Colloquia Schedule

Hilke Schlichting (MIT)

Feb. 11, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: Crash, Boom, Bang: Giant Impacts & the Formation of Planets at h

Abstract: Recent observations by the Kepler space telescope have led to the discovery of more than 4000 exoplanet candidates consisting of many systems with Earth- to Neptune-sized objects that reside well inside the orbit of Mercury, around their respective host stars. How and where these close-in planets formed is one of the major unanswered questions in planet formation. I will present recent results concerning initial disk masses and atmospheric mass-loss due to impacts and will discuss their implications for terrestrial planet formation in our Solar System and the origin of close-in Super-Earths and Mini-Neptunes.

Shep Doeleman (MIT)

Feb. 18, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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LMT Jamboree (FCAD members with LMT)

Feb. 25, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: Various

Abstract: Brief 5 minute presentation from all FCAD members with LMT programs.

Marc Kuchner (NASA)

March 2, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: DiskDetective.org: Finding Homes for Exoplanets through Citizen

Abstract: The Disk Detective project is scouring the data archive from the WISE all-sky survey to find new debris disks and protoplanetary disks--the dusty dens where exoplanets form and dwell. Volunteers on this new citizen science website have already performed more than 1,6 million classifications, searching a catalog 8x the size of any published WISE survey. We follow up candidates using ground based telescopes in California, Arizona, Chile, Hawaii and Argentina. We ultimately expect to increase the pool of known exozodiacal disks by ~400 and triple the solid angle in clusters of young stars examined with WISE, providing a unique new catalog of isolated disk stars, key planet-search targets, and candidate advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.

Marc Kuchner (NASA)

March 3, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
Title: Marketing for Astronomers

Abstract: The Marketing for Scientists workshop introduces scientists to fundamental techniques from the business world like sales, branding and relationship building. This 90 minute interactive program uses the examples of Steve Jobs and George Lucas to show that marketing can be a positive, even healing force. Learn how to get your ideas across more vividly, win more support for your work, and shape the public debate while maintaining your integrity and building your reputation in the scientific community. For more information, go to http://marketingforscientists.com/workshop

Charlie Conroy (CfA)

March 10, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Jorge Moreno (Cal Poly Pomona)

March 24, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Chuck Hailey (Columbia University)

March 31, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Rachel Bezanson (University of Arizona)

April 7, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Rongmon Bordoloi (MIT)

April 14, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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George Rieke (University of Arizona)

April 19, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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Pete Schloerb (UMass Amherst)

April 21, 2016, 4 p.m. — LGRT 1033
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