Meeting White Paper (Jan. 16, 2013)


Oct. 28-31, 2012, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Poster Presentations:

Posters should be limited to 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall (i.e., in portrait orientation). 


Important Deadlines:

Registration: closed. 

Abstracts: past deadline.

Hotel reservations: past deadline.

Registration Fee:

A registration fee of $150 will be collected at the conference.  Registration fees will include:

  • Breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • A workshop banquet on Tuesday evening
  • An opening reception on Sunday (drinks + hors d'oeuvres)
  • Poster session receptions on Monday and Tuesday (drinks + light snacks)

A limited amount of student financial support is available in the form of registration fee waivers.  Please email inquiries to swidicu@emory.edu, and include a letter of support from the advisor.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  • Lou Allamandola (NASA Ames)
  • Geoff Blake (Caltech)
  • Crystal Brogan (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
  • Steven Charnley (NASA Goddard)
  • Frank C. De Lucia (Ohio State University)
  • Brian Drouin (JPL)
  • Michael A. Duncan (University of Georgia)
  • Maryvonne Gerin (LRA/LERMA, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris)
  • Eric Herbst (University of Virginia)
  • Jon T. Hougen (NIST)
  • Timothy Lee (NASA Ames)
  • Darek C. Lis (Caltech)
  • Michael C. McCarthy (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
  • David J. Nesbitt (University of Colorado)
  • Karin Öberg (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
  • David Plusquellic (NIST)
  • Anthony Remijan (NRAO)
  • Göran Sandell (NASA SOFIA)
  • Jonathan Tennyson (University College London)
  • Floris van der Tak (SRON, Netherlands)
  • Catherine Walsh (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Susanna Widicus Weaver (Emory University)

Confirmed discussion leaders:

  • Ted Bergin (University of Michigan)
  • Joel Bowman (Emory University)
  • Michael Heaven (Emory University)
  • John C. Pearson (JPL)
  • Steve Shipman (New College of Florida)
  • Phillip Stancil (University of Georgia)
  • Al Wootten (NRAO)

Meeting Purpose:

This workshop will focus on discussing and prioritizing laboratory molecular spectroscopy needs in support of existing and upcoming Far-IR observational facilities. The strategy for the workshop is to bring together experts in laboratory astrophysics, observational astronomy, and molecular theory and computation to identify and discuss the major challenges faced in interpretation of results from the Herschel Space Observatory, and the upcoming challenges that will be posed as the SOFIA and ALMA observatories come online. A major goal of the meeting is to produce a white paper that will inform research priorities and address these challenges. The meeting will facilitate valuable discussion of the current state of the field of molecular spectroscopy in astrochemistry, and will facilitate improved coordination for future collaborative efforts.