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Origins of Solar Systems
July 5-10, 2009
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
Chair:
Sara S. Russell

Vice Chair:
Michael R. Meyer

The 2009 Gordon Conference on the Origins of Solar Systems will present current research on the formation of stars and planets. We will bring together astronomers, planetary scientists and meteoriticists to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to this topic, and will mix scientists from different disciplines within the sessions. The speakers will all be very active leaders in their fields. There have been many exciting recent discoveries on this topic, including analyses of returned cometary material (from the NASA Stardust mission), and new information about the composition of the Sun. Detections of new exoplanets from the Kepler and CoRoT missions are expected soon. An abundance of new data on planets is now inspiring the development of novel models for the formation, evolution and structure of planetary systems both in our own solar system and beyond. All of these issues will be discussed at the 2009 Conference. Students and postdocs are very much encouraged to attend the Conference and to present their work in the form of posters. The structure of this Conference allows for formal discussion sessions in the mornings and evenings and informal networking and discussion in the afternoons. The friendly atmosphere and unique range of disciplines represented encourages effective new collaborations to be made.


SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm INITIAL COSMIC ABUNDANCES
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Ernst Zinner (Washington University)
7:50 pm - 8:25 pmMartin Asplund (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)
"The solar chemical composition: past and present"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmTrevor Ireland (ANU)
"Elemental and Isotopic Fractionation in the Solar Nebula"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pm TIMESCALES OF DISKS
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Alycia Weinberger (Carnegie)
9:20 am - 9:55 amJerome Bouvier (Grenoble)
"Disk survival and planet formation timescale: what can we learn from the central star?"
9:55 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amDavid Wilner (Harvard)
"Disk dissipation: the submillimeter view"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pmNoriko Kita (University of Wisconsin)
"Time scale of the protoplanetary disk inferred from extinct nuclide chronology of meteorites"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm DISK CHEMISTRY
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Geoff Blake (Caltech)
7:50 pm - 8:25 pm Ilaria Pascucci (Johns Hopkins University)
"Gas in the planet-forming region of disks"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmPhil Bland (Imperial College)
"Volatile depletion in inner solar system materials"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm DUST TO PLANETESIMALS
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Conel Alexander (Carnegie)
9:20 am - 9:55 amAnders Johansen (Leiden)
"Formation and Growth of Planets in Turbulent Protoplanetary Discs"
9:55 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amQing-Zhu Yin (UC Davis)
"Dating the first stage of planet formation"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pm Denton Ebel (American Museum of New York)
"Constraints on Dust Processing and Accretion from Comet and Meteorite Petrology"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PLANETS TO DUST
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Stu Weidenschilling (PSI)
7:50 pm - 8:25 pmKlaus Mezger (University of Muenster)
"A time frame for processes in the early solar system"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmScott Kenyon (Harvard)
"Debris Disks as Newly Formed Planetary Systems"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm DISTRIBUTION OF ISOTOPES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Stein Jacobsen (Harvard)
9:20 am - 9:55 amTim Elliott (University of Bristol)
"Mass independent isotopic variability of Ti and Ni in bulk meteorite analyses"
9:55 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amJonathan Williams (Hawai’i)
"The delivery of short-lived radionuclides to the Solar System"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pmEd Young (UCLA)
"Astronomical oxygen isotopic evidence for supernova pollution of the solar system birth environment"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PLANET STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Tristan Guillot (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur)
7:50 pm - 8:25 pmIsabelle Baraffe (Lyon)
"Structure and evolution of exoplanets: from super-Earths to super-Jupiters"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmFrancis Albarede (Lyon)
"Water, accretion and planetary dynamics"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm PLANET FORMATION
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Michael Meyer (ETH, Zurich, Conference Vice-Chair)
9:20 am - 9:55 amJohn Chambers (Carnegie)
"Planetesimal formation via turbulent concentration: implications for planet formation"
9:55 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amDavid O’Brien (PSI)
"The Formation, Growth, and Chemical Evolution of Terrestrial Planets"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pmJamie Gilmour (University of Manchester)
"Anthropic selection of a solar system with a high 26Al/27Al ratio; implications and a possible mechanism"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm COMPARATIVE PLANETOLOGY
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Josh Winn (MIT)
7:50 pm - 8:25 pm John Johnson (University of Hawaii)
"What stars can teach us about planet formation"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmChristian Marois (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics)
"HR 8799, multiple planets orbiting an A star"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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