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Program

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 24, 2017:

11:30 am-1:00 pm:  Georgia Academy of Science Board of Directors business meeting (closed to the public)        
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm: On-site Registration (RCC Main Lobby)
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Oral presentations (Sections I and IV only)
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm:  Poster presentations/opening remarks, refreshments served
6:15 pm to 7:15 pm:  Keynote lecture
7:30 pm and 8:15 pm: Planetarium Showings

Saturday, March 25, 2017:

7:30 am to 8:30 am:  Light breakfast
7:30 am to 9:30 am:  On-site Registration (RCC Main Lobby)
8:00 am to 12:00 pm:  Oral presentations
10:00-10:30 am:  Section Business Meetings  
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm:  Lunch
1:15 pm to 1:45 pm:   Student awards and Business Meeting
2:00 pm:    Hike at Track Rock 

*For the full schedule, please visit http://digitalcommons.gaacademy.org/gjs/ to view the Program for the Annual Meeting.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for GAS 2017 will be Dr. William T. (Bill) Newsome from Stanford University. Dr. Newsome’s research field of neuroscience has allowed him to contribute to the BRAIN initiative of the NIH, which is looking to development of tools and techniques to better understand how the brain works. More information about Dr. Newsome can be found here.

Planetarium Shows

Registrants will be offered a ticket for one of the following shows at the O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium on the YHC Campus on Friday evening.

DARK: Understanding Dark Matter
DARK is a planetarium show that explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years. The main on-screen character in the show is Dr. Alan Duffy, a brilliant young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of Dark Matter evolution inside supercomputers. Alan introduces us to the idea of Dark Matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why radio astronomy is so well-suited to its discovery. DARK is an adventure to the very edges of contemporary cosmology and data visualization, telling a complex scientific story with a touch of humanity – for an intelligent audience.

 

Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica is IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world, which waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos called neutrinos. Scientists are using these tiny and elusive particles to explore the most extreme places in the universe. The ghostly neutrinos give us a way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. In this new fulldome show, stunning simulations of the most energetic places in our universe, and the galaxies around us, are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, Chasing the Ghost Particle will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget!