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SO/NSF OIR Lab Joint Colloquium Series Podcasts

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FALL 2020

8/27/20: Maura McLaughlin, University of West Virginia:

 "The NANOGrav 12.5-Year Data Set: New Insights into Galaxy Growth and Evolution" 

9/10/20: Emma Beasor, NSF NOIR Lab:

 "The Evolution Of Red Supergiants To Supernova"

9/17/20: Brian Williams, Goddard:

 "High-resolution X-ray Spectroscopy: Science with XRISM"

9/24/20: Monika Soraisam, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign:

 "Big-Data Rush: Mining Time-Domain Data of Local Stellar Populations"

10/1/20: Dimitrios Psaltis, Steward Observatory:

"A New Test of General Relativity with the Event Horizon Telescope"

10/8/20: Amy Reines, Montana State University:

"Supermassive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies"

10/15/20: Laura Mayorga, Johns Hopkins University:

"The Solar System Laboratory and Beyond"

10/29/20: Matthew Madhavacheril, Perimeter Institute:

"Mapping the Cosmic Mass and Gas Distribution Using the Arcminute-Resolution Microwave Sky"

11/12/20: Anthony Pullen, New York University:

"Line Intensity Mapping: Modeling & Analysis in the Precision Era"

11/19/20: Kirk Barrow, Stanford University:

"Using High-Cadence Synthetic Observations to Unlock a New Era in Astrophysics"

12/3/20: Dara Norman, NSF NOIR Lab

12/10/20: Jessie Christiansen, IPAC/CalTech


3/5/20: Duncan Brown, Syracuse University:
What Have we Learned about Binary Neutron Stars Since the Discovery of GW170817?

2/13/20: Carolyn Raithel, Steward Observ.:
Constraining the Neutron Star Equation of State with Gravitational Wave Events

FALL 2019

12/12/19: Keith Hawkins, UT Austin:
Galactic Archaeology in the Era of Gaia 

12/5/19: David Wilner, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian:
New Views of Debris Disks

11/14/19: Jessica Werk, Univ. of Washington:
A Colossal Galaxy Adventure

11/7/19: Chien-Hsiu Lee, NSF's OIR Lab:
Time-domain Astronomy: From Exoplanets to Cosmology

10/24/19: Chad Trujillo, NAU:
The Search for an Undiscovered Giant Planet in our Solar System

10/17/19: Jorge Moreno, Pomona:
The Evolution of the Interstellar Medium in Merging Galaxies

10/3/19: Diana Dragomir, Univ. of New Mexico:
Highlights from TESS’ First Bright Year and Future Plans

9/26/19: Jennifer Johnson, Ohio State Univ.:
Outstanding Questions in the Origin of the Elements

9/19/19: Christina Williams, Steward Observ.:
The View of Early Massive Galaxies in the Run Up to JWST

9/12/19: Taran Esplin, Steward Observ.:
Searching for the Stellar and Substellar Members of Star-forming Regions

9/5/19: Daniela Huppenkothen, Univ. of Washington:
Data Science Challenges in Time Domain Astronomy: Building Methods, Tools and Communities


4/25/19: Adam Kraus, Univ. of Texas:
The Impact of Binary Stars on Planetary Systems

4/11/19: Siyi Xu, Gemini Observ.:
Planetary Systems around White Dwarfs

4/4/19: Brian Fields, Univ. of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign:
When Stars Attack! Near-Earth Supernova Explosions Revealed by Deep-Ocean and Lunar Radioactivity

3/28/19: Steven Finkelstein, Univ. of Texas:
Implications of Reionizing the Universe with Low Galaxy Escape Fractions

3/21/19: Hervé Dole, Univ. of Paris-South, at Orsay:
Protoclusters of Galaxies: From Planck to the Euclid and JWST Era

3/14/19: Robert Nikutta, NOAO:
Parsec-Scale Obsuration in Active Galactic Nuclei

2/28/19: Guy Perrin, Observatoire de Paris:
First Explorations of Sgr A* at the Event Horizon Scale and First Tests of General Relativity with GRAVITY

2/14/19: Jenny Greene, Princeton: 
Dwarf Galaxies and Their Black Holes

2/7/19: Molly Peeples, STScl:
Galaxies and the Circumgalactic Medium

1/31/19: Gloria Delgado Inglada, UNAM:
Gas and Dust in Planetary Nebulae 

1/17/19: Rachel Mandelbaum, CMU:
Cosmology with the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) Survey

