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Tentative Schedule

Friday, July 20, 2012

12:00 - 23:59
Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open for Exhibitor Installation

Saturday, July 21, 2012

00:00 - 23:59
Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open for Exhibitor Installation
08:00 - 17:00
IPS Council Meeting

Sunday, July 22, 2012

00:00 - 23:59
Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open for Exhibitor Installation
08:00 - 17:00
IPS Council Meeting
13:00 - 17:00
Delegate Registration
At the Hilton Baton Rouge.
17:00 - 18:45
Welcome Reception
At LASM
19:00 - 00:30
(Monday, July 23, 2012)
Vendor Demonstrations
Delegates will be divided into three groups for demonstrations in LASM's Pennington Planetarium and Brent Auditorium, and the theater at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

Monday, July 23, 2012

07:30 - 09:00
Breakfast
Buffet served in Ballrooms A and B at the Hilton Baton Rouge hotel.
08:00 - 16:00
Delegate Registration
At the Hilton Baton Rouge.
09:00 - 09:45
Opening Ceremony
In the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the River Center.
09:45 - 10:30
Keynote Speech: Dr. Rolf Landua
In the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the River Center.

Exploring the early Universe: the LHC at CERN
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is taking data for the second year. The study of new particles produced in particle collisions at an energy of 8 TeV should give new insights into the laws that reigned our Universe one picosecond after the Big Bang, and could also provide new hints about the nature of dark matter and dark energy. This talk will summarize the physics goals, status and prospects of the LHC experiments, give an overview about the implications for cosmology, and finish with the description of a project to visualize the microscopic world.

Dr. Rolf Landua
Head of Education and Public Outreach, CERN
Rolf Landua studied physics at the University of Mainz (Germany). After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1980, he worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, first as visiting scientist and then as CERN fellow. In 1987, he became CERN staff member. His research focused mainly on the study of antimatter, such as antihydrogen formation or proton-antiproton annihilation.In 1996, he was an initiator of the ‘Antimatter Decelerator’ (AD) project at CERN. He also proposed the ATHENA experiment, which succeeded in producing millions of slow-moving antihydrogen atoms and of which he was spokesman from 1999-2004.For his activities in promoting the public understanding of modern physics, he received the communication prize of the European Physical Society. He has written a book on particle physics and the LHC for the general public, and he is often interviewed for TV and radio programs.Since 2005, Rolf Landua is Head of the Education and Public Outreach Group at CERN that offers educational programmes for about 1000 physics teachers per year, with the goal of bringing the excitement of modern physics research into classrooms and motivating young students to continue their scientific education. His group also develops and operates permanent and traveling CERN exhibitions, and organizes guided tours of CERN for more than 75,000 visitors per year.
10:30 - 11:00
Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Inauguration
In the Exhibition Hall at the River Center.
10:30 - 17:30
Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open
In the Exhibition Hall at the River Center.
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch
Buffet lunch served in the River Center Galleria.
13:00 - 13:50
Modern Instructional/Event Presentation Technologies for Immersive/Planetarium Theaters
This workshop is being offered by Bowen Technovation. A refundable deposit of $10 is required for materials. The modern design for a domed theater should include extensive audio-video control capabilities for instruction, special events, and other multimedia uses. This package is one of the most overlooked parts of theater upgrade or new construction design. It is important to futureproof the design so as to avoid potential obsoletion. A workbook will be provided and attendees will enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire loaded with space science apps.
13:00 - 15:30
Paper/Workshop/Panel Sessions
In the Meeting Rooms at the River Center
15:30 - 16:00
Break
In the Upper Atrium Gallery at the River Center.
16:00 - 17:30
Vendor Exhibition and Dome Village
In the Exhibition Hall at the River Center.
17:30 - 19:00
Dinner
Enjoy stunning views of the Mississippi River just before sunset as you enjoy a buffet dinner on either the Pennington or River Terraces at the Shaw Center for the Arts.
19:00 - 00:30
(Tuesday, July 24, 2012)
Vendor Demonstrations
Delegates will be divided into three groups for demonstrations in LASM's Pennington Planetarium, the Shaw Center for the Arts' Manship Theater, and the theater at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • 08:00 - 09:00
    Breakfast
    Continental breakfast served in the River Center Galleria.
    08:00 - 16:00
    Delegate Registration
    At the Hilton Baton Rouge.
    09:00 - 10:00
    Keynote Speech: Dr. Michael S. Turner
    In the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the River Center.

