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Second Annual Virginia Astronomers Meeting

The Second Annual Virginia Astronomers Meeting will be held March 27-28 (Friday and Saturday) on the campus of Radford University.

Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Paul Geissler, Kitt Peak National Observatory

      Dr. Geissler is a project scientist for the Galileo mission to Jupiter. On Friday night, March 27, Dr. Geissler will give a talk open to the general public entitled "Galileo: The Road to Jupiter." This talk will be held in Room #206, McGuffey Hall, on the campus of Radford University at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 27. On Saturday, March 28, Dr. Geissler will give a professional talk to the Virginia Astronomers Meeting entitled "Europa: New Insights from Galileo."
      For a preview of what Dr. Geissler will show us, check out the Galileo homepage .

    Times:
  • We will register starting at 8:30 am in Room #201 in Reed-Curie Hall. Also, during this time, we will have munchies (pastry, fruit, etc.) and drinks (coffee, juice) available for all in attendance.
  • We will start the talks at 9:00, or some reasonable facsimile thereof.
  • Talks will be limited--in a sense--to 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for the talk and 5 minutes for questions. However, no one will be cut off. And, no questions will be cut off. (Personally, I think that I am going to have lots of questions as to just how supernovae can produce these "pseudoscalar" particles, and, frankly, what they are! :) )
  • See the schedule of talks below to get an idea of what will be discussed. It should be quite, uh, variable (pun intended).
  • A final talk schedule is below, and will also be handed out at the meeting. Some who have requested earlier times will easily have those times for their talks.

    Meeting rooms, etc.
  • Times: We will register starting at 8:30 am in Room #201 in Reed-Curie Hall. Also, during this time, we will have munchies (pastry, fruit, etc.) and drinks (coffee, juice) available for all in attendance.
  • Dr. Geissler's talk on Friday night will be held in room #206 in McGuffey Hall on the campus of Radford University.
  • The Virginia Astronomers Meeting on Saturday will be held in room #201 of Reed-Curie Hall.

    Meeting format, etc.
  • The format of this meeting will be the same as last years' meeting--informal talks on whatever aspect of astronomy that interests the participants! Times for the talks will be alloted according to the total number of talks submitted.
  • The list of submitted talks and participants will be posted here as the meeting approaches. Watch for details.
  • And no, you don't have to talk about something to participate!
  • List of talks.

    Travel to Radford University
  • Click here for a statewide map of how to get to the city of Radford if you are not familiar with the western part of Virginia.
  • A link off of the above page has a clickable campus map of Radford University. The meeting will be held in Reed-Curie Hall, room #201. You see the windows to this ampitheater-style classroom on the floor immediately above the main entrance to Reed-Curie Hall.

    Lodging
  • The following hotels are less than one mile from campus. All are located on Tyler Avenue, the local name to Virginia Highway 177, which is the road you encounter when you take Exit #109 off of Interstate 81.
    • Best Western Radford Inn: (540) 639-3000 (local) or 1-800-528-1234 (worldwide reservations). You can make direct reservations by calling the local number above. If you call them, mention that you want in the block of rooms reserved for the Virginia Astronomers Meeting. They are holding a block for us until March 16. The cost is $80 for 1 or more people (hey, no extra charges for extra people!). The cost is a bit high this weekend due to a NASCAR race being held in Bristol, Tennessee (yes, fans are booking rooms this far away!).
    • Comfort Inn: (540) 639-4800 (local)
    • Super 8 Motel: (540) 731-9355 (local)

Further information will be posted here as the meeting approaches. For more information, please contact

Dr. Rhett Herman
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
135 Curie Hall
Radford University
Radford, Virginia 24142
(540)831-5441 (office)
(540)831-6443 (department)
(540)831-6615 (fax)
e-mail: rherman@runet.edu



Talks

    Schedule
  • 9:00: "The Light Curve of V1147 Cyg",
    -R. Bloomer (King College, Tenn.), C. Wetterer, A. Mumpower, D. Caton, C Lloyd
  • 9:20: "Gamma-ray Astronomy at Hampden-Sydney: Variability on Short Time Scales",
    -Paul M. Wallace, Donald A. Kniffen, and Matthew C. Kolbinsky, all from Hampden-Sydney
  • 9:40: "Limits on Pseudoscalars from SN1987a",
    -Jack Brockway, Wake Forest University
  • 10:00: "The Curious Variable Star EV Aurigae"
    -D. L. DuPuy, Dept. Physics & Astronomy, Virginia Military Inst.
    -R. H. Bloomer, Jr., Dept. Physics, King College
    -W. H. Osborn, Dept. Physics, Central Michigan University
  • 10:20: Break

  • 10:40: "End state of black hole evaporation"
    -Mat Binkley, Wake Forest University
  • 11:00: "Light curves in variable stars"
    -Mark Wallace, et al, Virginia Tech
  • 11:20: "Europa: New Insights from Galileo"
    -Paul Geissler, Kitt Peak National Observatory
  • 11:50: "Nucleosynthesis Limits on Long-Range Forces."
    -Andrew Frey, Wake Forest University
  • 12:10: "Measurements of tidal forces of the sun and moon on the surface of Earth"
    -Rhett Herman, Radford University

"Europa: New Insights from Galileo"
      -Paul Geissler, Kitt Peak National Observatory

"Measurements of tidal forces of the sun and moon on the surface of Earth"
      -Rhett Herman, Radford University (Hey, check out my data here.)

"The Curious Variable Star EV Aurigae"
      -D. L. DuPuy, Dept. Physics & Astronomy, Virginia Military Inst.
      -R. H. Bloomer, Jr., Dept. Physics, King College
      -W. H. Osborn, Dept. Physics, Central Michigan University

"End state of black hole evaporation"
      -Mat Binkley, Wake Forest University

"The Light Curve of V1147 Cyg"
      -R. Bloomer (King College, Tenn.), C. Wetterer, A. Mumpower, D. Caton, C Lloyd

"Gamma-ray Astronomy at Hampden-Sydney: Variability on Short Time Scales"
      -Paul M. Wallace, Donald A. Kniffen, and Matthew C. Kolbinsky, all from Hampden-Sydney.

"Limits on Pseudoscalars from SN1987a"
      -Jack Brockway, Wake Forest University

"Nucleosynthesis Limits on Long-Range Forces."
      -Andrew Frey, Wake Forest University

"Light curves in variable stars"
      -Mark Wallace, et al, Virginia Tech