SPLAT - Stars and Planets Lunch And Talks

We meet weekly to talk about stars & planets, both ours and others

Time: Mondays, 12 to 1 pm. (When Monday is a holiday, we meet on Tuesdays.)
Location: Moon Room

IfA email alias: splat "at" the_usual_ifa_domain

Current format (version 6.0):

  • News (~10-15 minutes) = Round table discussion on latest news (updates from conferences, general astronomy news, etc)
  • MIPOW (~10 min + 5 min for questions) = Most Important Paper of the Week (presumably from astro-ph but not necessarily). Be sure to include at least one slide in your presentation which explains the broader impact of the paper, ideally including questions for the group to discuss. Students are encouraged to check with their advisor on their MIPOW pick. If you are seeking suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask. A potential (incomplete and irregularly updated) list of papers is here but feel free to choose from elsewhere too. Try to stick to papers that have appeared in the last week, but this is not a rigid rule - "MIPOM" is ok.
  • Research talk (~20 min + 10 min for questions) = a "semi-informal" talk about what you have been doing lately. Since it's work in progress, it's expected that multiple sessions in a row will involve the same topic, esp. for students. Also, you should include
    • One slide called "Something I Don't Understand" to share (at least) one problem, obstacle, etc. that you have run into and not solved yet. Finally, for research that is discovery-oriented, everyone in the audience should remember to be appropriately mindful about (not) broadcasting stuff that is still cooking.
    • One slide at the very end that lists next week's presenters, a.k.a. "Megan's slide".
  • Hosts: The MIPOW presenter is by default the host of each session. Hosts are responsible for
    • 1) arriving 5 minutes before noon to setup the presentation and polycom (if the MIPOW presenter is remote, coordinate with the person giving the research talk; if both are remote, contact Dan)
    • 2) making sure that the SPLAT session starts and ends on time by moderating discussions.
  • Etiquette:
    • Arrive on time. SPLAT will run from noon-1pm sharp.
    • While we all lead exciting action-packed lives, please take a break and disconnect from the digital world while attending SPLAT. If you truly have something urgent (e.g. real-time preparation for tonight's observing, spouse about to give birth, etc.), then it's ok. But otherwise, please refrain from laptops, smart phones/watches/glasses, etc. and enjoy the time to discuss research with your colleagues.

2017 Fall+Spring (Monday 12 pm start)
Sep 18: Dan, MIPOW = Gene
Sep 25: Christoph, MIPOW = Mike
Oct 2: --- no meeting (UH proposal season) ---
Oct 9 Christian, MIPOW = Trent
Oct 16: Chris, MIPOW = Sam
Oct 23: Ashley, MIPOW = Travis
Oct 30: Gene, MIPOW = Nienke
Nov 6: Jonathan, MIPOW = Will
Nov 13: Jessica, MIPOW = Chris
Nov 21: Nienke, MIPOW = Ashley (*Tuesday*)
Nov 28: Maissa, MIPOW = ZJ (*Tuesday*)
Dec 4: Jen, MIPOW = Christian
Dec 11: Sam, MIPOW = Christoph
Jan 8: Travis, MIPOW = Dan
Jan 16: Trent, MIPOW = Maissa (*Tuesday*)
Jan 22: Will, MIPOW = Jessica
Jan 29: ZJ, MIPOW = Jonathan
Feb 5: ONE-PLOT LUNCH (Collector = Dan)


Version 5.3:

  • Research talk (~30 min, including questions) = a "semi-informal" talk about what you have been doing lately. Since it's work in progress, it's expected that multiple sessions in a row will involve the same topic, esp. for students. Also, you should include
    • One slide called "Something I Don't Understand" to share (at least) one problem, obstacle, etc. that you have run into and not solved yet. Finally, for research that is discovery-oriented, everyone in the audience should remember to be appropriately mindful about (not) broadcasting stuff that is still cooking.
    • One slide at the very end that lists next week's presenters, a.k.a. "Megan's slide".
  • MIPOW (~30 min, including questions) = Most Important Paper of the Week (presumably from astro-ph but not necessarily). Please circulate by Thursday evening so everyone can look at it before the meeting. Also, be sure to include one slide called "Why This is the MIPOW" in your presentation. A potential (incomplete and irregularly updated) list of papers is here but feel free to choose from elsewhere too. If you are seeking suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask. Try to stick to papers that have appeared in the last week, but this is not a rigid rule - "MIPOM" is ok.
  • Digital etiquette = while we all lead exciting action-packed lives, please take a break and disconnect from the digital world while attending SPLAT. If you truly have something urgent (e.g. real-time preparation for tonight's observing, spouse about to give birth, etc.), then it's ok. But otherwise, please refrain from laptops, smart phones/watches/glasses, etc. and enjoy the time to discuss research with your colleagues.

