Final Program

PROGRAM  June 17-22, 2012

ASTRONOMY’S DISCOVERIES & PHYSICS EDUCATION
PHYSICS RESEARCH & EDUCATION GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE




SUNDAY 

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Arrival and check-in
                              (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner

7:30 pm - 7:40 pm  Welcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff

7:40 pm - 9:30 pm The Physics in Astronomy’s Discoveries and Technologies

Discussion Leader: Charles H. Holbrow (Colgate U / MIT)

7:40 pm - 8:20 pm  Robert Kirshner (Harvard)
                            "The Energetic Universe"

8:20 pm - 8:35 pm  Discussion

8:35 pm - 9:15 pm  Noah Finkelstein (U Colorado)
                            “Evolve or Die: Challenges in Physics Education at a Critical Time”

9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion

 



MONDAY

 

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:30 pm Exoplanets: New Worlds – How to find them; what they’re like

Discussion Leader: Sara Seager (MIT)

9:00 am - 9:40 am  David Charbonneau (Harvard)
                            “How the Hunt for Habitable Worlds with Kepler Can Inspire Students in Physics" 

9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion

10:00 am Coffee Break

10:30 am - 11:10 am Doug Caldwell (NASA-SETI)
                             "Finding and Understanding Exoplanets Using Undergraduate Physics"
                              

11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm  Scott Gaudi (The Ohio State University)
                               “How to Conduct a Census of Exoplanets”

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session

6:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  What is Being Done at Smaller Institutions

Discussion Leader: Mario Belloni (Davidson College)

7:30 pm – 7:50 pm  Dan Reichart (UNC Chapel Hill)
                            “Project Intro Astro:  Skynet Robotic Telescope-Based Labs for Majors
                             and Non-Majors”

7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion

8:00 pm - 8:20 pm  Larry Marschall (Gettysburg College)
                           "Astronomical Research in an Undergraduate Setting: Exploring the Real Sky at
                           Gettysburg College Observatory and the Virtual Sky through Project CLEA"

8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion

8:30 pm - 8:50 pm  Todd Timberlake (Berry College)
                           "Engaging with the History of Astronomy"

8:50 pm – 9:00 pm Discussion

9:00 pm – 9:20 pm  Wolfgang Christian (Davidson College)
                                   “ComPADRE Digital Library Resources for Teaching Astronomy.”

9:20 pm – 9:30 pm   Discussion

 



TUESDAY

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:30 pm Observational Cosmology: New Horizons

Discussion Leader: Robert Kirshner (Harvard)

9:00 am - 9:40 am  Tony Tyson (U C Davis)
                                 “Imaging the Invisible:  Optical Instrumentation for Cosmology”

9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion

10:00 am Coffee Break

10:30 am - 11:10 am  Chris Stubbs (Harvard)
                               "Why has the discovery of dark energy precipitated a crisis
                               in fundamental physics?"

11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm  Bryan Penprase (Pomona College)
                                "Beacons of the Early Universe - Detecting Elements from the First Stars and Galaxies from Quasar 
                                and Gamma-Ray-Burst Spectra"

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time

 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session

6:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Teaching Physics with Astronomy: What AER & PER tell us

Discussion Leader: Hashima Hasan (NASA)

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm  Ed Prather (U Arizona)
                           "Astronomy Education Research: Providing a framework for integrating our 
                           understanding of the universe into the physics classroom" 

8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Discussion

8:10 pm - 8:40 pm  Seth Hornstein (U Colorado)
                            "Enlivening Physics Education through Astronomy Research:
                           Extrasolar Planets & Black Holes."

8:40 pm - 8:50 pm Discussion

8:50 pm - 9:20 pm  Dean Zollman (Kansas State U)
                            “Context Matters:  Insights from transfer research on teaching
                            physics with examples from astronomy”

9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion



WEDNESDAY

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:30 pm Stars and Physics

Discussion Leader: Beth Willman (Haverford College)

9:00 am - 9:40 am     Peter Parker (Yale)
                              “Stars in the Laboratory”

9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion

10:00 am Coffee Break

10:30 am - 11:10 am  Amanda Karakas (Australian National University)
                                "Why we don't understand the origin of the elements as well
                                 as we think we do!" 

11:10 am - 11:30 am  Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm  Andrew West (Boston University)
                                “The Statistical Power of Billions of Stars:
                                 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy in the Era of Deep All-Sky Surveys”

 

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

 

12:30 pm Lunch

 

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time 

 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Business Meeting

Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms;

Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Frontiers of Astronomy’s Instruments & Detectors

Discussion Leader: Randy Peterson (U of the South - Sewanee)

7:30 pm - 8:10 pm  Alan Rogers (MIT Haystack Observatory)
                             "Examples of Radio Astronomy Instrumentation for research
                              and education"

8:10 pm - 8:30 pm  Discussion

8:30 pm - 8:50 pm  Paul Bierden (Boston Micromachines Corp.)
                             “Adaptive Optics for Astronomers & Others”

8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion


9:00 pm - 9:20 pm  John Taranto (Thorlabs)
                             “Adaptive Optics in the Undergraduate Lab”

9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion



THURSDAY

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:30 pm Gravitational Radiation & Interesting Objects

Discussion Leader: Barbara Ryden (The Ohio State University)

9:00 am - 9:40 am Duncan Brown (Syracuse U)
                            “The New Astronomy of LIGO”

 

9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion

 

10:00 am Coffee Break

10:30 am - 11:10 am Greg Bothun (U Oregon)
                               “Astronomy:  Data Driven Inquiry to Reveal the Physics”

11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm  Lucy Fortson (U Minnesota)
                               “The Extreme Universe: The Science and Tools of High Energy
                               Astrophysics in the Classroom”

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session

6:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Astronomy Based Materials for Teaching Physics: What should they be? Who will make them?

Discussion Leader: Ed Prather (U Arizona)

7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Rapporteur: Sterl Phinney (Caltech)
                            “Can astrophysics revitalize physics education?  Should it?”

8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion

8:30 pm           Panel:  Joseph Amato (Colgate U),   Greg Bothun (U Oregon),
                                 Tom O'Kuma 
(Lee College)

                           "Where do we go next? What will you do to get us there?”

8:45 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion



FRIDAY

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am Departure