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Star and Planet Formation in the Southwest

When:

12 - 16 March 2018

Where:

Biosphere 2 Center
Oracle, Arizona

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SUMMARY:
The Southwestern US is rich with astronomers working in the fields of star and planet formation. This conference will feature pedagogical reviews, invited topical talks, and numerous contributed talks by junior scientists. A primary goal of this meeting is to highlight the contributions of postdoc and graduate student attendees. Attendees from any geographic region are welcome. This meeting will foster extended, unstructured discussion and interaction between the senior review speakers and other attendees. The meeting will be held at the Biosphere 2 Center, in Oracle, Arizona, just North of Tucson. This unique venue includes both meeting rooms and onsite lodging, making this an intimate setting for informal science discussions. This meeting will have a special emphasis on disks, along with breakout sessions on ALMA, JWST, GMT, and Computing Methods.

REGISTRATION:
Conference registration will open in late September, hosted through NRAO at http://tinyurl.com/spf2018. Registration is limited to 100. Please note that registration and abstract submission are separate processes. Your spot is not guaranteed until you have registered and paid. Registration for graduate students has been heavily subsidized to encourage attendance. Early bird pricing goes until 1 November. Registration ends on 1 February.

CONTRIBUTED TALKS AND POSTERS:
We have reserved ample time in the schedule for short contributed talks. Postdoc and graduate student attendees will be given preference. There will also be a poster hall located near the dining area. The abstract submission deadline is 15 December.

LODGING AND LOCATION:
All participants will stay on location at the biosphere. The housing consists of private or shared rooms with separate bathrooms in shared houses with living areas and kitchens. Most meals will be provided onsite and are covered by the registration fee, but attendees must cover their own housing. Rooms are $79 a night and can be paid upon arrival via credit card. We will facilitate room sharing arrangements.

TRAVEL:
Oracle, Arizona, is a little over an hour away from the Tucson International Airport. We can help you book shared transportation from the airport. Participants may also fly into Phoenix International Airport, which is about two hours drive. Because of the travel time, we recommend against booking very early morning departures.

SOC:
Phil Armitage (CU Boulder)
Andrea Isella (Rice)
Kaitlin Kratter (Co-Chair, UA)
Adam Kraus (UT Austin)
Hui Li (LANL)
Rebecca Martin (UNLV)
Joan Najita (NOAO)
Stella Offner (UT Austin)
Paola Pinilla (Co-Chair, UA)
Lisa Prato (Lowell)
Evgenya Shkolnik (ASU)
Andrew Youdin (UA)

Invited Speakers:
Matthew Bate (Exeter)
Myriam Benisty (U. Chile / Grenoble)
John Carpenter (JAO / NRAO)
Eugene Chiang (Berkeley)
Ilse Cleeves (CfA)
Cornelis Dullemond (ITA Heidelberg)
Scott Gaudi (OSU)
Meredith Hughes (Wesleyan)
Helen Kirk (NRC)
Brenda Matthews (NRC)
Ilaria Pascucci (UA)
John Tobin (Oklahoma)
Alycia Weinberger (Carnegie)
Jonathan Williams (Hawaii)
Zhaohuan Zhu (UNLV)

SPONSORS:
This meeting is made possible by generous contributions from:
Steward Observatory, NRAO, CSES/ LANL, Lowell Observatory, Rice University, and ASU.

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