Parallel sessions

Invited talks (35 min + 10 min for questions) and accepted contributed talks (12 min + 3 min for questions) for the parallel sessions (a detailed schedule will be posted soon, the order of the talks is still subject to change):

Galactic I (Tuesday May 31, 10:45 – 12:30)

Tony Moffat (Université de Montréal): The BRITE-Constellation Nanosatellite Mission: a First for Canada (invited)
Jared Keown (University of Victoria): Characterizing Starless Cores, Protostars, and Filaments in Cepheus
Nicole St-Louis (Departement de physique, Universite de Montreal): New Insights Into Dust Formation in Wolf-Rayet Winds from Spectroscopic Observations of 8 WC9 Stars
Jennifer West (University of Manitoba): Bilateral symmetry in supernova remnants and the connection to the Galactic magnetic field

Instruments (Tuesday May 31, 10:45 – 12:30)

David Andersen (NRC Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics): NFIRAOS: First Light Adaptive Optics System for TMT
Neil Rowlands (Honeywell Aerospace): Improved Performance of the JWST Fine Guidance Sensor
Simon Coudé (Université de Montréal): POL-2: The SCUBA-2 polarimeter and the study of magnetism in star-forming regions
Markus Kissler-Patig (Gemini Observatory): Gemini Observatory – news and perspectives
Doug Simons (CFHT): Current Status and Future Plans at CFHT
Lison Malo (CFHT): The SPIRou RV surveys
Laurent Drissen (Université Laval): SITELLE: Commissioninng and Science Verification

Planets I (Tuesday May 31, 10:45 – 12:30)

Heidi Hammel (AURA): Catastrophic Collisions in the Solar System (invited)
Jason Rowe (Institut de recherche sur les exoplanètes, iREx, Université de Montréal): Photometric Observations of Neptune and Uranus with K2: Weather, Solar activity and seismology.
Matthew Russo (CITA University of Toronto): Radially Magnetized Protoplanetary Disks: Evolution and Planetary Migration
Christa Van Laerhoven (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics): Packing Planets Together: When Neighbors Turn Against Each Other

Galactic II (Tuesday May 31, 14:00 – 16:00)

Erik Rosolowsky (University of Alberta): Remixing the Greatest Hits of the 80s (in Molecular Clouds)
Helen Kirk (Herzberg Astrophysics, NRC): Dense Cores Under Pressure : Early Results from GAS
Andy Pon (Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario): Observations of Turbulence Dissipating in Low and High Mass Star Forming Regions
Norman Murray (CITA, University of Toronto): Collapse in Self-gravitating Turbulent Fluids
Laura Fissel (CIERA – Northwestern University): A Detailed BLASTPol Study of Magnetic Fields in Vela C: Modeling Polarization Fraction and Local Field Dispersion
Terrence Tricco (CITA): Star formation with smoothed particle magnetohydrodynamics
Lauren Hetherington (Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto): Extending and Measuring the Orphan Star Stream
James Campbell (University of Calgary): Measuring the C18O column density in hot cores

High Energy Astrophysics (Tuesday May 31, 14:00 – 16:00)

Robert Petre (NASA / GSFC): Expanding the Horizons of X-ray Astronomy (invited)
Gregory Sivakoff (University of Alberta): Rapid evolution of the relativistic jet in the black hole X-ray binary V404 Cygni
Arash Bahramian (University of Alberta): 47 Tuc X9: the first ultra-compact X-ray binary identified in quiescence and its twisted accretion
Lorne Nelson (Bishop’s University): Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Binaries Containing Accreting White Dwarfs
Yasaman Yazdi (Perimeter Institute/University of Waterloo): Accretion in Radiative Equipartition (AiRE) Disks
Zachary Shand (University of Calgary): Astrophysical r-process sensitivity studies

Cosmology I (Tuesday May 31, 14:00 – 16:00)

Douglas Scott (UBC): The Spectrum of the Universe
J. Richard Bond (CITA, University of Toronto): Polarization at Low Multipoles from the Planck HFI Instrument and the Reionization Epoch of the Universe
Dagoberto Contreras (University of British Columbia): Constraints on cosmic birefringence from Planck 2015 polarization data
George Stein (CITA): Primordial non-Gaussianity with Large Scale Structure
Falk Herwig (University of Victoria): The rise of the elements in the early universe: from nuclear astrophysics to near-field cosmology
Gwendolyn Eadie (Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University): Inferring the mass of the Dark Matter Halo from Globular Cluster 3D Kinematics
Gandhali Joshi (McMaster University): Hidden in plain sight: Mass segregation using galaxy analogues in simulations

Education (Wednesday June 1, 9:00 – 10:30)

