KICP Workshops, 2014
Inflation MA meeting
April 3, 2014 | 9:00 AM | LASR conference room

  • Quick Overview [John Carlstrom and Scott Dodelson]
  • Primordial Non-Gaussianity [Marilena LoVerde]
  • Theoretical Drivers/Milestones [Wayne Hu and Scott Dodelson]
  • B-Mode and/or other experiments [John Carlstrom and Abby Vieregg]
  • Ideas for implementing within KICP/PFC [John Carlstrom and Scott Dodelson]

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KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Scott Dodelson; Wayne Hu; Marilena LoVerde; Abigail G. Vieregg
Workshop on CosmoSIS
May 15 - 16, 2014 | ACC 211
Organizers: Sarah Bridle, Scott Dodelson, Douglas Rudd, Elise Jennings, Alessandro Manzotti, Joe Zuntz.

We are delighted that this meeting brings together such an enthusiastic group of scientists, and as a result we want to keep scheduled talks to a minimum, so we can all learn by doing, and so we can all shape the agenda according to the interests of the participants.

The talks on the first morning will be a brief overview of the system, and in the afternoon we propose to quickly move to active coding sessions with the past-cosmosis developers in the room (we hope by the end of the meeting all the participants will be cosmosis developers!).
The second morning will be in "unconference" format, where participants propose topics for small group discussion/talks/working, in real time.
Finally we would like to finish the workshop by bringing together some of the work that was started and making a plan for how to keep helping each other to get more out of cosmosis.
So do bring along your ideas for tools you would like to use, we're hoping you'll find cosmosis useful for writing your next (or current!) paper.

May 15, Thursday
9:00 Welcome - Josh Frieman
9:05 Talk: Overview and vision for CosmoSIS - Scott Dodelson
9:15 Hands-on: Installation of CosmoSIS, running the demos
10:00 Talk: Under the hood - Marc Paterno
10:10 Discussion
10:15 Coffee
10:45 Talk: How to add a new module: Worked example using CFHTLenS data - Joe Zuntz
10:55 Talk: How to add a new module: How to talk to the rest of CosmoSIS - Doug Rudd
11:05 Talk: How to add a new module: Where to put it, and how to get credit - Sarah Bridle
11:15 Discussion
11:30 Open floor: Brainstorm of new modules that could be added
11:45 Prioritisation of modules and getting into teams
12:15 Lunch
14:00 Hands-on: Writing new modules in teams
15:15 Open floor: Update on progress and sharing experiences so far
15:30 Coffee
16:00 Hands-on: Writing new modules continued
17:00 Open floor: Update on progress and goals for tomorrow
17:15 Planning for the unconference tomorrow
17:30 Close

May 16, Friday
9:00 Unconference (sessions schedule live on what people want to contribute/ hear about) (can include continuing working on modules)
10:15 Coffee
10:45 Unconference
12:00 Reality check: What can we realistically finish this afternoon?
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Hands-on: Finishing stuff
15:00 Reality check: What would we like to do going forward, after this meeting
15:30 Coffee
16:00 Hands-on: Last chance to finish stuff
17:00 Plans going forward

Related Links:
KICP Members: Scott Dodelson; Elise Jennings; Douglas Rudd
KICP Students: Alessandro Manzotti
DES Supernova workshop
May 15 - 17, 2014 | Chicago, IL
Organizer: Richard Kessler

The KICP at the University of Chicago will host a 3-day workshop dedicated to the Supernova program within the Dark Energy Survey (DES). This workshop will focus on
1) optimizing the strategy for the 2nd season (starting Fall 2014),
2) spectroscopic follow-up strategy, and
3) data analysis.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Richard Kessler
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES)
Announcement of the 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates
May 29, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Live from New York City and Oslo, this special webcast includes a tribute to Fred Kavli by Alan Alda, Brian Greene and Eric Kandel. Following a live transmission from Norway announcing the 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates, ABC News' Richard Besser discusses the announcements with Lord Martin Rees (Astrophysics), Ann Greybiel (Neuroscience) and Paul Weiss (nanoscience).
High-Energy Messengers: Connecting the Non-Thermal Extragalactic Backgrounds
June 9 - 11, 2014 | Chicago, IL
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Organizers: Keith Bechtol, Toshihiro Fujii, Daniel Hooper, Tim Linden, Angela V. Olinto, Abigail G. Vieregg

