KICP Postdocs Symposia
 
Fall 2014 Postdocs Symposium
December 5, 2014 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizers: Daniel Grin, Christopher D. Sheehy, Austin Joyce, Tim Linden, Bradford A. Benson

Schedule:
9:30 - 9:35
Coffee / light breakfast
9:35 - 10:00
Elise Jennings
10:00 - 10:25
Vinu Vikram
10:25 - 10:50
Daniel Scolnic
10:50 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:25
Jason Henning
11:25 - 11:50
Benjamin Farr
11:50 - 12:10
Lunch break
12:10 - 12:35
Jason Gallicchio
12:35 - 1:00
TBA


Related Links:
KICP Members: Bradford A. Benson; Ben Farr; Jason Gallicchio; Daniel Grin; Jason Henning; Elise Jennings; Austin Joyce; Tim Linden; Daniel Scolnic; Christopher D. Sheehy; Vinu Vikram
 
Spring 2014 Postdocs Symposium
April 25, 2014 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Keith Bechtol

Schedule:
9:30 - 9:35
Coffee / light breakfast
9:35 - 10:00
Richard Saldanha: Status of the DarkSide dark matter detector
10:00 - 10:25
Alvaro Chavarria: Status of DAMIC: A detector for low-mass WIMPs
10:25 - 10:50
Tongyan Lin: Flavored dark matter and the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess
10:50 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:25
Marilena LoVerde: Neutrinos and large-scale structure
11:25 - 11:50
Lindsey Bleem: Cluster cosmology with the South Pole Telescope
11:50 - 12:10
Lunch break
12:10 - 12:35
Stephen Hoover: Lensing B-mode measurements with SPTpol
12:35 - 1:00
Chris Sheehy: BICEP2 instrumental systematics


Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Lindsey Bleem; Alvaro Chavarria; Stephen Hoover; Tongyan Lin; Marilena LoVerde; Richard Saldanha; Christopher D. Sheehy
Scientific projects: BICEP2/The Keck Array/BICEP3; Depleted Argon cryogenic Scintillation and Ionization Detection (DarkSide); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Winter 2014 Postdocs Symposium
February 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Tongyan Lin

Symposium program:
9:00 - 9:30
Coffee/Breakfast
9:30 - 9:55
Doug Watson, "The Dark Side of Galaxy Formation"
9:55 - 10:20
Daniel Grin, "Some new isocurvature directions"
10:20 - 10:45
Toshihiro Fujii, "Observations of the Universe's Highest Energetic Particles"
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Austin Joyce, "Symmetry breaking in the sky"
11:25 - 11:50
Nan Li, "Simulations of Strong Gravitational Lensing"
11:50 - 12:15
Russell Neilson, "Detecting Dark Matter with Bubble Chambers"
12:15
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Toshihiro Fujii; Daniel Grin; Austin Joyce; Nan Li; Tongyan Lin; Russell Neilson; Douglas F. Watson
 
Fall 2013 Postdocs Symposium
November 15, 2013 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Keith Bechtol

Symposium program:

9:30 - 9:35
Coffee / Light Breakfast
9:35 - 10:00
Jeff Grube: "Improving the Performance of VERITAS"
10:00 - 10:25
Brett McArthur: "TeV Observations of Galactic objects with VERITAS"
10:25 - 10:50
Andrew McCann: "Tests of Fundamental Physics with Pulsars"
10:50 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25
Hayato Motohashi: "Cosmology in f(R) Gravity with Massive Neutrinos"
11:25 - 11:50
Adam Mantz: "Weighing the Giants: Galaxy Cluster Cosmology Anchored by Gravitational Lensing"
11:50 - 12:10
Lunch Break (Taco buffet)
12:10 - 12:35
Tim Linden: "Indirect Detection Signals from Self-Interacting Dark Matter"
12:35 - 1:00
Keith Bechtol: "Photometric Calibration and Finding Milky Way Substructures with the DES Stellar Catalog"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Tim Linden; Adam Mantz; Andrew McCann; Hayato Motohashi
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES); Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)
 
Spring 2013 Postdocs Symposium
June 7, 2013 | 11:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Stephen Hoover

This quarter's Postdoc Symposium will be on June 7 at 11 AM.