2017 Spring + Summer (Monday 12 pm start)
March 6: --- no meeting (solar faculty candidate visit) ---
March 13: Ashley, MIPOW = Maissa
March 20: Chris, MIPOW = Megan
March 28: Christian, MIPOW = Mike Lum (*Tuesday*)
April 3: --- no meeting (UH proposal season) ---
April 10: Christoph, MIPOW = Michael Liu
April 17: Greta, MIPOW = Travis
April 24: Larissa, MIPOW = Sam
May 1: Dan, MIPOW = Nienke
May 8: Jonathan, MIPOW = Will
May 15: Maissa, MIPOW = Larissa
May 22: Eugene, MIPOW = Zhoujian
May 30: Megan, MIPOW = Chris (*Tuesday*)
June 5: Michael Liu, MIPOW = Dan
June 13: Will, MIPOW = Christoph (*Tuesday*)
June 19: Zhoujian, MIPOW = Christian
June 26: Sam, MIPOW = Ashley
July 3: Travis, MIPOW = Greta
July 10: Nienke, MIPOW = Jonathan
July 17: Mike Lum, MIPOW = Eugene
July 24: ONE-PLOT LUNCH (Collector = Maissa)

2016 Fall + Winter (Monday 12 pm start)
Oct 3: -- no meeting --
Oct 10: Chris W. , MIPOW = Mike Liu
Oct 17: Christian , MIPOW = Mike Lum
Oct 24: ---- , MIPOW = Greta
Nov 1: Eugene , MIPOW = Rachel (*Tuesday*)
Nov 7: Greta , MIPOW = Sam
Nov 14: Maissa , MIPOW = Travis
Nov 21: Megan , MIPOW = Will
Nov 28: Jonathan , MIPOW = Christian
Dec 5: Larissa , MIPOW = Chris W.
Dec 12: Christoph , MIPOW = Jonathan
Jan 9: Mike Lum , MIPOW = Christoph
Jan 17: Nienke , MIPOW = Eugene (*Tuesday*)
Jan 23: Dan , MIPOW = Nienke
Jan 30: Sam , MIPOW = Zhoujian
Feb 6: Travis , MIPOW = Larissa
Feb 13: Will , MIPOW = Maissa
Feb 21: Zhoujian , MIPOW = Megan (*Tuesday*)
Feb 27: ONE-PLOT LUNCH (Collector = Christian)

2016 Summer + Fall (Monday 12 pm start)
May 9: Andrew , MIPOW = Mike Lum
May 16: Eugene , MIPOW = Kimberly
May 23: Chris , MIPOW = Larissa
May 31: Christian , MIPOW = Maissa *Tuesday*
June 6: BJ , MIPOW = Megan
June 13: Evan , MIPOW = Katelyn
June 20: Evgenya , MIPOW = Nienke
June 27: Jonathan , MIPOW = Sam
July 5: Katelyn , MIPOW = Travis *Tuesday*
July 11: Larissa , MIPOW = Evan
July 18: Kimberly , MIPOW = Zhoujian
July 25: Maissa , MIPOW = Andrew
Aug 1: Megan , MIPOW = BJ
Aug 8: Mike Lum , MIPOW = Chris
Aug 15: Nienke , MIPOW = Christian
Aug 22: Sam , MIPOW = Eugene
Aug 29: Travis , MIPOW = Will
Sept 6: -- no meeting [Kimberly PhD defense] -- *Tuesday*
Sept 12: Zhoujian , MIPOW = Jonathan
Sept 19: Will , MIPOW = Evgenya
Sept 26: ONE PLOT LUNCH (Collector = BJ, winner = Will)

