Conference Program

Invited Speakers (confirmed in bold-face type)

Javier Alonso-Garcia – Universidad de Antofagasta/Instituto Milenio de Astrofísica, CHILE
Rachael Beaton – Princeton University, USA
Santi Cassisi – INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Abruzzo, ITALY
Giuliana Fiorentino – INAF – Osservatorio di Astrofisica e Scienza dello Spazio di Bologna, ITALY
Gergely Hajdu – Centrum Astronomiczne im. Mikołaja Kopernika, Polskiej Akademii Nauk, POLAND
Kelly Hambleton – Villanova University, USA
Monika Jurkovic – Astronomska opservatorija Belgrade, SERBIA
Stella Kafka – American Association of Variable Star Observers, USA
Katrien Kolenberg – Universiteit Antwerpen, BELGIUM
Zoltán Kolláth – Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Savaria Egyetemi Központ, HUNGARY
Andrea Kunder – Saint Martin’s University, USA
Lucas Macri – Texas A&M University, USA
Tatiana Muraveva – INAF – Osservatorio di Astrofisica e Scienza dello Spazio di Bologna, ITALY
Jill Neeley – Florida Atlantic University, USA
Vincenzo Ripepi – INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, ITALY
Victoria Scowcroft – University of Bath, UNITED KINGDOM
Radosław Smolec – Centrum Astronomiczne im. Mikołaja Kopernika, Polskiej Akademii Nauk, POLAND
Igor Soszyński – Obserwatorium Astronomiczne Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, POLAND


Conference Program

Sunday, October 13:
Opening Reception at The Lodge Resort and Spa
Special session [7pm at The Lodge Resort and Spa]:  Ma’ii Chee, Haashch’ eshzhini and the Yadilhil – Grandfather Coyote, Black Spirit and the Navajo Universe – Mr. Alex Mares, Native American storyteller

Monday, October 14:
Welcome
Session 1 – Classical pulsators from the ground
Session 2 – Classical pulsators from space

Tuesday, October 15:
Session 3 – Stellar Evolution and Pulsation Theory
Session 4 – Stellar Populations
Evening social event:  Viewing Party at Apache Point Observatory 3.5m telescope

Wednesday, October 16:
Session 5 – Galactic Structure Tracers
Conference Social Excursion – The Natural wonders of Southeastern NM

Thursday, October 17:
Session 6 – Distance Indicators:  Cepheids and RR Lyraes
Conference Dinner [5pm-9pm at The Hubbard Museum of the American West] (Special guest: Mr. Randy Granger, Native American Musician and Storyteller)

Friday, October 18:
Session 7 – New Frontiers of Classical Pulsators
Open Session and Recap
Closing and Farewells