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Ground-based Astronomy in the 21st Century

A National Science Foundation Sponsored Symposium

banner image for the 2003 Symposium, The Universe From the Ground Up

October 7-8, 2003
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.



6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Diplomat Room

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Reception *
Diplomat Room

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
"Unusual Views of Familiar Objects"
A lecture by Robert Kirshner, Harvard University
Palladian Room


8:30 AM to 8:45 AM
Rita Colwell, Director, National Science Foundation

8:45 AM to 8:50 AM
Introductory Remarks
Michael Turner, "Symposium Moderator"
Assistant Director, NSF’s Directorate for Mathmatical and Physical Sciences

8:50 AM to 9:35 AM
From the Big Bang to Us: Astronomy and Our Place in the Cosmos
Sandra Faber, University of California

9:35 AM to 10:00 AM

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Panel Discussion -- Mysteries: What We Don’t Know About the Universe
"Cosmic Microwave Background and Other Clues" -- Max Tegmark, University of Pennsylvania
"Inflation: The Beginning of the Universe" -- Alan Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dark Matter: The Structure of the Universe" -- Neta Bahcall, Princeton University
"Dark Energy: The Future of the Universe" -- Christopher Stubbs, Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophyisics

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Exhibits

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Entering a New Age in Ground-based Astronomy: Gemini Observatory
Charles Matthis Mountain, Director, Gemini Observatory

1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Panel Discussion -- Tools: The Coming Generation
"Adaptive Optics" -- Laird Close, University of Arizona
"Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope" -- Jerry Nelson, University of California, Santa Cruz
"National Virtual Observatories" -- Alex Szalay, John Hopkins University
"Large Synoptic Survey Telescope" -- Tony Tyson, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
"The Atacama Large Millemeter Array Project" -- Fred Lo, Director, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

2:45 PM to 3:10 PM

3:10 PM to 4:00 PM
Panel Discussion -- Life: The Quest for Other Worlds
"Formation of Habitable Planetary Systems" -- Alan Boss, Carnegie Institute of Washington
"Extrasolar Planets" -- Sara Seager, Carnegie Institute of Washington

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Life and the Universe
Christopher Impey, University of Arizona


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Solar Astronomy: Advanced Technology Solar Telescope
Mark Giampapa, Deputy Director, National Solar Observatory

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ground-based Gravitational Wave Astronomy: LIGO
Kip Thorne, California Institute of Technology

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Neutrino Astronomy: ICECUBE
Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Experimental Searches for Dark Matter: CDMS II
Bernard Sadoulet, University of California, Berkeley

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ultra-high Energy Cosmic Rays: AUGER
Paul Mantsch, Indiana University & Jim Cronin, University of Chicago

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* The National Science Foundation wishes to acknowledge
The American Astronomical Society for supporting the evening reception.

Additional support was provided by:

AURA logo The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.
Gemini logo The Gemini Observatories
The National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
NRAO logo The National Radio Astronomy Observatories
Haystack logo The MIT Haystack Observatory
SETI logo The SETI Institute
USSKA logo The United States Square Kilometer Array Consortium


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