Astronomy Colloquia at Caltech for 2005-2006

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.


Speaker / Talk Title / Host

September 28

Joe Kirschvink (Caltech)  A Paleoproterozoic Planetary Suicide Attempt:  Did The Sudden Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis trigger the first Snowball Earth?
Host: Andrew Blain

October 5

Licia Verde ( University of Pennsylvania Optimizing CMB polarization experiments to constrain inflationary physics
Host: Marc Kamionkowski

October 12

Mike Brown (Caltech)  The Tenth Planet
Host: Andrew Blain

October 19

You-Hua Chu  (University of IllinoisSpitzer View of Star Formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Host: Russel White

October 26

Geoff Blake (Caltech) Spitzer+Keck Spectroscopy & the Building Blocks of Planetary Systems
Host: Andrew Blain

November 2

Robert Caldwell (DartmouthThe Limits of Quintessence
Host: Marc Kamionkowski

November 9

Luis Ho (Carnegie Observatory)  The Highs and Lows of Accretion in Nuclear Black Holes
Host: Richard Ellis

November 16

Harvey Richer (UBC) White Dwarfs in Star Clusters
Host: Shri Kulkarni

November 23

No Colloquium - Day Before Thanksgiving

November 30

Michael Rich (UCLA) The Galactic Bulge Population:  Insights into the formation of Spheroids
Host: Chuck Steidel

December 7

Elizabeth Barton ( UC Irvine) The Role of Starbursts in the Evolution of Galaxies
Host: Nick Scoville

January 4, 2006


January 11

American Astronomical Society  (207th Meeting)
January 8-12, Washington, DC

January 18

George Helou (Caltech) The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (SINGS): Recent Results

January 25

Steven Furlanetto (Yale UniversityThe Dark Ages, the Twilight Zone, and the 21 cm Transition
Host: Marc Kamionkowski

February 1

Darren Croton (Berkeley) The many lives of AGN: from super-massive black holes to host galaxy

colours and luminosities
Host: Andrew Blain

February 8

Carlos S. Frenk  (Durham UniversityThe Broken Hierarchy of Galaxy Formation
Host: Richard Ellis

February 15

Ralf Bender (University of MunichThe triple nucleus of M31: two nested disks in Keplerian rotation around a supermassive black hole.
Host: Nick Scoville

February 22

Re'em Sari  (Caltech)  The formation of the solar system
Host: Sterl Phinney

March 1

William Reach  (Caltech) Comets present and future: infrared survey of comets and white dwarfs
Host: Nick Scoville

March 8

Puragra Guhathakurta (Lick Observatory)  The Extended Metal-Poor Stellar Halo of the Andromeda Spiral Galaxy
Host:  Nick Scoville

March 15

Stephen Shectman  (Carnegie Observatory)   Extremely Metal-Poor Stars (8th Annual Greenstein Lecture)
Host: Chuck Steidel

March 22

Gary Hinshaw (NASA)  New Results from WMAP
Host: Andrew Lange

March 29

Julio Navarro   (University of Victoria)  Galaxy Formation and the Formation of the Galaxy
 Host: Andrew Blain

April 5

Alycia Weinberger (Carnegie Institution of Washington) Circumstellar Disks and their Clues for Planet Formation
Host: Lynne Hillenbrand

April 12

Jaymie Matthews  (UBC)  Ultraprecise photometry from space:  From stellar cores to exoplanetary atmospheres

Host: Wes Traub

April 19

Nergis Mavalvala (MIT)  Gravitational-wave Detection with Interferometers: The search for the elusive waves
Host: Sterl Phinney

April 26

Christopher Reynolds (University of Maryland)  Radio galaxy feedback and the cooling cores of galaxy clusters
Host: Sterl Phinney

May 3

Scott Ransom (NRAO) Hitting the Millisecond Pulsar Jackpot with the GBT
Host: Shri Kulkarni

May 10

Chuck Steidel  (Caltech ) Observational Evidence for "Feedback" During the Peak Epoch of  Galaxy Formation 

May 17

Lin Yan (Caltech)  Mid-IR Spectroscopy of Infrared Luminous Galaxies at z~2
Host:  Nick Scoville

May 24

Evan Skillman  (University of MinnesotaThe Evolution of Dwarf Galaxies
Host: Andrew Blain

May 31

Tomasso Treu (UCSB )  Cosmic evolution of spheroids: stellar populations, dark matter halos, and supermassive black holes
Host: Richard Ellis

June 7

James Larkin (UCLA)  OSIRIS: First Results from the Keck Telescope
Host: Andrew Blain


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