Robert Thacker (Saint Mary’s University): Mass media comms: experiences and techniques
Mary Beth Laychak (CFHT): Outreach Beyond Limits – How CFHT reaches its diverse constituents
Julie Bolduc-Duval (Discover the Universe): Update on Discover the Universe
James Hesser (NRC – Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics): Public Engagement at NRC’s Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

Extragalactic I (Wednesday June 1, 9:00 – 10:30)

Tim Robishaw (Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, NRC-Herzberg): Probing Extragalactic Magnetic Fields via Zeeman Splitting of OH Megamasers (invited)
Ashley Bemis (McMaster University): Investigating Dense Gas and Star Formation in the Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038/39) using ALMA
Ismael Moumen (Université Laval): SITELLE at the CFHT : A 3D Spectroscopic Study of the Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344
Joel Roediger (HIA): A Newfound Behaviour in the Red Sequence Towards Low Galaxy Masses

Techniques (Wednesday June 1, 9:00 – 10:30)

Pauline Barmby (Western University): Pieces of Andromeda: machine-learning and big data techniques applied to M31
Sahar Rahmani (Western University): Mining in nearby galaxies
Gilles Ferrand (University of Manitoba): 3D visualization of astronomical data using immersive displays
Cameron Van Eck (Radboud University): Faraday Tomography with LOFAR
Adam Rogers (University of Manitoba): Modeling X-ray Spectra Using Global Optimization Methods
Martin Heusen (The University of Manitoba): The Transport of Energetic Charged Particles in Different Astrophysical Scenarios

Cosmology II (Wednesday June 1, 14:30 – 16:30)

Manuela Campanelli (Rochester Institute of Technology): Numerical Relativity Simulations of Binary Black Hole Mergers (invited)
Prayush Kumar (CITA, University of Toronto): Gravitational Wave observation from a Binary Black Hole Merger by Advanced LIGO
Heather Fong (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics/University of Toronto): Astrophysical implications of the gravitational wave observation by Advanced LIGO
Renee Hlozek (Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto): Current and future constraints on ultra-light axions
Zhiqi Huang (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics): Dark Energy: how much can we go beyond $w$.
Daniel Guariento (University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute): A Cosmological black hole in shape dynamics

Planets II (Wednesday June 1, 14:30 – 16:30)

Christian Marois (NRC Herzberg): Imaging Exoplanets: from young gas giants with GPI to habitable planets with ELTs
Ryan Cloutier (University of Toronto): Searching for the closest habitable worlds: cool stars with even cooler planets
JJ Kavelaars (NRC): The Trans-neptunian Automated Occultation Survey – II : an opportunity for Canadian participation.
Diana Dragomir (University of Chicago): The Nature of the Super-Earth 55 Cancri e
Henry Ngo (Planetary Sciences, Caltech): Friends of Hot Jupiters: Properties of the Directly Imaged Stellar Companion Population
Jacob White (University of British Columbia): ALMA Observations of HD141569’s Circumstellar Disk
Bryce Croll (Boston University): The Actively Disintegrating Minor Planet(s) Orbiting the White Dwarf WD 1145+017
Kelsey Hoffman (NASA-Ames/SETI): Using Molecular Dynamics to Study the Material Properties of Exoplanet Interiors

Extragalactic II (Thursday June 2, 14:00 – 16:45)

Grant Tremblay (Yale University): “Cold, Galaxy-scale fountains with Black Hole Pumps” (invited)
Sarka Wykes (University of Manitoba): HD simulations of internal jet-stellar wind interactions: the case of Centaurus A
Ian Roberts (McMaster University): A Product of their Halo Environment:  How galaxy properties depend on group X-ray luminosity and dynamical state
Angus Mok (McMaster University): Comparing the ISM and Star Formation Properties of Nearby Spiral Galaxies in Different Environments
Fraser Evans (McMaster University): Red Misfit Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Christopher O’Dea (University of Manitoba): ALMA observations of Molecular Gas in the Parsec-scale Torus of NGC1068
Epson Masikiv Heringer (University of Toronto – department of Astronomy and Astrophysics): The Ejecta-Nickel Mass Relation of Type Ia Supernovae

Big Projects/Missions (Thursday June 2, 14:00 – 16:45)

Judith Irwin (Queen’s University): A New Look at Disk-Halo Dynamics with ‘CHANG-ES’ (invited)
David Naylor (University of Lethbridge): SPICA: the SPace Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics v2.0
Doug Johnstone (NRC Herzberg): SPICA Key Science
John Hutchings (NRC Herzberg): Early results from the Astrosat observatory
Rene Doyon (Université de Montréal – iREx): Status of the James Webb Space Telescope
David Schade (Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, National Research Council Canada): Developing a new vision for astronomy computing