2015 Winter + 2016 Spring (Monday 12 pm start)

Oct 26: BJ (MIPOW = Kimberly)
Nov 2: Andrew (MIPOW = Katelyn)
Nov 9: Chris W. (MIPOW = Larissa)
Nov 16: Eugene (MIPOW = Maissa)
Nov 23: Evan (MIPOW = Megan)
Nov 30: --- no meeting [Extreme Solar Systems III] ---
Dec 7: Kimberly (MIPOW = Mike Lum)
Dec 14: Nienke (MIPOW = Mike Liu)
--- winter holidays ---
Jan 11: Ben (MIPOW = Travis)
Jan 19: Katelyn (MIPOW = Andrew) *TUESDAY 1130 am*
Jan 25: Jonathan (MIPOW = Will)
Feb 1: Janis (MIPOW = Zhoujian)
Feb 8: Evgenya (MIPOW = Sam)
Feb 16: Larissa (MIPOW = Ben) *TUESDAY*
Feb 22: Dora Tarczay-Nehez (MIPOW = BJ)
Feb 29: Will (MIPOW = Eugene)
Mar 7: Maissa (MIPOW = Jonathan)
Mar 15: canceled *TUESDAY*
Mar 21: Mike Lum (MIPOW = Chris W.)
Mar 28: --- no meeting [proposal season] ---
Apr 4: Travis (MIPOW = Evgenya)
Apr 11: Megan (MIPOW = Evan)
Apr 18: Zhoujian (MIPOW = Christian)
Apr 25: Sam (MIPOW = Janis)
May 2: ONE PLOT LUNCH (Collector = Mike Lum)

2015 Summer/Fall (Monday 12 pm start)

June 8: Andrew (MIPOW = Katelyn)
June 15: BJ (MIPOW = Kimberly)
June 22: Chris (MIPOW = Megan)
June 29: Evgenya (MIPOW = Larissa)
July 6: Evan (MIPOW = Mike Liu)
July 13: Eugene (MIPOW = Mike Lum)
July 20: Janis (MIPOW = Sam)
July 27: Jonathan (MIPOW = Will)
Aug 3: -- No meeting (IAU) --
Aug 10: -- No meeting (IAU) --
Aug 17: Will (MIPOW = Andrew)
Aug 24: Kimberly (MIPOW = Evan)
Aug 31: Larissa (MIPOW = Chris)
Sept 8: Megan (MIPOW = Jonathan) (*TUESDAY*)
Sept 14: Mike Liu (MIPOW = BJ)
Sept 21: Mike Lum (MIPOW = Evgenya)
Sept 28: -- No meeting (proposal season) --
Oct 5: Sam (MIPOW = Janis)
Oct 12: Katelyn (MIPOW = Eugene)
Oct 19: ONE PLOT LUNCH (collector = Larissa)

2015 Spring (Monday 1130 am start)

Feb 17: Andrew (MIPOW = Katelyn) (Tuesday, 1230 pm)
Feb 23: BJ (MIPOW = Kimberly)
Mar 2: Chris (MIPOW = Larissa)
Mar 9: Eugene (MIPOW = Evgenya)
Mar 16: Evan (MIPOW = Mike)
Mar 23: BJ (MIPOW = Sam)
Mar 30: --- no meeting (UH proposal deadline) ---
Apr 6: Larissa (MIPOW = Will)
Apr 13: Katelyn (MIPOW = Andrew)
Apr 20: Kimberly (MIPOW = BJ)
Apr 27: Janis (MIPOW = Chris)
May 4: Megan (MIPOW = Eugene)
May 11: Sam (MIPOW = Evan)
May 18: Mike (MIPOW = Megan) (start time back to Monday 12 pm)
May 26: Will (MIPOW = Janis) (Tuesday 12 pm)
June 1: ONE PLOT LUNCH (collector = Sam, winner = Janis)


Version 5.1:

  • Research talk = a "semi-informal" talk about what you have been doing lately. Since it's work in progress, it's expected that multiple sessions in a row will involve the same topic, esp. for students. Also, you should include one slide called "Something I Don't Understand" to share (at least) one problem, obstacle, etc. that you have run into and not solved yet. Finally, for research that is discovery-oriented, everyone in the audience should remember to be appropriately mindful about (not) broadcasting stuff that is still cooking.
  • MIPOW = Most Important Paper of the Week (presumably from astro-ph but not necessarily). Please circulate by Thursday evening so everyone can look at it before the meeting. Also, be sure to include one slide called "Why This is the MIPOW" in your presentation. A potential list of papers is here but feel free to choose from elsewhere too. If you are seeking suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask. Try to stick to papers that have appeared in the last week, but this is not a rigid rule.

