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Journal Club
IfA Auditorium, Wednesdays 1-2pm, Aug 24th - Dec 7th

This one credit seminar series (Ast 734) is intended to introduce first and second year graduate students to current research topics and teach presentation skills. All faculty, postdocs, and students are also encouraged to attend and participate.

We will meet once per week for a 50 minute period, divided into two 25 minute informal presentations of recent research papers. These papers should be drawn from the peer-reviewed literature or arXiv server from authors outside of the IfA. Unlike some other weekly meeting groups, this forum is not intended to be a promotion of individual research but rather to to learn from our peers about the latest work across the full spectrum of astronomical research. It will be free-format under the following guidelines:

I will work with each enrolled student as they prepare their discussion and will give feedback on their presentation afterwards. In rare cases when a student performs below expectations, they will be given an opportunity to give an additional presentation on a different paper. Grading will be based on the students' best presentation and their participation throughout the semester.


Date Paper Presenter
8/24/11 Introduction to the course

Planetary Construction Zones in Occultation: Eclipses by Circumsecondary and Circumplanetary Disks and a Candidate Eclipse of a Pre-Main Sequence Star in Sco-Cen

Jonathan Williams
8/31/11 Mass of the Southern Black Hole in NGC 6240 from Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics

Radio Observations of Exoplanets (3 papers) Diamond "Planet" -- VLBI astrometry -- GMRT eclipses

Lisa Kewley

Jonathan Williams

9/7/11 On the Origin of the Salpeter Slope for the Initial Mass Function

The Discovery of Y Dwarfs Using Data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

Jagadheep Pandian

Brendan Bowler

9/14/11 Hydrodynamic outcomes of planet scattering in transitional discs

Cold streams in early massive hot haloes as the main mode of galaxy formation

Will Best

Jabran Zahid

9/21/11 The Pair Fraction of Massive Galaxies at 0 < z < 3

What is the Most Promising Electromagnetic Counterpart of a Neutron Star Binary Merger?

Kelly Lockhart

John Tonry

9/28/11 Critical Height for the Destabilization of Solar Prominences: Statistical Results from STEREO Observations

Kepler-16: A Transiting Circumbinary Planet

Lauren Stephenson

Adam Kraus

10/5/11 Spatial kinematics of Brightest Cluster Galaxies and their close companions from Integral Field Unit spectroscopy

A Universal, Local Star Formation Law in Galactic Clouds, Nearby Galaxies, High-Redshift Disks, and Starbursts

Chao-Ling Hung

Dave Sanders

10/12/11 A new cosmological distance measure using AGN

Results from 730 kg days of the CRESST-II Dark Matter Search

Po Feng Wu

Derek Fox

10/19/11 On the Radial Stellar Content of Early-Type Galaxies as a Function of Mass and Environment

A Study of the Gas-Star Formation Relation Over Cosmic Time

Hyewon Suh

Caitlin Casey

10/26/11 A Precise Cluster Mass Profile Averaged from the Highest-Quality Lensing Data

The star formation history of the Milky Way's Nuclear Star Cluster

Li-Yen Hsu

Jessica Lu

11/2/11 HII Region Metallicity Distribution in the Milky Way Disk

Report on Galaxy Mergers in an Evolving Universe meeting

Yanxia Li

Josh Barnes

11/9/11 Rocky Extrasolar Planetary Compositions Derived from Externally-Polluted White Dwarfs

A Study of Gravitational Lens Chromaticity with the Hubble Space Telescope

Ding Huang

Gabriel Dima

11/16/11 The SOPHIE search for northern extrasolar planets. IV. Massive companions in the planet-brown dwarf boundary

A low mass for Mars from Jupiter's early gas-driven migration

Kimberly Aller

Nader Haghighipour

11/23/11 Detection Technique for Artificially-Illuminated Objects in the Outer Solar System and Beyond

The Carnegie Hubble Program and A 3% Solution: Determination of H0 with HST

Louis Scuderi

Brent Tully

11/30/11 Long slit Spectropolarimetry of Jupiter and Saturn

Why Are AGN and Host Galaxies Misaligned?

Dani Atkinson

Vivian U

12/7/11 Class discussion and lessons learned Jonathan Williams