Astrophysics Journal Club

Astrophysics Journal Club is a weekly seminar at which students, faculty and postdocs offer reviews of interesting and potentially important papers from the research literature.

Spring Semester 2009 Journal Club





Jan 29


Terry Jones

Feb 5

Paul Edmon


Feb 12


Liliya Williams

Feb 19

Karl Isensee


Feb 26

Pete Mendygral


Mar 5

Andrew Helton

Megan Krejny


Mar 12

Kathleen deWahl

Larry Rudnick


Mar 19

Spring Break

Spring Break


Mar 26

Steve Warren

Yong Qian


Apr 2

Danielle Berg

Chick Woodward


Apr 9

Tom Vonderharr



Apr 16

Ted Wahl

Evan Skillman


Apr 23

Damon Farnsworth

Tom Jones


Apr 30

Kristen McQuinn



May 7

Andrea Mehner

Roberta Humphreys







Some resources to find papers for review:

From astro-ph:



From the journals:



Some Journal Club Presentation Guidelines

In preparing a Journal Club (JC) presentation, the following guidelines
may be useful (partly paraphrased from the Astrophysics Grad Student Handbook):

I. Paper selection: Please choose a paper that will be interesting to a broad audience.  "Discovery" papers are more likely to be of general interest than "technical" papers.
For example, reviewing the relevant journal article connected to a press release will
generally be appreciated by all.  Remember that short papers, especially Letters, are concise, so often much of the background is omitted.  On the other hand, it may be difficult to do justice to a very long paper in the time allotted. 

II. Give yourself enough prep time: It is best to identify an article at least a
week in advance, so there is time to find another if the first choice turns out to be unsuitable.

III. Tips for Presentation:

IV. Feedback:  Everyone is encouraged to seek and to provide helpful feedback, since one of the principal purposes of JC is to enhance our presentation skills.

Some suggested questions to address in reviewing papers.


Last update: 16 January, 2009