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Invited Speakers

  • Michael Balogh
  • Michele Bannister
  • Geoff Clayton
  • Jean-Michel Désert
  • Wes Fraser
  • Avishay Gal-Yam
  • Denise Gonçalves
  • Mario Hamuy
  • Steven Kahn
  • Mukremin Kilic
  • Myung Gyoon Lee
  • Bruce Macintosh
  • Franck Marchis
  • Alan McConnachie
  • Thaisa Storchi Bergmann
  • Chris Tinney
  • Jessica Werk
  • Nadia Zakamska


All events will be at the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, except the conference dinner.

Invited talks are 15 minutes long, plus 5 additional minutes for questions.

Contributed talks are 12 minutes long, plus 3 additional minutes for questions.

Sunday, June 14
5:00PM Welcome Reception The View - 5th floor - 5 PM to 7 PM
Monday, June 15
Introduction – Chair, Paul Martini
9:00 AM Markus Kissler-Patig Welcome, State of the Observatory
9:25 AM Invited Speaker
Michael Balogh
Board perspectives and future vision
9:45 AM Nancy Levenson Science Highlights
10:00 AM Rachel Mason Fast Turnaround Program
10:15 AM Break  
Solar System – Chair, Paul Martini
10:45 AM Invited Speaker
Franck Marchis
Gemini Observatory Adaptive Optics contributions to Planetary Science
11:05 AM Invited Speaker
Michele Bannister
It Takes Two: Simultaneous Exploration of the Outer Solar System with CFHT and Gemini
11:25 AM Invited Speaker
Wesley Fraser
Colours of the Outer Solar System Origins Survey
11:45 AM Rosemary Pike The 5:1 Neptune Resonance: Dynamics and Population
12:00 PM Lunch
Optional: GRACES Discussion
Partner Highlights and Perspectives – Chair, Nancy Levenson
1:45 PM Roy Gal University of Hawaii
2:00 PM Guillermo Bosch Argentina
2:15 PM Stuart Ryder Australia
2:30 PM Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann Brazil
2:45 PM Craig Heinke Canada
3:00 PM Franz Bauer Chile
3:15 PM Break  
3:45 PM Narae Hwang KASI
4:00 PM Letizia Stanghellini United States
4:15 PM Lightning Poster Introductions
5:00 PM Wine and Cheese Poster Viewing Reception
Tuesday, June 16
Future Instrumentation – Chair, Michael Balogh
9:00 AM Scot Kleinman Development Program and Instrument Procurement Update
9:25 AM Ruben Diaz Instrumentation Upgrades: Small Projects
9:40 AM Andrew Sheinis An Update on the Gemini High Resolution Optical Spectrograph (GHOST)
Active Galactic Nuclei – Chair, Michael Balogh
9:55 AM Invited Speaker
Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann
Mapping Feeding and Feedback Processes of Supermassive Black Holes with Gemini Integral Field Spectrographs
10:15 AM Davide Lena Gas kinematics in the inner kiloparsec of NGC 1386 and NGC 1365: bipolar outflows, rotation equatorial outflow!?
10:30 AM Break  
11:00 AM Invited Speaker
Nadia Zakamska
Observations of quasar feedback
11:20 AM Rogério Riffel The near-infrared stellar populations of galaxies: models constraints from observations of active galaxies
11:35 AM Rogemar Riffel Feeding vs. Feedback in AGNs probed with Near-IR Integral Field Spectroscopy
11:50 AM Dinalva Sales Discovery of two nuclei in the process of merging in the OH Megamaser Galaxy IRAS17526+3253
12:05 PM Mischa Schirmer Quasar ionization echos
12:20 PM Lunch
Optional: Instrumentation Discussion
Cosmic Explosions – Chair, Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann
2:00 PM Invited Speaker
Mario Hamuy
Gemini: Cosmology from Type II Supernovae
2:20 PM Invited Speaker
Avishay Gal-Yam
Supernova flash spectroscopy: a new observational window into stellar death
2:40 PM Craig Heinke Recent Gemini results on X-ray Binaries
2:55 PM Armin Rest Spectrophotometric Evolution of Eta Carinae's Great Eruption
3:10 PM Invited Speaker
Geoffrey Clayton
Studying Dust Formation in Core-Collapse Supernovae with Gemini/GMOS
3:30 PM Franz Bauer An X-ray Transient Goes Bump in the Night
3:45 PM Yi Cao Declining Ultraviolet Emission From a Newborn Type Ia Supernova
4:00 PM Break  
Current Partnerships – Chair, Markus Kissler-Patig
4:30 PM Markus Kissler-Patig Current Gemini Partnerships
4:40 PM Nobuo Arimoto Future Plans of Subaru for Operations and Instruments
