Know Thy Star - Know Thy Planet

Assessing the Impact of Stellar Characterization on Our Understanding of Exoplanets

October 9-12, 2017 — California Ballroom, Hilton Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

Invited talks will be 30 minutes (25+5) and Contributed Talks will be 15 minutes (10+5).

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Sunday, Oct. 8

Opening Reception at El Cholo Restaurant from 6-8 pm - $25 ticket required

Monday, Oct. 9: Current Understanding of Exoplanets and Their Host Stars

7:30 am Registration Desk Open outside California Ballroom
8:30 am Welcome
Session Chair: Jessie Christiansen (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
9:00 am Invited Talk: Properties of Exoplanets: From Rocky Planets to Gas Giants Heather Knutson (Caltech)
9:30 am Calibrating the Chemistry of Planet Formation John Brewer (Yale University)
9:45 am The California-Kepler Survey. III. A Gap In The Radius Distribution of Small Planets BJ Fulton (Caltech)
10:00 am Relating Exoplanet Properties and Host Star Compositions using High Resolution NIR Spectroscopy Johanna Teske (Carnegie Observatories/ DTM)
10:15 am A Brief Update on Preparations of JWST for Launch David Soderblom (STScI)
10:30 am Morning Break
Session Chair: Angie Wolfgang (Penn State)
11:00 am Invited Talk: Properties of Exoplanet Hosting Stars Erik Petigura (Caltech)
11:30 am Precise Stellar Parameters are Crucial for Constraining Transiting Exoplanet Interiors Andrew Vanderburg (UT Austin)
11:45 am From Star to Stone: Using Stellar Abundances to Determine Planetary Mineralogy and Structure Natalie Hinkel (Vanderbilt University)
12:00 pm Studying Exoplanet Evolution Through Young Planets and their Host Stars Andrew Mann (Columbia University)
12:15 pm Directly Determined Properties of Exoplanet Host Stars Kasper von Braun (Lowell Observatory)
12:30 pm Lunch Break
Session Chair: Helen Giles (Université de Genève)
2:00 pm Invited Talk: Stellar Physics and its Impact on Exoplanetary Science Martin Asplund (Australian National University)
2:30 pm A Physically-motivated and Empirically-calibrated Method to Measure Effective Temperature, Metallicity, and Ti Abundance of M dwarfs Mark Veyette (Boston University)
2:45 pm New Constraints on Stellar Parameters Inferred from Joint Modeling of Stellar Spectra and CMDs Phillip Cargile (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
3:00 pm Afternoon Break
Session Chair: Natalie Hinkel (Vanderbilt University)
3:30 pm Invited Talk: Exoplanetary System Architectures: What We Know and What We Don't Angie Wolfgang (Pennsylvania State University)
4:00 pm The California Kepler Search V: Stellar and Planetary Properties in Kepler's Multiplanet Systems Lauren Weiss (University of Montreal)
4:15 pm An Inconvenient Truth: Do We Really Know Where the Habitable Zone Is? Stephen Kane (UC Riverside)
4:30 pm Poster Session: Pasadena Room
6:30 pm Adjourn