FALL 2018

12/6/2018: Adrian Price-Whelan, Princeton:
The Dynamic Milky Way in the Gaia Era

11/29/2018: Irene Shivaei, Steward Observ.:
Stellar and Dust Content of Galaxies at High Redshifts

11/15/2018: Brian Nord, Fermilab:
AI in the Sky: Implications and Challenges for Artificial Intelligence in Astrophysics and in Society

11/8/2018: Erik Petigura, Caltech:
Formation and Erosion of Small Planet Cores and Envelopes

11/1/2018: Sebastiaan Krijt, Steward Observ.:
Understanding Dust Coagulation and Volatile Evolution in Planet-Forming Disks

10/18/2018: Karen Meech, Univ. of Hawaii:
The Story of 1l/'Oumuamua, the First Visitor from Another Solar System

10/11/2018: Deirdre Shoemaker, Georgia Tech.:
Black Holes Across the Gravitational Wave Sky

10/4/2018: Cara Battersby, UConn:
The Milky Way Laboratory

9/6/2018: Rob Kennicutt, Steward Observ.:
The Schmidt Law at Sixty

8/23/18: Bradley Johnson, Columbia:
Looking Beyond the Horizon of Our Universe


5/3/2018: Eric Agol, Univ. of Washington: 
Characterizing the TRAPPIST-1 System

4/19/2018: Alessandra Corsi, Texas Technology:
Radio and GW Observations of the Transient Sky: GW170817 and Future Prospects

3/22/2018: Dan Weisz, UC Berkeley:
Low-Mass Galaxies in the Early Universe 

3/15/2018: Claudia Mendes de Oliveira, Univ. of Sal Paulo:
New Multi-Color Surveys- An IFU-Like Data Cube of the Nearby Universe

3/14/2018: Nicole Cabrera Salazar:
Our Complicity in the Leaky Pipeline

3/1/2018: Rachel Friesen, NRAO:
The Green Bank Ammonia Survey: Probing the Evolution of Star-Forming Regions from Filaments to Cores

2/22/2018: Jordan Stone, Steward:
Constraining the Formation and Evolution of Exoplanets with LBTI

2/15/2018: Sally Oey, Univ. of Michigan:
Toward Understanding Feedback from Local Lyman Continuum Emitting Galaxies

2/1/2018: Ryan Chornock, Ohio Univ.:
GW170817: A Golden Neutron Star Merger

1/25/2018: Katey Alatalo, Carnegie/STScl:​
The Life-Cycle of Gas in Dying Galaxies

1/18/2018: Aaron Meisner, LBNL:​
Mapping the Universe in Search of Nearby Worlds

FALL 2017

11/30/2017: Jillian Bellovary, AMNH & Queens:
Multimessenger Signatures of Massive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies

11/9/2017: Joseph Silk, IAP:
The Limits of Cosmology

10/26/2017: Ethan Vishniac, JHU:
Dynamos - How do they work?

10/12/2017: Jessica Lu, UC Berkeley:
Black Holes, Big and Small - A Laser-Guided Adaptive Optics View

10/5/2017: Jeremiah Murphy, FSU:
How Do Massive Stars Die?

9/28/2017: Dan Kelson, Carnegie:
Gravity + Noise

9/21/2017: Chad Bender, Steward:
The Search for Earth-Twins with a New Generation of Doppler Spectrometers

9/14/2017: Courtney Dressing, UC Berkeley:
Exploring Planetary Systems Orbiting Cool Dwarfs


5/04/2017: Iair Arcaivi, LCOGT:
New Ways of Doing Time Domain Astronomy: Supernovae, TDEs and Beyond

4/27/2017: Simon Hodgkin, Cambridge:
Mapping the Transient Sky with Gaia

4/13/2017: Tabetha Boyajian, LSU:
Sizing up the Stars

4/06/2017: Jay Farihi, UCL:
Exoplanetry Archaeology: Observing the Fossil Record of Rocky Planetary Systems

3/30/2017: Simeon Bird, Cambridge:
Cosmology, Gas Around Galaxies, and Primordial Black Holes

3/09/2017: Ilsedore Cleeves, Harvard:
From Disks to Planets Through the Astrochemical Lens

3/07/17: Jennifer van Saders, Princeton:
Making Sense of Stellar Rotation Observed with Kepler: Gyrochronology, Magnetism, and a Sun in Transition

2/27/2017: Blakesley Burkhart, Harvard:
New Diagnostics of MHD Turbulence: From Galaxies to Galaxy Clusters

2/16/2017: Ondrej Pejcha, Princeton Univ:
Cool and Luminous Outbursts from Merging Binary Stars

