   J. Bjorkman Accreting Compact Objects 
Oct 30   K. Pan Diffuse Gamma-Ray Emission in the Galaxy 
Nov 06   J. Benson Gamma-Ray Burst Sources 
Nov 13   I. Mihaylov Active Galactic Nuclei and Blazars 
Nov 20   U. Vijh GRB Afterglows 
Nov 27  D. Koglin  Theory of Fireballs and Blast Waves 
Dec 04   A. Miroshnichenko Diffuse Extragalactic Background 
Dec 11    D. Pierini GRB Host Environments 
TBD?   P.B. James  The Cosmic IR Background & TeV Gamma Rays



Spring 2001: Solar Physics

(Organizer: LSA/BBonev (for PBJ) )

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 16 All Organizational Meeting
Jan 23 Lawrence Anderson-Huang Surface Magnetic Phenomena
Jan 30 Steve Federman The Solar Wind and the Interplanetary Magnetic Field
Feb 06 Adolf Witt Solar Activity Indices
Feb 13 Karen Bjorkman The 22 Year Cycle
Feb 20 Jon Bjorkman Helioseismology Theory
Feb 27 Phil James Helioseismology Results
Mar 06 Ivaylo Mihaylov The Solar Dynamo
Mar 13 None None - Spring Break
Mar 20 John Wisniewski Predicting the Solar Cycle
Mar 27 Boncho Bonev Peculiarities in This Cycle
Apr 03 Jennifer Benson Long Term Cycle Variations
Apr 10 Anatoly Miroshnichenko Variations in the "Solar Constant"
Apr 17 Daniele Pierini The Maunder Minimum
Apr 24 Kaike Pan The Solar - Terrestrial connection: the Cycle and Climate
May 01 David Knauth Evidence for Magnetic Cycles in Solar-like stars




Fall 2000: Extrasolar Planets and Origins of Planetary Systems

(Organizer: KSB )

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 22 All Organizational Meeting
Aug 29 Karen Bjorkman Current Status of Extrasolar Planets & Planetary Systems
Sep 05 Jon Bjorkman Theory of Planet Formation: Current Views & Controversies
Sep 12 Nancy Morrison Spectroscopic Searches - Techniques & Results
Sep 19 Anatoly Miroshnichenko Photometric, Polarimetric, & Microlensing Searches
Sep 26 Steve Federman Growth Processes for Grains & Planetesimals
Oct 03 Phil James Inner vs. Outer Solar System: Differentiation & Disk-Clearing Processes
Oct 10 Boncho Bonev Evidence from Meteorites about the Process of Planet Formation
Oct 17 Jennifer Benson Evidence for Debris Disks, Kuiper Belts, & Infalling Cometesimals
Oct 24 Ivaylo Mihailov Binary/Multiple Star Formation & Evidence for Free-floating Planets in Orion?
Oct 31 None None – Fall Break
Nov 07 David Knauth Disk-Planet Interactions: Runaway Accretion, Gaps, & Warping
Nov 14 Kathy Shan Giant Planet Formation, Migration, & Implications for Planetary Systems
Nov 21 Kaike Pan L/T Brown Dwarfs vs. Giant Planets: Finding the Deuterium-burning Line
Nov 28 John Wisniewski Habitability Zones & Implications for Life
Dec 05 Janos Zsargo Future Prospects: Space- & Ground-based Interferometers




Spring 2000: Cosmic Rays and Related Topics

(Organizer: SRF)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 11 Bernie Bopp Organizational Meeting/Teaching Astronomy
Jan 18 Naoki Iwamoto Very High Energy CRs
Jan 25 Steve Federman CR Antiprotons
Feb 01 Kaike Pan CR Chemical Abundances
Feb 08 Anatoly Miroshnichenko Al-26 Line Radiation
Feb 15 David Knauth CR Spallation/Light Element Abundances
Feb 22 Ivailo Mihailov e-e+ Annihilation Radiation
Feb 29 Kathy Shan CRs in the Galaxy Today
Mar 07 None Spring Break
Mar 14 John Wisniewski gamma-ray/CR Connection
Mar 21 Tracy Smith CRs Interacting with Earth's Atmosphere
Mar 28 Jennifer Benson Van Allen Belts
Apr 04 Jon Bjorkman CR Acceleration
Apr 11 Adolf Witt CR Sources
Apr 18 Karen Bjorkman CRs in Other Galaxies
Apr 25 Janos Zsargo CRs in the Early Galaxy




