ITC Luncheon 2019-2020

ITC Luncheon 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 ITC luncheons are sponsored by a generous donation from ITC senior member Dr. Eric Keto. Click on the date to view more information about each talk.


Thu 09/05/2019
  1. Matthew Liska (ITC)
  2. Mercedes Lopez-Morales (CfA)
  3. Erin Kara (MIT)
  4. Joel Leja (CfA)
  1. Exploring black holes in unexplored regimes using GRMHD simulations
  2. ACCESS: The power of low-resolution exoplanet atmospheres observations from the ground
  3. The radical transformation of a bright, nearby AGN
  4. An Older, More Quiescent Universe from Panchromatic Galaxy SED Fitting
Thu 09/12/2019
  1. Vadim Semenov (ITC)
  2. Emily Levesque (U Washington)
  3. Sera Markoff (U Amsterdam)
  4. Sebastian Gomez (CfA)
  1. The origin of inefficient star formation in galaxies
  2. Rotation and Mass Loss in Luminous Blue Variables
  3. An additional component to the Galactic cosmic-ray spectrum?
  4. SN2016iet: A pair-instability supernova candidate, peculiar in every way
Thu 09/19/2019
  1. Bryan Terrazas (FFL)
  2. Valeri Makarov (US Naval Observatory)
  3. Nate Bastian ( Liverpool John Moores University)
  4. Sofia Moschou (CfA)
  1. The relationship between black hole mass and star formation activity in central galaxies
  2. The song of KOI-54
  3. The E-MOSAICS Project: Simulating the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies and their Globular Cluster Systems across Cosmic History
  4. Stellar CME-flare relation: What do historic observations reveal?
Thu 09/26/2019
  1. Amir Siraj (CfA)
  2. Ben Oppenheimer (CU Boulder)
  3. Louise Edwards (Cal Poly, SLO)
  4. Francesca Fornasini (Cfa)
  1. An Argument for a Kilometer-Scale Nucleus of C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)
  2. Are circumgalactic gaseous halos scaled down versions of clusters?
  3. Beacons on the sandbar between clusters: Using Emission Line Galaxies to Identify Large Scale Structures
  4. The Z-z connection: connecting the metallicity dependence and redshift evolution of X-ray binaries
Thu 10/03/2019
  1. Antonija Oklopcic (Cfa)
  2. Belinda Wilkes (CfA)
  3. Adu Nusser (Technion)
  4. Noel Chou (CfA)
  1. A new method of detecting magnetic fields in exoplanets
  2. Probing Active Nucleus Geometry with an Orientation-unbiased Sample
  3. Axions and Black Holes
  4. Host Galaxy Based Supernova Classification using Machine Learning
Thu 10/10/2019
  1. Harshil Kamdar (CfA)
  2. Adam Burrows (Princeton)
  3. Rachel Somerville (Flatiron)
  4. Julio Navarro (University of Victoria)
  1. Assembly the Milky Way Disk
  2. The Future of Exoplanet Spectroscopy
  3. How do galaxies get their sizes?
  4. Revisiting the Fornax globular custer timing problem
Thu 10/17/2019
  1. Ashley Villar (CfA)
  2. Grant Kennedy (Warwick)
  3. Ruth Angus (AMNH)
  4. Alain Dupas
  1. A Semisupervised Approach to Supernova Classification and Anomaly Detection
  2. A circumbinary protoplanetary disk in a polar configuration
  3. Stellar rotation with TESS
  4. Space macroengineering and the future of humankind
Thu 10/24/2019
  1. Tom McLeish (University of York)
  2. Joel Parriott (AAS)
  3. Michela Mapelli (INAF Padova)
  4. Hamsa Padmanabhan (CITA)
  1. Interdisciplinary Investigation of a Medieval Mathematical Cosmology: the 13th century Big Bang Theory
  2. Why You Should Care About OCO, NDD, BCA and Other Federal Budget Arcana
  3. Supernova-driven extreme mass ratio inspirals
  4. Going beyond LCDM with HI intensity mapping
Thu 10/31/2019
  1. Michelle Ntampaka (ITC)
  2. Niharika Sravan (Purdue)
  3. Zoltan Haiman (Columbia)
  4. Ellen Price (Harvard)
  1. A Hybrid Deep Learning Approach to Cosmological Constraints From Galaxy Redshift Surveys
  2. Real-time Value-Driven Data Augmentation in the era of LSST
  3. Making a supermassive star by stellar bombardment
  4. Chemistry Along Accretion Streams in Protoplanetary Disks
Thu 11/07/2019
  1. Karin Oberg (Harvard)
  2. Evgenya Shkolnik (ASU)
  3. Yuri Levin (Flatiron)
  4. Shantanu Basu (U Western Ontario)
  1. Jupiter likely formed beyond 30 au
  2. Measuring the Magnetic Fields of Giant Exoplanets
  3. Negative dynamical friction on black holes
  4. The Mass and Luminosity Function of Supermassive Black Holes in the Direct Collapse Scenario
Thu 11/14/2019
  1. Ana-Roxana Pop (Harvard)
  2. David Sing (Johns Hopkins)
  3. Diederik Kruijssen (Heidelberg)
  4. Shmuel Bialy (ITC)
  1. X-ray and SZ predictions from clusters to galaxy scales using IllustrisTNG
  2. Hubble NUV-Optical Exoplanet Spectroscopy with WFC3 UVIS
  3. Globular clusters revealing the formation and assembly history of the Milky Way
  4. Cold clouds as cosmic-ray detectors
Thu 11/21/2019
  1. Hannah Diamond-Lowe (Harvard)
  2. Sarah Hörst (Johns Hopkins)
  3. Stella Offner (UT Austin)
  4. Theron Carmichael (Harvard)
  1. Ground-based transmission spectroscopy of nearby terrestrial exoplanets
  2. Dragonfly: A dual quadcopter to Titan!
  3. Impact of Cosmic-Ray Feedback on Accretion and Chemistry in Circumstellar Disks
  4. Transiting brown dwarfs and where to find them
Thu 12/05/2019
  1. Ana Bonaca (ITC)
  2. Tracy Slatyer (MIT)
  3. Yacine Ali-Haïmoud (NYU)
  4. Maria Charisi (Caltech)
  1. Locating a dark dark-matter subhalo
  2. TBD
  3. Mapping the nanoHertz gravitational wave background with pulsar timing arrays
  4. Searching for supermassive black hole binaries


