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Astro Lunch Talks

Astro Lunch Talks
Wednesdays, 11:45am-1:00pm, 76-1275 Carlson Learning Center.
Topics will be emailed prior to the talk. Please contact Ben Sargent for more information. 
Upcoming Talk Details
Date/Time: April 15,  12:00pm 76-1275
 
Speaker: Kevin Cooke
TITLE: Space Exploration After The Space Shuttle
ABSTRACT: After more than 3 years without independent capability to put astronauts into space, America is reaching a turning point. From new designs to descendants of the space shuttle, the goal of this presentation is to explain this crossroads and the vehicles and missions of the future.  NASA’s investments in the private space industry are enabling new multi-billion dollar empires to be formed, serving not only the US but countries around the world.  Companies such as SpaceX, Orbital ATK, Boeing, and Sierra Nevada all compete to line up buyers for their 21st century spacecraft.  As low Earth orbit is turning into a highway above, NASA is focusing on deep space exploration.  From plans to put a man on Mars to wrangling an asteroid into lunar orbit, grandiose plans in paradoxically tight economic times are igniting imaginations and starting new technological research.  Such projects include the Space Launch System, the largest rocket yet designed.   With manned missions around the moon already being scheduled, we’ll discuss the resurgence of the final frontier and just what to expect to see soaring above your heads.
 


2014-2015 Academic Year Scheduled Dates
Date Speaker Title
8/20/2014
Yasaman Yazdi
Firewall Phenomenology with Astrophysical Neutrinos
9/3/2014
Adrian Hamers
Secular dynamics of hierarchical quadruple systems
9/17/2014
Andy Lipnicky
Exploring the Effects of Dwarf Galaxies on HI Disks
9/19/2014
Dennis Bowen
Simulating Binary Black Holes in their Astrophysical Environment
9/24/2014
Triana Almeyda
Modeling the Reverberation Response of the Dusty Torus Emission from AGN
10/1/2014
Kristina Punzi
An Unbiased Radio Emission Line Survey of the Protoplanetary Disk Orbiting LkCa 15
10/29/2014
Michael Barbosu & Anthony Hennig
RIT Space Exploration (SPEX) Group and the Cubesat proposal
11/5/2014
Richard O'Shaughnessy
Understanding the precession and inspiral of binary black holes
11/21/2014
Laura Parker
Galaxy Evolution in the Group Environment 
12/3/2014
Sukanya Chakrabarti
Clustered Cepheid variables in Norma:  a distant dwarf galaxy in the plane of the Milky Way
1/28/2015
David Merritt
Gravitational Encounters in the Relativistic Regime
2/25/2015
Davide Lena
Gas kinematics within 400 pc from the nucleus of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 1386
3/4/2015
Joel Kastner
Young Stars Near the Sun: Investigating the Early Evolution of Stars & Planetary Systems
3/18/2015
Alan Parry
Wave Dark Matter and Galactic Dynamics
4/1/2015
Michael Richmond
What have we learned from the Rosetta mission so far?
4/15/2015
Kevin Cooke
Space Exploration After The Space Shuttle
4/29/2015 Marcel Pawlowski TBA
 
Past Talks
2013-2014 Academic Year Astro Lunch Talks