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2018 Astrophysics and Heliophysics/Space Physics Colloquia and Seminars

See seminar/colloquium abstract (click on title of talk) for location and time. The Science Visitor and Colloquium Program sponsors the Astrophysics Colloquium series. Other JPL science seminars related to astrophysics, exoplanet science, heliophysics, and space physics may be listed here as a convenience to the JPL science community.

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Date   Series   Speaker   Title
Thu   Dec 13   Astrophysics Colloquium   Hilke Schlichting
  Formation and Evolution of Close-in Exoplanets
Mon   Dec 10   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Melanie Simet
  HSC Cosmic Shear Cosmology Results
Thu   Dec 6   Astrophysics Colloquium   Stuart Jefferies
(Georgia State Univ.)
Tue   Dec 4   Astrophysics Colloquium   Nicolas Flagey
(CFHT Corp.)
  Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer: The Premier 10m-class Spectroscopic Survey Observatory for the Next Decades
Mon   Dec 3   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Nicky Relatores
(Carnegie Obs.)
  Exploring the Diversity of Dark Matter Profiles in Dwarf Galaxies
Thu   Nov 29   Astrophysics Colloquium   Martin White
(U.C. Berkeley)
  The Cosmological Legacy of Planck
Mon   Nov 26   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   -   InSight No talk today due to InSight landing at Mars
Mon   Nov 19   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Yifan Zhou
(Univ. Arizona)
  Cloud Atlas: Characterizing the Directly-Imaged Exoplanets with Time-Resolved Observations
Thu   Nov 15   Astrophysics Colloquium   Theodora Karalidi
  Characterizing Brown Dwarf Atmospheres with Multi-wavelength Observations
Mon   Nov 12   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Amir Caspi
  Solar Coronal Science from Ground to Space
Thu   Nov 8   Astrophysics Colloquium   Courtney Dressing
(U.C. Berkeley)
  Exploring Planetary Systems Orbiting Nearby Stars
Mon   Nov 5   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Benjamin Rackham
(Univ. Arizona)
  Disentangling Stellar and Planetary Features in Exoplanet Transmission Spectra
Thu   Nov 1   Astrophysics Colloquium   Krzysztof Gorski
  Planck 2018: Legacy Data Release and Scientific Impact of the Mission
Mon   Oct 29   Astrophysics Colloquium   Multiple Speakers
  Probe Mission Study
Thu   Oct 25   Astrophysics Colloquium   Erik Petigura
  Formation and Erosion of Small Planet Cores and Envelopes
Mon   Oct 22   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jacqueline McCleary
and Alina Keissling
  Takeaways from the Astro2020 Decadal Survey Meeting
Thu   Oct 18   Astrophysics Colloquium   George Khazanov
  Is Diffuse Aurora Driven from Above or Below?
Thu   Oct 11   Astrophysics Colloquium   Mickael Bonnefoy
  Characterization of Giant Planets and Light Brown Dwarf Companions on Wide Orbits with VLT/SPHERE
Mon   Oct 8   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Javier Romualdez
(Univ. Toronto)
  Weak Lensing from the Next-generation of Balloon-borne Astronomical Platforms: An Instrumentational Overview of and Prospects for the Super-pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT)
Thu   Oct 4   Astrophysics Colloquium   Robin Garrod
(Univ. Virginia)
  New Simulations and Observations of Highly-complex Molecules in Star-forming Regions
Mon   Oct 1   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Nick Ballering
(Univ. Arizona)
  Protoplanetary Disk Masses in Taurus and the Orion Nebula Cluster
Thu   Sep 27   Astrophysics Colloquium   Graca Rocha
  Update on Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) Activities in View of the Upcoming Decadal Survey
Mon   Sep 24   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Matthew Alessi
(McMaster Univ.)
