Galaxy Discussion Group (2013 - 2014)

This is the page for the 2013/2014 NRAO/UVA Galaxy Discussion Group. The purpose of this group is to discuss various topics related to galaxies and galaxy evolution. The discussions are informal and are led by volunteers depending on the topic of the day. Contact Adam Leroy (aleroy at or Jen Donovan Meyer (jmeyer at to be added to the email list for this group. Please find the list of discussion topics for 2012/2013 here.


Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 in the NRAO Library.

Current Calendar of Meeting Topics:

Date Topic Moderator(s) Paper(s) Notes
July 16, 2013
Mass-Metallicity Relationship
Paul, Adam
July 23, 2013
Evolution of the IRX-Beta relation
Juan Carlos
July 30, 2013
UV Upturn
Bob O'Connell
August 6, 2013
HI dwarf population in the Local Group
Sabrina, Jen
August 13, 2013
Learning from Models of Galaxy Mergers
George Privon
August 20, 2013
"ISM Phases" conference update, [CII]
Adam, Aaron
August 27, 2013
"Structure and Dynamics of Galaxies" conference, NASA roadmap updates
Kartik Sheth
September 3, 2013
"The AGN luminosity function in the mid-infrared, a new spin on black holes?"
Mark Lacy
September 10, 2013
Gas Fractions in Galaxy Mergers, AGN-SB Connection in (U)LIRGs
Sabrina, Ruben Herrero-Illana
September 17, 2013
Galaxy Pairs
Kevin Xu
September 24, 2013
Quenching Red Galaxies
Jen, Kartik
October 1, 2013
AGN Variability, Momentum-Driven Feedback, and IGM Pollution
Lia Corrales
October 8, 2013
(no meeting -- furlough)
October 15, 2013
(no meeting -- furlough)
October 22, 2013
The Nature of Star Formation Since z~2
October 29, 2013
PDR Models, VLA Sky Survey white papers
November 5, 2013
VLA Sky Survey
Jackie, Jim
November 12, 2013
ALMA SPT results, Himiko result
Jackie, Adam
November 19, 2013
Metallicity relations at z~1, recent work
Drew, Katey Alatalo
November 26, 2013
recent work, ALMA proposals
Sarah White, all
December 3, 2013
(no meeting -- ALMA proposal deadline)
December 10, 2013
Feedback-driven turbulence theory
December 17, 2013
Galaxy outflows and outer disks
Jackie, Jen
January 14, 2014
Molecular gas in galaxies, nearby dwarf-dwarf interactions
Cat Vlahakis, Megan Johnson
January 21, 2014
JCMT Nearby Galaxies Legacy Survey
Christine Wilson
January 28, 2014
Star formation in NGC 5387
February 4, 2014
NRAO proposals, M82 outflow
All, Adam
February 11, 2014
February 18, 2014
M51 and galaxy analysis code, new observations of ULIRGS
Maximilien Schirm, Kazimierz Sliwa
February 25, 2014
March 4, 2014
Herschel results on IR-luminous galaxies
Sara Petty, Duncan Farrah
March 11, 2014
Dense gas and star formation relations
Shane Bussman
March 18, 2014
Low redshift AGN and weird molecular gas, finding serendipitous objects in the ALMA archive
Mark Lacy
March 25, 2014
B-mode polarization
Brian Mason
April 1, 2014
3D2014 conference
George, Adam
April 8, 2014
(NRAO postdoc symposium)
April 15, 2014
Mapping the star forming gas in the Milky Way
Erik Rosolowsky, Adam Ginsburg
April 22, 2014
Winds in NGC 253
April 29, 2014
Maser observations
Alison, Violette
May 6, 2014
Barred galaxies
May 13, 2014
Amanda Heiderman
May 20, 2014
May 27, 2014
recap of far-IR meeting
June 3, 2014
June 10, 2014
June 17, 2014
Star formation driven outflows
June 24, 2014
Star formation quenching, outflows
Drew, Jim Higdon
July 1, 2014
NGC 1097, Local Group dwarfs, AGN meeting
Kartik, Jen, Carol, Mark

Wish-List Topics and Papers of Interest:
  • modern population synthesis
  • abundance matching (and the "too big to fail" problem -- maybe a separate discussion?)
  • the new HI dwarfs (e.g., Leo P) / Local Group dwarfs
  • z~2 ISM from dust
  • "two populations" numerology for the star forming main sequence
  • intensity mapping (HI or CO)
  • physics of [CII] -- PDR models

Conferences of Interest:

Useful Links and Papers:
Topic revision: r45 - 2014-07-01, JenDonovanMeyer
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