Rosanne Di Stefano


I have regularly given talks on astronomy, both technical ones on my research to professional astronomers, as well as popular talks to the general public. My popular talks include those that I gave when I was selected as a Sigma Xi National Lecturer to speak at locations around the United States. At the Center for Astrophysics I have given talks to the Telescope Makers of Boston as well as to Observatory Night audiences.

My professional presentations around the world include ones at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), as well as at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). I gave a plenary talk at the 224th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Beyond talks on astronomy I have spoken on gender and equity issues in science, long a concern for me.

Selected Recent Talks on Astronomy

  • ITC Colloquium
    Mass Transfer within Hierarchical Triples: New Routes to Gravitational-Wave Events and Type Ia Supernovae
    13 December 2018
  • Supernovae: The LSST Revolution, Northwestern University
    Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: The Role of LSST
    2 June 2017
  • The 29th International Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics
    (via Skype to Capetown)
    Making the Invisible Visible: Astrometric Mesolensing by Nearby Stellar Remnants
    5 December 2017
  • CHASC Astrostatistics Collaboration
    Microlensing by Globular Cluster Stars: using microlensing to study mass overdensities
    22 November 2016
  • Chandra Science for the Next Decade
    Proper Motion: An X-Ray Frontier for Chandra and X-Ray Surveyor
    16 August 2016
  • NAOC Colloquium: University of the Chinese Academy of Science
    Planets and Stellar Remnants in and out of Globular Clusters
    7 June 2016
  • SI Visitors
    Order from Complexity Data Visualization in Astronomy
    4 May 2016
  • Exoplanet Lunch (CfA)
    Planets in Globular Clusters and Opportunities for Life and Advanced Civilizations
    8 February 2016
  • CfA press conference (Rosanne DiStefano)
    Globular clusters could nurture interstellar civilizations?
    Led to 420 online articles including ABC, BBC, Huffington Post, MSN, NBC, National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, Yahoo! News and The Washington Post
  • Michigan Technical University, Colloquium
    Exoplanets Searches and the Quest for Intelligent Life
    22 October 2015
  • FOE 2015, North Carolina
    All in the Family: Discovering the nature of Supernova Ia progenitors by identifying close cousins
    3 June 2015
  • CfA Observatory Night
    Lighting Our Way through the Universe: The Birth of Type Ia Supernovae
    12 January 2010
Talks on Gender and Equity
  • Equity and Inclusion Journal Club (CfA)
    Measuring Gender Equity
    Summary for Journal Club Finale
    18 May 2018
  • Equity and Inclusion Journal Club (CfA)
    Measuring Gender Equity: Making Changes that Matter
    27 April 2018

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