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2017 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.

Other Years:
2015 2016 2017 2018

Date   Series   Speaker   Title
Thu   Dec 14   Astrophysics Colloquium   Shami Chatterjee
(Cornell Univ.)
  Fast Radio Bursts: A Deepening Mystery
Mon   Dec 11   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jonathan Squire
  Shear-Alfvén Waves and the Interesting Influence of Microinstabilities in Weakly Collisional Plasmas
Thu   Dec 7   Astrophysics Colloquium   François Ménard
  The New Face of Protoplanetary Disks: Recent Results from VLT / SPHERE and ALMA
Tue   Dec 5   Planetary Science Seminar   Eva Bodman
(Arizona State Univ.)
Planetary Science Seminar The Elsie Dip Family of Boyajian's Star
Mon   Dec 4   Planetary Science Seminar   Anusha Kalyaan
(Arizona State Univ.)
Planetary Science Seminar Snow Lines in Disks with Different Alpha Profiles
Mon   Dec 4   Planetary Science Seminar   Steve Desch
(Arizona State Univ.)
Planetary Science Seminar The Protoplanetary Disk and Formation of Meteorites
Thu   Nov 30   Astrophysics Colloquium   Jennifer Burt
  Designing Optimal Exoplanet Mass Measurement Surveys in the Era of TESS
Mon   Nov 27   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Joseph Simon
  Gravitational Wave Astrophysics with Pulsar Timing Arrays
Mon   Nov 20   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Johanna Teske
(Carnegie Obs.)
  Exploring Chemical Environments for Planet Formation through Exoplanet Host Star Compositions
Mon   Nov 13   Astrophysics Colloquium   Uma Gorti
(SETI Inst.)
  Spectral Diagnostics of the Planet-forming Environments in Protostellar Disks
Thu   Nov 9   Astrophysics Colloquium   Jonathan Fortney
  Transiting Planet Population Studies: New Insights on the Structure and Evolution of Giant Planets
Mon   Nov 6   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Stephen Unwin
  Your American Astronomical Society
Thu   Nov 2   Astrophysics Colloquium   Sam Halverson
(Univ. Pennsylvania)
  Next Generation Exoplanet Discovery Instruments in the Optical and Near-infrared
Thu   Oct 26   Astrophysics Colloquium   Yue Deng
(UT Arlington)
  Significance of Meso-scale Structures to the Ionosphere/Thermosphere
Mon   Oct 23   Special Space Physics Seminar   Barbara Thompson
  Dynamic Mapping and Ensemble Modeling of Solar Eruptive Phenomena
Mon   Oct 23   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Jorge Barrera-Ballesteros
  Chemical Evolution in the Era of IFU Surveys: The SDSS-IV MaNGA View
Mon   Oct 16   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Rob Selina
  The Next Generation Very Large Array
Mon   Oct 9   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Idan Ginsburg
(Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
Mon   Oct 2   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Mattia Di Mauro
(SLAC, Stanford)
  Characterizing the Population of Pulsars in the Galactic Bulge with the Fermi Large Area Telescope
Thu   Sep 28   Astrophysics Colloquium   Jeff Booth
  The 2020 Astronomy Decadal Survey – It’s Coming Sooner than You Think
Mon   Sep 25   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Alexandra Amon
(Univ. Edinburgh)
  Weak Lensing with the ESO Kilo-Degree Survey
Thu   Sep 14   Astrophysics Colloquium   Leslie Looney
(Univ. Illinois)
  Setting the Initial Conditions for Planets: The Young Circumstellar Disk
Thu   Aug 3   Astrophysics Colloquium   Phil Hopkins
  Dust and Gas in the ISM: New Instabilities and Understanding
Mon   Jul 24   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Masato Shirasaki
  On Covariance Estimation in Weak Gravitational Lensing Survey
Thu   Jul 20   Astrophysics Colloquium   Chin-Fei Lee
  ALMA Observations of Protostellar Disks and Jets in the Early Stages of Star Formation
Mon   Jul 17   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Natalia Dzyurkevich
  What Molecular Cloud Collapse Can Teach Us about the Initial Stages of Protoplanetary Disks
Thu   Jul 13   Astrophysics Colloquium   Phil Hinz
(Univ. Arizona)
  The Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial planetary Systems (HOSTS): Exozodiacal Dust Detection with the LBT Interferometer
Thu   Jun 29   Astrophysics Colloquium   David Alonso
(Univ. Oxford)
  Science with Future Ground-based CMB Experiments
Tue   Jun 27   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Jay Pasachoff
(Williams Coll.)
  Heliophysics and the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Mon   Jun 19   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Stacy Kim
  Constraining Self-Interacting Dark Matter through Equal Mass Mergers of Galaxy Clusters