Tuesday, Oct. 10: The Relationships Between Stars and Planets

Session Chair: Lea Hirsch (UC Berkeley)
9:00 am Invited Talk: Occurrence and Frequency Rates of Exoplanetary Systems Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley)
9:30 am The Metallicity Distribution and Hot Jupiter Occurrence Rate of the Kepler Field: Hectochelle High-resolution Spectroscopy for 776 Kepler Target Stars Xueying Guo (MIT)
9:45 am The Last Tall Tent Pole: Measuring the Multiplicity of Kepler Stars Jessie Christensen (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
10:00 am Know Thy Star(s) - Know Thy Planet (Occurrence Rates) Kevin Hardegree-Ullman (University of Toledo)
10:15 am Search for Giant Planets in the Open Cluster M67 Anna Brucalassi (European Southern Observatory)
10:30 am Morning Break
Session Chair: Courtney Dressing (UC Berkeley)
11:00 am Invited Talk: Stellar Composition and Metallicity and its Role in the Formation of Exoplanetary Systems Ilaria Pascucci (University of Arizona)
11:30 am The Chemical Homogeneity of Sun-like Stars in the Solar Neighborhood Megan Bedell (Simons CCA)
11:45 am Linking Stellar Abundances with Planetary Formation: The Case of Brown Dwarfs Jesus Maldonado (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo)
12:00 pm Density is not Destiny: Characterizing Exoplanet Geology from Stellar Compositional Abundances Cayman Unterborn (Arizona State University)
12:15 pm Lunch Break
Session Chair: Ilaria Pascucci (University of Arizona)
2:00 pm Invited Talk: Stellar Properties and the Effects that Stars and Exoplanets Have on Each Other Heather Cegla (Université de Genève)
2:30 pm How Planetary Properties and Stellar Irradiation Set Atmospheric Structure Thomas Beatty (Pennsylvania State University)
2:45 pm Magnetic Inflation and Stellar Mass of M dwarf Stars Eunkyu Han (Boston University)
3:00 pm The Starspots of HAT-P-11: Evidence for a Solar-like Dynamo Brett Morris (University of Washington)
3:15 pm Using Disintegrating Planets to Study Planetary Interior Composition Eva Bodman (Arizona State University)
3:30 pm Afternoon Break
Session Chair: Heather Cegla (Université de Genève)
4:00 pm Invited Talk: Stellar Multiplicity and its Role in Exoplanetary Systems Elliott Horch (Southern Connecticut State University)
4:30 pm Solving the Orbit of the Planet-Hosting Binary Tau Bootis Anders Bo Justesen (Aarhus University)
4:45 pm Isochrones & Vespa: Open-source Tools for Stellar System Characterization and Planet Validation Timothy Morton (Princeton University)
5:00 pm Orbits of Moving Group Binaries: Constraining the Ages of Young Moving Groups with Dynamical Masses of Binaries Eric Nielsen (KIPAC/Stanford)
5:15 pm Assessing the Impact of Unknown Stellar Companions on Kepler Objects of Interest Lea Hirsch (UC Berkeley)
5:30 pm Adjourn

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Understanding the Properties of Exoplanet Host Stars

Session Chair: Johanna Teske (Carnegie Observatories/ DTM)
9:00 am Invited Talk: The Impact of Gaia on Our Knowledge of Stars and the Planets They Host Alessandro Sozzetti (INAF-Torino)
9:30 am Toward Accurate, Empirical Radii and Masses of Planets and their Host Stars with Gaia Parallaxes Keivan Stassun (Vanderbilt University)
9:45 am Precise, Accurate, and Model-independent Masses and Radii of Stars and Planets Dan Stevens (The Ohio State University)
10:00 am The Ultimate Stellar-Planetary Characterization in the GAIA Era Jay Farihi (University College London)
10:15 am Our View of the Solar Neighborhood Before, During, and After Gaia Todd Henry (RECONS/Georgia State University)
10:30 am Gaia, PLATO and WEAVE: Astrometry, Photometry and Spectroscopy for Exoplanet Characterisation Nicholas Walton (University of Cambridge)
10:45 am Morning Break
Session Chair: Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC)
11:15 am Invited Talk: Determining Stellar Properties from Spectroscopic Observations Phil Muirhead (Boston University)
11:45 am Abundances of Heavy Elements in Exoplanet Host Stars Elisa Delgado Mena (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço)
12:00 pm Detailed Chemistry and Stellar Characterization of M dwarfs from APOGEE Spectra Katia Cunha (University of Arizona)
12:15 pm Metal abundances survey of A-type Stars in Herschel DEBRIS Zachary Draper (University of Victoria /NRC-Herzberg)
12:30 pm Lunch Break
Session Chair: Rachel Matson (NASA Ames)
2:00 pm Invited Talk: Asteroseismology of Exoplanet Host Stars Daniel Huber (University of Hawaii)
2:30 pm Space-Based Light Curves as Predictors of Good Radial Velocity Planet Search Targets Fabienne Bastien (Pennsylvania State University)
2:45 pm Exoplanets Around Flare Stars James Davenport (Western Washington University)
3:00 pm The FUV Flares of Active and Inactive M Dwarfs R. O. Parke Loyd (Arizona State University)
3:15 pm Probing Activity and Livable Environments Affecting L-dwarf Exoplanets (PALE ALE) Julie Skinner (Boston University)
3:30 pm From Hot Jupiters to Habitable Planets: Optimizing Atmospheric Characterization Methods Poster Winner 2: Cam Buzard (Caltech)
3:40 pm Afternoon Break
Session Chair: Knicole Colon (NASA GSFC)
4:10 pm Invited Talk: Stellar Companions and Properties from High Resolution Imaging David Ciardi (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
4:40 pm The Impact of Binary Companions on Planetary Systems Adam Kraus (UT Austin)
4:55 pm Stellar Companions of Exoplanet Host Stars in K2 Rachel Matson (NASA Ames)
5:10 pm Robo-AO KOI Survey: LGS-AO Imaging of Every Kepler Planetary Candidate Host Star Carl Ziegler (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
5:25 pm Rocky, Icy, or Gaseous Planet? The Effect of Stellar Companions Elise Furlan (Caltech/IPAC)
5:40 pm Adjourn
Conference Dinner at Porto Alegre from 7-9 pm - $70 ticket required

