Astronomy Colloquia at Caltech for 2003-2004

Colloquia are held every Wednesday during the academic year at 4pm in room 155 Arms. Tea and cookies are served at 3:45 pm in the astrophysics library located on the 1st floor of Robinson building.

Date: Speaker / Talk Title / Host
October 8 John Hawley (Univ. of Virginia) Simulating Accretion Disks Around Kerr Black Holes
Host: Sterl Phinney
October 15 Bob Becker (UC Davis/LLNL)  The Blue Quasar Conspiracy: Maybe We Need a Recount
Host:  Aaron Barth
October 22 Tom Abel (Penn State)  Frontiers in Understanding the Origin of Structure in the Universe
Host: Andrew Blain
October 29 Sarah Church ( Stanford University ) Multi-frequency Observations of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect with the SuZIE Experiment
Host: Andrew Blain
November 5 Ralf Bender (Univ. of Munich) When and how did bulges and ellipticals form?
Host: Wal Sargent                --CANCELED--
November 12 Jonathan Lunine (University of Arizona)The origin of water on Earth and Mars, with implications for making other Earths
Host: John Carpenter
November 19 Tim de Zeeuw ( Leiden) THE SAURON PROJECT: Reading the fossil record of galaxy formation
Host: Wal Sargent
November 26 Thanksgiving  Holiday
December 3 Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden) From molecular cores to protoplanetary disks: evolution of gas and dust
Host: Anneila Sargent
December 10
Stanford  Woosley (UC Santa Cruz) The Collapsar Model For Gamma-Ray Bursts
Host: Andrew MacFadyen
January 7, 2004 Dick Manchester  (CSIRO, Sydney)  Recent Results from Parkes Pulsar Surveys
Host: Shri Kulkarni
January 14 Scott Messenger (NASA Johnson Space Center)  Silicate Stardust from Comets
Host: Bill Reach
January 21 Chris Carilli (NRAO) Obscured Galaxy and SMBH formation
Host: Andrew Blain
January 28 Eric G. Blackman  (Univ. of Rochester) Understanding Magnetic Dynamos and their Importance in Accretion-Ejection Phenomena
Host: Sterl Phinney
February 4 Lars Bildsten (UCSB)  White Dwarfs as Donor Stars in Binaries: Galactic Pulsars and X-Ray Sources in Distant Elliptical Galaxies
Host: Re'em Sari
February 11 Alex Filippenko (UC Berkeley) Evidence from Type Ia Supernovae for a Decelerating, then Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy
Host: Aaron Barth
February 18 Mike Werner  (JPL) The Spitzer Space Telescope: New Views of the Cosmos (6th Annual Greenstein Lecture)
Host: Wal Sargent
February 25 Matias Zaldarriaga  (Harvard) Constraining the origin of density perturbations with astronomical observations
Host: Marc Kamionkowski
March 3 Yuri Levin (CITA)  Massive stars near SgrA* and other supermassive black holes
Host: Kip Thorne
March 10 Sandra Faber (UCSC) Recent Results from the DEEP Survey
Host: Wal Sargent
March 17 Rachel Somerville (STScI) The Cold Dark Matter Power Paradox: small scale structure and early reionization
Host: Andrew Blain
April 7 Laird Close (Univ. of Arizona)  The Characterization of Very Low Mass Binary Stars, Brown Dwarfs, and
Extra-Solar Planets with Adaptive Optics

Host:John Carpenter
April 14 Eliot Quataert (UC Berkeley) Accretion onto the Massive Black Hole in the Galactic Center
Host: Re'em Sari
April 21 Mike Brown (Caltech) Beyond the Kuiper belt
Host: John Carpenter
April 28 Alex Lazarian (Univ. of Wisconsin) Properties of MHD Turbulence
Host: John Carpenter
May 5 Nick Scoville (Caltech) The COSMOS Galaxy and Large-Scale-Structure Evolution Project with HST
Host: John Carpenter
May 12 Avishai Dekel (Racah Inst. of Physics) A Characteristic Scale in Galaxy Formation
Host: Re'em Sari
May 19 Yong-Zhong Qian (Univ. of Minnesota)  Chemical Evolution of Galaxies and Enrichment of the Intergalactic Medium
Host: Wal Sargent
May 26 Andrei Beloborodov (Columbia University) Gamma-Ray Burst Explosions
Host: Re'em Sari
June 2 Jean Turner (UCLA/Caltech Sabbatical) Watching the Formation of Super Star Clusters
Host: Anneila Sargent


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