Andrew Howard (EVENT CANCELED) Friday, March 13th Hameetman Auditorium, 2-5pm 2-4pm – talks/demos/etc. Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill 4-5pm - catered reception on the back patio, Cahill
In this installment, you will learn about research in Professor Andrew Howard's group on the discovery and characterization of extrasolar planets. Howard's group uses telescopes around the world and in space to measure Doppler shifts and planet transits (eclipses). They probe the bulk properties (masses, radii, orbits) of thousands of planets -- particularly between Earth and Neptune size -- to learn about their demographics, formation, and evolution. The event is aimed at the broad 3CPE membership of astronomers/planetary cientists/geologists/biologists and will feature an overview of the science by Prof. Howard, followed by brief research vignettes by members of the group. This event will be kept lively by an interactive data exploration session with audience members (bring your laptop!) and a look at some of the astronomical instrumentation in development.