Rutgers University

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Astrophysics Seminar and Colloquium Schedule
Spring 2011

Seminars are generally held on Fridays at 3:00 PM in room 385E. Refreshments are served after the talks in room 332W. Departmental colloquia are at 4:45 PM on Wednesdays in the Physics Lecture Hall preceded by coffee and cookies at 4:30PM. Special dates and/or times are noted in bold in the table below.  



Title and Abstract

Wednesday January 19

Physics Lecture Hall 4:45 PM

Romeel Davé

(U Arizona)

Galaxy Formation in the Cosmic Ecosystem

Friday January 21

 Ana Matkovic

(Penn State)

Stellar Populations of Dwarf Early-Type Galaxies in the Coma Cluster

Monday January 31

Physics Lecture Hall 4:45 PM

 Eric Gawiser


Distant Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy

Wednesday  February 9    11:00 AM

Will Dawson

(UC Davis)

Gravitational Weak Lensing Tomography and Examples of its Application

 Tuesday  February 22 

Room 372    2:00 PM

Elena D'Onghia  


Resonant Stripping as the Origin of Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies  

Friday February 25

Ian McCarthy

(University of Cambridge)

Thermodynamics of the Hot Gas in Galaxy Groups and Clusters

Tuesday March 1 

Room 372   2:00 PM

Dušan Kereš


How do galaxies get their gas?

Friday March 11

Stanimir Metchev

(Stony Brook)

Extreme-Contrast Imaging: the Dawn of Comparative Exoplanetology

Friday March 18

No seminar-Spring Break


Monday March 21 12:00 Noon

Amitai Bin-Nun


Gravitational Lensing by Compact Objects in the Galactic Center: Can we exclude or detect a boson star?

Friday March 25

Jennifer Donovan Meyer

(Stony Brook)

The CO Survey of Nearby Galaxies with Nobeyama and CARMA

Monday March 28 12:30 NHETC


Prospective Graduate Student Lunch

Friday April 1

Ryan Joung

(Columbia University)

Cold Streams, Hot Winds

Monday April  4 Noon

Luke Hovey

Monday Research Seminar

Friday April 8

Geoff Marcy


 Exoplanets:  Misaligned, Migratory, Metallic, and Mini

Saturday April 9

Irons Lecture- Physics Lecture Hall  2:00 PM

Geoff Marcy


Earth-Size Exoplanets and Intelligent Life in the Universe

Monday April  11 Noon

Mike Solway

Monday Research Seminar

Wednesday April 13

Physics Lecture Hall  4:45 PM

Andrew Baker


Dense Gas in Distant Galaxies

Friday April 15

Josh Peek

(Columbia University)

Casting shadows on the standard interstellar medium paradigm with GALFA-HI

Monday April  18 Noon

Mike Berry

Monday Research Seminar

Friday April 22

Marcel Agüeros

(Columbia University)

The Factory & The Beehive: Stellar Rotations at 600 Myr

Monday April  25 Noon

Jack Hughes

Monday Research Seminar

Wednesday April 27

Physics Lecture Hall  4:45 PM

Saurabh Jha


Surveying the Accelerating Universe with Supernovae

Friday April 29 

 Kelle Cruz

(Hunter College)

Head in the Clouds: The Spectra of Brown Dwarfs and Massive Exoplanets

Monday May 2 Noon

Brandon Patel

Monday Research Seminar

Friday May 13

Saul Perlmutter


Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe:  One Observationalist's Mid-Semester Report Card

Wednesday May 18  2 PM

Kevin Hand


On the Physics and Chemistry of Electromagnetic Interactions at Icy Worlds

Contact: Terry Matilsky
email: matilsky[at]


Directions to the Department

Newark International Airport

JFK International Airport

La Guardia International Airport

Amtrak (nearest stations: New Brunswick, MetroPark)

NJTransit (nearest station: New Brunswick)


The University Inn

The Hyatt

The Hilton

The Astrophysics Group at Rutgers


Departmental Calendar