CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2004
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Date Speaker Topic Host
01/29/04 Giovanni Fazio
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Recent Results from the Spitzer Space Telescope: A New View of the Infrared Universe

Dan Fabricant
(Optical and Infrared Astronomy)
02/05/04 Claire Max
(UC Santa Cruz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.)
Nearby active galactic nuclei seen via adaptive optics at the Keck Telescope

Jim Moran
( Radio and Geoastronomy)
02/12/04 Mark Reid
(Center for Astrophysics)
Must Sgr A* be a super-massive black hole?

David Wilner
(Radio and Geoastronomy)
02/19/04 David Spergel
(Princeton University)
WMAP and Beyond

Matias Zaldarriaga
(Theoretical Astrophysics)
02/26/04 Alan Marscher
(Institute for Astrophysical Research,Boston University)
Spying on Blazars: Life in the Fast Lane

Martin Elvis
(High Energy Astrophysics)
03/04/04 Ralph Pudritz
(McMaster University, Canada)
The formation of star clusters - 3D simulations of hydrodynamic turbulence in self-gravitating gas

Phil Myers
(Radio and Geoastronomy)
03/11/04 Brad Hansen
The White Dwarf cooling sequence in the Globular Cluster Messier 4

Josh Grindlay
(High Energy Astrophysics )
03/18/04 Sara Seager
(Carnegie Institution of Washington)
Bok Prize Lecture (shared)
Towards a Physical Characterization of Extrasolar Planets

Dimitar Sasselov
(Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences)
03/18/04 Dave Charbonneau
Bok Prize Lecture (shared)
The Brown Dwarf Radial Velocity Survey

Robert Noyes
(Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences)
03/25/04 Annalisa Celotti
(International School for Advanced Studies, Italy)
Jets in Active Nuclei: what are we learning?

Antonella Fruscione
(High Energy Astrophysics)
04/01/04 Roger Chevalier
(University of Virginia)
Neutron Stars, Pulsar Wind Nebulae, and their Supernovae

Robert Kirshner
(Optical and Infrared Astronomy)
04/08/04 Deidre Hunter
(Lowell Observatory)
The Stellar Structure of Irregular Galaxies

Margaret Geller
(Optical and Infrared Astronomy)
04/15/04 Lucy Ziurys
(Steward Observatory)
New Trends in Interstellar Chemistry: From Nucleosynthesis to Nucleic Acids

Kate Kirby
(Atomic and Molecular Physics)
04/22/04 Paul Martini
(Center for Astrophysics Clay Fellow)
Clay Fellow Symposium
The Feeding of Nearby Supermassive Black Holes

Irwin Shapiro
04/29/04 Peter Goldreich
Sackler Lecture:
Final Stages of Planet Formation

Ramesh Narayan
(Theoretical Astrophysics)
05/06/04 Avishai Dekel
(The Hebrew University, Israel)
The Characteristic Scale of Galaxy Formation

Abraham Loeb
(Theoretical Astrophysics)
05/13/04 Philip Christensen
(Arizona State University)
The history of water on Mars: Evidence from minerals, morphology (and rovers).

[Video of the Presentation]
Scott Kenyon
(Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences)
05/20/04 Christine Jones
(Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
The Impacts of AGN Outbursts on the Hot Gaseous Atmospheres of Elliptical Galaxies

[Video of the Presentation]
Maxim Markevitch
(High Energy Astrophysics)
05/27/04 Sandra Faber
(UC Observatories/Lick Observatory)
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Lecture: Galaxy Evolution over the Latter Half of Cosmic History

[Video of the Presentation]
Irwin Shapiro
06/03/04 Jarita Holbrook
(BARA - University of Arizona)
Cultural Astronomy of Africa

Antonella Fruscione
(High Energy Astrophysics)
Additional Information
Time: Tea - 3:30 PM
Talk - 4:00 PM
Location: Phillips Auditorium, Building D, Center for Astrophysics (unless noted otherwise) [Directions]
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Organizing Committee: Scott Kenyon and Antonella Fruscione
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