KICP Lectures, Talks, & Events, 2018
Daniel Holz, UChicago, "GW170817: Hearing and Seeing a Binary Neutron Star Merger"
February 1, 2018 | 4:00 PM | KPTC 106
Artist's impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected.
Credit: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet
With the discovery of GW170817 in gravitational waves, and the discovery of an associated short gamma-ray burst, and the discovery of an associated optical afterglow, we have finally entered the era of gravitational-wave multi-messenger astronomy. I will discuss LIGO/Vigo's detection of this binary coalescence, and explore some of the scientific implications, including confirmation of the kilonova model and implications for the origin of gold and platinum in the universe, tests of general relativity, and the first standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant. GW170817 represents a momentous development in gravitational-wave astronomy, and the birth of gravitational-wave cosmology.

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KICP Members: Daniel E. Holz
Scientific projects: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)
Astronomy & Astrophysics Open House
March 2, 2018 | 9:00 AM | ERC 5th floor
9:00 - 10:30 am
Welcome and Presentation
Speakers: Profs. Fausto Cattaneo, John Carlstrom, Rich Kron, Dan Fabrycky, and Damiano Caprioli
ERC 545
10:30 - 12:00 pm
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Student Panel Discussion w/lunch
ERC 545
1:30 - 2:00 pm
3:00 - 3:30 pm
Outreach Presentation w/Maria Weber
ERC 545
3:30 - 4:00 pm
Graduate Program Talk w/Julia Brazas and Laticia Rebeles
ERC 545
4:00 - 4:30 pm
Diversity and Inclusion Talk w/Mike Gladders, Nora Shipp, Gourav Khullar
ERC 545
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception
ERC 5th Floor Lounge

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KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Michael D. Gladders; Richard G. Kron
KICP Students: Gourav Khullar; Nora Shipp
CMB-S4 Collaboration Workshop
March 5 - 7, 2018 | Argonne National Laboratory

The CMB-S4 Collaboration Workshop at Argonne National Laboratory will continue the series of workshops for the CMB community, meant to define the 'Stage-4' ground-based cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiment. The meeting will be held on the Argonne site March 5-7th, 2018, with full-day meetings March 5th and 6th, and splinter meetings the morning of March 7th. This meeting comes at an exciting time for the CMB-S4 community. Following the August 2017 Harvard workshop and 6 months of working group meetings, we will work to establish the formal CMB-S4 Collaboration. Following the acceptance of the report of the CMB-S4 Concept Definition task force, we will work toward the conceptual design and preparations for the Decadal Survey, as well as continuing explorations of next-generation hardware technologies.

The meeting is open to all members of the CMB community and thanks to the support received from Argonne National Laboratory and KICP, there is no registration fee.

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KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom
Broader Horizons: Matthew Lightman, data scientist lead at JPMorgan Chase in Chicago
April 12, 2018 | 5:00 PM | ERC 576
Organizer: Andrew Neil

Please join us for our next Broader Horizons talk this Thursday, April 12 at 5 PM in ERC 576. Our speaker is Matthew Lightman, currently data scientist lead at JPMorgan Chase in Chicago. Matthew holds a Ph.D in physics from Columbia University, where his research focused on particle physics simulations.

Broader Horizons is a talk series that explores opportunities outside of academia for physics and astronomy PhDs. Following the talk, there will be a Q&A session and discussion.
Broader Horizons: Jennifer Helsby, Freedom of the Press Foundation
May 24, 2018 | 5:00 PM | ERC 401
Organizer: Andrew Neil

Jennifer is Lead Developer of SecureDrop at the non-profit organization Freedom of the Press Foundation. SecureDrop is an anonymous whistleblowing platform used by dozens of major news organizations for safe communications between journalists and their sources. Prior to joining Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2016, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she worked on applying machine learning methods to problems in public policy. She will discuss her transition from cosmology to public interest technology.
KICP/A&A Education and Public Outreach Celebration and Open House
May 29, 2018 | 3:00 PM | ERC 401
Join us on Tuesday May 29 from 3-4:30pm in ERC 401 to celebrate the contributions of KICP and A&A members in the wide variety of Education and Public Outreach (EPO) programs that take place within our departments. Looking to get involved in EPO, or want to volunteer for more? Great! We will have representatives present from all of our initiatives.

Come mingle, eat, drink, share your EPO stories, and find out more about how you can volunteer for our EPO programs. Drop in at any time.