Mon   Jun 12   Astrophysics Colloquium   Sally Dodson-Robinson
(Univ. Delaware)
  Best Practices for Ground-Based Disk-Mass Measurements
Mon   Jun 5   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Shun Saito
  Towards Lyman-alpha Intensity Mapping with HETDEX
Thu   Jun 1   Astrophysics Colloquium   Sherry Suyu
  Shedding Light on the Dark Cosmos through Gravitational Lensing
Thu   May 25   Astrophysics Colloquium   Eliza Kempton
(Grinnell Coll.)
  Revealing the Atmospheres of Extrasolar Super-Earths
Mon   May 22   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Alexie Leauthaud
Thu   May 18   Astrophysics Colloquium   Brian Keating
  The Twisted Universe: The Cosmic Quest to Reveal Which End is Up
Thu   May 11   Astrophysics Colloquium   Daniel Apai
(Univ. Arizona)
Mon   May 8   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Melanie Simet
(U.C. Riverside)
  Weak Lensing with Galaxy Clusters
Thu   May 4   Astrophysics Colloquium   Brant Robertson
  Constraining Cosmic Reionization with Hubble, James Webb, and WFIRST
Thu   Apr 20   Astrophysics Colloquium   Felix Fuerst
  Ultraluminous X-ray Pulsars
Mon   Apr 17   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Elisabeth Mills
(San Jose State Univ.)
  Toward a New Understanding of the Relationship Between Dense Gas and Star Formation in the Center of Our Galaxy and the Distant Universe
Thu   Apr 13   Astrophysics Colloquium   Martin Elvis
  The Near-term Value of Commercial Space for Astronomy and Planetary Science
Thu   Apr 6   Astrophysics Colloquium   Renée Hlozek
(Univ. Toronto)
  Constraining Ultra-light Axions with CMB Data: Shining Light on the Lightest Particle Dark Matter Candidates
Mon   Apr 3   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Rebecca Jensen-Clem
  Towards the Detection of Polarized Thermal Emission from Brown Dwarfs and Directly Imaged Exoplanets
Thu   Mar 30   Astrophysics Colloquium   Chung-Pei Ma
  Supermassive Black Holes in Nearby Galaxies
Thu   Mar 23   Astrophysics Colloquium   B.J. Fulton
  The APF Fifty: A Robotic Search for Earth's Nearest Neighbors
Mon   Mar 20   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Albert Izard
(U.C. Riverside)
  Producing Fast and Accurate Mock Galaxy Catalogues
Thu   Mar 16   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Jeremy Jones
  The Ages of kappa Andromedae, lambda Boo Stars, and Other Interesting A-Stars
Thu   Mar 9   Astrophysics Colloquium   Jayne Birkby
(Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
  Exoplanet Atmospheres at High Spectral Resolution
Tue   Mar 7   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Natsuko Izumi
  Star Formation Activity in the Outer Galaxy
Mon   Mar 6   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Marta Bryan
  Lurking in the Shadows: Long Period Gas Giant Planets as Tracers of Planet Formation
Thu   Mar 2   Astrophysics Colloquium   Josh Frieman
(Fermilab / Univ. Chicago)
  Probing Cosmic Acceleration with the Dark Energy Survey
Mon   Feb 27   Astrophysics Colloquium   Emily Rauscher
(Univ. Michigan)
  The Diversity and Complexity of Exoplanet Atmospheres
Thu   Feb 23   Astrophysics Colloquium   William Lotko
(Dartmouth Coll. / NCAR)
  What Causes Recurrent Air Density Anomalies in Geospace at 400 km Altitude?
Thu   Feb 16   Astrophysics Colloquium   Saavik Ford
  An EM Signature of BH-BH Mergers, and Related Phenomena
Mon   Feb 13   Astrophysics Colloquium   Barry McKernan
  The AGN Disk Channel for LIGO Black Hole Mergers
Tue   Feb 7   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Laurent Wiesenfeld
  Theory and Experiments for Astrochemistry
Mon   Feb 6   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   Adam Ginsburg
  The Effects and Importance of Feedback on High-mass Star Formation Within Massive Clusters
Thu   Feb 2   Astrophysics Colloquium   Neta Bahcall
(Princeton Univ.)
  Lighting Up The Dark: Where Is The Dark Matter?
Fri   Jan 27   Special Astrophysics Seminar   Jacqueline McCleary
(Brown Univ.)
  Cosmology with the Dark Matter Substructure of Galaxy Clusters
Thu   Jan 26   Astrophysics Colloquium   Mike Janssen
  Early results from the Juno Microwave Radiometer Experiment
Mon   Jan 23   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   C. Darren Dowell
  The High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera-plus (HAWC+) for SOFIA
Thu   Jan 19   Astrophysics Colloquium   Steve Levin
  Juno at Jupiter
Tue   Jan 17   Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar   David Neufeld
  The Cosmic Ray Ionization Rate in the Galactic disk, as Determined from Observations of Molecular Ions

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