Symposium 2024

We are holding a one-day symposium for astronomers and students interested in astronomy in the DFW area.

Date and Time: 10 am - 5 pm on March 29, 2024.

Location: UNT Planetarium located in the Environmental Science Building.

Address: 1704 W Mulberry St, Denton, TX 76201.

Organizing Committee: Yuan Li (UNT), Ohad Shemmer (UNT), Lindsay King (UTD), and Mike Kesden (UTD).


9:20 – 10:00 am check in & light refreshment.

10:00 – 11:50 am morning session. Chair: Mike Kesden (UTD)

10:00 am Yuan Li (UNT) and Ohad Shemmer (UNT): Welcome

10:10 am Sharon Felix (Austin College): Modelling a high redshift cluster system using numerical simulations: the case of JKCS041

10:25 am Suraj Poudel (TCU): Gaseous Eruption of the 30 Doradus Starburst Region

10:40 am Johanna Vazquez (TCU): Dust in the Smith Cloud? A UV Investigation into the Smith Cloud's Gas-Phase Abundance Patterns

10:55 am April Horton (TCU): Measuring the Physical Properties of the Magellanic Stream

11:10 am Mohammed Mourabit (UT Arlington): Nonlinear Three-Mode Coupling in Delta Scut

11:30 am lightning talks (2 min each): David Whelan (Austin College), Nilakshi (Nila) Veerabathina (UT Arlington), Nevin Weinberg (UT Arlington), Manfred Cuntz (UT Arlington), Ishaan Varshney (UT Arlington), Christina McNally (UT Dallas), Sarah Branham (UT Dallas), Lindsay King (UT Dallas), Michael Kesden (UT Dallas).

12:00 – 1:30 pm lunch + poster session

1:30 – 3:00 pm afternoon session A. Chair: Lindsay King (UTD)

1:30 pm Antareep Gogoi (UT Dallas): Exploring the Intergalactic and Circumgalactic Medium over Cosmic Ages

1:45 pm Tamanjyot Singh (UT Dallas): Tidal disruption events: Inclination distributions for spinning supermassive black holes

2:00 pm Tien Nguyen (UT Dallas): Distinguishing regularly precessing and lensed gravitational waveforms

2:15 pm Jake Reinheimer (UNT): Black Hole Scaling Relations in Cosmological Simulations using Machine Learning

2:30 pm lightning talks: Aaron Smith (UT Dallas), Shrimoy Satpathy (UT Dallas), Kevin Lorinc (UT Dallas), Carlos Davila (A&M Commerce), Bibhudutta Rout (UNT), Ohad Shemmer (UNT), George Blaney (UNT), Yuan Li (UNT).

3:00 – 3:30 pm coffee break + poster session

3:30 – 5:00 pm afternoon session B. Chair: Ohad Shemmer (UNT)

3:30 pm James Lasker (SMU): The effect of pairwise inverse probability weighting from alternate merged target ledgers on DESI clustering measurements

3:45 pm Rajeev Vaisakh (SMU): Modeling the Clustering and Halo Occupation of Quasars with Uchuu Simulation using the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Survey

4:00 pm Govinda Dhungana (SMU): Cosmological Distance Measurement of Twelve Nearby Supernovae IIP with ROTSE-IIIb

4:15 pm Nathan Moore (A&M Commerce): Evolution of star binding energy in accreting, spinning-up neutron stars

4:30 pm Joshua Belieu (A&M Commerce): Refining a Model for the Inner Crust of Neutron Stars Using Calculations of Semi-Infinite Nuclear Matter