Thursday, Oct. 12: Observational Needs for the Confirmation and Characterization of Exoplanets

Session Chair: Katia Cunha (University of Arizona)
8:30 am Invited Talk: Observational Needs for Radial Velocity Surveys Sharon Xuesong Wang (Carnegie DTM)
9:00 am Recon Spectroscopy with TRES David Latham (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
9:15 am Addressing Stellar Activity at Every Step in the Radial Velocity Follow-up of Small Planets Raphaëlle Haywood (Harvard College Observatory)
9:30 am Determining Starspot Lifetimes from Photometry to Feed Models of Stellar Activity in Exoplanet RV Surveys Helen Giles (Université de Genève)
9:45 am Getting to Know the Substellar Companion Hosts in the APOGEE-2 Survey Joleen Carlberg (Space Telescope Science Institute)
10:00 am SpecMatch-Emp: Stellar Characterization using an Empirical Spectral Library Poster Winner 2: Samuel Yee (Caltech)
10:10 am Morning Break
Session Chair: Raphaëlle Haywood (Harvard College Observatory)
10:40 am Invited Talk: Observational Needs for Transit Surveys Joshua Pepper (Lehigh University)
11:10 am Achieving High Precision Transit Observations with Sub-Meter Telescopes Dennis Conti (AAVSO)
11:25 am Chasing K2 Exoplanets with Ground-Based Near-Infrared Transit Photometry Knicole Colon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
11:40 pm Stellar Activity in Transmission Spectroscopy: The Case of WASP-52 Giovanni Bruno (Space Telescope Science Institute)
11:55 pm Forecasting the Impact of Stellar Activity on Transiting Exoplanet Spectra Rob Zellem (Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology)
12:10 pm Lunch Break
Session Chair: Rachel Street (LCO)
1:40 pm Invited Talk: Observational Needs for Direct Imaging Surveys Paul Kalas (UC Berkeley)
2:10 pm First Constraints on the Frequency of Sub-stellar Companions on Wide Circumbinary Orbits Mariangela Bonavita (University of Edinburgh, IfA)
2:25 pm The Cautionary Tale of HD 131399 Ab Jason Wang (C Berkeley)
2:40 pm Occurrence of Giant Planets Around Stars with Dusty Debris Disks Tiffany Meshkat (Caltech/IPAC)
2:55 pm Debris Disks in STIPs Samantha Lawler (NRC-Herzberg)
3:10 pm Afternoon Break
Session Chair: Samantha Lawler (NRC-Herzberg)
3:40 pm Invited Talk: Observational Needs for Microlensing Surveys Rachel Street (LCO)
4:10 pm Using AO Follow-up to Characterize Microlensing Exoplanets Calen Henderson (Caltech/IPAC-NExScI)
4:25 pm Microlensing Exoplanet Mass Measurement in the WFIRST Era Aparna Bhattacharya (NASA GSFC)

The Future
Session Chair: Tiffany Meshkat (Caltech/IPAC)
4:40 pm Discovering Nearby Exoplanets with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) George Ricker (MIT)
4:55 pm Connecting Planetary Atmospheres to Host Star Properties Vincent Coudé du Foresto (LESIA - Paris Observatory)
5:10 pm SPHEREx: A Near-Infrared Spectroscopic All-Sky Survey Brendan Crill (JPL)
5:25 pm Closing Remarks Steve Howell (NASA Ames)
5:40 pm Adjourn


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