The 4th Annual DC/VA/MD Summer Astrophysics Meeting
The GW Physics Department and Astronomy, Physics and Statistics Institute of Sciences (APSIS) are proud to host the 4th annual DC/VA/MD summer meeting focused on astronomy and astrophysics research by junior scientists (senior undergraduates, graduate students, junior postdocs). The aim of this meeting is to bring local students and researchers (e.g., faculty, post-docs, NASA researchers) together to interact, network and learn about other's research.
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Graduate and upper level undergraduate students as well as postdocs are invited to submit abstracts to present their research in the form of talks or posters. The format for talks will depend on how many participants register, but will be 10-15 minutes in length with 5 minutes for questions. The exact format will be announced after the registration deadline. There will be 2 coffee breaks and 1 lunch break, during which posters will be presented providing ample time for discussions focused on posters. Based on majority vote in the poll, the conference will be one day, July 15, 2016. We also plan to have several talks on hot modern-day astrophysics topics conducted by senior researchers.
When and Where
Science and Engineering Hall (SEH)
The meeting will be held on July 15, 2016 at the GWU's new Science and Engeneering Hall (SEH), the largest academic building dedicated to science and engineering in downtown Washington DC, located at 800 22nd St NW (at the corner of I and 22nd st). It is easily accessible by metro, only a short walk from either Foggy Bottom (Orange/Blue/Silver) or Farragut North (Red).
If you come by car, parking information is available here. The talks will take place in SEH's the Lehman auditorium.
The complete conference program is available here as PDF.
Conference Talks (recorded videos - YouTube links):
Prof. Chryssa Kouveliotou (GWU) Welcome and opening words
Noel Klingler (GWU) Spectral Mapping of Pulsar Wind Nebulae
Jeffrey Cummings (JHU) Massive white dwarfs & the initial-final mass relation
Sean Terry (CUA/NASA GSFC) Bayesian Analysis and Modeling of Gravitational Microlensing Events with Implications for WFIRST
Ashlee Wilkins (UMD) Exoplanet Atmospheres in Exotic Environments: Hubble Studies of Transiting Giant Planets
Nicholas Troup (UVA) Combing the Brown Dwarf Desert with APOGEE
Justin Linford (GWU) The Strange Tale of Nova V1535 Sco
Allen Wang (ISU/NASA GSFC) Estimating Newton’s Gravitational Constant from Space with LISA Pathfinder Flight Data
Emmaris Soto (CUA) UV Clumps at 0.5 ≤ z ≤ 1.5 in the Deepest Field of the Universe
Daniela Huppenkothen (NYU) Invited talk: Exploring the Violent Universe: A Data Science Approach to X-ray Astronomy
Rafaella Margutti (Harvard CfA) Invited Talk: Stellar Explosions
Jennifer Liang (UMD) Turbulence in galaxy clusters: a matter of gravity?
Israel Martinez-Castellanos (UMD) HAWC capabilities and results from the first year of operations
Aamir Ali (JHU) The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor
Steven Silverberg (OU/NASA GSFC) New Dusty Stars in Young Moving Groups from Disk Detective
Alex Richert (PSU/NASA GSFC) Gas-dust interactions in debris disks
Jeremy Hare (GWU) Applying Machine Learning to Understand the Nature of X-ray Sources
Blagoy Rangelov (GWU) Discovery of Far-UV Emission from Pulsar Bowshocks
Oleg Kargaltsev (GWU) Concluding remarks
Program of the 2nd DC/MD/VA Astrophysics Summer 2014 meeting also organized at GW is available here.
Local Organizing Committee:
Jeremy Hare (GWU)
Noel Klingler (GWU)
Noel Klingler (GWU)
Alexander van der Horst (GWU)
Oleg Kargaltsev (GWU)
Chryssa Kouveliotou (GWU)
Blagoy Rangelov (GWU)
George Younes (GWU)
Meeting sponsors: This meeting is supported by the Department of Physics and by the George Washington University and GW Astronomy, Physics and Statistics Institute of Sciences (APSIS).
Contact info: Jeremy Hare, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org