  Dust Evolution and Planet Traps: Effects on Planet Populations
Thu   Sep 20   Astrophysics Colloquium   Karishma Bansal
(Univ. New Mexico)
  The Orbital Motion of Supermassive Binary Black Holes in 0402+379
Mon   Sep 10   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Hannah Earnshaw
  A Catalogue of the X-ray Binary Population of Nearby Galaxies (and some of the things we found inside)
Thu   Sep 6   Astrophysics Colloquium   Matthieu Bethermin
  The Obscured Star Formation at High Redshift: The Birth of the Giants
Thu   Aug 30   Astrophysics Colloquium   Marshall Cohen and David Meier
Tue   Aug 28   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Klaus Pontoppidan
  The Chemistry of Planet Formation: From Spitzer to the Origins Space Telescope
Mon   Aug 27   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Virginie Faramaz
  Eccentric Planets and Debris Disks Interactions
Thu   Aug 23   Astrophysics Colloquium   Daniel Welling
(Univ. Michigan)
Mon   Aug 20   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Michelle Creech Eakman
(New Mexico Tech)
  The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer: Design Details and Progress towards First Light with UT#1
Mon   Aug 13   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Gina Panopoulou
  Insights on the Structure and Dynamics of Magnetized Interstellar Filaments
Thu   Aug 9   Astrophysics Colloquium   Yui Kawashima
(Tokyo Tech)
  Theoretical Modeling of Transmission Spectra of Exoplanet Atmospheres with Hydrocarbon Haze and Applications to Multi-wavelength Transit Observations
Mon   Aug 6   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Ian Stephens
  Surveying the Multi-Scale Star Formation Process
Mon   Jul 30   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jarita Holbrook
(Univ. Western Cape)
  Interactive Discussion of Diversity Issues in Astrophysics
Thu   Jul 26   Astrophysics Colloquium   Dominic Walton
(Univ. Cambridge)
  Ultraluminous Pulsars: NuSTAR's Discovery of a New Population of Neutron Stars Accreting Above the Eddington Limit
Mon   Jul 23   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Maria Drozdovskaya
(Univ. Bern)
  Roots of Complex Organic Molecules from Star-forming Regions to Comets
Thu   Jul 19   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Darek Lis
(Sorbonne Univ.)
  The Complex Far-Infrared Universe
Thu   Jul 19   Astrophysics Colloquium   Kevin France
(Univ. Colorado)
  The Potential Habitability of Rocky Planets around Red Dwarfs: Stellar Drivers for Atmospheric Chemistry and Stability
Mon   Jul 16   Astrophysics Colloquium   David Ehrenreich
(Geneva Obs.)
  Evaporation of Exoplanet Atmospheres
Thu   Jul 12   Astrophysics Colloquium   Rolf Kuiper
and Dylan Kee
(Univ. Tüebingen)
  (Proto)stellar Feedback in Massive Star Formation
Mon   Jul 9   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Ümit Kavak
(Univ. Groningen)
  Origin of Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) Emission in the Orion Bar
Thu   Jun 28   Astrophysics Colloquium   Suvrath Mahadevan
(Penn State)
  The Promise, Prospects, and Challenges of Precision Radial Velocity
Mon   Jun 25   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Konstantin Batygin
  Why Jupiter Spins Fast But Not Super Fast
Thu   Jun 21   Planetary Science Seminar   James Cho
(Queen Mary Univ.)
Planetary Science Seminar Topological Analysis of Vortices and Time Series
Thu   Jun 14   Astrophysics Colloquium   David Sibeck
  Imaging the Magnetosphere in Soft X-rays
Mon   Jun 11   Special Exoplanet Science Seminar   Lisa Kaltenegger
(Cornell Univ.)
  A Critical View on How to Characterize Habitable Worlds and Signs of Life
Thu   Jun 7   Astrophysics Colloquium   Rob Petre
  Astrophysics at Goddard Space Flight Center
Mon   Jun 4   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jessica Spake
(Univ. Exiter)
  Metastable Helium is a Gift to Exoplanet Science
Thu   May 31   Astrophysics Colloquium   Anja von der Linden
(Stony Brook Univ.)
  Cosmology with Galaxy Clusters: From Weighing the Giants to the Next-generation Surveys
Mon   May 21   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Simeon Bird
(UC Riverside)
  Massive Neutrinos in Cosmology
Thu   May 17   Astrophysics Colloquium   Giovanna Tinetti
  A Chemical Survey of Planets in Our Galaxy
Mon   May 14   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Steve Ertel
(Univ. Arizona)
  Studies of Exozodiacal Dust Using Precision Infrared Interferometry
Thu   May 10   Astrophysics Colloquium   Nick Cowan
(McGill Univ.)
  Wind, Clouds, and Chemistry: Heat Transport on Hot Jupiters
Mon   May 7   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Marcel Pawlowski
(UC Irvine)
  The Planes of Satellite Galaxies Problem of ΛCDM Cosmology
Thu   May 3   Special Exoplanet Science Seminar   Jessica Krick
  Toward a Uniform Reduction of all Spitzer IRAC Time Series Observations
Thu   May 3   Astrophysics Colloquium   Karin Sandstrom
  Interstellar Dust at Low Metallicity
Tue   May 1   Special Exoplanet Science Seminar   Gael Roudier
  Bayesian Inference and Exoplanet Transit Spectroscopy: Spectrum and Atmospheric Profile Recovery for Large Datasets
Mon   Apr 30   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Neal Turner
  Section 326 Town Hall on Diversity and Best Research Practices
Thu   Apr 26   Astrophysics Colloquium   Zheng Zheng
(Univ. Utah)
  The Curious Case of Lyman-alpha Emitting Galaxies
Wed   Apr 25   Special Exoplanet Science Seminar   Roxana Lupu
  Constraining Methane Abundance and Cloud Properties from the Reflected Light Spectra of Directly Imaged Exoplanets
Mon   Apr 23   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jessie Christiansen
  The Final Kepler Catalog
Thu   Apr 19   Astrophysics Colloquium   Kevin Stevenson
  Into the Unknown: Exoplanet Characterization from Telescopes Past, Present, and Future
Mon   Apr 16   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Audrey Galametz
(Geneva Univ.)
