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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
(UCLA)
  Formation and Evolution of Close-in Exoplanets
 
Mon   Dec 10   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Melanie Simet
(JPL)
  HSC Cosmic Shear Cosmology Results
 
 
Thu   Dec 6   Astrophysics Colloquium   Stuart Jefferies
(Georgia State Univ.)
  (CANCELLED)
 
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
(UCSC)
  Characterizing Brown Dwarf Atmospheres with Multi-wavelength Observations
 
Mon   Nov 12   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Amir Caspi
(SwRI)
  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
(JPL)
  Planck 2018: Legacy Data Release and Scientific Impact of the Mission
 
Mon   Oct 29   Astrophysics Colloquium   Multiple Speakers
(JPL)
  Probe Mission Study
 
 
Thu   Oct 25   Astrophysics Colloquium   Erik Petigura
(Caltech)
  Formation and Erosion of Small Planet Cores and Envelopes
 
Mon   Oct 22   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jacqueline McCleary
and Alina Keissling
(JPL)
  Takeaways from the Astro2020 Decadal Survey Meeting
 
 
Thu   Oct 18   Astrophysics Colloquium   George Khazanov
(GSFC)
  Is Diffuse Aurora Driven from Above or Below?
 
 
Thu   Oct 11   Astrophysics Colloquium   Mickael Bonnefoy
(IPAG)
  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
(JPL)
  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
(Caltech)
  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
(LAM)
  The Obscured Star Formation at High Redshift: The Birth of the Giants
 
 
Thu   Aug 30   Astrophysics Colloquium   Marshall Cohen and David Meier
(Caltech)
  (CANCELLED)
 
Tue   Aug 28   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Klaus Pontoppidan
(STScI)
  The Chemistry of Planet Formation: From Spitzer to the Origins Space Telescope
 
Mon   Aug 27   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Virginie Faramaz
(JPL)
  Eccentric Planets and Debris Disks Interactions
 
 
Thu   Aug 23   Astrophysics Colloquium   Daniel Welling
(Univ. Michigan)
  (CANCELLED)
 
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
(Caltech)
  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
(CfA)
  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
(Caltech)
  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
(THIS IS A PLANETARY SCIENCE SEMINAR OF INTEREST TO THE ASTROPHYSICS COMMUNITY. NOTE THE DAY, TIME, AND LOCATION)
 
 
Thu   Jun 14   Astrophysics Colloquium   David Sibeck
(NASA GSFC)
  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
(NASA GSFC)
  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
(UCL)
  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
(Caltech)
  Toward a Uniform Reduction of all Spitzer IRAC Time Series Observations
 
Thu   May 3   Astrophysics Colloquium   Karin Sandstrom
(UCSD)
  Interstellar Dust at Low Metallicity
 
Tue   May 1   Special Exoplanet Science Seminar   Gael Roudier
(JPL)
  Bayesian Inference and Exoplanet Transit Spectroscopy: Spectrum and Atmospheric Profile Recovery for Large Datasets
 
Mon   Apr 30   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Neal Turner
(JPL)
  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
(NASA ARC)
  Constraining Methane Abundance and Cloud Properties from the Reflected Light Spectra of Directly Imaged Exoplanets
 
Mon   Apr 23   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jessie Christiansen
(NExScI)
  The Final Kepler Catalog
 
 
Thu   Apr 19   Astrophysics Colloquium   Kevin Stevenson
(STScI)
  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
(LLNL)
  A Probabilistic Approach to Astronomical Survey Exploitation Applied to Dark Energy Constraints from Cosmic Shear
 
 
Thu   Mar 22   Section Activity  
(Section 326)
  RESERVED
 
Mon   Mar 19   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Maria Charisi
(Caltech)
  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
(Caltech)
  Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe with Large-Scale Structure
 
Thu   Mar 8   Astrophysics Colloquium   Frederic Masset
(UNAM)
  Impact of Thermal Diffusion and Heat Release on the Orbital Evolution of Low-mass Protoplanets
 
Wed   Mar 7   Special Cosmology Seminar   Jonathan Blazek
(EPFL)
  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)
  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
(Caltech)
  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
(CSUN / JPL)
  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
(Caltech)
  (POSTPONED)
 
 
Mon   Jan 22   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Arpita Roy
(Caltech)
  The Keck Planet Finder: Radial Velocities in the Era of Extreme Precision
 
 
Thu   Jan 18   Astrophysics Colloquium   Sandra Chapman
(CFSA / CSP)
  Data Driven Discovery: Dynamical Networks and Statistical Analyses of Multi-point Solar Terrestrial Physics Observations
 
Thu   Jan 18   Astrophysics Colloquium   Carlos Carrasco-Gonzalez
(UNAM / CRyA)
  Observing Planet Formation with the VLA in the Era of ALMA
 
 
Thu   Jan 11   Astrophysics Colloquium   Eve Lee
(Caltech)
  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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