Astronomy Colloquium


Spring Semester 2020

All colloquia for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester are canceled.

Astronomy Colloquia are held at 3:00 PM most Thursdays during the Autumn and Spring semesters. All talks for Spring 2020 are in CBEC 130, and Coffee and Refreshments are served at 2:30 PM in 4054 McPherson Lab, unless otherwise noted.



January 9 - No Colloquium - AAS

January 16 - Rupali Chandar (University of Toledo) - From Birth to Death: The Life Cycle of Star Clusters

January 23 - Gordon Richards (Drexel University) - A Modern View of Quasars in the LSST Era

January 30 - Evan Kirby (Caltech) - Galactic Arcaeology: Galaxy Formation and Nucleosynthesis

February 6 - Miki Nakajima (Rochester Institute for Technology) - Origin of the Earth and Moon

February 13 - No Colloqium

February 14 - Savita Mathur (Instituto de Asrofísica de Canarias (IAC) & Rafael Garcia (Service d'Astrophysique du CEA) - TBA

February 20 - Eliza Kempton (University of Maryland) - Revealing the Atmospheres of Extrasolar Super-Earths

February 27 - Richard Townsend - University of Wisconsin

March 5 - No Colloqium

March 12 - No Colloquium - Spring Break

CANCELED - March 19 - Sean Andrews (Harvard University CfA) - Observing Planet Formation

CANCELED - March 26 - Jenny Greene - Princeton University

CANCELED - April 2 - Randall Smith - Harvard University CfA

April 9 - No Colloqium

CANCELED - April 16 - Elena Gallo - University of Michigan

CANCELED - April 23 - Debra Fisher - Yale University


Autumn 2019 Schedule:

Aug 22 - No Colloquium - Departmental Symposium

Aug 29 - No Colloquium

Sept 5 - No Colloquium

Sept 12 - No Colloquium - Faculty Meeting

Sept 19 - Ayan Acharyya (Australian National University) - ISM Conditions at Cosmic Noon: New Nebular Diagnostics and Mock IFU Observations

Sept 26 - Yuan-Seng Ting (Institute for Advanced Study) - Into the Starlight: Learning the Milky Way

Oct 3 - Mathieu Vrard (Ohio State University) - Determination of the Evolutionary States of Red Giant Stars through the Use of Seismology: A Review of the Different Existing Techniques

Oct 10 - No Colloquium - Autumn Break

Oct 17 - Ke Zhang (University of Michigan) - Tracing the Chemical Origins of Exoplanetary Worlds

Oct 24 - No Colloquium - Faculty Meeting

Oct 31 - Karin Sandstrom (UC San Diego) - Interstellar Dust at Low Metallicity

Nov 7 - Chris Stark (Space Telescope Science Institute) - The Exoplanet Yield Landscape for Future Space Telescopes

Nov 14 - Sarah Hörst (Johns Hopkins University) - Exploring Planetary Atmospheres in the Lab

Nov 21 - Rachel Bezanson (University of Pittsburgh) - The Formation of Massive Galaxies: Deep, High-Redshift Spectroscopy from the LEGA-C Survey and Beyond

Nov 28 - No Colloquium - Thanksgiving Break

Dec 4 - Chuck Steidel (California Institute of Technology) - Imaging the "Baryon Cycle" of Forming Stars

Dec 5 - Xiaohui Fan (University of Arizona) - Extreme Quasars During the Cosmic Dawn



Spring Semester 2019

Astronomy Colloquia are held at 4 pm most Thursdays during the Autumn and Spring semesters. All talks for Spring 2019 are in 1005 Smith Lab, and Coffee and Refreshments are served at 3:30pm in 4054 McPherson Lab, unless otherwise noted.


Jan 17: No Colloquium

Jan 24: Eve Ostriker (Princeton) - Radiation feedback and the destruction of cluster-forming molecular clouds

Jan 31: Alan McConnachie (NRC Herzberg) - Deconstructing Stellar Halos in the Local Group

Feb 7: No Colloquium

Feb 14: No Colloquium

Feb 21: Erin Kara (University of Maryland) - X-ray Reverberation in Accreting Black Holes

Feb 28: Anne Medling (University of Toledo)

Mar 7: Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Vanderbilt)

Mar 14: No Colloquium - Spring Break

Mar 21: Marla Geha (Yale)

Mar 28:Preethi Nair (Alabama) - The Impact of Secular Features on the Evolution of Disk Galaxies

Apr 4: Andrew Szentgyorgyi (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

Apr 11: No Colloquium

Apr 18: Camille Avestruz (University of Chicago) - Simulations for Cluster-Based Cosmology

May 16: Special Colloquium - Mark Krumholz (Australian National University) 


Autumn Semester 2018

Astronomy Colloquia are held at 4 pm most Thursdays during the Autumn and Spring semesters. All talks are in 1005 Smith Lab, and Coffee and Refreshments are served at 3:30pm in 4054 McPherson Lab, unless otherwise noted.


Aug 23: No Colloquium - Department Symposium

Aug 30: Andrew Benson (Carnegie) - The "N" in "N-Body"

Sep 6: No Colloquium 

Sep 13: Alberto Bolatto (Maryland) - The Central Engine and Outflows in the Nuclear Starburst of NGC 253 as Revealed by ALMA

Sep 20: Mariska Kriek (UC Berkeley) - Reconstructing the Formation Histories of Massive Galaxies

Sep 27: No Colloquium

Oct 4: Karen Leighly (Oklahoma) - What's in the Wind? Spectral Synthesis Modeling of Broad Absorption Line Quasars

Oct 11: No Colloquium - Autumn Break

Oct 18: No Colloquium

Oct 25: Ben Montet (Chicago) - Understanding the evolution of planetary systems and their host stars from the ground and from space

Nov 1: Keith Hawkins (UT Austin) - Galactic Archaeology in the Gaia Era

Nov 8: Tim Linden (Ohio State) - The Rise of the Leptons: Emission from Pulsars will Dominate the next Decade of TeV Gamma-Ray Astronomy

Nov 15: Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley)

Nov 22: No Colloquium - Thanksgiving

Nov 29: Lynne Hillenbrand (Caltech) - The Gaia Revolution in Pre-Main Sequence Stars and Star Clusters