The idea:

While it is important to look through abstracts on astro-ph every day, no-one has time to actually read every paper. These meetings are an opportunity to learn about papers you may not have read from colleagues - to pool our collective expertise to understand the papers more deeply than we might individually be able to due to time (and brain-size) constraints!

In particular, these meetings are intended to provide an informal forum for the professional development of our junior members (grads and postdocs) to practice their presentation, interaction and listening skills in. (Well, everyone needs to practice these all the time anyway.) Participants should endeavor to keep these pedagogical aims in mind in presentations and discussions.


  • Thursdays 10:00am-10:45am on Zoom. See the announcement emails for the Zoom link or email the organizers (strictly starting/ending on time).
  • Three papers will be presented (15 min each slot); presenters are asked to (i) provide a significant amount of context for those outside of the field; (ii) stop after 10 minutes to allow for discussion.
  • The first draft schedule will be assembled from an initial participation list. Everyone is welcome to attend and present. If you have a conflict with your scheduled slot, you should try to swap with another speaker (and update the wiki) at an alternate time (or contact organizers for help).
  • Presenters are asked to (preferably) choose a paper from those that have received a significant number of votes in the departmental benty-fields, or a paper that they believe to be of general interest.
  • Everyone is asked to vote on papers in benty-fields. A link to the departmental benty-fields should be included in the e-mails for astro-ph
  • During the semester, suggestions for papers of interest can also be sent to the grad organizer. The grad organizer might also provide suggestions to all speakers and/or encourage thematic coordination.

  • Marguerite and Bhawna (the organizers) will keep time (at 10 and 15mins) - please self-assign if neither are present.
  • Organizers will confirm assignments with presenters a week in advance.
  • Presenters are asked to pick out a paper at least 2 days in advance (by Tuesday evening) and post it on the wiki.
  • Note - there is no requirement for others to read the listed papers in advance (although they are encouraged to do so!).
  • First year grads are not scheduled by default but are welcome to participate by emailing the organizers.

Paper Presenter Roster - Please update your availability, remove your name entirely to opt out or add your name if you would like to be included.
[name] = Unavailable this semester

Faculty/Research Scientists: Jim Applegate, Greg Bryan, Zoltan Haiman, [Jules Halpern], [David Helfand], [Kathryn Johnston], David Kipping, [Melissa Ness], Jerry Ostriker, [Frits Paerels], Joe Patterson, Mary Putman, David Schiminovich, Jacqueline van Gorkom, Slavko Bogdanov, [Mike Hahn], [Caleb Scharf], Jeno Sokoloski

Postdocs: Boris Bolliet, Jordy Davelaar, Zhaoming Gan, Daniel Groselj, Stefan Hofmeister, Garima Joshi, Abel Kalosi Macarena Lagos, Hui Li, Joonas Nättilä, [Alejandro Núñez], Emanuele Sobacchi, Tom Rice, Kung-Yi Su, Viraj Pandya, Ashley Villar

Grads: Matthew Abruzzo, [Aliya Babul], Julia Blue Bird, Chris Carr, Courtney Carter, Benjamin Cassese, Anthony Chow, [Jorge Cortes], Marguerite Epstein-Martin, Ryan Golant, Soichiro Hatori, [Rose Gibson], Avery Kim, Brian Lu, Lucy Lu, Shifra Mandel, Nicole Melso, Bhawna Motwani, Rayna Rampalli, Jennifer Meade, Alina Sabyr, Maryum Sayeed, Matthew Scogins, Meghna Sitaram, Diana Solano-Orapeza, Chengcheng Xin, Daniel Yahalomi, Jingyao Zhu, Karen Perez, Navin Sridhar, Aaron Tran, Adam Wheeler, Tomer Yavetz


Date paper 1 paper 2 paper 3
Nov 11 Alina Sabyr free slot Karen Perez:
Nov 18 Chris Carr Viraj Pandya Adam Wheeler
Nov 25 Happy Thanksgiving !!!
Dec 2 Matthew Abruzzo free slot Bhawna Motwani
Dec 9 free slot Marguerite Epstein-Martin Daniel Groselj
Dec 16 Garima Joshi Macarena Lagos Navin Sridhar
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