The program:
11:00 - 11:25
Alvaro Chavarria: "DAMIC: Dark Matter in CCDs"
11:25 - 11:50
Tongyan Lin: "Model independent searches for dark matter at the LHC"
11:50 - 12:15
Clarence Chang: TBA
12:15 - 12:40
Yuko Kakazu: "Kinematics and metallicity studies of star-forming galaxies at z=0 -- 6"
12:40 - 1:05
Oscar Agertz: "Modeling star formation and feedback in galaxy formation simulations"
1:05
Lunch


Related Links:
KICP Members: Oscar Agertz; Clarence L. Chang; Alvaro Chavarria; Stephen Hoover; Yuko Kakazu; Tongyan Lin
 
Winter 2013 Postdocs Symposium
March 15, 2013 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Reinabelle Reyes

This quarter's Postdoc Symposium will be on March 15, 9:30AM-12PM.

The program:
09:30-09:55
Stephen Hoover - Measuring the Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background
09:55-10:20
Reina Reyes - Is LambdaCDM consistent with the Tully-Fisher relation
10:20-10:45
Suman Bhattacharya
10:45-11:10
Ali Vanderveld - Weak lensing with the Euclid mission
11:10-11:35
Peter Adshead

Lunch, followed by Friday noon seminar (Megan Eckart)

Related Links:
KICP Members: Peter Adshead; Suman Bhattacharya; Stephen Hoover; Reinabelle Reyes; Ali Vanderveld
 
Fall 2012 Postdocs Symposium
December 6, 2012 | 10:00 AM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Reinabelle Reyes

On Thursday 6 December, we will host the Fall 2012 Postdoc symposium in the LASR conference room. It will take place from 10AM pm to 12:30PM. After the talks, we will all have pizza for lunch.

Speakers:
(20-minute talk, with ~5 minutes for questions)
  • Keith Bechtol,"Contribution of Hadronic Processes to the Isotropic Diffuse Gamma-ray Background"
  • Doug Watson,"On the relation between satellite and central galaxies and their host dark matter halos since z=2"
  • Mark Wyman, "Massive gravity: solutions and perturbations"
  • Andrew McCann, "Giant Radio Pulses: A search for correlated incoherent emission"
  • Marilena LoVerde


Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Marilena LoVerde; Andrew McCann; Reinabelle Reyes; Douglas F. Watson; Mark Wyman
 
Spring 2012 Postdocs Symposium
June 1, 2012 | 9:30 AM | LASR conference room
Organizers: Anupreeta More, Oscar Agertz, Ali Vanderveld, Peter Adshead

On Friday June 1, we will host the Spring Postdoc symposium in the LASR conference room. It will take place from from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM followed by lunch.

Schedule:
9:30-9:55
Maria Monasor, "Microwave detection of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays"
9:55-10:20
Jeff Grube, "VERITAS observations of Galactic particle accelerators"
10:20-10:45
Stephen Hoover, "The Birth of SPTpol"
10:45-10:55
Break
10:55-11:20
Brad Benson, "SPT-3G: Building the Science Case and the Design for the Next Generation Camera on SPT"
11:20-11:45
Yuko Kakazu, "Deep Spectroscopy of High-redshift (4 < z < 6) galaxies in the COSMOS field
11:45-12:10
Suman Bhattacharya, "Dark Matter Halo Profilesof Massive Clusters: Theory vs. Observations"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Peter Adshead; Oscar Agertz; Bradford A. Benson; Suman Bhattacharya; Stephen Hoover; Akito Kusaka; Maria Monasor; Anupreeta More; Ali Vanderveld
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope (SPT); Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)
 
