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KITP Conference: Back to the Galaxy II (September 29 - October 3, 2008)
Coordinators: Andrew Benson, Juna Kollmeier, Matthias Steinmetz
Scientific Advisors: Leo Blitz, James Bullock, Andrea Ghez, Andrew Gould, Amina Helmi, Piero Madau, Francesca Matteucci, Rosemary Wyse

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Monday, September 29, 2008

State of the Union
Morning Session Chair: Andrew Benson (Caltech)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

8:50am David Gross
(KITP Director)
Welcome [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:00am Scott Tremaine
(IAS)
A Pessimist's View of Galactic Structure II [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Jason Tumlinson
(STScI)
Galactic Archaeology, JWST, During the Epoch of First Light[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Matthias Steinmetz
(AIP)
Galactic Archeology in the Era of Mega Surveys[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am Jelte de Jong
(MPIA)
A New Sparse Map of the Outer Disk of the Milky Way[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH

Stellar Dynamics
Afternoon Session Chair: Andrew Gould (OSU)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

2:00pm Rosemary Wyse
(JHU)
Stellar Populations in the Galaxy and What Their Properties Tell Us [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:45pm Amina Helmi
(Univ. Gronigen)
The Galaxy, Its Stellar Halo and Its Satellites: Insights from a Hybrid Approach[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00pm Chris Brook
(Univ. Washington)
Bulgeless Disks in Hydrodynamic Cosmological Simulations[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
4:45pm Puragra Guhathakurta
(UCSC)
The Extended Stellar Halo of the Andromeda Spiral Galaxy and its Dwarf Satellites: Results from the SPLASH Survey[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:30pm SHUTTLE TO BWSCI

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ISM
Morning Session Chair: Juna Kollmeier (Carnegie Obs.)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

9:00am Leo Blitz
(UC Berkeley)
Neutral Gas in the Milky Way: Some Things We've Learned (and Some We'd Still Like to Know)[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Martin Weinberg
(UMass)
Warps and Wiggles: The History of the Milky Way as Revealed by Gas [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Brant Robertson
(Univ. Chicago, KIPC)
Dying Embers: Gas Consumption in the Milky Way[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am Mark Krumholz
(UCSC)
The Secret Lives of Molecular Clouds[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK

Abundances
Afternoon Session Chair: Martin Asplund (MPA, Garching)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

2:00pm Francesca Matteucci
(Trieste Obs.)
Modelling the Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:45pm R. Michael Rich
(UCLA)
The Bulge Radial Velocity Assay [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00pm Judy Cohen
(Caltech)
The Galactic Halo as seen by the Hamburg/ESO Survey[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:45pm Heather Morrison
(Case)
Are the Most Metal Poor Stars also the First Stars?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:30pm Andreas Koch
(UCLA/OCIW)
Small-Scale Chemical Evolution in Small-Scale Dwarf Spheroidals [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
6:15pm RECEPTION KITP Courtyard
7:00pm SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER
8:30pm SHUTTLE TO BWSCI

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Neighbors
Morning Session Chair: Beth Willman (Haverford College)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

9:00am Oleg Gnedin
(Univ. Michigan)
Star Formation Histories of Dwarf Satellite Galaxies: Models and Observations[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Marla Geha
(Yale)
Properties of the Ultra-Faint Milky Way dSphs [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Josh Simon
(Caltech)
Chemical Abundances in the Least Evolved Dwarf Galaxies[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am Martin Smith
(Univ. Cambridge)
Finding Fossils on our Doorstep - Using the Milky Way as a Testbed for Galaxy Formation[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK
2:00pm FREE AFTERNOON Shuttle to Las Cumbres Observatory tour
Shuttle from LCOGT to KITP and BWSCI 3:30pm

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Galactic Structure: Smooth and Clumpy
Morning Session Chair: Andrey Kravtsov (Chicago)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion/20 min Talk + 5 min Discussion at end]

9:00am Kathryn Johnston
(Columbia)
Modeling the Milky Way in a Hierarchical Universe [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am James Bullock
(UC Irvine)
Dwarf Galaxies: How Dark and How Many? [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Piero Madau
(UCSC)
The Via Lactea Project: A Glimpse into the Invisible World of Dark Matter [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:20am Mike Kuhlen
(IAS)
The Gamma-ray Signal from Galactic Dark Matter Substructure[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am Julio Navarro
(Victoria)
The Innermost Structure of Dark Matter Halos [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:05pm Carlos Frenk
(Durham)
A Blueprint for Detecting Supersymmetric Dark Matter Particles in the Galactic Halo[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK

