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THIRD ANNUAL GMT COMMUNITY SCIENCE MEETING

Presented by the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization

Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA

OCTOBER 1-3, 2015

A new generation of sky surveys and giant telescopes will open a new window on the nearby, as well as the distant, Universe.

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization is hosting a three-day conference on the topics of resolved stellar populations and galaxy formation. Scientists from around the world will gather at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey Peninsula in California to discuss the state of the field in topics ranging from using galaxies as cosmological probes, near-field and far-field connections, and galactic archeology.

A gala conference banquet will be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

 

2015 SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Charlie Conroy, Harvard (co-chair)

Beth Willman, Haverford (co-chair)

Rebecca Bernstein, GMTO

Robert Blum, NOAO

Gary Da Costa, Australian National University

Anna Frebel, MIT

Ken Freeman, Australian National University

Jason Kalirai, STScI

Rich Kron, Chicago

Young-Wook Lee, Yonsei

Lucas Macri, Texas A&M

Josh Simon, Carnegie

Matthias Steinmetz, Potsdam

Risa Wechsler, Stanford

Dennis Zaritsky, Arizona

 

SPONSOR

GMTO Corporation

 

Header Image ©2015 Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory)

2015 OVERVIEW

For the last 15 years, resolved stellar populations of nearby galaxies have rivaled distant galaxies in terms of their return on our understanding of both dark matter and galaxy formation.

The detailed dynamics, chemical and star formation histories of nearby objects provide a view that is complementary to the average history of the universe that can be stitched together from observing large ensembles of unresolved galaxies. In this conference, we will consider the questions “What can uniquely be learned about dark matter and the physics of galaxy formation from observations of resolved stellar populations?” and “How can we ensure that the next generation of facilities accomplishes this?” Through invited and contributed talks on state-of-the-art, near-field research on dark matter and galaxy formation and evolution, we aim to (i) pinpoint the highest priority open questions and (ii) foster new collaborative connections with an eye on answering these questions with next generation facilities.

Registration deadline: September 1, 2015. No registration fee is required. Travel support is provided for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Space is limited. A small number of contributed talks will be accepted. The talk sessions will be complemented by an extensive poster session. Abstracts will be requested via email once you register. 

Poster abstract submission deadline: September 1, 2015 (extended).

2015 Invited Speakers

  • Rebecca Bernstein, GMTO
  • Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Sydney
  • Mike Boylan-Kolchin, Maryland
  • Norbert Christlieb, Heidelberg
  • Alis Deason, UC Santa Cruz
  • Alex Drlica-Wagner, Fermilab
  • Annette Ferguson, Edinburgh
  • Kathryn Johnston, Columbia
  • Jason Kalirai, STScI
  • Nitya Kallivayalil, Virginia
  • Andrey Kravtsov, Chicago
  • Justin Read, Surrey
  • Connie Rockosi, UC Santa Cruz
  • Louis Strigari, Indiana
  • Daniel Weisz, Washington
  • Beth Willman, Haverford

2015 PROGRAM

Wednesday, Setpember 30

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner Available for Guests Staying at Asilomar
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Welcome Reception
 

Thursday, October 1

7:30 am – 8:50 am: Breakfast
8:50 am – 9:20 am: Welcome – Conroy (5 min) and Science opening talk – Rockosi (20+5 mins)
9:20 am – 10:30 am: New Facilities Overview (Conroy) – Bernstein (25+5 mins), Willman (15+5 mins), Kalirai (15+5 mins)
10:30 am – 10:50 am: Break
10:50 am – 11:50 pm: Galaxy halos – Johnston, Deason, Cunningham (15+5 mins each)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm: Machine gun posters I
1:50 pm – 3:10 pm: Novel Tools & Techniques – Read, Kallivayalil, Beaton, Toloba (15+5 mins each)
3:10 pm – 3:40 pm: Break
3:40 pm – 4:00 pm: Machine gun posters II
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Milky Way Satellites – Drlica-Wagner, Nidever, Strigari (15+5 mins each)
5:30 pm: Buses depart for aquarium
6:00 pm: Conference Banquet

Friday, October 2

7:30 am – 8:50 am: Breakfast
8:00 am – 10:20 am: Near Field Cosmology I – Weisz, Gallart, Griffen, Sand (15+5 mins each)
10:20 am – 10:50 am: Break
10:50 am – 11:50 am: Near Field Cosmology II – Romanowsky, Wheeler, Ting Li (15+5 mins each)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lessons from M31 and Sombrero – Ferguson, Lewis, Steiner (15+5 mins each)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Galactic Archeology I – Stello, Kunder, Lee (15+5 mins each)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Break
3:30 pm – 4:50 pm: Galactic Archeology II – Bland-Hawthorn, Christlieb, Ting, Yong (15+5 mins each)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Wine & Cheese – Cross-Facility Breakout Discussion Sections
6:00 pm: Dinner