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago is hosting a workshop this summer on the origin of the non-thermal extragalactic backgrounds. The goal is to bring together observers and theorists representing all the high-energy wavebands and particles: radio, GeV and TeV gamma rays, and extragalactic cosmic rays and neutrinos. Topics will include isotropic diffuse intensity measurements, resolved extragalactic source populations and their collective contributions below the individual source detection threshold, anisotropies, and propagation effects and secondary cascades.

Example focus questions:
* Is there a coherent scenario which explains all the current observations in terms of established extragalactic source populations?
* What are the next steps (experimental + theoretical) to move past current uncertainties/degeneracies?

We are planning a three-day workshop for about fifty participants convening on the campus of the University of Chicago. Each day will consist of plenary presentations with plenty of time for discussion in large and/or small groups.

Workshop Topics
- Radio, gamma rays, neutrinos, UHECRs
- Isotropic diffuse intensity measurements
- Resolved extragalactic source populations and their collective contributions below the individual source detection threshold
- Anisotropies
- Propagation effects and secondary cascades

Related Links:
KICP Members: Keith Bechtol; Toshihiro Fujii; Daniel Hooper; Tim Linden; Angela V. Olinto; Abigail G. Vieregg
KICP Students: Ke Fang
Summer School on Education and Outreach
June 16 - 27, 2014 | Chicago, IL
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Organizer: Randall H. Landsberg

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago will host a Summer School on Education and Outreach from June 16 to June 27, 2014.

This two-week summer school will immerse early career researchers in education and outreach (E&O) and allow them to gain experience and exposure to best practices by working with other scientists, E&O professionals, and museum staff on real projects. The core of the summer school will be a one-week practicum where students will be embedded in an existing E&O program and work with their mentors to develop K-12 lab activities, museum programming, visualizations, or a citizen science activity. The school will also provide a concise introduction to E&O basics through lectures and panel discussions on key topics (e.g., National Science Foundation, NSF, broader impacts), case studies of exemplary programs (e.g., the Brain Scoop), and field trips to Chicago area institutions including the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry (MSI), the Digital Media Lab/YOUmedia and the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. Because communication is central to effective E&O (and science), the school will kick-off with a special one-day science communication workshop presented by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The school will culminate with presentations by the participants on the results of their practicum experiences to their peers and a panel of E&O experts and faculty from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Related Links:
KICP Members: Randall H. Landsberg
Renewable Energy: Back to the Sun, Yerkes Summer Institute
August 10 - 16, 2014 | Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, WI
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Organizer: Randall H. Landsberg

Instructors: Louis Abramson, Andrew Belcher, Walter Glogowski, Chen He, Ross Cawthon, Randy Landsberg, Samuel Meehan, Kyle Story, and Kat Ziegler.

The 2014 KICP Yerkes Summer Institute explored different aspects of renewable energy. The "Biofuels: The Green Machine" lab investigated photosynthesis as well as producing biodiesel and ethanol. The "Catching Sunlight: Solar Cells" laboratory involved the students constructing solar cells that utilized berry juice and then testing the effects of lighting conditions on the electricity production of commercial photovoltaic cells. "A Wind Ensemble: Motors and Generators" explored the construction of horizontal axis wind turbines and Savonius turbines and then hydroelectric generators. Evenings were devoted to examining the night sky with the observatory telescopes and to a game of energy Jeopardy.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Randall H. Landsberg
KICP Students: Louis Abramson; Ross Cawthon; Samuel Meehan; Kyle Story; Kat Ziegler
Status and Future of Inflationary Theory
August 22 - 24, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Organizers: Wayne Hu, Austin Joyce, Marilena LoVerde, Emil J. Martinec

