Astrophysics Colloquium


The Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois hosts a weekly colloquium during the academic year for invited speakers to discuss current research topics in astronomy and astrophysics. Colloquia are normally on Tuesday afternoons at 3:45 pm in 134 Astronomy Building, with coffee and cookies served in Astronomy 222 at 3:30pm. Please follow this link for more details.


 January 22

Dr. Peter Melchior, Princeton University

"Pixel fusion: Analyzing the sky with all available data"

January 24

Dr. Daniela Huppenkothen, University of Washington

"From Asteroids to Black Holes: Data Science for Next-Generation Time Domain Astronomy"

January 29

Dr. Eliu Huerta Escudero, UIUC

"Frontiers in Multi-Messenger Astronomy: Harnessing the Data Revolution with Gravitational Wave Astronomy and Large Scale Astronomical Surveys"


February 5

Dr. Danielle Leonard, Carnegie Mellon University

"High-precision tests of fundamental physics with cosmological galaxy surveys"

February 7

Gautham Narayan, Space Telescope Science Institute

"From Tens to Tens of Thousands: Supernovae Science in the Big-Data Era"

February 12

Elisa Chisari, Oxford University

"Cosmology with weak gravitational lensing: challenges and opportunities"

February 14


Daniel Gruen, Stanford University

"Cosmology with big data beyond the power spectrum"

February 19

Dr. Paul Sutter, Ohio State University

"Let's talk about talking about science"

February 26

Dr. Jane Rigby, NASA

"A Magnified Vision of How Galaxies Evolve"

March 5

Dr. Lara Waldrop, UIUC

"Shedding light on planetaru coronae using scattered UV emission


March 12

Dr. Giles Novak, Northwestern University

"Probing Composition and Alignm​ent of Interstellar Dust Grains via Stratospheric Observations of Dust Emission Polarization Spectra"

April 2

Dr. Aneta Siemiginowska, Harvard University

"Twenty Years of Science with the Chandra X-ray Observatory: An extraordinary view of the X-ray Universe"

April 9

Dr. Kayhan Gültekin, University of Michigan
"Supermassive Black Hole Outflows and Pairs"

April 16

Landon Curt Noll, Cisco Systems

"Searching for meteorites just below the surface of the Antarctic Ice - living and working at 225K"

April 23




April 30

Prof. Charles Gammie, UIUC