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Inaugural Conference Proceedings

Conference Summary

Prepared by Derek Fox and Parampreet Singh for Matters of Gravity

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Plenary Session: Thursday, August 9, 2007
Time Speaker(s) Topic
8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast (Lobby, Life Science Building)
9:00-9:15 a.m. Daniel Larson Opening Remarks
9:15-10:15 a.m. Jim Cronin (Chicago)
chair: Paul Sommers
Solving the Mystery of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays: 1938 to 2007
[ Slides ]
10:15-11:15 a.m. Frans Pretorius (Princeton) Black Hole Collisions
[ Slides | Animation 1 | Animation 2 ]
11:15-11:45 a.m. Coffee Break (Lobby, Life Sciences Building)
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Joe Polchinski (UC, Santa Barbara)
chair: Murat Gunaydin
The Black Hole Information Paradox: Past and Future
[ Slides ]
First Parallel Session: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Room Speaker(s) Topic
Thomas 201 chair: Mark Trodden Cosmology: Physical Aspects
Thomas 216 chair: Manuel Tiglio Numerical Relativity I
Second Parallel Session: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Room Speaker(s) Topic
Thomas 201 chair: David Seckel Observational Issues in Particle Astrophysics
Thomas 216 chair: Martin Bojowald Cosmology: Mathematical Aspects
Thomas 215 chair: Radu Roiban Approaches to Quantum Gravity I

Friday, August 10, 2007

Plenary Session: Friday, August 10, 2007
Time Speaker(s) Topic
9:00-10:00 a.m. Slava Mukhanov (Munich)
chair: Peter Mészáros
The Origin of the Big Bang: Inflation after WMAP
[ Slides  | Video ]
10:00-11:00 a.m. Thomas Gaisser (Bartol)
chair: Peter Mészáros
Neutrino Physics – Cosmic Ray Connection
[ Slides ]
11:00-11:30 a.m. Coffee Break (Lobby, Life Sciences Building)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Clifford Will (Washington University)
chair: Pablo Laguna
On the Unreasonable Accuracy of the Post-Newtonian Theory in Gravitational Wave Research
[ Slides ]
2:00-4:00 p.m. chair: Chair: Daniel Larson Forum on Science and Society – Open discussion on the goals, challenges and organization of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos.
Edward Frymoyer (emf Associates) Science and Society: Some Thoughts and Observations
[ Slides ]
Christopher Liedel (National Geographic Society)
Duane Valz (Yahoo! Inc) A New Way Forward
[ Slides ]
Roger Penrose (Oxford and Penn State)
Parallel Sessions: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room Speaker(s) Topic
Thomas 216 chair: Manuel Tiglio Numerical Relativity II
Thomas 215 chair: Radu Roiban Approaches to Quantum Gravity II

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Plenary Session: Saturday, August 11, 2007
Time Speaker(s) Topic
9:00-10:00 a.m. Roger Penrose (Oxford and Penn State)
chair: Abhay Ashtekar
Conformal Cyclic Cosmology, Dark Matter, and Black Hole Evaporation
10:00-11:00 a.m. Karsten Danzmann (Albert Einstein Institute)
chair: Abhay Ashtekar
Multi-Wavelength Gravitational Wave Astronomy: A Dream Will Soon Be Reality
11:00-11:30 a.m. Coffee Break (Lobby, Life Sciences Building)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Trevor Weekes (Whipple Observatory, Smithsonian)
chair: Hideo Kodama
The Universe as Seen in TEV Gamma Rays
[ Slides ]
First Parallel Session: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room Speaker(s) Topic
Thomas 201 chair: John Beacom Origins of High Energy Particles
Thomas 216 chair: Deirdre Shoemaker Black Holes and Gravitational Waves I
Thomas 215 chair: Laurent Freidel Approaches to Quantum Gravity III
Second Parallel Session: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room Speaker(s) Topic
Thomas 201 chair: Kaixuan Ni Astroparticle Physics Beyond the Standard Model
Thomas 216 chair: Ben Owen Black Holes and Gravitational Waves II
Thomas 215 chair: Laurent Freidel Approaches to Quantum Gravity IV

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