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago is hosting a workshop this summer on inflationary theory. The goal is to gather a small group of researchers working in inflationary cosmology for several days of informal presentations and discussion relating to the status of theories of the inflationary universe. Topics of particular focus are model building, challenges for inflationary theories, connections to fundamental physics, and prospects for refining our understanding with future datasets. This meeting is a satellite conference of COSMO 2014. The meeting will be complementary to the COSMO conference in that it will be small, informal, and relatively narrow in scope.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Wayne Hu; Austin Joyce; Marilena LoVerde; Emil J. Martinec
COSMO-2014: International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology
August 25 - 29, 2014 | Chicago, IL
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Organizers: Lian-Tao Wang, Daniel E. Holz, John E. Carlstrom, Scott Dodelson, Joshua A. Frieman, Luca Grandi, Craig J. Hogan, Angela V. Olinto, Michael S. Turner, Abigail G. Vieregg

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago will host the International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology (COSMO 2014) on August 25-29, 2014, held at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center.

Related Links:
KICP Members: John E. Carlstrom; Scott Dodelson; Joshua A. Frieman; Luca Grandi; Craig J. Hogan; Daniel E. Holz; Angela V. Olinto; Michael S. Turner; Abigail G. Vieregg; Lian-Tao Wang
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES); Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (Fermi); South Pole Telescope (SPT); Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)
International conference: "Type Ia Supernovae: progenitors, explosions, and cosmology"
September 15 - 19, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Organizers: Richard Kessler, Donald Q. Lamb, James Truran

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP), and the Flash Center for Computational Science at the University of Chicago will host an International conference on the observations and simulations of thermonuclear "Type Ia Supernovae: progenitors, explosions, and cosmology" on on September 15-19, 2014. The conference will be held at the University of Chicago's Kersten Physics Teaching Center (KPTC).

Conference Topics:
* Progenitors, rates, and pre-explosion physics
* Explosion mechanisms and simulations: mergers, double detonations, single degenerates, sub-chandra's, and failed explosions
* Exceptional quality data: 2011fe, STIS UV
* Thermonuclear weirdos, SNIax, the fast and the furious
* Nucleosynthetic yields from supernovae and their effect on galaxy chemical compositions
* Host galaxy <-> luminosity relationship
* Radiation transport for SNIa
* Data-driven models for SNIa lc+spec
* SNIa and cosmology Challenges

Related Links:
KICP Members: Joshua A. Frieman; Richard Kessler; Donald Q. Lamb; Daniel Scolnic; James Truran
"Evolving Universe", Short Course for Museum & Planetarium Staff
September 21 - 23, 2014 | Chicago, IL
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In our eighth short course KICP researchers will share the most current research about the cosmos focused on the theme of change and evolution. The course will feature a practicum, where teams of participants develop sky show presentations, which will be juried on the final day.

Who Should Attend: Museum & Planetarium Staff
What to Expect:
- A better understanding of the BIG Picture of cosmology
- To meet and talk with researchers at the forefronts
- To visit the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum to see innovative ways to bring current cosmology into a museum
- Practicum sessions that will allow you test drive programming ideas developed during the course
- Tools and resources to bring forefront research into your home institution

Course Description The heavens fixed no more. Discoveries made over the past decade have revealed that the Universe and objects within are changing on timescales from shorter than a microsecond to longer than a billion years. From our own solar system and other planetary systems to stars, galaxies and clusters of galaxies astronomers are chronicling an evolving and evermore interesting universe with their sophisticated instruments.

