The 3rd Annual Gathering of Southern California Exoplaneteers

September 18-19, 2017

Beckman Institute Auditorium
California Institute of Technology

Agenda (posters listed below)

Monday, September 18

8:30 am Registration Desk Open outside Beckman Institute Auditorium
9:00 am Welcome Calen Henderson (IPAC/Caltech)
Planet Characterization Session Chair: Arpita Roy (Caltech)
9:10 am Invited Talk: Characterizing Small Exoplanets Johanna Teske (Carnegie Observatories/DTM)
9:40 am Using AO Follow-up to Characterize Microlensing Exoplanets Calen Henderson (IPAC/Caltech)
9:50 am Orbits for the Impatient: A Bayesian Rejection Sampling Method for Quickly Fitting the Orbits of Long-Period Exoplanets Sarah Blunt (Caltech)
10:00 am FINESSE and CASE: Two Proposed Transiting Exoplanet Missions Rob Zellem (JPL/Caltech)
10:10 am Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Extrasolar Planets with SCExAO/CHARIS Thayne Currie (Subaru Telescope/NAOJ)
10:20 am An Earth-mass Planet in a 1-AU Orbit around an Ultracool Dwarf Yossi Shvartzvald (JPL)
10:30 am Morning Break
Disks and Binary Systems Session Chair: BJ Fulton (Caltech)
11:00 am The Role of Ice Compositions and Disk Dynamics for Snowlines and the C/N/O Ratios in Active Disks Ana-Maria Piso (UCLA)
11:10 am The Frequency of Binary Companions Around KELT Planet Host Stars Carl Coker (JPL)
11:20 am Measuring the structure of Fomalhaut's dusty debris belt via a fortuitous stellar occultation Tiffany Meshkat (Caltech/IPAC)
11:30 am A Circumbinary Planet Orbiting A Pair of Active Stars Sean Mills (Caltech)
11:40 am The Era of 'Faint' Debris Disks Rahul Patel (Caltech/IPAC)
11:50 am The Fate of Planets in Evolving Binary Systems Alexander Stephan (UCLA)
12:30 pm Lunch (at 1919 Café at the Huntington)
2:00-5:00 pm Excursion to the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens including the history of science exhibit (optional)