Winter 2012 Postdocs Symposium
March 15, 2012 | 1:30 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Oscar Agertz

On Thursday 15 March, we will host the next Postdoc symposium in the LASR conference room. It will take place from 1.30 pm to 5 pm. There will be food and snacks in the beginning and pizza at the end.
Speakers:
  • Craig Booth, "Feedback and Galaxy Formation: From Small Scales to Large"
  • Claudio Ugalde, "The Superheated Target for Astrophysics Research"
  • Surhud More, "How accurate is our knowledge of the galaxy bias?"
  • Rahul Biswas, "Topics in Supernova Cosmology"
  • Peter Adshead, "Chromo-Natural Inflation"
  • Will High, "Weak gravitational lensing by galaxy clusters in the South Pole Telescope survey"
  • Michael Solontoi, TBA
  • Eduardo Rozo, "A Fully Self-Consistent Picture of Galaxy Cluster Abundances and Optical, X-ray, and SZ Scaling Relations"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Peter Adshead; Oscar Agertz; Craig Booth; Fredrick W. High; Surhud More; Eduardo Rozo; Claudio Ugalde
 
Fall 2011 Postdocs Symposium
December 8, 2011 | 2:00 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Oscar Agertz

Schedule (20 + 5 minute talks):
2:00 - 2:15
Coffee and cookies
2:15 - 2:40
Elise Jennings: "Testing LCDM using the large scale structure of the Universe"
2:40 - 3:05
Ali Vanderveld: "Testing the smooth dark energy paradigm with weak lensing"
3:05 - 3:30
Reina Reyes: "Disk galaxy masses: constraints on DM and stellar mass content from galaxy kinematics and weak lensing"
3:30 - 3:50
Break
3:50 - 4:15
Oscar Agertz: "Stellar feedback in cosmological simulations"
4:15 - 4:40
Andrew McCann: "The First VHE Gamma-ray Pulsar"
4:40 -
Pizza!


Related Links:
KICP Members: Oscar Agertz; Elise Jennings; Andrew McCann; Reinabelle Reyes; Ali Vanderveld
 
Spring 2011 Postdocs Symposium
June 10, 2011 | 12:00 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Eric Dahl

Speakers:
(15-20 ) + 5 minute talks
Luis Reyes
"The turn-on of a gamma-ray blazar"
Surhud More
"Friends-of-friends algorithm: a percolation theory perspective"
Doug Spolyar
"TeV Inflation"
Benjamin Rouille d'Orfeuil
"EeV Neutron Astronomy"
Stephen Hoover
"When a Continent Is Your Detector: Cosmic rays in Antarctica"
Jennifer Sobeck
"Galactic Chemodynamics"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Eric Dahl; Surhud More; Luis C. Reyes; Benjamin Rouille d'Orfeuil; Jennifer Sobeck; Douglas Spolyar
 
Winter 2011 Postdocs Symposium
March 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | LASR conference room
Organizer: Eric Dahl

Speakers:
(15-20 ) + 5 minute talks
  • Eric Switzer, "Understanding the z~1 universe with 21 cm emission"
  • Akito Kusaka, "Systematic error in QUIET (good and bad examples)"
  • Keren Sharon, "Results from the largest cluster lens surveys: SDSS and RCS2 giant arcs surveys"
  • Mark Wyman, "Massive gravity modifications to gravitational lensing"
  • Tom Plagge, "High-resolution Sunayev-Zel'dovich Cluster Observations with CARMA"
  • Will High, "SPT has an optical guy!"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Eric Dahl; Fredrick W. High; Akito Kusaka; Tom Plagge; Keren Sharon; Eric Switzer
Scientific projects: Q/U Imaging ExperimenT (QUIET); Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS); South Pole Telescope (SPT)
 