Though astronomers since antiquity have realized that new objects sometimes appear in the night sky, they considered the cosmos to be timeless and unchanging. Even as recently as the 1920s, astrophysicists had difficulty comprehending a universe that was not eternal. Now we know differently. Change is the rule. Planets form and orbit other stars; stars explode in violent supernovas; galaxies and black holes merge; and the Big Bang set it all in motion.

Astronomers now regularly witness many of these phenomena -- fleets of space satellites and ground based telescopes monitor the sky in real time, detecting transient events like solar flares, gamma ray bursts and supernovae within hours. Telescopes in Antarctica are mapping the spacetime ripples from the Big Bang, the Universe's most dramatic period of evolution. These events let us observe new physics in extreme conditions which are only ever reproduced on Earth in massive computer simulations revealing how galaxies collide and stars explode.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Joshua A. Frieman; Elise Jennings; Richard G. Kron; Donald Q. Lamb; Randall H. Landsberg; Christopher D. Sheehy; Mark Subbarao; Michael S. Turner
2014 KICP GLPA Workshop: Swirls in the Sky the Science Behind the Headlines: BICEP2, B-modes and Observing from the South Pole
October 30, 2014 | Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Lindsey Bleem, Jason Henning, & Randall H. Landsberg

The goals of this workshop are to demystify the recent front page news about the detection of B-mode polarization in measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and to enable participants to craft a "science minute" presentation applicable to their home institution. A concise science overview talk will be followed by a break out session where teams will sketch out a "science minute" and then present their ideas to the other participants and the scientific experts. We will explore why the South Pole is the best place on earth for CMB observations, the different flavors of B-modes (or "swirls") encoded in the CMB's polarization, and the profound impact that these observations may have on our understanding of the Universe and inflation.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Lindsey Bleem; Jason Henning; Randall H. Landsberg
Scientific projects: BICEP2/The Keck Array/BICEP3
Robotics, Telescopes and S.T.E.A.M., Yerkes Winter Institute
December 27 - 29, 2014 | Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, WI
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Instructors: Julieta Aguilera, Walter Glogowski, Chen He, Randy Landsberg, Ian Remming, Ted Ressel, Richard Saldanha, Erik Shirokoff, Alanna Simone.

The Yerkes Winter Institute (YWI) is a three-day residential science immersion experience held at the historic Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. It offers high school students in the Space Explorers Program the chance to delve into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) through experiments, nighttime telescope observing and by working side-by-side with practicing scientists. YWI 2014 continued the year-long theme of robotics, building on the fall quarter work on mechanics (e.g., levers and gears), and seeding the winter/spring quarter projects which will focus on programming and engineering challenges. The students cycled through three daytime labs in small groups devoting over three hours to each lab. Two labs utilized "Sphero", a small spherical commercial robot that can be programmed to move and display colors. One involved programming a Sphero to navigate a maze, while the other used them as a remote probe of surface variations, similar to how a robot might explore the surface of a distant planet. In the third lab the Space Explorers constructed simple insect-like bug-bots and engineered them to compete in a sprint and bot Sumo wrestling.
Evening activities included observing with the Yerkes telescopes and two creative S.T.E.A.M (Science Technology Engineering ART and Math, or STEM + Art) projects. Both involved using technology to make art, the first with long camera exposures and Sphero's controllable lights and the other with bug-bots and more traditional media (i.e., pens and paper). Celestial art was examined with the 24-inch telescope, which was used to observe distant red giant stars and star clusters. In addition to OSP staff, there were nine instructors: three senior members of KICP, an Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum staff member, a postdoctoral fellow, a public school teacher, an artist, and two graduate students. The Yerkes Winter Institute is one of two annual residential science immersion experiences that the Space Explorers participate in - the 2015 Yerkes Summer Institute is scheduled for August 2-8, 2015.

Related Links:
KICP Members: Randall H. Landsberg; M. Ted Ressell; Richard Saldanha; Erik Shirokoff
KICP Students: Chen He Heinrich