CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2009
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Date Speaker Topic Host
01/22/09 Jane Turner
(University of Maryland)
X-ray Absorption and Reflection in Active Galactic Nuclei

[Video of the Presentation]
Paul Green
01/29/09 Owen Gingerich
Kepler, Galileo, and the Birth of Modern Astronomy

[Video of the Presentation]
Charles Alcock
02/05/09 Alexey Vikhlinin
The present and the future of growth of structures studies with galaxy clusters.

[Video of the Presentation]
Christine Jones
02/12/09 Mitch Begelman
The First Supermassive Black Holes?

[Video of the Presentation]
Harvey Tananbaum
02/19/09 Sebastian Heinz
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Black hole exhaust: An environmental impact study of microquasars"

[Video of the Presentation]
Julia Lee
02/26/09 Martin Elvis
Eclipsing in AGN: X-ray Absorption and AGN Structure

[Video of the Presentation]
Josh Grindlay
03/05/09 Andy Lawrence
(University of Edinburgh)
The UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey : The Universe from Parsecs to Gigaparsecs

[Video of the Presentation]
Martin Elvis
03/12/09 Nikhil Padmanabhan
A Cosmic Yardstick: Measuring Dark Energy with Baryon Oscillations

[Video of the Presentation]
Doug Finkbeiner
03/19/09 Anatoly Spitkovsky
(Princeton University)
The Physics and Astrophysics of Collisionless Shocks

[Video of the Presentation]
Pat Slane
03/26/09 Marianne Vestergaard
(Tufts University)
Accreting Supermassive Black Holes Across Cosmic History

[Video of the Presentation]
Belinda Wilkes
04/02/09 Vicky Kaspi
Sackler Lecture:
Magnetars: Progress and Puzzles

[Video of the Presentation]
James Moran
04/09/09 Pat Slane
The Structure and Evolution of Pulsar Wind Nebulae

[Video of the Presentation]
Fred Seward
04/16/09 Rosanne Di Stefano
Now You See It, Now You Don't: Microlensing, Mesolensing, Transits, and Planets in the Age of Wide-Field Monitoring

[Video of the Presentation]
Charles Alcock
04/23/09 Mike Garcia and Jay Bookbinder
International X-ray Observatory

[Video of the Presentation]
Harvey Tananbaum
04/30/09 Jenny Greene
Bok Prize Lecture:
From Galaxy Nuclei to Galaxy Outskirts: Building Bulges from the Inside Out

[Video of the Presentation]
Jim Moran
05/07/09 T. J. Cox
pH Lecture:
Using Numerical Simulations to Study the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies

[Video of the Presentation]
Charles Alcock
05/14/09 Annie Baglin
(LESIA, Observatoire de Paris)

[Video of the Presentation]
David Latham
05/21/09 Roger Blandford
(KIPAC, Stanford University)
Massive Black Hole X-ray Binaries

[Video of the Presentation]
Christine Jones
Additional Information
Time: Tea - 3:30 PM
Talk - 4:00 PM
Location: Phillips Auditorium, Building D, Center for Astrophysics (unless noted otherwise) [Directions]
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Organizing Committee: Douglas Finkbeiner and Aneta Siemiginowska
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