Saturday, October 3

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Breakout reporting
10:00 am – 10:20 am: Break
10:20 am – 11:40 pm: Feedback vs. Environment – Boylan-Kolchin, Munshi, Wetzel, Steinmetz (15+5 mins each)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm: Conference Wrap-Up – Kravtsov
12:15 pm: Lunch offered in to-go boxes

Header Image: Centaurus A Extreme Deep Field ©2015 Rolf Olsen Photography   www.rolfolsenphotography.com 

2015 Travel and Accommodations

LODGING

GMTO has secured a block of rooms for our meeting attendees at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. The cut-off date for room reservations is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Reservations received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space available basis. Reserve your room here. Note: Daily room rate includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Onsite meals will only be available for attendees staying on the conference grounds.

TRANSPORTATION

Guests can travel to the conference grounds from Monterey, San Francisco, and San Jose airports via Monterey Shuttle. View shuttle schedules here, and make your reservationshere.

BANQUET DINNER

The GMTO Banquet Dinner will be held on October 1, 2015 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Shuttle service will be provided for this event.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENTS

Full travel reimbursement will be provided for invited speakers. Partial travel reimbursement will be provided for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers depending on your city of origin. For more information on travel reimbursements, please email Heidi Linn at hlinn(at)gmto.org.

2015 Participants

  • Brij Agrawal
  • Taft Armandroff
  • Rachael Beaton
  • Keith Bechtol
  • Sagi Ben-Ami
  • Rebecca Bernstein
  • Fuyan Bian
  • Joss Bland-Hawthorn
  • Robert Blum
  • Antonin Bouchez
  • Mike Boylan-Kolchin
  • Jean Brodie
  • Jeff Carlin
  • Sukanya Chakrabarti
  • Grace Chesmore
  • Anirudh Chiti
  • Jieun Choi
  • Monika Christlieb
  • Norbert Christlieb
  • Chul Chung
  • Janet Colucci
  • Charlie Conroy
  • Benjamin Cook
  • Jeff Crane
  • Emily Cunningham
  • Gary Da Costa
  • Alexandra Davis
  • Alis Deason
  • Joseph Depp
  • Nityasri Doddamane
  • Alan Dressler
  • Alex Drlica-Wagner
  • Ly Duong
  • Oliver Elbert
  • Annette Ferguson
  • Sean Fillingham
  • Alex Fitts
  • Carme Gallart
  • Shrikant Garde
  • Sawan Garde
  • Shea Garrison-Kimmel
  • Karl Glazebrook
  • Andrew Graus
  • Brendan Griffen
  • Raja Guhathakurta
  • Melissa Halford
  • Jonathan Hargis
  • Sukbum Hong
  • Narae Hwang
  • George Jacoby
  • Cliff Johnson
  • Kathryn Johnston
  • Jason Kalirai
  • Nitya Kallivayalil
  • Lancelot Kao
  • Phil Kesten
  • Dongwon Kim
  • Matthew Kirby
  • Karen Knierman
  • Jongwan Ko
  • Amanda Kocz
  • Andrey Kravtsov
  • Andrea Kunder
  • Ho-Gyu Lee
  • Young-Wook Lee
  • Jae-Joon Lee
  • Young-Wook Lee
  • Ma. Angela Lourdes Bada Lequiron
  • Alexia Lewis
  • Hui Li
  • Ting Li
  • Heidi Linn
  • Bob Logan
  • Yu Lu
  • Dougal Mackey
  • Yao-Yuan Mao
  • Jennifer Marshall
  • Sarah Martell
  • Patrick McCarthy
  • Stuart McMuldroch
  • Pimol Moth
  • Ferah Munshi
  • Daniel Nagasawa
  • David Nidever
  • Andrew Pace
  • Chien Peng
  • Annika Peter
  • Charles Racoosin
  • Justin Read
  • Connie Rockosi
  • Aaron Romanowsky
  • David Sand
  • Robyn Sanderson
  • H. Tugca Sener-Satir
  • Josh Simon
  • Colin Slater
  • Joao Steiner
  • Matthias Steinmetz
  • Dennis Stello
  • Jay Strader
  • Louis Strigari
  • Andrew Szentgyorgyi
  • Mikito Tanaka
  • Yuan-Sen Ting
  • Elisa Toloba
  • Adam Tomczak
  • Christopher Trinh
  • Sarah Tuttle
  • Angie Valdericeda
  • Mei-Yu Wang
  • Bruce Weaver
  • Daniel Weisz
  • Andrew Wetzel
  • Coral Wheeler
  • Beth Willman
  • Bob Woodruff
  • Soung-Chul Yang
  • David Yong