galaxy evolution: emerging insights and future challenges
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In the quest for a coherent picture of galaxy evolution, we have made great strides in recent years, on both observational and theoretical fronts. New insights have stemmed from large and deep galaxy surveys based on panchromatic observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra, XMM, and GALEX, along with ground-based optical, radio and infrared facilities. Concurrently, simulations with a large number of particles and dynamic range can now make increasingly detailed predictions on the assembly of galaxies. This workshop, organized by the Department of Astronomy and the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, will bring together observers and theorists in order to discuss recent progress in charting the merger, star formation, and assembly history of galaxies, as well as long-standing challenges facing hierarchical Lambda cold dark matter cosmogonies. What is the current status of these challenges? What constraints are needed from observers by theorists and vice-versa in order to make progress and tackle the next frontiers?

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The main themes of the workshop are:

  • Challenges for Hierarchical Models of Galaxy Evolution (e.g., the angular momentum problem, bulgeless galaxies, the sub-structure problem, the cusp-core controversy.)
  • Assembly of Disks, Bulges, and Spheroids
  • Relative Role of Major Mergers, Minor Mergers, and Secular Processes
  • AGN and Star Formation Activity: Triggers and Feedback

Due to logistical constraints, the number of participants at the workshop will be limited. If you are interested in attending the workshop please register as soon as possible and NO LATER THAN FRIDAY OCTOBER 3, 2008.

The conference venue is the Union Building (UNB) on the University of Texas campus, at the corner of 24th and Guadalupe (2247 Guadalupe; Phone:(512)-475-6636). UNB is located ~5 minutes walk from the Department of Astronomy . The LOC will provide free shuttle from selected hotels to the conference venue.

We thank the McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors Excellence Fund for their generous support for this workshop.

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)
Andreas Burkert (U. Observatory Munich, Germany)
Francoise Combes (Observatoire de Paris, France)
Avishai Dekel (Hebrew University, Israel)
Mark Dickinson (NOAO, USA)
Shardha Jogee (Chair) (UT Austin, USA)
Robert Kennicutt (IoA, Cambridge, England)
John Kormendy (UT Austin, USA)
Julio Navarro (U. of Victoria, Canada)
Hans-Walter Rix (MPIA, Germany)
Isaac Shlosman (U. of Kentucky, USA)
Rachel Somerville (STScI, USA)
Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
Monica Kidd
Jim Umbarger
Lara Eakins
Debbie Winegarten
Joel Barna
Gordon Orris
Shardha Jogee
Neal Evans
Irina Marinova
Lei Hao
Amanda Heiderman
Tim Weinzirl
Guillermo Blanc
Jeremy Murphy

23 October 2008