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Seminars & Events

Astronomy & Astrophysics hosts several weekly events and partners with Physics and CASS on weekly seminar and event series. This page lists all weekly events, including Astrophysics Colloquium, Journal Club, PhD Defenses, and Special Seminars. 

Colloquium and Journal Club are in-person with remote attendance allowed through Zoom (using a UCSD account). 

Winter quarter Colloquium (Wednesday 3-4pm) Zoom link.

Winter quarter Journal Club (Friday 12-1pm) Zoom link.

DATE

(YY-MM-DD)

EVENT SPEAKER(S) TITLE LOCATION

x-2023-08-17

Thurs, 11am 

Ph.D. Defense Caleb Choban Modeling Interstellar Dust Evolution in Cosmological Galaxy Simulations

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-09-29

Fri, 12-1pm

Journal Club  Asst Prof. Christopher Theissen (UCSD) Journal Club Orientation 

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-03

Tues, 12-1pm

IGPP/SIO Planetary Seminar Dr. Anna Gulcher- Caltech/ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Unveiling Venus through Geodynamics modeling of Mantle Dynamics, Tectonics, and Volcanism 

Munk Conference Room 

Zoom link

x-2023-10-04

Weds, 3-4 pm

Astrophysics Colloquium Prof. Alison Coil  Meet-and-greet

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-06

Fri, 12-1pm

Journal Club Sanchit Sabhlok Circumgalactic Environments around Radio-loud Quasars

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-10 

Tues, 12-1pm

IGPP/SIO Planetary Seminar  Prof. Lars Stixrude (UCLA) Molten Rock at Extreme Conditions and the Magma Ocean 

Munk Conference Room

Zoom link

x-2023-10-11

Weds, 3-4 pm

Astrophysics Colloquium Prof. Jorge Moreno- Pomona College The intriguing lives of galaxies lacking dark matter

SERF 383

Zoom link 

x-2023-10-13

Friday, 12 - 1pm

Journal Club

Bryan Bryzki - UC Berkeley Grad, UCSD Visiting Scholar

Yue Samuel Lu

Detecing ISM Scintillation in Narrowband Signals: A New Filter for Radio SETI

Three Radial Zones in the Structure and Dynamics of Massive High-z Cosmic-Web Filaments

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-18

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium Dr. Devontae C. Baxter (UC San Diego) When Galaxies Go Quiet: Elucidating the Drivers of Environmental Quenching Across Cosmic Time

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-20 

Fri, 12 - 1 pm

Journal Club

Thomas Wong

Prof. Alison Coil

Multi-messenger Constraint on the Hubble Constant with Tidal Disruption Events

The Origin of Odd Radio Circles

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-25 

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Justin Myles

(UC Berkeley) 

Synergies Between Imaging and Spectroscopic Surveys for Cosmology

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-27 

Fri, 12 - 1pm

Journal Club

 Dr. Marie Wingyee Lau (UC Riverside)

[OIII]5007 Emissions in "Extremely Red Quasars" (ERQs) Are Compact

 SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-10-30

Mon, 2:10pm-3pm 

Physics - Astrophysics and Cosmology Seminar

Dr. Anupam Ray

(UC Berkeley)

Detecting Rare Species of Dark Matter with Large-Volume Neutrino Detectors

Mayer Room  

4th Floor Mayer Hall

 

x-2023-10-31

Tues, 12 - 1 pm 

N3AS Seminar

Will Newton 

(Texas A&M)

Consistent inference of neutron star bulk and crust properties and nuclear observables 

N3AS

Zoom link

x-2023-11-01

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Marshall Perrin

(Space Telescope Science Institute)

JWST from design to launch to science

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-11-03

Fri,  12 - 1pm

Journal club Dr. Molly Peeples & Dr. Marshal Perrin  Career Paths in Astronomy 

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-11-08

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium 

Dr. Molly Peeples

(Space Telescope Science Institute) 

Galaxies and Their Gas: Insights from the FOGGIE (Figuring Out Gas & Galaxies In Enzo) Simulations

SERF 383 

Zoom link

x-2023-11-13 

Mon, 2:10pm - 3:10pm

Astrophysics and Cosmolgy Seminar

Dr. Ariel (Ari) Cukieman 

(Caltech)

SPHEREx: An All-Sky Spectral Survey

Mayer Hall

4th Floor

x-2023-11-14

Tue, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

N3AS Seminar 

Benjamin Wallisch

(Stockholm University & UT Austin)

Free-Streaming Neutrinos in the Early Universe

N3AS 

Zoom link

x-2023-11-15

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Jessie Christiansen

(NExScl/Caltech)

Summiting K2: The Emerging Picture of Planet Populations

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-11-17

Fri,  12 - 1pm

Journal Club

Casey Carlile 

Shasha Arani

TBD

Dark Matter in Compact Objects

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-11-20 

Mon, 2:10pm - 3:10pm 

Astrophysics and Cosmology Seminar

Prof. Haibo Yu

(UC Riverside)

