List of Past BANG Seminars : 01-Sep-2016 to 31-Dec-2016


Date:   Thu 8-Sep-2016
Speaker:   Panel Discussion
Title:   Academic Job Panel

Date:   Thu 15-Sep-2016
Speaker:   Group Discussion
Title:   The Academic Job Application Package: Discussion and Workshopping

Date:   Thu 29-Sep-2016
Speaker:   Mia Bovill
Title:   Navigating the Grad-Postdoc Transition: What I'd Wish I'd Known

Date:   Fri 07-Oct-2016
Speaker:   Dr. Sarah Ballard
Title:   [seminar cancelled]

Date:   Thu 13-Oct-2016
Speaker:   TingTing Liu
Title:  From Bakke to Fisher: Affirmative Action at the Supreme Court

In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin et al., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court, by a 4-3 majority, holds that the university’s race-conscious admissions policy is permissible under the Equal Protection Clause and affirms its “narrowly tailored” use of race to further a “compelling interest” in assembling a diverse student body. I will briefly review some of the major affirmative-action cases, from the landmark Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 438 US 265 (1978), to Fisher, and lead a discussion on affirmative-action measures in the context of higher education.


Date:   Thu 20-Oct-2016
Speaker:   Tom Cohen
Title:  "American Democracy and Science"

The philosophical movement known as the Enlightenment stressed the role of reason and in many deeps ways guided the development of modern science. In developing the political system of the United States, its founders were also profoundly influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment. This talk explores the interactions between American democracy and science from their enlightenment beginnings to the present.

Part of the campus "Democracy Then and Now" series http://www.democracythenandnow.com/


Date:   Thu 27-Oct-2016
Speaker:   Dr. Jeremy Richardson (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Title:  What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Jeremy will tell a few stories about his journey from growing up in a coal mining family to working as a policy analyst and advocate for action on climate change. This lighthearted look at his winding career path will hopefully illuminate some insights into that age-old question, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?


Date:   Thu 03-Nov-2016
Speaker:   Panel Discussion
Title:  Ice cream social & discussion about applying to grad school

We will have an ice-cream social inviting all our undergrad majors to mix with faculty. For those of you who might be interested in grad school and want more information on grad school, this will be followed by a 20-minute presentation on graduate school in astronomy, which will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion, with panel members Professor Alberto Bolatto (our grad admissions chair), one of our current grad students, and one of our current undergrads applying to grad school.


Date:   Thu 10-Nov-2016
Speaker:   Group Discussion
Title:   Open discussion of election results

Date:   Mon 21-Nov-2016
Speaker:   Jen Miller (Gemini Observatory)
Title:  Everything You Wanted (or didn't want) To Know About Operating a World-Class Telescope

A day in the life of a Science Operations Specialist at Gemini Observatory


Date:   Thu 08-Dec-2016
Speaker:   Peter Teuben (UMD)
Title:  GIT and Other Open Source Tools & Tips

You've probably heard of github ("the better dropbox"), and the ever expanding role of open source in science and society. So come to hear how this all fits together, and also learn about ASCL, where are your favorite astronomy codes can be found. The talk will be spiked with various open source tools and tips for a hopefully refreshing view.


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