Astronomy Pizza Lunch / Summer 2009

Talks and Pizza are held in the 14th floor library of Pupin, beginning at 12:00pm. Slices of pizza are $1 each.

DateTitleURL Discussion Leader
May 12 Enhanced tidal disruption rates from massive black hole binaries http://arxiv.org/abs/0904.4481 Kristen
Stirring, not shaking: binary black holes' effects on electromagnetic fields http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.1121 Kristen
Exoplanet Blog http://oklo.org/ Emily
May 19The formation of the first stars and galaxies http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.0929 Josh
The 2pt+: an enhanced 2 point correlation function http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.2192 Kyle
Turbulence and Dynamo in Galaxy Cluster Medium http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.2196 Kristen
High-performance computing on GPUs http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.2453 & http://www.astrogpu.org/videos.php Kristen
May 26Challenges facing young astrophysicists http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.1986 Josh
On the detectability of primordial black holes in the Galaxy http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.3078 Lia
Seeding the Formation of Cold Gaseous Clouds in Milky Way Size Halos http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.2186 Mary
A Radio Pulsar/X-ray Binary Link http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.3397 Kristen
June 2Evidence for the disky origin of luminous Virgo dwarf ellipticals from the kinematics of their globular cluster systems http://arxiv.org/abs/0903.4364 Duane
Extremely-Metal Poor Stars in the Milky Way: A Second Generation Formed after Reionization http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.4505 Josh
Strong Lensing by Subhalos in the Dwarf-Galaxy Mass Range II: Detection Probabilities http://xxx.lanl.gov/pdf/0905.4738 Kathryn J
An ultracool star's candidate planet http://steps.jpl.nasa.gov/links/docs/pravdoshaklan09vb10b.pdf Kristen
June 9 X-ray Polarization from Black Holes in the Thermal State http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.0559 Kristen
Measuring the galaxy-mass and galaxy-dust correlations through magnification and reddening http://lanl.arxiv.org/abs/0902.4240 Franz
Can gas prevent the destruction of thin stellar discs by minor mergers? http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.0764 Mary
June 16 The Effect of Stellar Rotation on Colour-Magnitude Diagrams: On the apparent presence of multiple populations in intermediate age stellar clusters http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.1590 Emily
Existence of collisional trajectories of Mercury, Mars and Venus with the Earth http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7248/full/nature08096.html Cameron
GRB 090423 reveals an exploding star at the epoch of re-ionization http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.1578 Josh
June 23 Telescope Time Without Tears: A Distributed Approach to Peer Review http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.1943 Marcel
Morphological quenching of star formation: making early type galaxies red http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.4669 Jacqueline
Apollo Plus 40 http://twitter.com/ApolloPlus40 Lia
Clustered Star Formation as a Natural Explanation of the Halpha Cutoff in Disc Galaxies http://arxiv.org/pdf/0905.0898 Jess
June 30 Balloon Fun Sarah
Wolfram Alpha & Badastronomy.com http://www.wolframalpha.com/ http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/ Josh
Dark Matter Halo Growth http://lanl.arxiv.org/pdf/0906.1196 Kathryn J
Earth's Transmission Spectrum http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7248/full/nature08050.html Kristen
July 7Milky Way vs Andromeda: a tale of two disks http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.4821Duane
A new type of stellar explosion http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.2003 Kristen
Probing Cosmology with Weak Lensing Peak Counts http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.0486 Zoltan
July 14 Probing the IGM-Galaxy Connection at z < 0.5 http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.3293 Ari Maller
Dynamically Driven Evolution of the Interstellar Medium in M51 http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.1656 David S.
GRB 090426: The Environment of a Rest-Frame 0.35-second Gamma-Ray Burst at Redshift z=2.609 http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.1661 Josh
Detection of 16 Gamma-ray Pulsars Through Blind frequency Searches Using the Fermi LAT http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/1175558.pdf Jules
July 21 On the Emergent Spectra of Hot Protoplanet Collision Afterglows http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.2931 Kristen
Improved CMB Map from WMAP Data http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.2731 Kathryn J
Superdense massive galaxies in wings local clusters http://arxiv.org/pdf/0907.2392 Jacqueline
July 28 HD 69686: A Mysterious High Velocity B Star http://arxiv.org/pdf/0907.3758 Destry
The Quasar SDSS J105041.35+345631.3: Black Hole Recoil or Extreme Double-Peaked Emitter? http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.3470 Jules
Lenticular Galaxies and Their Environments http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.3715 Joo
Aug 4 A record of planet migration in the Main Asteroid Belt http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.4574 Kristen
On the Apparent Lack of Be X-ray Binaries with Black Holes http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.4990 Josh
GALAXIES IN COSMOS: EVOLUTION OF BLACK HOLE VS. BULGE MASS BUT NOT VS. TOTAL STELLAR MASS OVER THE LAST 9 GYRS?* http://arxiv.org/pdf/0907.5199 Jacqueline
Aug 11 Measuring Cosmic Elements with Gamma-Ray Telescopes http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.5536 Josh
A New Probe of Dark Matter Using Microlensing http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.0735 Lia
Are we seeing the beginnings of Inflation? http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.0991 Josh

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Speakers: We aim for informal discussions about 10-20 minutes in length. Powerpoint is discouraged, but permitted for particularly relevant images.