Science, Mathematics & Computing Faculty Meet and Greet
Thursday, December 1, 2016 4:30 pm
RKC 200 Have questions about science programs? Come meet faculty, learn about courses for the spring, and find out how you can get involved with science at Bard. Light refreshments will be served.Sponsored by: Bard Education Opportunity Programs office; Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Professor Frank Scalzo will introduce the pathways leading to post-baccalaureate degrees in the health professions including, traditional medicine, allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, etc. etc. The discussion will be tailored to the interests of the audience. If you are interested in a health profession, you should attend this discussion.
For more information, please contact Professor Frank Scalzo at firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
Into the Heart of the Milky Way: A Multiwavelength View of Sgr A*
Daryl Haggard McGill University
Friday, December 9, 2016 12 pm
Hegeman 107 Sagittarius A* is the closest example of a supermassive black hole (SMBH) buried within a dense, massive stellar cluster. Sgr A* is more than 100 times closer than any other SMBH, and our proximity allows us to detect emission from its accretion flow in the radio, submillimeter (submm), near infrared (NIR), and X-ray regimes. These rich multiwavelength, time-resolved data have the power to probe the physical processes that underlie rapid flares originating near the black hole's event horizon. During ambitious Chandra X-ray and VLA radio monitoring campaigns over the last several years, we have detected the brightest-ever X-ray flares from Sgr A*. However, despite years of observational and theoretical study, we do not have a complete, unique model to explain these high-energy flares, or their relationship to variability at other wavelengths. Viable models range from the tidal disruption of asteroids to gravitational lensing to magnetic reconnection, motivating observers to place tighter constraints on the timing and multiwavelength properties of these outbursts. X-ray flares may also help us relate Sgr A* to weakly accreting black holes across the mass spectrum. I will discuss the possible origins and continuing mysteries surrounding Sgr A*'s high-energy flares and give a brief update on the X-ray and radio view of the Sgr A*/G2 interaction.Sponsored by: Physics Program.