Astrochemistry Discussions

Comets Day!

Wednesday 16 November 2022
10 a.m. Eastern US Time

The Rise and Fall of Abundant Cometary O2 - Implications for Nucleus Storage and Release

Adrienn Luspay-Kuti (Johns Hopkins)

Chemical Modeling of Active Phase Comets: 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Drew Christianson (U. Virginia)

Isotopes from a comet: The evolution of water’s isotopes and first determination of isotopic ratios in simple alkanes in 67P

Daniel Müller (U. Bern)

Microwave and Infrared Spectroscopy of Reactive Molecules

Kyle Crabtree (UC Davis)

Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. Eastern US Time

They're Here! JWST Science Primers!

Rocky Exoplanets

PI: Dr. Laura Kreidberg

Physics and Chemistry of Planet-Forming Disks in Extreme Radiation Environments

PI: Dr. Maria Claudia Ramirez-Tannus

Ice Chemical Complexity Toward the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud

PI: Dr. Will Rocha


Opportunities for students, postdocs, and researchers sent to us by attendees.
We don't have any more information on these - we just post 'em if you send 'em!

Summer Extravaganza - JWST Summary Videos!

Summer is approaching and as usual we will take a little break from plenary talks and live seminars … but we have a surprise for you for this upcoming summer! We would like to invite all of you who are going to use JWST Cycle 1 data for their own research to make a short, fun video describing your research plans in terms that the general public would understand.

The goal of these videos is to offer anyone interested in JWST, regardless of their level of science education, a chance to learn more about upcoming research projects and the researchers involved. Presentation slides are discouraged, but are okay as a quick visual aid if necessary; other creative visual aids are good too. Feel free to add personal details related to JWST, such as, "Where were you during the launch and how nervous were you?", or "How will JWST impact your career?" You can be by yourself or have a conversation with someone else, but try to keep it to no more than two people, please.

Once you're ready, you can upload your video through the following Dropbox link:

The videos will be uploaded throughout the summer on our webpage and YouTube account. If you would like to join, we've compiled some tips and tricks based on previous short videos folks have done for Astrochemistry Discussions. These are only suggestions - don't hesitate to be creative if you'd like!

  • the video should be about five minutes long

  • use a commonly used video codec standard (e.g., mp4)

  • use a camera that provides HD resolution

  • use an image ratio of 16:9

  • choose a background that is not too bright (no window or light sources)

  • choose a background that is somehow related to your work or to JWST (if possible)

  • try to arrange for good lighting - we want to see you! :)

  • avoid ambient noise

  • if available, use an external microphone

To avoid duplications, please contact the PI of the program you are involved in if you decide to participate.

The deadline for submitting your video is June 30. Feel free to reach out to us with questions!

We look forward to hearing your JWST plans!

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