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Origins of Solar Systems (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Foundations of Planets


June 17-18, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Kamber Schwarz & Richard Lyons

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 17, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Origins of Solar Systems is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas across the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, cosmochemistry, planetary science, and geochemistry.

This meeting will focus on promoting cross-disciplinary conversations, starting with a review talk to provide attendees with the background knowledge needed to get the most out of the GRS and subsequent GRC. The topics that will be explored include, but are not limited to, the characteristics of exoplanets, recent advancements in our understanding of the gas and dust in protoplanetary and debris disks, and the history of the solar system as revealed by small bodies. The meeting will also include a career panel driven by participants questions discussing career paths with both upcoming and senior faculty. Talks will be selected from submitted poster abstracts and we hope to make support available to as many participants as possible.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 17, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Origins of Solar Systems" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Connecting Solar and Extrasolar Systems
Discussion Leader: Rhonda Stroud (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmFred Ciesla (University of Chicago, USA)
"Studying Planet Formation on Micro and Macro Scales"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDust and Rocks
Discussion Leader: Hilke Schlichting (University of California, Los Angeles / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmMeredith MacGregor (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)
"A Complete ALMA Map of the Fomalhaut Debris Disk"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmWanda Feng (School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, USA)
"Disk Accretion of Tidally Disrupted Rocky Bodies onto White Dwarfs"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmTim Lichtenberg (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"A Thermo-Mechanical Goldilocks Regime for Impact Splash Chondrule Formation"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmMyriam Telus (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA)
"Fluid Evolution in Early Planetesimals: Insights from CM Chondrites"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmJaehan Bae (University of Michigan, USA)
"On the Role of Giant Planets in Shaping a Habitable World"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amGas and Atmospheres
Discussion Leader: Leslie Rogers (University of Chicago, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amMihkel Kama (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Exoplanetesimals: New Constraints on Gas, Ice, and Mineral Compositions in Protoplanetary Disks"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amKeri Hoadley (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Signatures of Molecular Hydrogen Absorption in Protoplanetary Disk Environments"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amAnusha Kalyaan (Arizona State University, USA)
"Location of Snowlines and Distribution of Water in Protoplanetary Disks"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amAllona Vazan-Shukrun (Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Super-Earth Mass-Radius Relation: The Role of Core Formation"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amAdam McKay (Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA / Universities Space Research Association, USA)
"Cometary Composition Studied via Optical and IR Spectroscopy"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Fred Ciesla (University of Chicago, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Career Paths in Science"
  • Edwin Bergin (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Leslie Rogers (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Hilke Schlichting (University of California, Los Angeles / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Rhonda Stroud (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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