- Organized by
Keith Hawkins, Ph.D.University of Texas at Austin
Chervin Laporte, Ph.D.University of Victoria
The second annual Simons Society of Fellows Alumni Symposium will feature a broad exploration of astrophysics through the common umbrella theme of Origins. The symposium will cover “hot topics” in astronomy, including cosmology, the formation of galaxies including our Milky Way, and the hunt for planets and life around other stars.
The conference participants will be able to learn about the hottest topics in astronomy, including the methods that modern astrophysicists use to deal with big datasets. These data science methods will be transferable across disciplines. Additionally, young scientists will also have the opportunity to present their work alongside established investigators through posters as well as talks from a wide variety of astronomers from various stages in their career. Finally, we hope to have a short session at the end of meeting where Society of Fellows alumni will be able to reflect on their experience and the impact of the Society of Fellows on their careers.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
4:15 PM TEA 4:30 PM Justin Read | Dark Matter Heats Up in Dwarf Galaxies (Simons Foundation Lecture) 6:00 PM DINNER
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
9:30 AM Yacine Ali-Haïmoud | Hunting for dark matter in the early Universe 10:00 AM Gurtina Besla | The Milky Way in Motion 11:00 AM Jo Dunkley | How Fast is the Universe Growing? 11:30 AM Jennifer Johnson | The Origin of the Elements in the Milky Way 1:00 PM Johanna Teske | Current Status and Future Prospects in Radial Velocity Characterization of Exoplanetary Systems 1:30 PM Brendan Bowler | Imaging Exoplanets and the Pathway to Earth Analogs 2:30 PM Courtney Dressing | Discovering and Characterizing Planetary Systems Using the Transit Method 3:00 PM Keith Hawkins and Chervin Laporte | Alumni Talks Introduction 3:05 PM Aditi Sheshadri | Alumni Talk 4:00 PM Mijo Simunovic | Alumni Talk 4:25 PM James Stafford | Alumni Talk 4:50 PM Conference Summary