2023-2024A Fall Lunch Talks

Fall 2023

Day and Time: Thursdays at “12:30” (12:40–1:30)
Location: 131 Campbell Hall (rooms A & B)
Organizers: Luke Kelley

Updated 2023/08/10.  Bold means confirmed.

August 24:

  • 1-slide 1-minute talks

August 31:

  • Andrea Antoni (Berkeley): IIp or Not IIP: Modeling Weak Explosions of Red Supergiants
  • Lorenzo Sironi (Colombia): To B or not to B: unveiling the origin of magnetic fields in the Universe

September 07:

  • Anne Noer Kolborg (UC Santa Cruz): Constraining r-process production through metal mixing
  • Vikram Ravi (Caltech): The 2000-antenna Deep Synoptic Array (DSA-2000) radio camera

September 14:

  • Sal Fu (Berkeley): Metallicity Distribution Functions of Local Group Dwarf Galaxies from Hubble Space Telescope Narrow-band Imaging
  • Jonathan Tan (U Virginia): Supermassive black hole formation from Pop III.1 protostars
  • Ting Li (Toronto): Milky Way’s Least-massive Satellites: Ultra-faint Globular Clusters or Extremely Compact Dwarf Galaxies?

September 21:

  • James Sullivan (Berkeley) – New Aspects of Local Primordial non-Gaussianity in Galaxy Surveys
  • Aaron Tohuvavohu (Toronto) – A Future of Abundant Space Telescopes
  • Ken Shen (Berkeley)

September 28:

  • Kishore Patra (Berkeley) – Constraints on the quasi-periodic eruptions in GSN 069
  • Emiko Gardiner (Berkeley) – Beyond the Background: Gravitational Wave Anisotropy and Continuous Waves from Supermassive Black Hole Binaries
  • Maria Drout (Toronto) – A Search for Yellow Supergiant Binaries: Towards a Population of Supernova Progenitor Analogs

October 05:

  • Alessandro Savino (Berkeley) – Star formation and quenching in the ultra-faint dwarfs satellites of M31
  • Wenbin Lu (Berkeley) – Precessing jets in tidal disruption events are choked by disk wind
  • Masaru Shibata (Max Planck) – Exploring the collapsar scenarios in numerical relativity

October 12:

  • Jennifer Bergner (Berkeley) – Accelerating `Oumuamua with radiolytically produced H2
  • Richie Wang (Stanford) – Towards a unified model for dwarf galaxy formation with UniverseMachine
  • Allyson Sheffield (CUNY LaGuardia) – Connecting Stellar Streams in Gaia

October 19:

  • Lachlan T. Lancaster (Columbia) – What Pops the Wind-Blown Bubble
  • Chema Palencia (IFCA Spain) – Extremely Magnified Stars: Probing High-z Stars and Compact Dark Matter
  • Yuhan Yao (Berkeley) – Tidal Disruption Event Demographics with the Zwicky Transient Facility

October 26:

  • Sanchit Sabhlok (UC San Diego) – Circumgalactic Environments around z=2 radio loud quasars
  • Danielle Frostig (MIT) – WINTER: a new near-IR time-domain survey facility
  • Jessica Lu (Berkeley) – Finding Black Holes with the Nancy Grace Roman Telescope

November 02:

  • Anna Pusack (Berkeley) – The Galactic Center: Analysis of NIRSpec IFU data in crowded fields
  • Maude Gull (Berkeley) – Massive Metal-Poor Stars in Leo A
  • Kate Alexander (U Arizona) – The Paradigm-Altering Jet of GRB 221009A (“The BOAT”)

November 09:

  • Sophia Risin (Berkeley): TDEs from Second Generation Mergers
  • Mason Ng (MIT): Multifaceted Understanding of Accreting Neutron stars and their Environments: An X-ray Polarimetric Focus
  • Ewan Douglas (U Arizona): How we built this: on the physics and techniques required to reach ultra-high contrasts

November 16:

  • Macy Huston (Berkeley) – Microlensing & the Structure of the Milky Way
  • Vighnesh Nagpal (Berkeley) – Breaking Giant Chains: Early Stage Instabilities in Long-Period Giant Planet Systems
  • Karin Sandstrom (UC San Diego) – Molecular Gas Star Formation Efficiency and the CO-to-H2 Conversion Factor

November 23:

  • Thanksgiving day, no meeting

November 30:

  • Howard Isaacson (Berkeley): A Survey of Chromospheric Activity Through the Lens of Precise Stellar Properties
  • Lingyuan Ji (Berkeley): Observability of lensed gravitational waves from massive black hole binaries with LISA
  • Erik Petigura (UC Los Angeles): Automated Scheduling of Doppler Observations and the Traveling Telescope Problem