Tea + gravity = success

In order to foster more regular interaction between scientists at the MIT LIGO Lab and the MIT Kavli Institute, we are starting a new weekly afternoon tea-time series from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Wednesdays, to be hosted at the LIGO Lab (NW22) and MKI (37) on alternating weeks. The General Relativity Informal Tea-Time Series will be a forum for regular discussion between the gravitational-wave experiment, theory, and astrophysics communities at MIT. Every week, we aim to have an informal discussion of recent research topics. Occasionally, visitors will be invited to give a presentation.

Schedule and location

This is the current schedule, for Spring 2014.
We plan on meeting every Wednesday, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

When Where Who What
March 5 Marlar Lounge Sean McWilliams (WVU) Prospects for Detecting Stochastic Gravitational Waves from Supermassive Black-Hole Binaries with Pulsar Timing Arrays
March 7 NW22 Kai Hwang (USC) Cloud Analytics for Big-Data Intelligence in Scientific Discovery and Social Application
March 12 NW22 Rob Simcoe (MIT) Thoughts on Vertical Integration and the role of MIT's OIR Resources for Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
March 25 NW22 Lizhe Wang (IRSDE-CAS) Data-intensive Scientific Discovery in Digital Earth
March 26 NW22 Evan Ochsner (UWM) Speeding up parameter estimation of compact binary coalescences
April 2 Marlar Lounge
April 9 NW22 Maria Alessandra Papa (AEI) Searches for continuous gravitational wave signals
April 16 NW22 Thomas Cotbitt (LSU) Recent progress with micro-fabricated mirror oscillators
April 23 NW22 Jameson Rollins (Caltech) aLIGO Guardian progress and status
April 30 Marlar Lounge
May 7 NW22
May 14 Marlar Lounge Sveta Shah (Radboud University) Gravitational-wave astrophysics of eLISA Galactic binaries
May 21 NW22 David Blair (UWA) TBD
May 23 NW22 Nora Luetzgendorf (ESA) Intermediate-mass black holes in globular clusters
May 28 NW22 Charlie Dufort (MIT) Characterization of low-frequency seismometers signal in the Cambridge-MIT environment
June 6 NW22 Takaaki Yokozawa (OCU) Supernova detection study: Investigation of progenitor core rotation with Gravitational Wave and Neutrino detector

Past schedule

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When Where Who What
Nov. 6 NW22 conference room Leo Singer (Caltech) The Needle in the Hundred-Square-Degree Haystack: from Fermi GRBs to LIGO Discoveries
Nov. 13 MKI Marlar lounge William Yam (MIT) LIGO: The Basics
Nov. 20 NW22 conference room
Nov. 27 MKI Marlar lounge Bruce Allen (AEI Hannover) Einstein@Home
Dec. 4 NW22 conference room Rainer Weiss (MIT) A Trio of Unintended Null Experiments - why graduate students might take the long view
Dec. 11 MKI Marlar lounge Andres Guzman (CFA) High-mass stars and their formation: sources of exciting phenomena
Dec. 18 NW22 conference room

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Mailing list

If you would like to be notified about when the Series will take place, what the topics for discussion will be, and who any visitors will be, please consider joining our mailing list. To join, send an email to gritts-request@space.mit.edu with an empty subject line and the body: "subscribe".


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