Talks will be monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at 11 am East coast time (US) via Zoom.


Each VAST will consist of two 20 minute talks followed by an open discussion.

Upcoming VAST seminars

Feb 15, 2023: Firefly & ...

  • Alex Gurvich: Firefly: a WebGL interactive particle viewer

March 15, 2023: TBD

April 19, 2023: Workflows

May 17, 2023: Joint Seminar with SciCodes

June 21, 2023: Grad lightning talks

Past VAST seminars

Jan 18, 2023: MESA & TULIPS

  • Frank Timmes: MESA: an open-source 1D stellar evolution software instrument
  • Eva Laplace: TULIPS: Tool for Understanding the Lives, Interiors, and Physics of Stars

Dec 21, 2022: Lightning Talks

  • Neven Caplar: LSSTseries: a package for working with LSST time series data
  • Sally Dodson-Robinson: NWelch: a python implementation of Welch's method for power spectra and more
  • Camilla Pacifici: Jdavis: a package of astronomical data analysis vis tools for Jupyter
  • Alexander Smith Clark: pynucastro: a python library for nuclear astrophysics
  • Anowar Shajib: lenstronomy: a package for modeling strong gravitational lenses
  • : recorded presentation

Nov 16, 2022: TARDIS & GaiaXPy

  • Andrew Fullard: TARDIS: an open-source Monte Carlo radiative-transfer code
  • Daniela Ruz-Mieres: GaiaXPy: A python library for handling Gaia BP/RP spectra
  • : recorded presentation

Oct 19, 2022: AstroPy & yt

  • Erik Tollerud: AstroPy: a community common core package for Astronomy in python
  • Matt Turk: yt: a framework for analysis and visualization in python.
  • : recorded presentation

Sept 21, 2022: Stingray & PINT