ITC Luncheon Schedule

The 2018-2019 ITC luncheons are sponsored by a generous donation from ITC senior faculty member Dr. Eric Keto. Click on the date to view more information about each talk.

Date Speaker Title
Thu 09/06/2018
  1. John Forbes (ITC)
  2. Doug Lin (UCSC)
  3. Sean Andrews (CfA)
  4. Sandro Tacchella (CfA / EIJC)
  1. Brown dwarfs more massive than the hydrogen burning limit and how to make them
  2. Dynamical evolution of the inner solar system during its formative years
  3. Protoplanetary Disk Demographics
  4. Quantitative Evaluation of Gender Bias in Astronomical Publications from Citation Counts
Thu 09/13/2018
  1. Michelle Ntmpaka (Harvard Data Science Iniative)
  2. Renu Malhotra (Univ of Arizona)
  3. Brant Robertson (UCSC)
  4. Jerome Quintin (McGill)
  1. Galaxy Cluster Mass Estimates with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks
  2. The mid-plane of the asteroid belt
  3. Dense Regions in Supersonic Isothermal Turbulence
  4. Black Hole Formation in a Contracting Universe
Thu 09/20/2018
  1. Razieh Emami Meibody (ITC)
  2. Enrique Vazquez Semadeni (UNAM)
  3. David Weinberg (OSU)
  4. Hsin-Yu Chen (BHI)
  1. A Soliton Solution for the Central Dark Masses in Globular Clusters and Implications for the Axiverse
  2. Why I switched from turbulence to gravity
  3. An Update on WFIRST
  4. Gravitational-wave Precision Cosmology
Thu 09/27/2018
  1. Jenny Bergner (Harvard)
  2. Elena D’Onghia (UW Madison)
  3. Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard)
  4. David Sobral (Lancaster)
  1. A survey of complex cyanides in protoplanetary disks
  2. Satellites within satellites: the luminosity function of the Large Magellanic Cloud in the Gaia era
  3. Exoplanet Ocean Worlds: How Salty?
  4. Re-ionisation is solved: LAEs are all we need
Thu 10/04/2018
  1. Sara Issaoun (BHI)
  2. Matt Kunz (Princeton)
  3. Gerry Gilmore (Cambridge)
  4. Rana Ezzedine (MIT)
  1. The Size, Shape, and Scattering of Sagittarius A* at 86 GHz: First VLBI with ALMA
  2. Waves just ain’t what they used to be (or, how to make yourself heard in a collisionless plasma)
  3. Testing non-Einsteinian GR by astrometric gravitational wave detection
  4. Precise chemical abundances of the most iron-poor stellar relics of the early Universe
Thu 10/11/2018
  1. Christina Eilers (MPIA)
  2. Adrienne Erickcek ( UNC Chapel Hill)
  3. David DeVorkin (National Air and Space Museum)
  4. Jasleen Matharu (Cambridge)
  1. How do supermassive black holes grow in the early universe?
  2. Observational Signatures of Kination
  3. New exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum: how to highlight Theory and Computation?
  4. The cluster vs. field stellar mass-size relation at z ~ 1: implications for galaxy size growth with decreasing redshift
Thu 10/18/2018
  1. Ryan Loomis (NRAO)
  2. Alycia Weinberger (Carnegie DTM)
  3. Eve Lee (Caltech)
  4. Duane Lee (MIT)
  1. Misaligned Protoplanetary Disks - Evidence for Planet-Disk Interaction?
  2. Circumstellar disk diversity and clues to planet formation
  3. A balanced budget view on forming giant planets by pebble accretion
  4. Playing Your CARDs Right: Leveraging One-Shot Galactic Chemical Evolution Models to Understand and Predict Chemical Abundance Ratio Distributions in Old Galactic Systems
Thu 10/25/2018
  1. Roseanne Di Stefano (ITC)
  2. Jim Fuller (Caltech)
  3. Margaret Meixner (STScl)
  4. Tanvi Karwal (JHU)
  1. The CfA Gender Equity Study
  2. Saturn Ring Seismology
  3. JWST studies of star formation and dust evolution at low metallicity
  4. Galactic Pulsars and Cosmic-Ray Leptons
Thu 11/01/2018
  1. Nia Imara (CfA)
  2. Nick Gnedin (FNAL Fermi Lab)
  3. Christopher Moore (CfA)
  4. Daisuke Nagai (Yale)
  1. X Marks the Spot (of Star Formation)
  2. Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy Condition: Even Textbook Truths Are Worth Revisiting
  3. Magnetic Field Morphology Effects on the Determination of Oxygen and Iron Abundances in the Solar Photosphere
  4. The Physics of Galaxy Cluster Outskirts
Thu 11/08/2018
  1. Victor Buza (CfA)
  2. Dan Foreman-Mackey (Flatiron Institute)
  3. Raffaella Margutti (Northwestern)
  4. Grant Tremblay (EIJC)
  1. New Constraints on Primordial Gravitational Waves using Planck, WMAP and BICEP2/Keck Observations through the 2015 season
  2. Hamiltonian Monte Carlo methods for astronomers
  3. Superluminous Supernovae at the two extremes of the electromagnetic spectrum
  4. The GRE is exclusionary and largely selects for the wrong things
Thu 11/15/2018
  1. Rahul Kannan (ITC)
  2. Alyson Brooks (Rutgers)
  3. Ben Safdi (University of Michigan)
  4. Charlotte Mason (CfA)
  1. Efficacy of stellar radiation fields in regulating star formation
  2. UDG Formation as a Function of Environment in Cosmological Simulations
  3. Evidence against the dark matter interpretation of the 3.5 keV line
  4. What can Lyman alpha emission from galaxies tell us about reionization?
Thu 11/29/2018
  1. Catherine Zucker (CfA)
  2. James Owen ( Imperial College London)
  3. Jason Wright (Penn State)
  4. Bryan Terrazas (UMich)
  1. Large-Scale Galactic Filaments -- Shock and Shear in the Milky Way?
  2. Misaligned circumbinary discs
  3. Eppur Si Muove
  4. "Black hole-galaxy scaling relations: clues to the physics behind quiescence
Thu 12/06/2018
  1. Joey Rodriguez (CfA)
  2. Jia Liu (Princeton)
  3. Chuck Steidel (Caltech)
  4. Xiaohan Wu (CfA)
  1. K2-266: A Compact Multiplanet System with a Planet that is "Way Out of Line
  2. Running massive neutrino simulations fast and accurately
  3. Diffuse Line Emission from High Redshift Galaxy Halos: Fun with the Keck Cosmic Web Imager
  4. Simulating Reionization in the Illustris Universe: the Effect of Photoheating Feedback