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 01/28/2016
  1. Konstantin Batygin (Caltech)
  2. Alex Vilenkin (Tufts University)
  3. Daniel Gruen (KIPAC/SLAC)
  4. Yuan-Sen Ting (Harvard)
  1. An Unseen Planet in the Solar System
  2. Did the Universe Have a Beginning?
  3. Weak Lensing by Galaxy Troughs
  4. Prospects for Chemically Tagging Stars in the Galaxy
Thu 02/04/2016
  1. Morgan May (Columbia University and Brookhaven National Laboratory)
  2. Rosanne Di Stefano (ITC)
  3. Keith Gendreau (Goddard)
  4. Aleksander Sadowski (MIT)
  1. Consequences of CCD Imperfections for Cosmology Determined by Weak Lensing Surveys: From Laboratory Measurements to Cosmological Parameter Bias
  2. Globular Clusters as Cradles of Life and Advanced Civilizations
  3. A Modulated X-ray Source for X-ray Mission Calibration
  4. Thin Accretion Disks are Stabilized by a Strong Magnetic Field
Thu 02/11/2016
  1. Jeremiah Murphy (Florida State University)
  2. Douglas Finkbeiner (ITC)
  3. Prahar Mitra (Harvard)
  4. Jack Singal (U. Richmond)
  1. The Progenitors of Core-collapse Supernovae
  2. A First Attempt at Dust Optical Properties from Optical to FIR in 3D
  3. Soft Hair on Black Holes
  4. Evolution of the FSRQ Gamma-ray Luminosity Function
Thu 02/18/2016
  1. Edo Berger (CfA)
  2. Ethan Vishniac (Saskatchewan)
  3. Jonathan Lunine (Cornell)
  4. Yan-Fei Jiang (CfA)
  1. The Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves and Joint Electromagnetic Searches
  2. Poloidal Magnetic Fields in Disks
  3. Getting Oxygen in Jupiter, Saturn and Exogiant Planets
  4. Iron Opacity Bump Changes the Stability and Structure of Accretion Disks in Active Galactic Nuclei
Thu 02/25/2016
  1. Eric Herbst (Virginia)
  2. Idan Ginsburg (CfA)
  3. Natasha Flyer (NCAR)
  4. Aomawa Shields (UCLA)
  1. Does Astronomy Help Chemistry?
  2. Scintillating Synchrotron Emission from Supersonic Star S2
  3. Radial Basis Function-Generated Finite Differences (RBF-FD): New Computational Opportunities in the Geosciences
  4. Rising Stargirls: Using Theater, Writing, and Visual Art to Explore Astronomy and Astrobiology with Middle School Girls of Color
Thu 03/03/2016
  1. Re'em Sari (HUJI)
  2. Jim Stone (Princeton)
  3. Karin Oberg (CfA)
  4. Ben Shappee (Carnegie Observatory)
  1. Cooling, Accretion and Retention of Super Earths Atmospheres
  2. Global MHD Models of Accretion Disks in Cataclysmic Variables
  3. Isotopic Tagging of Volatiles During Planet Formation
  4. Constraining Type Ia Supernovae Through Nebular Phase Observations
Thu 03/10/2016
  1. Elisabeth Newton (CfA)
  2. Sam Gralla (University of Arizona)
  3. Eric Agol (U. Washington)
  4. Steffi Walch (University of Cologne)
  1. The Rotation and Galactic Kinematics of Mid M Dwarfs in the Solar Neighborhood
  2. How to Observe a Maximally Spinning Black Hole
  3. Future Detection of Exomoons with Coronagraphic Spectroastrometry
  4. How to Boost Supernova Feedback
Thu 03/24/2016
  1. James Guillochon (ITC)
  2. Elena D'Onghia (UW-Madison)
  3. Rychard Bouwens (Leiden)
  4. Richard Kremer (Dartmouth)
  1. An Open Catalog for Supernovae
  2. Tidally-Induced Offset Disks in Magellanic Spiral Galaxies
  3. On the Successful Identification of the Highest Redshift Lyman-alpha Emitting Galaxies
  4. Charles A. Young, Alvan Clark and Early American Astrophysics before the Diffraction Grating
Thu 03/31/2016
  1. Atish Kamble (ITC)
  2. Daniel Harlow (Harvard Physics))
  3. Andrew Siemion (UC Berkeley)
  4. Rowan Smith (University of Heidelberg)
  1. Observing Proton-Proton Collisions in Young Supernovae
  2. Black Holes, Holography, and Quantum Information
  3. Fast Radio Burst Searches 2.0: Detailed Emission Properties, Localization and Fundamental Physics
  4. Dark Matter Annihilation and First Stars
Thu 04/07/2016
  1. Nia Imara (Harvard)
  2. Jenny Greene (Princeton)
  3. Ben Margalit (Columbia/ITC)
  4. Ivan Zolotukhin (IRAP)
  1. Between Reionization and Me
  2. Gas in Massive Elliptical Galaxies
  3. Accretion Flows Following White Dwarf Neutron Star Mergers
  4. The Slowest Spinning X-ray Pulsar in an Extragalactic Globular Cluster
Thu 04/14/2016
  1. Nicola Amorisco (ITC)
  2. Rennan Barkana (Tel Aviv University)
  3. Jack Steiner (MIT)
  4. Ryan Allured (CfA)
  1. Ultra-diffuse Galaxies: the Low Surface Brightness Tail of the Abundant Dwarf Galaxy Population
  2. BAO's in the Large Scale Distribution of Dark Versus Luminous Matter
  3. A NICER Look at Accreting Stellar Black Holes
  4. Upcoming Challenges in Modeling a Piezoelectrically Adjustable X-ray Surveyor
Thu 04/21/2016
  1. Malcolm Perry (University of Cambridge, UK)
  2. Cole Miller (University of Maryland)
  3. George Rieke (U. Arizona)
  4. Jerod Parrent (CfA)
  1. Black Hole Information Paradox Revisited
  2. A New Method for Finding Point Sources in High-energy Neutrino Data
  3. Magnetic Tripping of Small Dust Grains: A Solution to a Mystery of Planetary Debris Disks Reveals that A-Stars Probably Have Significant Magnetic Fields
  4. Faith-based Spectroscopy in the Supernova Community
Thu 04/28/2016
  1. Lisa Kewley (ANU)
  2. Richard Klein (UCB)
  3. Chat Hull (CfA)
  4. Xuening Bai (ITC)
  1. Theoretical Modeling of the ISM Across Cosmic Time
  2. What Physics Determines the Peak of the IMF? Insights from Radiation-Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations"
  3. Examining Magnetized Protostellar Accretion Flows with New ALMA Data and Cutting-Edge AREPO Simulations
  4. Evolution of Magnetic Fields in Protoplanetary Disks
Thu 05/05/2016
  1. Zach Slepian (ITC)
  2. Joan Schmelz (University of Memphis)
  3. Sara Seager (MIT)
  4. Merav Opher (Boston University)
  1. Revitalizing the 3-Point Correlation Function of Galaxies to Sharpen the Baryon Acoustic Oscillation Standard Ruler
  2. New Results from Arecibo Observatory
  3. A Starshade to Rendezvous with the WFIRST/AFTA Mission
  4. The Heliosphere Revisited - Heliospheric Jets: Reconnection "hot spots" and their impact on the large-scale draping of the interstellar magnetic field