5:00 PM Hilton Lewis Keck Observatory: Current Status and Future Plans
5:20 PM Panel discussion on Synergy
Wednesday, June 17
Exoplanets – Chair, Franck Marchis
9:00 AM Invited Speaker
Bruce Macintosh
Science with the Gemini Planet Imager
9:20 AM Jeffrey Chilcote The Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey
9:35 AM Invited Speaker
Chris Tinney
Brown Dwarf & Exoplanet Science with Gemini
9:55 AM Invited Speaker
Jean-Michel Désert
Probing transiting exoplanet atmospheres with Gemini/GMOS
10:15 AM Mark Ammons Astrometric Limits from GeMS on the Presence of Exoplanets in the Luhman 16AB System
10:30 AM Break  
11:00 AM Thayne Currie Characterizing Imaged Exoplanetary Systems with Gemini
Additional Topics – Chair, Franck Marchis
11:15 AM Chad Trujillo The Future of Gemini Adaptive Optics
11:40 AM Steven Kahn The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
12:00 PM Joseph Masiero Follow-up of low-albedo NEOWISE discoveries with Gemini-South/GMOS-S
12:15 PM Lunch
Optional: Hands-on Data Analysis Workshop
Galactic Astronomy – Chair, Letizia Stanghellini
2:10 PM Invited Speaker
Alan McConnachie
A high resolution view of resolved stellar populations with the Gemini Observatories
2:30 PM Tobias Fritz Probing the dark halo of the Milky Way with GeMS/GSAOI
2:45 PM Invited Speaker
Mukremin Kilic
The ELM Survey: Searching for the Shortest Period Binary White Dwarfs
3:05 PM Ana Elisa Collado Using Gemini poor-weather time to search for binary systems among faint Galactic WN stars
3:20 PM Break  
Gemini Instrument Feasibility Studies (GIFS) – Chair, Letizia Stanghellini
3:50 PM Gemini Observatory Introduction to GIFS
4:00 PM GIFS project presentations
Alan McConnachie MOVIES: A combined optimized target of opportunity and workhorse large wavelength coverage spectrograph for the Gemini telescopes
Antonio de Ugarte OCTOCAM: A fast optical/NIR multi-channel imager and spectrograph
Massimo Robberto GMOX: A wide-bandwidth, moderate-resolution, MEMS-based multi-object spectrograph
Nicholas Konidaris GEONIS: Gemini Efficient Optical and Near-infrared Imager and Spectrograph
5:20 PM Panel discussion on Gen 4#3 instrument
7:15 PM Conference Dinner: CN Tower 360 Restaurant
Thursday, June 18
Nearby Universe – Chair, Pauline Barmby
9:00 AM Invited Speaker
Denise Gonçalves
The universal mass-metallicity relation for Local Group dwarf galaxies
9:20 AM Invited Speaker
Myung Gyoon Lee
Tracing the history of merger remnant early-type galaxies
9:40 AM Roberto Bertoldo Menezes The molecular H2 emission and the stellar kinematics in the nuclear region of the Sombrero galaxy
9:55 AM Carlos Escudero The extremely populated globular cluster system of the lenticular galaxy NGC6861
10:10 AM Rachel Mason The near-IR spectral properties of nearby galaxy nuclei
10:25 AM Break  
10:55 AM Ricardo Salinas Dark matter and globular cluster systems of isolated ellipticals
11:10 AM John Blakeslee Multiconjugate Fluctuations: Measuring Surface Brightness Fluctuations with GeMS
Distant Galaxies – Chair, John Blakeslee
11:25 AM Invited Speaker
Jessica Werk
Where Accretion Meets Feedback: The Large Gaseous Halos Around Galaxies
11:45 AM Roberto Abraham Eppur si muove’
12:00 PM Lunch
Optional: Public Information and Outreach Discussion
2:00 PM Robert Bassett The Stellar Properties of Turbulent Disks at z~1 Using GMOS-IFS
2:15 PM Inger Jørgensen Dead galaxies not so dead – galaxy evolution over the last 8-9 Gyr
2:30 PM Elizabeth Buckley-Geer A Gemini Large and Long Program for Dark Energy Survey Strong Lensing and Photometric Redshift Spectroscopic Follow-Up
2:45 PM Mark Brodwin The Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE Survey (MaDCoWS)
3:00 PM Michael Balogh Galaxy groups and clusters at 0.8
3:15 PM Break  
3:30 PM Adam Muzzin The Gemini Cluster Astrophysics Spectroscopic Survey (GCLASS)
3:45 PM Sarah Sweet An adaptive optics view of the morphological evolution of galaxies during 1 < z < 2
4:00 PM Panel and Participant Discussion: Future Vision for Gemini
5:00 PM Conference Ends  

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