    The Big Mysteries of Cosmology
    There have been remarkable advances in our understanding of the Universeover the past 20 years and with that understanding new mysteries tosolve. I will discuss the present state of cosmology and the bigmysteries that point to new physics and deep connections between quarksand the cosmos -- dark matter, dark energy, and inflation.

    Michael S. Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is also Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago, which he helped to establish. Turner is President-elect of the American Physical Society and will serve as its President in 2013. Turner’s current national service includes membership on the NRC’s Board on Physics and Astronomy; the NASA Advisory Committee (NAC); the Senior Editorial Board of Science Magazine; and Chairman of the OECD Global Science Forum’s Astroparticle Physics International Forum. Turner is also Chairman of the Board of the Aspen Center for Physics, a Director of the Fermi Research Alliance, and a member of the Governing Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS Council).
    10:00 - 18:00
    Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open
    At the River Center.
    10:00 - 10:30
    Vendor Exhibition and Dome Village
    In the Exhibition Hall at the River Center.
    10:30 - 11:00
    Break
    With Poster Session authors in the Riverview Room (West end of the Galleria) at the River Center.
    10:30 - 12:15
    Poster Session (with authors present)
    In the West end of the Galleria at the River Center.
    11:00 - 12:15
    Paper/Workshop Sessions
    In the Meeting Rooms at the River Center.
    12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch
    Box lunch, pickup at the Hilton.
    13:00 - 18:00
    LIGO Tour
    Tour to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Livingston, Louisiana. Includes bus transportation from the Hilton and a boxed lunch. The mid-conference tours (LIGO, LITE, New Orleans) are concurrent; delegates may only register for one.
    13:00 - 18:00
    LITE Tour
    Tour to the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. Includes bus transportation from the Hilton and a boxed lunch. The mid-conference tours (LIGO, LITE, New Orleans) are concurrent; delegates may only register for one.
    13:00 - 18:00
    New Orleans Tour
    Tour to the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes bus transportation from the Hilton and a boxed lunch. The mid-conference tours (LIGO, LITE, New Orleans) are concurrent; delegates may only register for one.
    18:00 - 20:00
    Dinner & Evening On Your Own
    Evening entertainment options listed below.
    19:00 - 20:15
    Public Screening: Saving Hubble
    In the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the River Center.

    Saving Hubble
    is an independent documentary film that examines NASA's decision in 2004 to cancel the famed Hubble Space Telescope and introduces us to the people who united to save it. Many films have been made about what Hubble teaches humans about the universe. This is the first time a film about Hubble has asked "What does this machine say about us?" Saving Hubble is the story of ordinary people finding a voice, and a love letter to the machine that stands as humanity's ambassador to the expanding universe. Brought to you by the Hubble Roadshow! More information at SavingHubble.com.

    20:30 - 23:00
    Trip to Landolt Astronomical Observatory
    Bus departs from in front of LASM. Landolt Observatory is home to a 11.5-inch (29cm) refractor made by Alvan Clark & Sons. The observatory is located on top of Nicholson Hall on the Louisiana State University's campus and was first opened in 1939. The observatory is ten minutes from downtown. For more information on Landolt Astronomical Observatory, click here.
    21:00 - 22:00
    Live 3D Performance with J-Walt and Jonn Serrie
    In LASM's Pennington Planetarium.

    Witness two masters of electronic fulldome art combine their talents tocreate a visual and musical odyssey that merges fantasy with reality. J-Waltis an Academy Award-winning multimedia wizard, combining visual andperforming arts into a new synthesis of live animated spectacle. Jonn Serrie‘svisionary compositional skills have revolutionized today’s contemporaryelectronic music. Together, they will present the world premiereof their new visual music performance piece, live in LASM’s PenningtonPlanetarium.

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    08:00 - 09:00
    Breakfast
    Continental breakfast served in the River Center Galleria.
    08:00 - 12:00
    Delegate Registration
    At the Hilton Baton Rouge.
    09:00 - 17:30
    Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open
    In the Exhibition Hall at the River Center.
    09:00 - 10:30
    Paper/Workshop/Panel Sessions
    In the Meeting Rooms at the River Center.
    09:00 - 17:30
    Poster Session (without authors present)
    In the West end of the Galleria at the River Center.
    10:30 - 11:00
    Break
    In the Riverview Room at the River Center.
    11:00 - 12:30
    Paper/Workshop Sessions
    In the Meeting Rooms at the River Center
    12:30 - 14:30
    IPS Awards Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Natalie Batalha
    In the River Center Arena.

