Scientific Program

The workshop began on the evening of Sunday, October 15 with dinner and an opening reception afterward, and continued through the evening of Wednesday, October 18.

The aim of this workshop was to layout a path for science with the Green Bank Observatory, looking forward to the next 5, 10, and even 20 years, in this crucial time leading up to the 2020 Astronomical Decadal Survey. To accomplish this aim, we built a format which encouraged discussion over detailed talks. As a result, significant discussion time was set aside within the program (below).

On Tuesday, October 17, in the afternoon, the primary program was halted for a celebration of 60 years of science with the Green Bank Observatory.

Final Schedule, with talks, is below.

Sunday, October 17
17:00-?? Reception in the Drake Lounge (above the cafeteria)
Monday, October 16
07:30-08:30 Breakfast (Cafeteria)
09:00-09:30 Welcome & Overview (Karen O’Neil, Green Bank Observatory)
09:30-10:15 Instrumentation
• Phased Array Feeds (Bill Shilue, NRAO)
• Wideband Feeds (Steve White, Green Bank Observatory)
•Traditional Feedhorn Arrays (Sarah Church, Stanford University)
10:15-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:30 Instrumentation, continued
Bolometer Arrays (Simon Dicker, University of Pennsylvania)
Digital Signal Processing (Dan Werthimer, UC Berkeley)
Small, focused science instruments (Rich Bradley, NRAO)
• Discussion of Current and Future Instrumentation Prospects (Led by Richard Prestage, GBO)
12:30-13:30 Lunch (Cafeteria)
13:30-15:00 Star and Galaxy Formation and Evolution
• Gas and star formation in galaxies (Alberto Bollatto, University of Maryland)
Dense Gals and Star Formation (Amanda Kepley, NRAO)
Wide Area OH Studies (Ron Allen, STScI)
ISM Studies Al Wootten, NRAO
Filaments and Dense Cores (Youngmin Seo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:30 Star and Galaxy Formation and Evolution, continued
Galaxy Formation & Evolution (D.J. Pisano, WVU)
Galaxy Clusters (Brian Mason, NRAO)
• Discussion of Current and Future Science Prospects (Led by Jay Lockman, GBO)
17:30-18:00 Drinks (Drake Lounge)
18:00-19:00 Dinner (Cafeteria)
19:00-onward Desert and discussion (Drake Lounge)
Tuesday, October 17
07:30-08:30 Breakfast (Cafeteria)
9:00-10:00 Gravitational Waves, Pulsars & Transients
Overview of Gravitational Waves (Ryan Lynch, GBO)
Pulsars and Transients (Dunc Lorimer, WVU)
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Gravitational Waves, Pulsars & Transients, Continued
• Optimal Frequencies for Sub-Microsecond Precision Pulsar Timing (Michael Lam, WVU)
• Multi-wavelength Pulsar Studies (Natalia Lewendowska, GBO)
• Discussion of Current and Future Science Prospects (Led by Ryan Lynch, GBO)
12:00-13:00 Lunch (Cafeteria)
13:00-15:30 Telescope Tours (meet in the Science Center Lobby)
16:00-17:00 Looking Back: The Past 60 years (Science Center Auditorium)
• Speakers: Ken Kellerman, Paul van den Bout, Jay Lockman, Bob Vance, Dave Hogg
17:00-17:30 Drinks (Science Center Lobby)
17:30-onward Dinner, desserts, talks and stories about the past 60 year (Science Center Basement – Party Room)
Wednesday, October 18
07:30-08:30 Breakfast (Cafeteria)
09:00-10:30 Cradle of Life
Astrochemistry (Brett McGuire, NRAO)
• Search for Life (Andrew Siemion, UC Berkeley)
Solar System Science (Joe Lazio, JPL)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Cradle of Life, Continued
• Solar Radio Astronomy (Tim Bastian, NRAO)
• Extrasolar Planets (Alex Wolszcan, UPenn)
• Discussion of Current and Future Science Prospects (Led by Tony Remijan, NRAO)
12:30-13:30 Lunch (Cafeteria)
13:30-15:00 Wrap up of science instruments, and future plans
Science & Discovery Space (Led by Dave Frayer,GBO)
Instruments & Discovery Space (Led by Bert Hawkins, NRAO)
15:30-17:00 Looking Forward – Where are We Going with Green Bank Observatory?
17:30-onward Dinner, dessert, and discussion (Cafeteria)


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