Fall 1999: Astrophysical Outflows

(Organizer: JEB)

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 31 L. Cooper & J. Murdock Project ASTRO/ Organizational Meeting
Sep 07 Jon Bjorkman OH/IR Stars
Sep 14 Naoki Iwamoto Gamma-Ray Bursts
Sep 21 Lawrence Anderson-Huang Coronal Mass Ejections / Solar Wind
Sep 28 Steve Federman Galactic Fountains / Chimneys
Oct 05 Anatoly Miroshnichenko Colliding Winds (WR+O binaries, etc.)
Oct 12 Kathy Shan "Outflows" from Moons (Volcano/Geyser)
Oct 19 Janos Zsargo Disk Winds (Theory)
Oct 26 Karen Bjorkman Eta Carinae (LBV eruptions)
Nov 02 Ivailo Mihailov QSO/AGN Jets (jets from black holes)
Nov 09 David Knauth Comet Evaporation / Jets
Nov 16 Tracy Smith Galactic Winds / Superwinds & Bubbles
Nov 23 Kaike Pan YSO Outflows (T Tauri/HH/HAeBe)
Nov 30 Bruce Cantor Galactic Radio Jets
Dec 07 Adolf Witt Photoevap. Outflow / Blister Nebulae



Spring 1999: Supernovae

(Organizer: ANW)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 19 A.N. Witt Physics of Supernovae
Jan 26 K.S. Bjorkman Automated Supernova Searches
Feb 02 M. Yan SN 1987a
Feb 09 B. Cantor Light Curves of Supernovae
Feb 16 K. Shan Supernova Remnants
Feb 23 P.B. James Cosmic Rays and Supernovae
Mar 02 J. Zsargo Supernovae as Standard Candles
Mar 09 NONE SPRING BREAK
Mar 16 K. Pan Optical and UV Spectra of Supernovae
Mar 23 I. Mihaylov Neutrino Detection of Supernovae
Mar 30 T. Smith Radial Distribution of Supernovae in Galaxies
Apr 06 N. Iwamoto Supernovae, Pulsars, Gamma Ray Bursts, and Hypernovae
Apr 13 D. Knauth Measuring Cosmological Parameters with High-z Supernovae
Apr 20 L.S. Anderson-Huang Supernova Rate in Nearby and Distant Galaxies
Apr 27 N.D. Morrison How Symmetric are Supernova Explosions?




Fall 1998: Recent Progress in Infrared/Sub-mm Astronomy

(Organizer: ANW)

Date Speaker Topic
Sep 01 None Organizational Meeting
Sep 08 Adolf Witt Recent and Future IR Instruments
Sep 15 Phil James Ground-Based Near-IR Surveys
Sep 22 Larissa Spiker Search for Brown Dwarfs
Sep 29 Chris Mulliss Circumstellar Dust in AGB Stars
Oct 06 Ivaylo Mihaylov Dust Formation in Novae and Supernovae
Oct 13 Janos Zsargo Solar System Dust Structures
Oct 20 Karen Bjorkman Planetary & Protoplanetary Debris Disks
Oct 27 Nancy Morrison ISO View of Interstellar Dust
Nov 03 Kaike Pan Line Emissions in the Galactic ISM
Nov 10 Tracy Smith Observations of Star-Forming Regions
Nov 17 Patrick Ouellette External Galaxies in the IR
Nov 24 Lawrence Anderson-Huang Cold Dust in Galaxies
Dec 01 Bruce Cantor Deep Galaxy Surveys & Peak Epoch of Star Formation
Dec 08 Steve Federman Cosmic IR Background


