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Journal Club
IfA Auditorium, Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm, Jan 17th - May 1st

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:

We (Dave Sanders and Jonathan Williams) will be available to 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 is pass/no pass with a pass requriing a satisfactory student presentation and participation throughout the semester.


Date Paper Presenter
1/17/12 A gas cloud on its way towards the super-massive black hole in the Galactic Centre

A tour of astrobetter

Lauren Stephenson

Jessica Lu

1/24/12 Star Formation Rates in Molecular Clouds and the Nature of the Extragalactic Scaling Relations Po Feng Wu
1/31/12 The relation between surface star formation rate density and spiral arms in M83 Will Best
2/7/12 Evolution of Ohmically Heated Hot Jupiters

Novel Test of Modified Newtonian Dynamics with Gas Rich Galaxies

Louis Scuderi

Chian-Chou Chen

2/14/12 - Dissolved for faculty candidate interviews, then Spring Break, then general apathy...



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