    Kepler's Search for Potentially Habitable Planets
    Humankind's speculation about the existence of other worlds like our ownturned into a veritable quest with the launch of NASA's Kepler spacecraft inMarch 2009. The mission is designed to survey a slice of the Milky Way Galaxyto identify planets via transit photometry. The last year of science operationshas been a year of milestones in terms of exoplanet characterization: rocky,Earth-size, circumbinary, Habitable Zone, and even invisible planets have madeheadlines. However, the real work lies in the large sample statistics ofthe catalogs of viable planet candidates— statistics that will drive us towardknowledge of the frequency of potentially habitable earth-size planet in theSolar neighborhood. Dr. Batalha will describe some of the milestonediscoveries that have marked the last year, the make-up of the latest catalog,and the strategies moving forward. Now in its fourth year of operation,Kepler is honing in on the answer to the question that drives the mission: are potentially habitable worlds abundant inour galaxy.

    Dr. Natalie Batalha is a research astronomer in the Space Sciences Divisionof NASA Ames Research Center and the Science Lead of NASA's KeplerMission. She holds a bachelor degree in physics from the University ofCalifornia (UC), Berkeley, and a doctorate in astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz.Dr. Batalha started her career as a stellar spectroscopist studyingyoung, sun-like stars. After a post-doctoral fellowship in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil, she returned to California. Inspired by the growing number ofexoplanet discoveries, she joined the team led by William Borucki atNASA's Ames Research Center working on transit photometry— an emergingtechnology for finding exoplanets. Twelve years later, she now stands poisedwith the Kepler team to make discoveries that humans, prior, have left to theimagination and the realms of science fiction.
    14:30 - 15:15
    Group Photo
    In front of the Pennington Planetarium. Copies of the group photograph may be purchased for $10.
    14:30 - 15:15
    Group Photo
    In front of the Pennington Planetarium
    15:30 - 17:15
    Paper/Workshop Sessions
    In the Meeting Rooms at the River Center.
    16:00 - 17:30
    Constellation Shootout
    In LASM's Pennington Planetarium
    17:30 - 19:00
    Dinner
    Buffet served at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.
    19:00 - 00:30
    (Thursday, July 26, 2012)
    Vendor Demonstrations
    Delegates will be divided into three groups for demonstrations in LASM's Pennington Planetarium and Brent Auditorium, and the theater at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    08:00 - 09:00
    Breakfast
    Continental breakfast served in the River Center Galleria.
    09:00 - 11:00
    Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open
    In the Exhibition Hall at the River Center.
    09:00 - 10:30
    Paper/Workshop/Panel Sessions
    In the Meeting Rooms at the River Center.
    10:30 - 11:00
    Break
    In the Riverview Room at the River Center.
    11:00 - 12:00
    Vendor Exhibition and Dome Village
    In the Exhibition Hall at the River Center.
    12:00 - 20:00
    Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open for Exhibitor Teardown
    12:30 - 14:00
    Lunch
    Buffet lunch served poolside at the Hilton Baton Rouge
    14:00 - 16:00
    IPS General Assembly Meeting
    In Ballrooms A and B at the Hilton Baton Rouge.
    16:00 - 16:30
    Memorial Presentation
    In Ballrooms A and B at the Hilton Baton Rouge.
    16:30 - 17:30
    Affiliate Meetings
    In the Meeting Rooms at the Hilton Baton Rouge.
    18:00 - 19:00
    Bus Boarding
    Buses depart from LASM for the trip to the IPS banquet, held at the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.
    19:00 - 20:00
    Cocktail Hour
    Pre-dinner drinks and hors d'œuvres at the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.
    20:00 - 22:00
    Conference Banquet
    At the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.
    22:00 - 23:00
    Buses Return
    From the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens.

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    08:00 - 09:00
    Breakfast On Your Own
    At your hotel, or one of downtown Baton Rouge's breakfast spots.
    08:00 - 23:59
    Exhibition Hall and Dome Village Open for Exhibitor Teardown
    09:00 - 18:00
    DomeFest 2012
    Full day of dome screenings and talks in the Pennington Planetarium. To be followed by evening pub crawl and dinner on your own.
    09:00 - 09:00
    (Sunday, July 29, 2012)
    Post-Conference Tour
    From 27–29 July, the Burke Baker Planetarium will be hosting delegates for a Post-Conference Tour in Space City–Houston, Texas. Trips are planned to Johnson Space Center and George Observatory, plus delegates will begin or end their tour at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), and other facilities in Houston’s famed Museum District. Transportation between Baton Rouge and Houston is not provided. Delegates must make their own travel arrangements between the two cities.

    Additional information is available on the Post-Conference Tour page of this website.
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