  Environmental Effects in a Supercluster at z~0.65: Implications for Future All-sky Cosmological Surveys
Thu   Apr 12   Astrophysics Colloquium   Matt Kenworthy
(Leiden Univ.)
  Looking for Exorings towards Beta Pictoris, J1407 and PDS 110
Mon   Apr 9   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Lluis Mas Ribas
(Univ. Oslo)
  Extended Diffuse Emission as a Probe of Galaxy and Reionization Physics
Thu   Mar 29   Astrophysics Colloquium   Aaron Parsons
(U.C. Berkeley)
  Exploring Our Cosmic Dawn with HERA
Mon   Mar 26   Special Cosmology Seminar   Michael Schneider
  A Probabilistic Approach to Astronomical Survey Exploitation Applied to Dark Energy Constraints from Cosmic Shear
Thu   Mar 22   Section Activity  
(Section 326)
Mon   Mar 19   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Maria Charisi
  Quasars with Periodic Variability as Supermassive Black Hole Binary Candidates
Thu   Mar 15   Astrophysics Colloquium   Hannah Jang-Condell
(Univ. Wyoming)
  From Protoplanetary Disks to Exoplanets: Characterizing Planets from Infancy to Maturity
Thu   Mar 8   Special Cosmology Seminar   Roland de Putter
  Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe with Large-Scale Structure
Thu   Mar 8   Astrophysics Colloquium   Frederic Masset
  Impact of Thermal Diffusion and Heat Release on the Orbital Evolution of Low-mass Protoplanets
Wed   Mar 7   Special Cosmology Seminar   Jonathan Blazek
  Optimal and Accurate Cosmology with Next-generation Surveys
Mon   Mar 5   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Joshua Pepper
(Lehigh Univ.)
  Too Many Planets? (Or Too Few?) Exoplanet studies in the Era of TESS and JWST
Thu   Mar 1   Astrophysics Colloquium   Adam Lidz
(Univ. Pennsylvania)
  How to Improve Our Understanding of Cosmic Reionization
Mon   Feb 26   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Charles Lawrence,
Todd Gaier, and
Jeff Booth
  JPL Astrophysics Strategy
Fri   Feb 23   Special Cosmology Seminar   Katarina Markovič
(Univ. Portsmouth)
  The Euclid Spectroscopic Systematics Challenge
Thu   Feb 15   Astrophysics Colloquium   Coral Wheeler
  Sweating the Small Stuff: Small Scale Challenges to LCDM and Dwarf Galaxy Simulations at the High Resolution Limit
Thu   Feb 15   Special Cosmology Seminar   Adam Amara
(ETH Zurich)
  Forward Modeling the Universe
Mon   Feb 12   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jonathan Lunine
(Cornell Univ.)
  JWST, Juno and the Carbon-to-oxygen Ratio in Giant Planets
Thu   Feb 8   Astrophysics Colloquium   Zach Berta-Thompson
(UC Boulder)
  In Search of Sunset on Alien Worlds
Mon   Feb 5   Special Cosmology Seminar   Michael Troxel
(Ohio State Univ.)
  Cosmological Constraints from Galaxy Clustering and Weak Lensing in the Dark Energy Survey
Mon   Feb 5   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Luca Ricci
  Investigating the Early Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems with Sub-mm and Radio Interferometers
Thu   Feb 1   Astrophysics Colloquium   Peter Behroozi
(Univ. Arizona)
  Maximizing Inference from Galaxy Observations
Mon   Jan 29   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Maria Charisi
Mon   Jan 22   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Arpita Roy
  The Keck Planet Finder: Radial Velocities in the Era of Extreme Precision
Thu   Jan 18   Astrophysics Colloquium   Sandra Chapman
  Data Driven Discovery: Dynamical Networks and Statistical Analyses of Multi-point Solar Terrestrial Physics Observations
Thu   Jan 18   Astrophysics Colloquium   Carlos Carrasco-Gonzalez
  Observing Planet Formation with the VLA in the Era of ALMA
Thu   Jan 11   Astrophysics Colloquium   Eve Lee
  Ultra-Short Period Planets, Magnetospheric Truncation, Tidal Inspiral, and Stellar Evolution
Thu   Jan 4   Astrophysics Colloquium   Bekki Dawson
(Penn State Univ.)
  Art and Architecture of Planetary Systems

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