Einstein Fellows Symposium 2012

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October 23-24, 2012

Phillips Auditorium

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday October 23

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9:00 - 9:20Welcome
9:20 - 9:40Akos Bogdan - Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Testing Galaxy Formation Models: Characterizing Extended Hot Coronae Around Massive Spiral Galaxies
9:40 - 10:00Laura Lopez - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dark Matter in a Galaxy Cluster Merger Associated with a Short Gamma-ray Burst
10:00- 10:20Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo - Stanford
The Extreme Side of AGN Feedback
10:20 - 10:40Simona Giacintucci - University of Maryland
New Radio Minihalos Discovered in Cluster Cool Cores

10:40 - 11:00 Coffee

11:00 - 11:20Reinout Van Weeren - Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Radio Observations of Merging Galaxy Clusters: Characterizing Shocks and Particle Acceleration.
11:20 - 11:40Matthew Kunz - Princeton University
Multiscale Plasma Dynamics and Anisotropic Transport in the Intracluster Medium
11:40 - 12:00Tony Mroczkowski - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A Resolved Measurement of the Kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect in MACS J0717.5+3745.
12:00 - 12:20Fabian Schmidt - Princeton University
Large-Scale Structure and Gravitational Waves

12:20 - 2:00 Lunch

2:00 - 2:40 Keynote Speaker: Avi Loeb - Harvard University
A Closer Look at Black Holes
2:40 - 3:00Sam Gralla - University of Maryland, College Park
Why Do Spinning Black Hole Binaries "bob" and "kick"?
3:00 - 3:20Laura Blecha - University of Maryland, College Park
Disentangling the Signatures of Supermassive Black Hole Inspiral and Recoil: A Case Study

3:20 - 3:40 Tea

3:40 - 4:00Ann-Marie Madigan - University of California at Berkeley
Secular Dynamical Anti-Friction in Galactic Nuclei
4:00 - 4:20Smadar Naoz - Harvard University
Exciting the Eccentricity: General Relativity in Hierarchical Three-body Systems
4:20 - 4:40Chris Nixon - University of Colorado, Boulder
How Black Holes Accrete
4:40 - 5:00Phil Hopkins - University of California at Berkeley
The Co-evolution of Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes

Wednesday October 24

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9:00 - 9:20Joey Neilsen - Boston University
Winds of Change: High-Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy of Black Hole Outflows
9:20 - 9:40Rubens Reis - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
On the Role of the X-ray Corona in Black Hole State Transitions
9:40 - 10:00Xin Liu - Harvard University
Constraining the Abundance of Massive Black Hole Binaries with Quasar Spectroscopic Monitoring
10:00- 10:20Amy Reines - National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Massive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies

10:20 - 10:40 Coffee

10:40 - 11:00Ryan O'Leary - University of California at Berkeley
The Shocking History of the Early Universe and the Formation of the First Cosmic Structures.
11:00 - 11:20Leo Stein - Cornell University
Conditions for Preheating
11:20 - 11:40Emily Levesque - University of Colorado, Boulder
Stellar Rotation and its Impact on Ionizing Spectra
11:40 - 12:00Lorenzo Sironi - Harvard University
Particle Acceleration by Magnetic Reconnection in Striped Pulsar Winds and Relativistic Jets

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 1:50Matthew Kerr - Stanford University
Radio Polarimetry and The Pulsar Machine
1:50 - 2:10Ken Shen - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Double Detonations and Type Ia Supernovae
2:10 - 2:30Christian Reisswig - California Institute of Technology
Three-Dimensional Simulations of Stellar Core Collapse and Collapsar Formation
2:30 - 2:50Boaz Katz - Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
CR origin, SN shock break-outs

2:50 - 3:10 Tea

3:10 - 3:30Meng Su - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Strong Evidence for Gamma-ray Line Emission from Fermi-LAT
3:30 - 3:50Justin Vandenbroucke - SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Measurement of Cosmic-ray Positrons with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
3:50 - 4:10Jennifer Siegal-Gaskins - California Institute of Technology
A Model-Independent Method to Identify and Constrain Source Populations Using Anisotropy Analysis
4:10 - 4:30Matthew Kistler - Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
The Origins and Evolution of Ultra-Relativistic Electrons in the Milky Way