Annual February Board of Visitors Meeting

Friday, February 24-Saturday, February 25, 2017

Austin, Texas

How to Register:

  1. Click this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/february-2017-astronomy-program-board-of-visitors-meeting-tickets-28230056860
  2. Click the green "TICKETS" button
  3. Select the number of each type of ticket to be purchased: 1) Both days, 2) Friday only, or 3) Saturday only *Group registration is available for this meeting.

Important Registration Information:

  1. Ticket Pricing Structure:
    1. Early Bird registration rates closed December 15, 2016
    2. Regular registration rates available through January 31, 2017
    3. Late registration rates available through February 15, 2017
  2. No refunds available after 4pm January 10, 2017
  3. Hotel Reservations: can be made using this link
    https://aws.passkey.com/event/14285280/owner/71879/landing through January 24, 2017

Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 24, 2017

AT&T Conference Center, Various Locations

1900 University Avenue

Austin, Texas 78705

3:30-4:15pm Science Discussion Groups 1 & 2

SDG 1: Judit Ries "Earth in the Crosshairs" in PDR 2
SDG 2: Craig Wheeler "The Technological Future of Humanity" in PDR 4

PDR 2 and PDR 4 (Hotel Side)
4:15-4:30pm Coffee Break
4:30-5:15pm Science Discussion Groups 3 & 4

SDG 3: Caitlin Casey "Massive Beasts: the Lifecycle of Galaxy Clusters" in PDR 2
SDG 4: Fritz Benedict "Robots in Space - The Exploration of our Solar System" in PDR 4

PDR 2 and PDR 4 (Hotel Side)
6:30-7:30pm Reception for BOV and Invited Guests

Ballrooms AB (Conference Side)
7:30-9:30pm Dinner with Keynote Speaker: Lisa Randall "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs"

Ballroom C (Conference Side)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Peter O'Donnell Building (POB)

201 E 24th Street

Austin, Texas 78712

7:30-8:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:45-9:00am Welcome and Donor Recognitions
9:00-9:45am Board of Visitors Meeting
9:45-10:15am Coffee Break
10:15-11:00am Guest Speaker(s), Astronomy Department Chair, and McDonald Observatory Director
11:00am-12:00pm Science Talks:
Faculty: Michael Boylan-Kolchin "Near-field Cosmology: Big Science from Small Galaxies"
Postdoc: Brendan Bowler "The Pathway to Imaging Earth’s Twin"
Graduate Student: Wenbin Lu "Stories from supermassive black holes tearing apart stars at the heart of galaxies"
12:00-1:15pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Great Lecture:
Dan Jaffe "GMTNIRS and the Great Exoplanet Adventure"
2:30-3:30pm Science Discussion Group:
Mike Endl "The discovery of Proxima b and how we will use the GMT to search for life on this alien world"

2 January 2017
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