Thu 01/30/2020
  1. Rebecca Nevin (CfA)
  2. Justin Kasper (University of Michigan)
  3. Martin Lessourd (BHI)
  4. Roger Blandford (Stanford University)
  1. Combining Images and Kinematics to Identify Galaxy Mergers
  2. Parker Solar Probe and Our Poor Understanding of Energy Flow in Astrophysical Plasmas
  3. Mathematics of Black Holes
  4. Fast Radio Bursts as Magnetar EMPs
Thu 02/06/2020
  1. Boryana Hadzhiyska (Harvard)
  2. Jack Steiner (CfA)
  3. Mario Jurić (UW)
  4. Paul Schechter (MIT)
  1. Limitations to the ‘basic’ HOD model and beyond
  2. Fast Spectral-Timing Analysis of Black Hole X-ray Binaries with NICER
  3. Astronomy Data Commons: Archives in the Clouds
  4. The images of a strongly lensed quasar lie very close to the two (or four) intersections of Witt's hyperbola and Wynne's ellipse
Thu 02/13/2020
  1. Rachel Cochrane (ITC)
  2. Bart Ripperda (CCA)
  3. Amaya Moro-Martin (STScI)
  4. Erika Wright (CfA)
  1. Resolving dusty, distant galaxies with observations and simulations
  2. Magnetic reconnection and plasmoid formation in black hole accretion flows
  3. Cloudy with a chance of giant snowflakes
  4. Equity in STEM Engagement: Challenges and Strategies
Thu 02/20/2020
  1. Yvette Cendes (CfA)
  2. Roger Summons (MIT)
  3. Christoph Weniger (GRAPPA, U Amsterdam)
  4. Carl Rodriguez (ITC)
  1. Thirty Years of Radio Observations of Type Ia SN 1972E and SN 1895B
  2. Geobiology: A primer
  3. What's new about the Fermi Galactic center GeV excess?
  4. Relativistic Three-body Effects in Hierarchical Triple Systems
Thu 02/27/2020
  1. Eric Keto (CFA)
  2. James Gates (Brown)
  3. Kim-Vy Tran (University of New South Wales)
  4. Angelo Ricarte (ITC)
  1. Stability and solution of time-dependent Bondi-Parker flows
  2. SUSY Rilles: A Speculation on Superstring Signatures in the Cosmic Microwave Background
  3. ZFIRE: How Galaxy Evolution Depends on Environment at z~2
  4. Insights into Black Hole Growth from the Romulus Cosmological Simulations
Thu 03/05/2020
  1. Jordan Eagle (Clemson/CfA)
  2. Jonathan Fortney (UCSC)
  3. Shy Genel (Flatiron Institute)
  4. Nathan Sanders (CfA)
  1. Chasing Pulsar Wind Nebulae with the Fermi-LAT
  2. Evidence for a Dichotomy in the Interior Structure of Jupiter and Saturn from ‘Helium Rain’
  3. CAMELS: Cosmology and Astrophysics with MachinE Learning Simulations
  4. The second decade of international, graduate student-led science communication efforts born at CfA