University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium

semester, 2017

Friday, January 20th 2017
No Colloquium
Friday, January 27th 2017
Speaker: Sanchayeeta Borthakur, Johns Hopkins, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Subject: Role of Baryon Flows in Galaxy Evolution: Hidden Pathways Connecting Galaxies to the Cosmic Web
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
Friday, February 3rd 2017
Speaker: Brendan Bowler, University of Texas - Austin, Hubble Fellow
Subject: Revealing the Formation and Atmospheres of Exoplanets with Direct Imaging
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
Friday, February 10th 2017
Speaker: Thayne Currie, National Astronomical Obs. of Japan, Subaru Telescope
Subject: The Bright Future for Directly Imaging Extrasolar Planets with Extreme Adaptive Optics
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
Friday, February 17th 2017
Speaker: Ian Roederer, University of Michigan
Subject: Heavy Metals from the First Stars to Today
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
Friday, February 24th 2017
Speaker: Patrick Kelly, University of California - Berkeley
Subject: Using Galaxy Cluster Lenses as Extreme Probes
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
Friday, March 3rd 2017
Speaker: Andrew Mann, University of Texas - Austin
Subject: Tracing Planetary Evolution from Formation to Maturity
Candidate for the MIfA Assistant Professor position
Friday, March 10th 2017
There will be no colloquium this week.
Friday, March 17th 2017
No Colloquium; Spring Break
Friday, March 24th 2017
Speaker: Charles 'Chick' Woodward
Subject: Small Worlds – New Vistas
Friday, March 31st 2017
There is no colloquium this week.
Friday, April 7th 2017
Speaker: Today's MIfA colloquium has been cancelled.
Friday, April 14th 2017
Speaker: Carl Ferkinhoff, Winona State
Subject: Far-infrared fine-structure line studies of early galaxies: Where are we? Where do we need to go?
Friday, April 21st 2017
Speaker: Stephanie Juneau, NOAO; CEA-Saclay
Subject: Cosmic Hide-and-Seek with Supermassive Black Holes
Friday, April 28th 2017
Subject: No MIfA speaker this week. See the SPA colloquium April 27th
Adriano Fontana, Nat'l Institute for Astrophysics (Italy)
Friday, May 5th 2017
Speaker: Adam Kowalski, University of Colorado
Subject: The Spectral Signatures of Deep Atmospheric Heating in Solar and Stellar Flares
Friday, September 8th 2017
There is no colloquium this week.
Friday, September 15th 2017
2:30 pm:
MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium in Tate Lab of Physics and Astronomy 101
Speaker: Sarah Vigeland, U. Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Subject: Detecting Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves with NANOGrav
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic
Friday, September 22nd 2017
There will be no colloquium this week.
Friday, September 29th 2017
Speaker: No colloquium this week
Subject: See the Misel lecture information for September 27th
Friday, October 6th 2017
Speaker: Anna Nierenberg, Ohio State U
Subject: Dwarf galaxy formation and the nature of dark matter
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Liliya L.R. Williams
Thursday, October 12th 2017
Speaker: Lawrence Rudnick, University of Minnesota
Subject: A Walk on the Dark Side
Friday, October 13th 2017
Speaker: Eliza Kempton, Grinnell College
Subject: Revealing the Atmospheres of Extrasolar Super-Earths
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Liliya L.R. Williams
Friday, October 20th 2017
Speaker: Nicholas Battaglia, Princeton University
Subject: Large-Scale Structure Information Encoded in the Cosmic Microwave Background
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Shaul Hanany
Friday, October 27th 2017
Speaker: Stuart Bale, Berkeley Space Science Lab.
Subject:  Plasma kinetics in the inner heliosphere and the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Cynthia Cattell
Friday, November 3rd 2017
Speaker: Ori Fox, Space Telescope Science Institute
Subject: Supernovae, Their Progenitor Systems, and...Kilonovae!
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Patrick Kelly
Friday, November 10th 2017
Speaker: No colloquium this week.
Friday, November 17th 2017
Speaker: Anne Jaskot, Smith College
Subject:  How to Reionize the Universe - Clues from the Low-Redshift Green Pea Galaxies
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: M. Claudia Scarlata
Friday, November 24th 2017
Speaker: No colloquium - Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 1st 2017
Speaker: Shea Brown, U of Iowa
Subject: Astrophysical Machine Learning: Applications for the next generation all-sky surveys
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Lawrence Rudnick
Friday, December 8th 2017
Speaker: Jeremy Webb, Indiana U
Subject: Do Globular Clusters Have an Identity Problem? - The Dynamics of Mass Segregation and Tidal Stripping
Refreshments to be served in the MIfA Interaction Area (Tate 285-11) following the colloquium.
Faculty Host: Liliya L.R. Williams
Thursday, December 14th 2017
11:30 am:
Thesis Defense in 301-20 Tate
Speaker: Ryan Arneson
This is the public portion of Mr. Arneson's thesis defense. His advisor is Robert Gehrz.
Friday, December 15th 2017
Speaker: No colloquium this week.
Friday, December 22nd 2017
Speaker: No colloquium this week.
Friday, December 29th 2017
Speaker: No colloquium this week.

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