APSIS Events

Members of the GW Astronomy, Physics, and Statistics Institute of Sciences (APSIS) are leading, or involved in, the organization of various events. These events are scientific meetings, often with multi-disciplinary components, or outreach events in which APSIS members try to enthuse, educate, and involve the broader community in their science.

The Capitol Chats are a series of annual meetings at GW, with 15 to 20 scientists getting together for up to three days, to discuss specific and focused questions on an open astrophysical subject, and brainstorm on the possible answers. These meetings are geared towards open discussion rather than the usual presentations/questions format. While the majority of the participants are astrophysics experts, there are also data scientists present to contribute with different techniques that can be used to interpret the astronomical data in innovative ways, to push certain research fields forward. The inaugural Capitol Chats, 8-10 June 2015, was focused on gamma-ray bursts and the radiation mechanisms responsible for the prompt gamma-ray emission. The second Capitol Chats meeting, 13-15 July 2016, is focused around the question "Magnetars, what are they?".

On July 15, 2016, members of APSIS are organizing a meeting at GW, at the same time with the second Capitol Chats: the 4th annual DC/MD/VA Astrophysics Summer Meeting. These annual meetings are focused on astronomy and astrophysics research by junior scientists, i.e., senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and junior postdocs. The aim of these meetings is to bring local students and researchers (faculty, postdocs and NASA researchers) together to interact, network, and learn about each other's research.

Besides these scientific meetings, members of APSIS are also involved in outreach. Both in 2015 and 2016, astrophysics students, postdocs and faculty participated in the Astronomy Night at the National Mall, showing children of all ages what there is to explore in the Universe and how much fun astronomy can be.