Exploring the Signatures of Strong Dark Matter Self-Interactions 

Mayer Hall

4th Floor 

Zoom link

x-2023-11-29

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. J.B. Ruffio

(UC San Diego)

Probing exoplanet formation from novel high-resolution spectroscopy techniques

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-12-01

Fri, 11:45am-12pm

NASA COI (Before Journal Club)

Jennifer Ford

NASA COI Policies

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-12-01

Fri, 12-1pm

Journal Club

Dr. Jonay González Hernández (IAC)

ESPRESSO and the quest of Exo-Earths orbiting nearby stars

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-12-04

Mon, 2:10 - 3:10pm

Astrophysics and Cosmology Seminar

Anne- Katherine Burns

(UC Irvine)

PRyMordial: The first minutes of the universe, computed in seconds

MAYER HALL

Fourth Floor

x-2023-12-06

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Prof. Jamie Holder

(University of Delaware)

Studying the Extreme Universe with Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes

SERF 383 

Zoom link

x-2023-12-08

Fri, 12-1 pm

Journal Club

Dr. Anna Suliga

Jayke Nguyen

TBD

Direct Imaging in the Mid-IR

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-12-11 

Mon, 2 - 3pm

Astrophysics and Cosmology Seminar

Mrunal Korwar

(Kentucky/Berkeley)

QCD-Collapsed Domain Walls: QCD Phase Transition and Gravitational Wave Spectroscopy

MAYER HALL 4322

Zoom link

x-2023-12-13

Weds, 3 - 4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium 

Saavidra Perera 

"Seeing" through the Atmosphere

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2024-01-08 --- 

2024-01-12

AAS week

 

No talks

 

x-2024-01-16

Tues, 12-1 pm

N3AS Seminar

Prof. Joachim Kopp

(CERN)

Neutrinos from Neutron Stars

Online Series 

Zoom link

x-2024-01-18

Thurs, 4-5 pm

Physics Colloquium - 

Harry Suhl Distinguished Lecture

Prof. Andrea Ghez 

(UCLA, Nobel Laureate)

Our Galactic Center: A Unique Laboratory for the Physics & Astrophysics of Black Holes 

 Garren Auditorium

x-2024-01-19

Fri, 12-1 pm

Special Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Megan Mansfield

(NASA Sagan Fellow, Univ of Arizona)

Studying hot Jupiters in the era of JWST and the ELTs

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2024-01-24

Weds, 3-4 pm

Astrophysics Colloquium 

Dr. Ekta Patel

(NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah)

New Insights on Local Group Dynamics in the Era of Precision Astrometry

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2024-01-26

Fri, 12-1 pm

Special Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Max Gronke

(Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute)

Physical processes of turbulent, multiphase gas

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2024-01-29

Mon, 2:10pm-3:10pm

Astrophysics and Cosmology Seminar

Elena Pinetti

(Fermilab)

Probing dark matter with cosmic voids

Fourth Floor, MAYER HALL

Zoom link

x-2024-01-31

Weds, 3-4 pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Griffin Hosseinzadeh 

(Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona)

Probing the Extremes of Stellar Evolution in the Decade of 20 Million Transients

SERF 383

x-2024-02-02

Fri, 12-1pm

Special Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Kyle Kremer

(NASA Einstein Fellow, Caltech)

Globular Clusters: Astronomical factories of gravitational-wave and electromagnetic transients

SERF 383

x-2024-02-07

Weds, 3-4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Caroline Morley

(Assistant Professor, UT Austin)

Icy Planets, Windswept Worlds: Into a New Era of Exoplanet Characterization with JWST

SERF 383

x-2024-02-09

Fri, 12-1pm

Special Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Ethan Nadler

(Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Observatories and USC)

Revealing Dark Matter and Galaxy Formation with Small-Scale Structure SERF 383

x-2024-02-12

Mon, 12-1pm

N3AS Seminar

Prof. Bhaskar Dutta

(Texas A&M University)

Light Dark Sector: Inelastic Exploration

Online 

Zoom link

x-2024-02-14

Weds, 3-4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Taeho Ryu

(MPA fellow, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)

Tidal disruption events: unresolved problems, challenges, and future prospects. SERF 383

x-2024-02-16

Fri, 12-1pm

Special Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Samantha Trumbo

(51 Pegasi b Fellow, Cornell University)

Revealing Europa’s Subsurface Ocean through Earth-based Spectroscopy SERF 383

2024-02-21

Weds, 3-4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium

Dr. Emma Beasor 

(Bok Fellow, University of Arizona)

Connecting massive stars, supernovae and compact remnants

SERF 383

2024-02-23

Fri, 12-1pm

Journal Club

None

NA

NA

2024-02-28

Weds, 3-4pm

Astrophysics Colloquium 

Professor Jessica Werk 

(University of Washington, UCSD Margaret Burbidge Visiting Professor)

The Multi-scale, Multiphase Physics of the Circumgalactic Medium 

SERF 383

2024-03-01

Fri, 12-1pm

Journal Club

 None

 NA

NA

AY2023-24 Seminars

 

Past seminar events from Academic Year (AY) 2023-2024.

