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2009 Sagan/Michelson Fellows Symposium

Thursday, November 12

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8:15 Dawn Gelino (NExScI) and Chas Beichman (NExScI): Welcome and Opening Comments

Pushing the State of the Art in Exoplanet Searches

8:30 Sasha Hinkley (Caltech): A New High-Contrast Imaging Program for Exoplanetary Science at Palomar
8:55 Remi Soummer (STScI): Science Optimization and design of a starshade for JWST
9:20 Amir Give'on (JPL): Controlling Amplitude and Phase - the Electric Field Conjugation Algorithm
9:45 Ruslan Belikov (Ames): Exoplanet Imaging with the PIAA Coronagraph: Latest Laboratory Results from NASA Ames
10:10 Morning Break
10:35 Julian van Eyken (NExScI): PTF Orion Project
11:00 Marshall Perrin (UCLA): Building the Gemini Planet Imager: Status Update and Future Plans

Disks: The Birthplace of Planets

11:25 Sean Brittain (Clemson Univ.): Spectroscopy of Warm Gas in Disks Around Young Stars
11:50 Matt Troutman (Clemson Univ.): Modeling Spectro-astrometric Observations of CO in Circumstellar Disks
12:15 Lunch (on own)
1:45 Jeremy Kasdin (Princeton) Keynote Talk: Coronagraphs and Starshades for Finding Planets from Space
2:45 Michael Fitzgerald (LLNL): High-Contrast Imaging of Circumstellar Disks
3:10 Rafael Millan-Gabet (NExScI): Infrared Long Baseline Interferometry of Circumstellar Disks
3:35 Andrea Isella (Caltech): High Angular Resolution Observations of Proto-planetary Disks
4:00 Afternoon Break
4:25 Margaret Moerchen (ESO): Ground-based Imaging of Thermal Dust Emission as a Probe of Debris Disk Structure
4:50 Stefan Kraus (Univ. of Michigan): Probing Gas and Dust in the Innermost AU of Protoplanetary Disks with Infrared Spectro-interferometry
5:15 Sam Ragland (WMKO): Multi-color Interferometric Investigations of YSO Disks
5:40 Adjourn
7:00 Dinner at Il Fornaio (free for speakers, $40 for others and guests)

Friday, November 13

Stars and Exoplanet Hosts

8:30 Ming Zhao (JPL): Imaging Stars and Hot Jupiters using the CHARA Interferometer
8:55 Jason Aufdenberg (Embry-Riddle): What's the Matter with Vega?: The Next Generation of Model Atmospheres for Rapidly Rotating Stars
9:20 Ettore Pedretti (Univ. of St. Andrews): Long-baseline Interferometry Study of the Symbiotic Star CH Cyg
9:45 Katie Morzinski (UC Santa Cruz): A High-Contrast Adaptive Optics Imaging Search for Brown Dwarfs
10:10 Morning Break

Exoplanet Searches, Properties, and Dynamics

10:30 Hannah Jang-Condell (Univ. of Maryland/GSFC): Detecting Planets in Protoplanetary Disks
10:55 Marc Kuchner (GSFC): The Circumstellar Disk-Planet Connection
11:20 Eric Nielsen (Univ. of Arizona): On the Road to Imaging Extrasolar Planets: Null Results, Other Discoveries Along the Way, and Signposts for the Future
11:45 Subo Dong (Inst. for Advanced Studies): Searching for Extrasolar Planets with Gravitational Microlensing
12:10 Lunch (on own)
1:45 Chas Beichman (NExScI) Keynote Talk Protoplanetary Disks: Spitzer and Beyond
2:45 John Johnson (Caltech): Super-Earths or Mini-Neptunes?
3:10 Fergal Mullally (Princeton): Searching for Planets Around White Dwarf Stars
3:35 Afternoon Break
4:00 Phil Hinz (Univ. of Arizona): Direct Imaging of Planets in the Thermal Infrared
4:25 Dan Fabrycky (Harvard): The Dynamics of Hot Jupiters: Tales Told by Transits
4:50 Eliza Miller-Ricci (UC Santa Cruz): Atmospheres of Extrasolar Super-Earths
5:15 Ian Dobbs-Dixon (Univ. of Washington): Extrasolar Planetary Weather
5:40 Dawn Gelino (NExScI): Closing Comments
5:50 Adjourn

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