TEPS November 2020 Seminar Dr. Jason Barnes

Speaker: Dr. Jason Barnes Bio: Dr. Barnes studies the physics of planets and planetary systems. He uses NASA spacecraft data to study planets that orbit stars other than the Sun and the composition and nature of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. He is Deputy Principal Investigator on the Dragonfly NASA space mission, which will […]

TEPS October 2020 Talk With Ganna (Anya) Portyankina

Ganna (Anya) Portyankina was born in USSR and grew up in Ukraine. She studied physics and astronomy in Kharkiv National University where in 2000 she got Specialist degree (soviet equivalent to Master of Science). For the topic of her thesis Ganna picked dynamics of binary asteroids. Among hundreds of light curves of asteroids she had […]

TEPS September 2020 Seminar w/ Oliver Boodram & Olivia Lim

Oliver Boodram “Assessing the Dynamical Stability of Tightly-packed Inner Planetary Systems in the Presence of an Undetected Outer Planetary System” Following the Kepler mission, there was a surprising abundance of observed exoplanetary systems that varied in structure relative to our own Solar System. In particular, a new type of planetary structure revealed itself to be […]

TEPS Summer Skills Workshop

The workshop features speakers from a variety of backgrounds. These speakers include – • Alexander Frias, TEPS Post Doctoral Research Fellow • Judy Tse, Awards & Research Officer at the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Judy will be discussing how to develop successful grant proposals for external awards such as CGS-M, SSHRC, Vanier, Trudeau) • Rachel […]

TEPS 2020-2021 Seminars

We've updated our seminar list for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please note that all seminars will take place via Zoom. Reminders will be sent out 2 weeks in advance to all TEPS trainees and Co-Is. The updated TEPS schedule may be viewed here

Strategies for Detecting Biological Molecules on Titan

Saturn's moon Titan has all the ingredients needed to produce “life as we know it.” When exposed to liquid water, organic molecules analogous to those found on Titan produce a range of biomolecules such as amino acids. Titan thus provides a natural laboratory for studying the products of prebiotic chemistry. In this work, we examine […]

Why don't we have potato-shaped planets?

(NASA, ESA, W. Sparks (STScI), and the USGS Astrogeology Science Center) This week our question comes from Martine Dennis, a listener in Orillia, Ontario. Martine emailed us with a question about the shapes of objects in space. Are all planets and planetoids spherical? If so, are there stages t becoming spherical? Does dark matter "push" everything into […]