 

DATE

(YY-MM-DD)

EVENT SPEAKER(S) TITLE LOCATION

x-2023-06-13

Tuesday

1-2pm

Thesis Defense

Joe Siebert

Integration and Validation of the Simons Observatory Small Aperture Telescope

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-04-20

Thursday

4-5pm

Physics Colloquium

Luca Giomi

(Professor, Universiteit Leiden)

Multiscale liquid crystal order in biological tissues

Liebow Auditorium, BSB

x-2023-04-07

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Shelley Wright

Alyssa Johnson

Panoramic SETI

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope & Cosmic Birefringence

SERF 383

x-2023-04-12

Weds

12-1pm

Astrophysics Seminar

Imke de Pater

(Prof. Astronomy, UC Berkeley)

ERS observations of the Jovian System as a demonstration of JWST’s capabilities for Solar System science

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-04-14

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Mingyun Cao

Eric Michelsen

How does stochastic magnetic field affect ballooning mode?
--- a slab model demonstrating toroidicity effect

Is the Poynting Vector Real? A Case Study into the Nature of Science, and How I Almost Became a YouTube Celebrity

 SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-04-19

Weds

12-1pm

Astrophysics Seminar

Sean Pike

(Postdoctoral Scholar, UC San Diego)

Chasing transient X-ray binaries with NuSTAR

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-04-21

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Fredy Ramirez

Lindsey Hands

Staircase Resiliency in a Fluctuating Cellular Array

AGN, ISM, and PAH: what James Webb can tell us about feedback in NGC 7469

 SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-04-26

Weds

12-1pm

Astrophysics Seminar

Guido Roberts-Borsani 

(Postdoctoral Scholar, UC San Diego)

First Light - Searching for and Characterizing Galaxies at the Dawn of Cosmic Time

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-04-27

Thursday

4-5 pm

Physics Colloquium

Alex Kusenko

(Professor, UCLA)

Black holes from the Big Bang

Liebow Auditorium, BSB 

x-2023-04-28

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

James Wiley

Eltha Teng

Liger development for W. M. Keck Observatory

The physics of CO-to-H2 conversion factor variations in nearby galaxy centers

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-05-03

Weds

12-1pm

Astrophysics Seminar

Nia Imara 

(Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz)

 

A Star is Born

 SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-05-04

Thurs

12:30 - 2pm

ARMS-BSP Symposium

 Nia Imara 

(Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz)

Society of Physics Students Advocating for and Representing Minority Students (ARMS) group and the Black Studies Project (BSP) Symposium 

pre-register at this link

x-2023-05-05

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Hannah Koziol

Casey Carlile 

Studying star formation in the galactic center: CMZoom survey results

AGN Outflows

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-05-04

Thursday

4-5pm

Physics Colloquium

Fabian Walter

(Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg)

 Constraining the Cosmic Baryon Cycle with ALMA

 Liebow Auditorium, BSB

x-2023-05-10

Weds

12-1pm

Astrophysics Seminar

 Ana Lobo

(Postdocotral Scholar, UC Irvine)

From Tatooine to Endor: the Climate of M-dwarf Planets

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-05-12 

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Ilyse Clark

Beck Dacus

PDRs4All: Past, Present, and Future

Fantastic Planets and Where to Find Them: Guiding Direct Imaging Searches Using Astrometry

 SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-05-12 

Friday

4-5pm

James R. Arnold Lecture (hosted by Dept Chemistry)

 Prof. Meenakshi Wadhwa

(Arizona State University)

 From Asteroids to Mars: Recent Adventures in Solar System Exploration via Sample Return Missions

 Natural Science Building Auditorium

(reception to follow)

x-2023-05-19

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Preethi Karpoor

Emma Softich

Dwarf Stars, Tiny Worlds: Exploring Small Transiting Exoplanets with Roman Space Telescope

Born to be Wide: the distribution of wide binaries in the field and soft binaries in clusters

 SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-05-24

Weds

12-1pm

Astrophysics Seminar

Robyn Sanderson

(Assistant Professor, Univ. of Penn) 

Dynamical Tests of Dark Matter and Galaxy Formation Theories in the Milky Way

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-05-31

Weds

12-1ppm

Astrophysics Seminar

Mukol Sholapurkar

(Postdoctoral Scholar, UC San Diego)

Backgrounds in low-threshold direct detection experiments

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-06-02

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Sarah Blunt

(Caltech)

The Orbits of Young Giant Exoplanets as Formation Clues

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-06-07

Weds

12-1pm

Astrophysics Seminar

Yi Yang

(Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley)

 

The Shape of Cosmic Explosions

 

SERF 383

Zoom link

x-2023-06-09

Friday

12-1pm

Journal Club

Malina Desai

Natalie Lam 

Discovering Ultracool Dwarfs in Deep Surveys using Machine Learning Methods

Extent and Kinematics of AGN-driven Outflow in F05189-2524

 SERF 383

Zoom link