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

abstract

10:15

Coffee Break

10:45

Numerical Simulations of the Dark Universe

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

abstract

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

abstract

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

abstract

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

abstract

9:30

Black Hole Safari: Tracking Populations and Hunting Big Game

Nicholas McConnell, IfA, University of Hawaii

abstract

10:15

Coffee Break

10:45

The Progenitor Systems and Explosion Mechanisms of Supernovae

Dan Milisavljevic, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

abstract

11:30

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

Kelly Denney, Ohio State University

abstract

12:15

Lunch/Mtgs/Breaks

2:00

Magnetic Fields in Astrophysics: From Earth to the Intercluster Medium

Michael Pavel, University of Texas at Austin

abstract

2:45

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

Kamen Kozarev, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)

The past decade has seen dramatic improvements in observations of the Sun and the domain influenced by its electromagnetic and plasma emission - the heliosphere. This has brought about significant advances in our understanding of how the solar corona is heated, how the solar wind is accelerated, and how solar plasma interacts with planetary environments and the interstellar medium on time scales from minutes to years. Space-borne missions such as the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the Solar-TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO), MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER), Cluster, and the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer (IBEX), among others, have been instrumental in producing an astounding amount of new data, and in filling in the puzzle of how our closest star works and interacts with its surroundings. I will overview some of these new observations, from the solar corona out to the edge of the heliosphere, focusing on the short-term solar activity. I will also provide some observational and modeling insight into how eruptive reorganizations of magnetic fields and plasma, known as flares and coronal mass ejections, can create populations of very energetic ionized particles, which pose radiation risks for astronauts and satellites. Finally, I will give a preview of future solar and heliospheric space missions, and the questions they will aim to answer.

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3:30

Coffee Break

4:00

In Search of Exomoons

David Kipping, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

abstract

4:45

Planet Formation: Knowing the Progenitors and the Progeny

Kaitlin Kratter, University of Colorado, Boulder

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