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Ground-based Astronomy in the 21st Century

A National Science Foundation Sponsored Symposium

The National Science Foundation is dedicated to making America's scientists the most productive in the world. The means of accomplishing that goal for astronomy have changed significantly over the last five decades, mirroring the changes in astronomy itself.

Never have astronomers had tools of such quality, precision and power. Never have they had more tantalizing research topics to explore. And never have more minds focused on such issues.

On October 7-8, 2003 the National Science Foundation sponsored a public symposium on astronomy in the 21st century. Briefing details from the symposium, including speaker presentations, are available in the sections below.

  Read Dr. Rita Colwell's introductory message.

banner image from the 2003 Symposium: The Universe From the Ground Up

October 7-8, 2003
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

WELCOME RECEPTION - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

photo of Robert Kirshner

"Unusual Views of Familiar Objects"
Robert Kirshner, Harvard University
Speaker biography.
View webcast segment. (39:56 min.)
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View Question and Answer session. (20:57 min.)

INTRODUCTION

photo of Rita Colwell

Welcome
Rita R. Colwell, Director, National Science Foundation
Speaker Biography
View webcast segment. (14:47 min.)
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photo of Michael Turner

Introductory Remarks
Michael Turner, Assistant Director, NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Speaker Biography
View webcast segment. (1:24 min.)

 

RESEARCHER PRESENTATIONS - PALLADIAN ROOM

Photo of Sandra Faber

"From the Big Bang to Us: Astronomy and Our Place in the Cosmos"
Sandra Faber, University of California
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (40:39 min.)
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Panel Discussion
Mysteries: What We Don't Know About the Universe
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Photo of Max Tegmark

"Cosmic Microwave Background and Other Clues"
Max Tegmark, University of Pennsylvania
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment . (9:26 min.)
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Photo of Alan Guth

"Inflation: The Beginning of the Universe"
Alan Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Speaker biography.
View webcast segment. (16:41 min.)
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Photo of Neta Bahcall

"Dark Matter: The Structure of the Universe"
Neta Bahcall, Princeton University
Speaker biography.
View webcast segment. (18:20 min.)
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Photo of Christopher Stubbs

"Dark Energy: The Future of the Universe"
Christopher Stubbs, Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophyisics
Speaker biography.
View webcast segment. (13:55 min.)
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Photo of Michael Turner (Moderator)

Question and Answer Session
Michael Turner, Moderator
View webcast segment. (31:43 min.)

Photo of Matt Mountain

"Entering a New Age in Ground-based Astronomy: Gemini Observatory"
Charles Mattias "Matt" Mountain, Director, Gemini Observatory
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Speaker Biography
View webcast segment. (24:57)

 

Panel Discussion
Tools: The Coming Generation
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Photo of Laird Close

"Adaptive Optics"
Laird Close, University of Arizona
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (10:28 min.)
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Photo of Jerry Nelson

"Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope"
Jerry Nelson, University of California, Santa Cruz
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (13:23 min.)
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Photo of Alex Szalay

"National Virtual Observatories"
Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins University
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (12:48 min.)
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Photo of Tony Tyson

"Large Synoptic Survey Telescope"
Tony Tyson, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (11:55 min.)
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Photo of Fred Lo

"The Atacama Large Millimeter Array Project"
Fred Lo, Director, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (10:27 min.)

 

Panel Discussion
Life: The Quest for Other Worlds
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Photo of Alan Boss

"Formation of Habitable Planetary Systems"
Alan Boss, Carnegie Institute of Washington
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (12:28 min.)
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Photo of Sara Seager

"Extrasolar Planets"
Sara Seager, Carnegie Institute of Washington
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment . (11:08 min.)
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Photo of Christopher Impey

"Life and the Universe"
Christopher Impey, University of Arizona
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment . (23:24 min.)
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RESEARCHER PRESENTATIONS - DIPLOMAT ROOM

photo of Mark Giampapa

"Solar Astronomy: Advanced Technology Solar Telescope"
Mark Giampapa, University of Arizona
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (31:04 min.)
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photo of Kip Thorne

"Ground-based Gravitational Wave Astronomy: LIGO"
Kip Thorne, University of Arizona
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (50:24 min.)

photo of Francis Halzen

"Neutrino Astronomy: ICECUBE"
Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (51:33 min.)

photo of Bernard Sadoulet

"Experimental Searches for Dark Matter: CDMS II"
Bernard Sadoulet, University of California, Berkeley
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (32:02 min.)

photo of Jim Cronin

"The Highest Energy Cosmic Rays -- Macroscopic Energy in Microscopic Particles"
Jim Cronin,
University of Chicago
Speaker Biography.
View webcast segment. (15:29 min.)
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photo of Paul Mantsch 

"Ultra-high Energy Cosmic Rays: AUGER"
Paul Mantsch, Indiana University
Speaker Biography
.
View webcast segment. (20:41 min.)
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ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAILS

  Agenda
  Directions
  Listing of Exhibitors

 

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