Spring 1998: Galaxies at High Redshift

(Organizer: NDM)

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 13 None Organizational Meeting
Jan 20 Chris Mulliss Star formation rate at z < 1
Jan 27 Nancy Morrison Clustering from quasar absorption lines
Feb 03 Brian Friedmann Lyman Break (a.k.a. UV dropout) Galaxies
Feb 10 Ivaylo Mihaylov Star formation rate in galaxies at z > 2
Feb 17 Brian Abbott Clustering HDF & non-HDF
Feb 24 Kaike Pan Metallicity in galaxies at high redshift
Mar 03 Bruce Cantor HDF: introduction
Mar 10 NONE ** Spring Break **
Mar 17 Min Yan Formation of elliptical galaxies
Mar 24 Janos Zsargo Biased galaxy formation: theory
Mar 31 Larissa Spiker Nature of "Small Galaxies" in the HDF
Apr 07 David Knauth Lyman Break galaxies in the HDF
Apr 14 Tracy Smith Dust & internal extinction at high redshift
Apr 21 Steven Mielke Spectroscopy of z ~ 3 Galaxies in the HDF
Apr 28 Anatoly Miroshnichenko Infrared imaging & spectroscopy of the HDF


Fall 1997: Astrophysics of the Solar System

(Organizer: NDM)

Date Speaker Topic
Sept 02 None Organizational Meeting
Sept 09 N.D.Morrison Origin of Short-Period Comets
Sept 16 Brian Friedmann Kuiper Belt
Sept 23 Larissa Spiker Zodiacal Dust Cloud
Sept 30 Brian Abbott Dynamics of Jovian Atmospheres
Oct 07 Tracy Smith Isotopic Anomalies in Meteorites
Oct 14 Chris Mulliss Planetary Rings
Oct 21 Janos Zsargo Radar Observations of Mars, Mercury, & Titan
Oct 28 L.S.Anderson-Huang Asteroids
Nov 04 Karen Bjorkman The Question of Small Comets
Nov 18 Ivaylo Mihaylov Origin of the Moon
Nov 25 S.R.Federman Thermal Structure of the Earth
Dec 02 David Knauth Recent Comet Results
Dec 09 A. Miroshnichenko Results from the ULYSSES Mission


Fall 1996: Bipolar Outflows & Geometries

(Organizer: KSB)

Date Speaker Topic
September 24 none Organizational Meeting
October 1 Karl Gordon The Strange Case of SS433
8 David Knauth Observations of pre-main- sequence stars: (e.g., HH Objects & Molecular Outflows)
15 Jon Bjorkman Theories of pre-main-sequence outflows and collimation mechanisms (e.g., Photo-evaporation vs. Magnetically-driven disk winds)
22 Karen Bjorkman Observations of Planetary Nebulae (PNe) (e.g., The Egg and the Cat's Eye)
29 Steve Federman Theories of PNe Geometries (e.g., interacting winds model & modifications)
November 5 Brian Friedmann Observations of Supernova Remnants (e.g., rings of SN1987A, etc.) and Theories of Formation
12 Lawrence Anderson-Huang AGNs, Radio Jets, and QSO's, and Theories for Outflows
19 Tracy Smith Observations of Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) and Post-AGB Stars
26 Chris Mulliss Observations of Luminous Blue Variable (LBV) Stars (e.g., Eta Carinae & AG Carinae)
December 3 Adolf Witt Theories of AGB Geometries & LBV Outflow Mechanisms (e.g., work of Frank et al; Langer et al; etc.)


Spring 1996: New Telescopes

Date Speaker Topic
April 9 Chris Mulliss Wisconsin/Indiana/Yale/NOAO Telescope
16 BW Bopp Special Video on Teaching Astronomy
23 Bruce Cantor Gemini Telescopes
30 Janos Zsargo Very Large Telescope
May 7 Zhongyuan Xue Advanced X-ray Astronomy Facility
14 SR Federman HST/Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph
21 Tracy Smith IR Space Observatory
28 AN Witt Keck Telecope(s)
June 4 PB James Space IR Telescope Facility


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