2/14/17: Mark Dijkstra, Univ. of Oslo:
Probing Feedback with the Lya Emission Line

2/09/2017: Peter Behroozi, UC Berkeley:
Maximizing Inference from Galaxy Observations

2/02/2017: Alan Stern, SWRI:
The Pluto System as Explored by New Horizons

1/19/2017: Erika Hamden, CalTech:​
Observing the Faint Universe in Emission

FALL 2016

12/01/2016: Maxwell Moe, Steward:
The Formation and Evolution of Binary Stars

11/17/2016: Evgenya Shkolnik, ASU: (Link coming soon)

11/10/2016: Jon Mauerhan, Berkeley:
Tracing the Shapes of Supernovae with Spectropolarimetry

11/03/2016: Stella Offner, UMass Amherst:
The Impact of Stellar Feedback on Star Cluster Formation

10/20/2016: David Schlegel, LBNL:
DESI and Beyond: Design Considerations for Massive Redshift Surveys

10/06/2016: Rachel Street, LCOGT:
Exoplanets in the 4th Dimension - lessons learned from time domain follow-up

09/29/2016: Mariska Kriek, Berkeley:
Reconstructing the Formation Histories of Massive Galaxies

9/22/2016: Robin Dong, Steward:
Introducing ​a New Field: Observational Planet Formation

9/15/2016: Gail Zasowski, JHU:
New Tools for Galactic Archaeology from the Milky Way

9/08/2016: Kevin Hainline, Steward:
Hunting for Monsters: Selecting and Understanding Active Galactic Nuclei in the Infrared

9/01/2016: Omer Blaes, UCSB:
Confronting MHD Theories of Accretion Disks with Observations of Dwarf Novae


5/05/16: Doug Finkbeiner, Harvard:
Mapping Galactic Dust in 3 Dimensions with Pan-STARRS1 and 2 MASS

4/28/16: Scott Tremaine, IAS:
Three Problems in Exoplanet Dynamics

4/21/16: Christoph Baranec, University of Hawaii:
Robo-AO and the Rapid Transient Surveyor

4/14/16: Patrick Kelly, UC Berkeley:
The Multiply Imaged Strongly Lensed Supernova Refsdal 

4/07/16: Fabienne Bastein, Pennsylvania State University
Convention in Cool Stars, as Revealed through Stellar Brightness Variations

3/31/16: Dawn Erb, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Low Mass Galaxies and their Gas at the Peak Epoch of Star Formation

3/24/16: Anders Johansen, Lund University
Forming Planets in Protoplanetary Discs

3/10/16: Julie Comerford, University of Colorado-Boulder
AGN Triggering in Galaxy Mergers as Traced by Dual AGN and Offset AGN

3/03/16: Mary Putman, Columbia University
Gas Flows at Various Astronomucical Scales

2/25/16: Marcia Rieke, Steward
NIRCam: Your Next Near-Infrared Camera in Space

2/18/16: Nuria Calvet, University of Michigan
Pre-Main Sequence Accretion Revisited, What Does it Tell Us About Disk Structure and Evolution?

2/11/16: Wen-Fai Fong, Steward
Setting the Stage for the Era of Gravitational Wave Discovery

2/04/16: Yashar Hezavehe, Stanford
Detection of a Dark Matter Subhalo with ALMA Observations of Gravitational Lenses

1/28/16: Stefano Valenti, LCOGT
The Progenitor of Supernovae in the Era of Wife-field Surveys

1/21/16: Ian McGreer, Steward
Growing Supermassive Black Holes at High Redshift

FALL 2015

11/12/15: Jessica Werk, UCSC
Why the Invisible Reservoir of Gas Around Galaxies Counts in Galaxy Evolution

11/05/15: Federica Bianco, NYU
Explosions in my Data

10/29/15: Nitya Kallivayalil, Univ. of Virginia
Proper Motions in Local Group: Next Generation Astrometry

10/22/15: Vasily Belokurov, Cambridge, UK
Marc Aaronson Memorial Lecture

10/15/2015: Alex Parker, SWRI
Exploring the Worlds Beyond Neptune

10/08/2015: Phil Hinz, Steward
The Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial Planetary Systems (HOSTS): LBTI's Key Survey

10/01/2015: Hilke Schlichting, MIT
Crash, Boom, Bang: Giant Impacts & The Formation of Planets at Home and Abroad

9/24/15: Chris Matzner, Univ. of Toronto
Star Cluster Formation: A Battle Between Mass Accretion and Stellar Feedback

