Past Events


A&A Colloquium: John Grunsfeld (NASA): "Hubble, Chicago, and the Search for Life in the Universe"

3:30–4:30 pm ERC 161

The Hubble Space Telescope story has been a fascinating study in public policy, engineering, ethics, and science. The Hubble is perhaps the most productive scientific instrument ever created by humans.  In May 2009, a team of astronauts flew to the Hubble Space Telescope on space shuttle Atlantis. On their 13-day mission and over the course of 5 spacewalks they completed an extreme makeover of the orbiting observatory. They installed the Wide Field Camera-3, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, repaired the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, as well as a number of maintenance activities. These Hubble spacewalks are considered the most challenging and daring efforts ever of people working in space.  This mission also carried a bit of the University of Chicago with it on board.  Now, still going strong on orbit, the Hubble has a full complement of instruments capable of performing state-of-the-art observations from the near infra-red to the ultraviolet end of the spectrum. In this talk we will present a narrative of the adventure, and a look at what some of the scientific results may offer in the search for life beyond Earth in our Solar System.

Oct 23

KICP and A&A Jamboree & Fall Harvest Festival

1:00–7:00 pm ERC 401, ERC Atrium

Oct 22

Simpson Lecture - Alan Watson, University of Leeds

4:00–5:00 pm MCP 201

2nd Annual John A Simpson Lecture: Alan Watson, University of Leeds, “The Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays – present status and future prospects”

Oct 21

A&A Cookies, Coffee and Conversation

2:30–3:30 pm Hubble Lounge (ERC 501)

Oct 18

KICP Seminar - Carl Rodriguez, Harvard

12:00–1:00 pm ERC 401

Carl Rodriguez, Harvard, “How Do You Form a Binary Black Hole?”

Oct 18

KICP colloquium - Brian Nord

3:30 pm ERC 161

Brian Nord, Fermilab and UChicago, “AI In the Sky: Implications and Challenges for the use of Artificial Intelligence in Astrophysics and in Society”

Oct 16
Oct 15

Chalk Talk: Charles Steinhardt (Neils Bohr Institute/DAWN) & Evgeni Grishin (Technion)

12:00–1:00 pm Hubble Lounge

Charles Steinhardt (Niels Bohr Institute / DAWN): “Thermal Regulation and the Star-Forming Main Sequence.”
Evgeni Grishin (Technion)
“Capturing planetesimals in gaseous disks”

Oct 15

Special Physics Colloquium: Jeff McMahon (Michigan)

3:30–4:30 pm Maria Goeppert-Mayer Lecture Hall (KPTC 106)

Oct 14

A&A Cookies, Coffee and Conversation

2:30–3:30 pm Hubble Lounge (ERC 501)

Oct 11