2014 Fall/2015 Winter

Sept 22: Ann (MIPOW = Katelyn)
Sept 29: -- no meeting -- (proposal season)
Oct 6: BJ (MIPOW = Kimberly)
Oct 13: Kimberly (MIPOW = Matt)
Oct 20: Evan (MIPOW = n/a)
Oct 27: Katelyn (MIPOW = Megan)
Nov 3: Janis (MIPOW = Max)
Nov 10: Jessica (MIPOW = Sam)
Nov 17: Matt (MIPOW = Will)
Nov 24: Eugene (MIPOW = Andrew)
Dec 1: Evgenya (MIPOW = BJ)
Dec 8: Max (MIPOW = Eugene)
--- winter break ---
Jan 12: Will (MIPOW = Evan)
Jan 20: (*TUESDAY 1230 pm*) Sam (MIPOW = Janis)
Jan 26: Megan (MIPOW = Jessica)
Feb 2: Mike (MIPOW = Evgenya)
Feb 9: ONE PLOT LUNCH (collector = Megan, winner = Evan)

2014 Spring/Summer (noon start time)

May 12: Rolf (MIPOW = Jessica)
May 19: ONE PLOT LUNCH (collector = Kimberly)
May 27 (*TUESDAY*): BJ (MIPOW = Eric)
June 2: Eric (MIPOW = Will)
June 9: Gene (MIPOW = Michael K.)
June 16: Megan (MIPOW = Michael L.)
June 23: Evan (MIPOW = Megan)
June 30: Kimberly (MIPOW = BJ)
July 7: Jessica (MIPOW = Sam)
July 14: Rolf (MIPOW = Matt)
July 21: Katelyn (MIPOW = Andrew)
July 28: Matt (MIPOW = Rolf)
Aug 4: Janis (MIPOW = Katelyn)
Aug 11: Andrew H. (MIPOW = Evan)
Aug 18: Evgenya (MIPOW = Janis)
Aug 25: Michael K. (MIPOW = Evgenya)
Sept 2 (*TUESDAY @ 1130 am*): Sam (MIPOW = Kimberly)
Sept 8: Will (MIPOW = Gene)
Sept 15: One Plot Lunch (collector = Matt)


2013 Winter/2014 Spring

Dec 9: Andrew H MIPOW = Laurie)
Dec 16: BJ MIPOW = Katelyn
-- HOLIDAY BREAK --
1130 am start time for Spring 2014 semester
for Tuesday meetings (Jan 21 & Feb 18), start time is 1200 pm
Jan 6 -- no meeting -- (AAS)
Jan 13 Eric MIPOW = Megan
Jan 21 Matt MIPOW = Michael K. (*Tuesday, 1200 pm*)
Jan 27 Evan MIPOW = Michael L.
Feb 3 Evgenya MIPOW = Rolf
Feb 10 Gene MIPOW = Sam
Feb 18 Jessica MIPOW = Will (*Tuesday, 1200 pm*)
Feb 24 Erik MIPOW = Andrew
Mar 3 Kimberly MIPOW = BJ
Mar 10 Laurie MIPOW = Eric
Mar 17 Katelyn MIPOW = Erik
Mar 24 Megan MIPOW = Evan
Mar 31 -- no meeting -- (UH proposal deadline)
Apr 7 Michael K. MIPOW = Evgenya
Apr 14 Michael L. MIPOW = Gene
Apr 21 Will MIPOW = Jessica
Apr 28 Sam MIPOW = Matt
May 5 Andrew H. MIPOW = Kimberly

2013 Summer/Fall (SPLAT, version 5.0)

July 15: Andrew H. (MIPOW = Jessica)
July 22: Andrew M. (MIPOW = Mike L.)
July 29: B.J. (MIPOW = Laurie)
Aug 5: Brendan (MIPOW = Kimberly)
Aug 12: Eric (MIPOW = Matt)
Aug 20 (TUES): Erik (MIPOW = Andrew M.)
Aug 26: Kimberly (MIPOW = Katelyn)
Sep 3 (TUES): Gene (MIPOW = Will)
Sep 9: Jessica (MIPOW = Andrew H.)
Sep 16: Katelyn (MIPOW = Brendan)
Sep 23 Laurie (MIPOW = B.J.)
Sep 30: no meeting (IfA proposal deadline)
Oct 7: Evan (MIPOW = Michael K.)
Oct 14: Matt (MIPOW = Eric)
Oct 21: no meeting (IfA AO workshop)
Oct 28: Michael K. (MIPOW = Gene)
Nov 4: no meeting (Kepler & PS1SC meetings)
Nov 12 (TUES): Will (MIPOW = Erik)
Nov 18: no meeting (Doug Johnstone lunch talk)
Nov 25: Michael L. (MIPOW = Evan)
Dec 2: One-Plot Lunch (collector = B.J.) WINNER: Will!!!


Historical records from 2007-2013 for Low Mass Lunch are here.