9/17/15: Eduardo Rozo, NOAO
RedMapper and RedMagic: Enabling Cluster and LSS Science in Photometric Surveys 

9/10/15: Daniel McIntosh, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City
Galactic Capitalism: The Buildup of a Bimodal Galaxy Population

9/03/15: David Jewitt, UCLA
The Active Asteroids

8/27/15: Evan Kirby, Caltech
Light-ish Elements in Dwarf Galaxies: The enigmas of Lithium, Carbon, Magnesium, and More

Spring 2015

4/23/15: Rachel Bezanson
The Surprisingly Complex Lives of Massive Galaxies and the Stability of the Mass Fundamental Plane

4/16/15: Jacqueline Hodge, NRAO
Revealing the gas-star formation connection over cosmic time

4/09/15: Bhuvnesh Jain, University of Pennsylvania
Lensing and Large-Scale Structure in the Dark Energy Survey

3/26/15: Roman Rafikov, Princeton
Signposts of Planetary Systems Around Evolved Stars

3/12/15: Charles Gammie, University of Illinois
Slow food for black holes

3/5/15: Mark Sykes, PSI
Dawn at Ceres

2/19/15: Anja von der Linden, Stanford
Weighing the Giants: Accurate Galaxy Cluster Masses for Cosmology

2/12/15: Ryan Foley, University of Illinois
The Most Common "Peculiar" Supernova

2/05/15: Susan Kassin, STScI
The Formation of Disk Galaxies

1/29/15: Stan Owocki, Universtiy of Delaware
Magnetospheres of Magnetic Massive Stars

1/22/15: Robert Lupton, Princeton
What can LSST learn from SDSS and HSC?

Fall 2014

12/11/14: Keivan Stassun, Vanderbilt University
Advances in Stellar Astrophysics, Solar Physics, and Exoplanet Science with Large Surveys

12/04/14: Bruce Draine, Princeton
Andromeda's Dust

11/20/14: Karin I. Öberg, Harvard University
The Chemistry of Planet Formation

11/13/14: Alis Deason, UCO/Lick
Rethinking Galactic Architecture: Clues from Satellites and Destroyed Dwarfs

10/23/14: Sangeeta Malhotra, ASU
[CII] emission line as tracer of ISM in galaxies near and far.

10/16/14: Andrew MacFadyen, New York University
The Dynamics, Stability and Radiation of GRB Jets *Note, cuts off before ending

10/09/14: Andrej Prsa, Villanova University
Unprecedented accuracy in the fundamental parameters of stars from multiple stellar systems

10/02/14: Paul Goldsmith, JPL
Tracing the Interstellar Medium and Star Formation with [CII] and CO

09/18/14: Andrew Skemer
Imaging Exoplanets with the LBT

09/04/14: Ori Fox, Berkeley
Constraining Supernova Progenitors That We Never Saw

Spring 2014

05/01/14: Matthias Steinmetz, Leibniz-Institut fuer Astrophysik Potsdam
Large Spectroscopic Surveys and the Chemo-Dynamical Evolution of the Milky Way

04/24/14: Graduating Astronomy Major Research Symposium
Undergrad Research Colloquium

04/17/14: Rita Mann, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
The Potential to Form Planets in the Orion Nebula: The ALMA Perspective

04/10/14: Ian McLean, UCLA
Development and Performance of MOSFIRE, the muti-object spectrometer for infrared exploration at Keck Observatory

04/03/14: John Kormendy, UT Austin
Supermassive Black Holes: Coevolution (Or Not) of Black Holes and Host Galaxies

03/27/14: Antonela Monachesi, Michigan
Testing Stellar Halo Formation Models with the GHOSTS Survey

03/13/14: Armin Rest, STSci
An Astronomical Time Machine: Light Echoes from Historic Supernovae and Stellar Eruptions

02/27/14: Alice Shapley, UCLA
Rest-frame Optical Spectra: A Window into Galaxy Formation at z~2

02/20/14: Stephanie Juneau
The Fueling of Black Holes in Galaxies from Cosmic Noon till Dusk

02/13/14: Andrew Youdin, Bok Fellow, Steward Observatory
The Origin of Solar and Extrasolar Planets

02/06/14: Karin Sandstrom, Bok Fellow, Steward Observatory
The Connection between Star Formation and the Cold Interstellar Medium in Nearby Galaxies

01/30/14: Anil Seth, Univ. of Utah
Finding and Forming Star Clusters in Andromeda

