Colloquia Schedule

Debra Fischer (Yale University)

Sept. 25, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: The Search for 100 Earths

Abstract: The search for exoplanets is motivated by the question of whether life exists elsewhere. This drives our interest in the detection of planets that are similar to our own world: rocky planets with the potential for liquid surface water and plate tectonics; worlds that might harbor life that we can recognize. Importantly, we will need to discover not just a few, but hundreds of these worlds to eventually gain a statistical understanding of whether life is rare, common, or ubiquitous and ground-based telescopes offer an ideal platform for carrying out decade-long surveys. It is critical for follow-up studies (imaging, atmospheric studies) that these planets orbit nearby stars. In this talk, I will discuss how we plan to take what we've learned and push on to the next frontier: our plans for a next generation spectrograph, EXPRES, to carry out a search 100 Earths with the Discovery Channel Telescope.

Andrew West (Boston University)

Oct. 2, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: TBA

Mario Livio (STScl)

Oct. 9, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Laura Lopez (MIT)

Oct. 16, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Greg Stinson (MPIA)

Oct. 23, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Scott Chapman (Dalhousie University)

Oct. 30, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Erik Tollerud (Yale University)

Nov. 6, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: TBA

Nick Cowan (Amherst College)

Nov. 13, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: TBA

Mike Dunham (CfA)

Nov. 20, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Stephanie LaMassa (Yale University)

Dec. 4, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Kaitlin Kratter (University of Arizona)

Dec. 11, 2014, 3:45 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: TBA