Fall 2010 Postdocs Symposium
December 10, 2010 | 9:30 AM | LASR 152
Speakers:
  • Eric Dahl, "WIMP Hunters: 6800 feet under the tundra"
  • Robert Feldman, "Revisiting star formation laws"
  • Kim Arvidsson, "Star-forming environments of three Galactic halo HII regions"
  • Michael Solonti, "Looking for lava in all the wrong places"
  • Maria Monasor, "From Auger to MIDAS: the ongoing search for the most energetic particles
  • Oscar Agertz, "Cosmological simulations of disk galaxy formation"
  • Eduardo Rozo, "LRG Selection and Weak Lensing"
  • Bradford Benson, "The History and the Future of Studying the Big Bang from the South Pole
  • Jared Mehl, "Building detectors for mm-wave astronomy"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Oscar Agertz; Bradford A. Benson; Eric Dahl; Robert Feldmann; Jared Mehl; Maria Monasor; Eduardo Rozo
 
Spring 2010 Postdocs Symposium
May 25, 2010 | 1:30 PM | LASR Conference room
Organizers: Keren Sharon, Maria Monasor

SCHEDULE:
1:30 - 1:45
Coffee and cookies
1:45 - 2:10
Doug Spolyar, "Neutrinos and dark matter"
2:15 - 2:40
Benjamin Rouille, "A few grams of matter in a bright world"
2:45 - 3:10
Amol Upadhye, "Modified gravity in a relativistic star"
3:10 - 3:30
Break
3:30 - 3:55
Carla Frohlich, "Nucleosynthesis Processes in Core Collapse Supernovae"
4:00 - 4:25
Jennifer Sobeck, "Far from ordinary: Chemical Abundances and the Characteristics of Stellar Populations"
4:30 - 4:55
Eduardo Rozo, "Measuring Cluster Masses With Stacked Weak Lensing"
5:00 -
.... Pizza, etc.


Related Links:
KICP Members: Maria Monasor; Benjamin Rouille d'Orfeuil; Eduardo Rozo; Keren Sharon; Jennifer Sobeck; Douglas Spolyar; Amol Ravindra Upadhye
 
Winter 2010 Postdocs Symposium
February 22, 2010 | 1:30 PM | LASR Conference
Organizer: Eduardo Rozo

The KICP and astronomy postdocs would like to announce a new initiative. Once per quarter (summer quarter excluded), we will hold a postdoc symposium for one afternoon, during which time 8 of us will present some aspect of our current research.

The symposium is meant to be extremely informal, and we will aim to be super-clear and low-level: we want our presentations to be understandable by everyone!

Our first symposium will take place on Monday, Feb. 22, starting at 1:30 pm.
We'll have brief talks from 8 of our postdocs from 1:30 - 5:00 with a coffee break in the middle, and we will finish it off with some pizza, soda, and good company.

Schedule:
1:30-1:55
Benjamin Koester, "The Beginning of the End: Pinpointing the Galaxy Cluster Red Sequence from 0.1
1:55-2:20
Bradford Benson, "Learning About Clusters and Structure Formation using the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect"
2:20-2:45
Eric Switzer, "Counts Statistics of the Source Population Observed at Millimeter Wavelengths"
2:45-3:10
Jared Mehl, "Designing the Next Generation SPTpol Receiver"
3:10-3:30
Coffee break
3:30-3:55
Maria Beltran, "Maverick Dark Matter at Colliders"
3:55-4:20
Nahee Park, "High Energy Cosmic Ray Measurements with Balloon Experiments"
4:20-4:45
Sheng Wang, "Capturing Non-Gaussianity in Weak Lensing Surveys"
4:45-5:10
Surhud More, "Galaxy-Dark Matter Connection: A Visual Guide"


Related Links:
KICP Members: Maria Beltran; Bradford A. Benson; Benjamin Koester; Jared Mehl; Surhud More; Nahee Park; Eduardo Rozo; Eric Switzer; Sheng Wang