New Horizons in Astronomy

Schedule

Sunday, October 6

6:30 pm

Reception (Dinner and Drinks), Hula Hut

Monday, October 7 - Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 [map]

8:30 am

Coffee & Tea

9:00

Welcome :: Sarah Tuttle

9:30

The Cosmic Microwave Background: An Experimentalists's Guide to CMB Measurements and Prospects for the Future

Laura Newburgh, Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto

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10:15

Coffee Break

10:45

Numerical Simulations of the Dark Universe

Raul Angulo, Centro de Estudios de Fisica del Cosmos de Aragon

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11:30

Simulating Galaxy Structure within LCDM

Laura Sales, ITC, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

abstract

12:15

1 minute poster summaries

12:30

Lunch/Mtgs/Breaks

2:15

The Structure of the Milky Way

Jo Bovy, Institute for Advanced Study

abstract

3:00

Coffee Break

3:30

The Formation of Massive Stars and Star Clusters in the Milky Way

Cara Battersby, University of Colorado, Boulder

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4:15

Star Formation: Chemistry as a Probe of Embedded Protostars

Ruud Visser, University of Michigan

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6:30 pm

Dinner w/ UT Speaker David Stuart, Hilton Garden Inn

Special Presentation

Astronomy and Cosmology among the Ancient Maya

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Tuesday, October 8 - Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 [map]

8:30 am

Coffee & Tea

9:00

The Surprisingly Complex Lives of Massive Galaxies

Rachel Bezanson, University of Arizona

Once thought to be relics of a much earlier epoch, the most massive local galaxies are red and dead ellipticals, with little ongoing star formation or organized rotation. In the last decade, observations of their assumed progenitors have demonstrated that billions of years ago, massive galaxies were more compact and morphologically different, possibly with more disklike structures. The details of this observed evolution can place constraints on the physical processes that have driven massive galaxy evolution through cosmic time.

I will present an overview of current observational studies of the structural and dynamical properties of high-redshift galaxies, focusing on our understanding of how massive galaxies grow through cosmic time. In particular, I will highlight results from the upgraded WFC3 camera on HST, which allows for high-resolution imaging and grism spectroscopy in the rest-frame optical out to z~3. Additionally, I will describe results from deep spectroscopic studies, which have provided more detailed information about the stellar populations and dynamics of the high-redshift progenitors of massive galaxies today.

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9:30

Black Hole Safari: Tracking Populations and Hunting Big Game

Nicholas McConnell, IfA, University of Hawaii

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10:15

Coffee Break

10:45

The Progenitor Systems and Explosion Mechanisms of Supernovae

Dan Milisavljevic, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

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11:30

Reverberation Mapping: Masses and Distance and Size, Oh My!

Kelly Denney, Ohio State University

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12:15

Lunch/Mtgs/Breaks

2:00

Magnetic Fields in Astrophysics: From Earth to the Intercluster Medium

Michael Pavel, University of Texas at Austin

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2:45

More Than a Star, or How Does Solar Activity Impact The Heliosphere?

Kamen Kozarev, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)

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3:30

Coffee Break

4:00

In Search of Exomoons

David Kipping, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

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4:45

Planet Formation: Knowing the Progenitors and the Progeny

Kaitlin Kratter, University of Colorado, Boulder

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