Surveys
Afternoon Session Chair: Constance Rockosi (UCSC)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

2:00pm Heidi-Jo Newberg
(RPI)
Galactic Structure from SEGUE and LAMOST [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:45pm Mario Juric
(IAS)
The SDSS View of the Milky Way: Mapping the Density, Metallicity and Kinematics of the Galaxy[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00pm Scientific Highlights
(Various Speakers)
Session Chair: Joss Bland-Hawthorn (Univ. Sydney) [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:30pm RECEPTION KITP Courtyard
6:30pm SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER
8:30pm SHUTTLE TO BWSCI

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Hot Topics
Morning Session Chair: Louie Strigari (KIPAC/Stanford)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

9:00am Andrea Ghez
(UCLA)
The Galactic Center [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Warren Brown
(Harvard, CfA)
Probing the Milky Way with Hypervelocity Stars [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Bernard Sadoulet
(UC Berkeley)
The Direct Detection of Dark Matter [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am James Binney
(Univ. Oxford)
An Introduction to Torus Dynamics as a Way of Modelling the Milky Way [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon Session Chair: Matthias Steinmetz (AIP)
[Talks are 30 min + 15 min Discussion]

2:00pm Andrew Gould
(OSU)
Microlensing: A Probe of the Galactic Planet Distribution [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:45pm Hans-Walter Rix
(MPIA)
Back to the Main Point: Is Studying the Milky Way Just Fun, or Important to Rest of Astrophysics? [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Acknowledgements to the KITP Staff
3:30pm CONFERENCE END Shuttle Available to BWSCI, SB Airport, SB Airbus *See Jocelyn to Sign Up

ABSTRACTS/POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Julio Chaname
(STScI)
Dark Matter in Local Group Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies[Poster]
Jun-Hwan Choi
(UNLV)
The Dynamics of Satellite Disruptions in Cold Dark Matter Halo[Poster]
Edoardo Colavitti
(Univ. Trieste)
Constraints on the Gas Accretion history of the Milky Way from Chemical Abundances[Poster]
Andrew Cooper
(Durham)
Building the Milky Way Halo with Aquarius[Poster]
Michiko Fujii
(CfCA, Tokyo)
Trojan Stars in the Galactic Center[Poster]
Facundo Gomez
(Kaptyen Inst.)
Identifying Substructure through Orbital Frequencies [Poster]
Jana Grcevich
(Univ. Michigan)
HI in Local Group Dwarfs and Stripping by the Galactic Halo[Poster]
Jennifer Johnson
(Ohio State)
New Perspective on the Bulge from Observations of Microlensed Dwarf Stars
Rainer Klement
(MPIA)
Discovery of New Kinematic Stellar Streams in the Solar Neighborhood[Poster]
Sergey Koposov
(MPIA)
A Quantitative Explanation of the Observed Population of Milky Way Satellite Galaxies[Poster]
Claire Lackner
(Princeton)
Phase Space Clumps as Probes of Milky Way Mergers: Chemical Compositions of Newly Discovered Low-Alpha Stars[Poster]
Douglas Marshall
(Univ. Laval)
Distribution and Characteristics of Infrared Dark Clouds using Genetic Forward Modelling
Paul McMillan
(Univ. of Oxford)
Disassembling the Galaxy[Poster]
Martin Niederste-Ostholt
(Univ. Cambridge)
Investigation of Possible Extra-Tidal Stars around Segue 1[Poster]
Annie Robin
(Inst. Utinam)
New Results on the Galactic Warp from a Stellar Population Synthesis Model[Poster]
Rok Roskar
(Univ. Washington)
Implications of Stellar Migration for the Properties of Galactic Disks
Laura Sales
(KAI)
Disk Galaxies at z=2 in the OWLS Simulations [Poster]
Kevin Schlaufman
(UCSC)
Cold Inner-Halo Substructure in the SEGUE Radial Velocity Database[Poster]
Sanjib Sharma
(Columbia)
Group Finding in Multi-Dimensional Data-Sets: Method and Application to Galactic Archeology[Poster]
Tammy Smecker-Hane
(UC Irvine)
A Rapid Start to Star Formation in the Leo I dSph Galaxy[Poster]
Erik Tollerud
(UC Irvine)
Hundreds of Milky Way Satellites?[Poster]
Joseph Wolf
(UC Irvine)
Mass Models of M31 Satellites[Poster]
Simone Zaggia
(INAF, Italy)
The Outer Galactic Halo in the Direction of the Chandra Deep Field South[Poster]
Adi Zolotov
(NYU)
The Dual Origin of a Simulated Milky Way Halo[Poster]

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