Tuesday, September 19

8:30 am Registration Desk Open outside Beckman Institute Auditorium
Habitability Session Chair: Vanessa Bailey (Stanford/JPL)
9:00 am Invited Talk: Exoplanet Climatology: A Pathway to Accurate Assessments of Planetary Habitability Aomawa Shields (University of California, Irvine)
9:30 am Adventures in the TRAPPIST-1 System: Moons and Atmospheres Stephen Kane (University of California, Riverside)
9:40 am Habitable Zones in Binary Star Systems Siegfried Eggl (JPL/Caltech)
9:50 am Buildup of Abiotic Oxygen and Ozone in Oxidized Atmospheres of Water-rich Temperate Exoplanets Armin Kleinboehl (JPL/Caltech)
10:00 am The Effects of Near-Resonant Companions on Planetary Spin States Alec Vinson (UCLA)
10:10 am Exoplanet Science with the Keck Planet Finder (KPF) Andrew Howard (Caltech)
10:20 am Poster Pops
10:30 am Morning Break
Outreach Activities Session Chair: Stephen Kane (UC Riverside)
11:00 am Alan Alda Science Communication Workshop, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Practice Interview Jessie Christiansen (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
11:08 am Astronomy Live! and EYU at UCLA Xinnan Du (UCLA)
11:16 am Inreach and Outreach at Caltech Astronomy Cameron Hummels (Caltech)
11:24 am Art Worlds: Designing the Look of the TRAPPIST-1 System Robert Hurt (Caltech/IPAC)
11:32 am Political Action and Reel Science Rahul Patel (Caltech/IPAC)
11:40 am NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP): Getting Teachers Involved in Authentic Astronomy Research Since 2005 Luisa Rebull (Caltech/IPAC-IRSA, NITARP, SSC)
11:48 am City of Astronomy: Outreach at Carnegie Observatories and in Pasadena Jeffrey Rich (Carnegie Observatories)
11:56 am PRoboT: The Pasadena High School Robotic Telescope Project Garreth Ruane (Caltech)
12:04 pm Lunch (provided)
Theory and Planet Formation Session Chair: Becky Jensen-Clem (UC Berkeley/Caltech)
1:30 pm Invited Talk: Ultra-short Period Planets, Magnetospheric Truncation, and Tidal Inspiral Eve Lee (Caltech)
2:00 pm First 3D radiation non-ideal magnetohydrodynamical simulations of the inner rim Mario Flock (JPL/Caltech)
2:10 pm Magnetically Induced Disk Winds and Transport in the HL Tau Disk Yasuhiro Hasegawa (JPL/Caltech)
2:20 pm From clouds to exoplanets: What dust growth during the cloud collapse can tell us about the first exoplanets Natalia Dzyurkevich (California State University, Northridge)
2:30 pm Planetary spirals in transition disks -- a cautionary tale Wladimir Lyra (California State University, Northridge)
2:40 pm Atmospheric & Space Sciences Research at Northrop Grumman Basic Research Trisha Hinners (Northrop Grumman Corporation)
2:50 pm Group Photo
3:00 pm Afternoon Break
Planet Detection Session Chair: Brad Hansen (UCLA)
3:30 pm Promises, Promises: Radial Velocity in the Era of Extreme Precision Arpita Roy (Caltech)
3:40 pm Coronagraph Design for the WFIRST CGI A J Eldorado Riggs (JPL)
3:50 pm The California-Kepler Survey. III. A Gap In The Radius Distribution Of Small Planets BJ Fulton (Caltech)
4:00 pm Status and performance of the Gemini Planet Imager Vanessa Bailey (Stanford/JPL)
4:10 pm Towards the detection of polarized thermal emission from directly imaged exoplanets and brown dwarfs Rebecca Jensen-Clem (UC Berkeley)
4:20 pm Mapping the Cloudy Atmospheres of L-T Brown Dwarfs with High-Precision Spectro-Polarimetry Ricky Nilsson (Caltech)
4:30 pm High-Contrast Imaging of Young Planets with JWST Marie Ygouf (Caltech/IPAC)
4:40 pm Improvement on Exoplanet Detection Methods and Analysis via Gaussian Process Fitting Techniques Bryce Van Ross (California State University, Los Angeles)
4:50 - 7:00 pm Pizza and Drinks (Beckman Courtyard)

Poster Presentations

  1. A Pyramid Wavefront Sensor Using a Spatial Light Modulator - Robert Broadfoot (California State University, Northridge)
  2. Optimizing the Direct Detection Method of Characterizing Exoplanet Atmospheres - Cam Buzard (Caltech)
  3. Planet formation in the Elias 2-27 transition disk - Vincent Carpenter (California State University, Northridge)
  4. Distinguishing the Effects of Photoelectric Instability from Embedded Planets in Debris Disks - Areli Castrejon (California State University, Northridge)
  5. Results from the Kepler Follow-Up Observation Program - Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC)
  6. Spitzer Meets K2: A Status Report - Varoujan Gorjian (Caltech/IPAC)
  7. Using exoplanet systems with highly elliptical orbits to search for star-planet interactions - Jesse Lopez (California State University, Northridge)
  8. The AGN-protoplanetary disk analogy: building black holes is like building planets - Joshua Shevchuk (California State University, Northridge)
  9. An Online Catalog of Spatially Resolved Disks - Karl Stapelfeldt (JPL/Caltech)

Talk Durations (talk time + Q&A)

Invited research talks: 25 + 5

Contributed research talks: 7 + 3

Outreach talks: 5 + 3

Poster pops (Tuesday AM): 1 + 0

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