1/23/14: David Stevenson, CalTech
Origin of the Moon

1/16/14: Henry Ferguson, STScI
CANDELS: Observing Galaxy Assembly

Fall 2013

12/05/13: Dr. Nick Konidaris, CalTech
The SED Machine

11/21/13: Edo Berger, Harvard University
Short Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Electromagnetic Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Sources

11/14/13: Robert Quimby, Kavli IPMU
Unusually Bright Supernovae

11/07/13: Josh Grindlay, Harvard
Black Hole Variability on Days-to-Century Timescales

10/31/13: Alan Dressler, Carnegie Observatories
Infalling groups and galaxy evolution in the IMACS Cluster Building Survey

10/24/13: Meredith Hughes, Wesleyan University
Planet Formation through Radio Eyes

10/17/13: Fiona Harrison, Caltech
First Results From The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) High-Energy X-ray Mission

10/10/13: Desika Narayanan, Steward Observatory
Four Myths about Galaxies in the Era of ALMA

9/26/13: Alicia Soderberg, Harvard
Supernova Forensics

9/19/13: Eric F. Bell, University of Michigan
The effects and importance of galaxy merging in a cosmological context

9/19/13: George Becker, Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge
Insights into Cosmic Reionization from the Evolution of the UV Background


Spring 2013

Jan. 17: Knut Olsen, NOAO
"A Stellar Heist in the Magellanic Clouds"

Jan. 24: Marc Kuchner, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center
"What can images of dusty debris disks tell us about extrasolar planets"

Feb. 4: Dave Arnett, Steward Observatory
Henry Norris Russell Lecture
"Computers and Thinking"

Feb. 7: Christian Ott, Cal Tech
"Core-Collapse Supernovae and Neutron Star Mergers:Cosmic Laboratories for Extreme Physics"

Feb. 11: Chris Carilli, NRAO, Charlottesville
"Cool Gas in the Distant Universe"

Feb. 18: Rob Simcoe, MIT Kavli Institute
"Advances in Infrared Instruments and Characterization of the z > 5 Universe"

Feb. 21: Kevin France, University of Colorado
"Current and Future Space Instruments for the Study of Protoplanetary Disks and Exoplanetary Atmospheres: Hubble and Beyond" Only first half is available

Feb. 25: Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere, UC Berkeley
"The Physics of Galaxy Formation: Gas, Stars, & Black Holes"

March 7: Gurtina Besla, Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory
"Local Group Dynamics and Implications for Dwarf Galaxy Evolution and Near Field Cosmology"

March 19: Matt Walker, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Galactic Dynamics and the Nature of Dark Matter

March 21: Dan Stark, Steward Observatory
Early Star Forming Galaxies and Cosmic Reionization

March 25: Kaitlin Kratter, University of Colorado/JILA
Looking Forward: Binaries and their Planets*no audio*

March 28: Michael Boylan-Kolchin, UC Irvine
Near-Field Cosmology: Big Science From Small Galaxies*no audio*

April 2: Selma de Mink, Space Telescope Science Institute/Johns Hopkins
Live fast, die young - The Evolution of Massive Stars towards their Death: Rotation, Binarity and Mergers

April 25: Joey Richards, UC Berkeley
Astronomical Discovery and Classification for the Synoptic Survey Era

April 29: Herve Dole, IAS Orsay
Overview of Planck Cosmology Results and Selected Topics on Galaxies and Clusters

May 2: Crystal Martin, UCSB
Demographics and Physical Properties of Galactic Gas Flows at 0.4 < z < 2.0

Fall 2012

Sept. 13: Dan Stark, Steward Observatory
"Early Star Forming Galaxies and Reionization"

Sept. 20: Karl Stapelfeldt, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center
"Debris Disks as Tracers of Nearby Planetary Systems"

Sept 27: Jenny Greene, Princeton
"Galaxy Nuclei, Galaxy Outskirts"

Oct. 4: Maryam Modjaz, NYU
"Stellar Forensics with Explosions: Supernovae, Gamma-Ray Bursts, and their Environments"

Oct. 11: Josh Winn, MIT
"Spin-Orbit Interactions for Exoplanetary Systems"
Only the first 17 minutes are available

Oct. 25: Jason X Prochaska, UCO/Lick Observatory
"Quasars Probing Quasars: Clues to AGN Feedback and the Formation of Massive Galaxies"

Nov. 8: Lars Bildsten, UCSB
"Diverse Energy Sources for Stellar Explosions"

Nov. 15: Pieter van Dokkum, Aaronson Lecture
"The formation of massive galaxies"

Nov. 29: Richard Ellis, Cal Tech
"Obesity in the Universe: Why Did Early-Type Galaxies Grow in Size?"