38th Annual Central Pennsylvania Consortium Astronomers' Meeting
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 | 8:15 am - 4:15 pm
Dickinson College | Tome Hall
343 West Louther Street, Carlisle PA 17013

Dickinson College will host the 38th Annual Central Pennsylvania Consortium Astronomers' Meeting on Saturday, April 21st 2018.

The conference will be held in  Tome Hall (#18 on the campus map).

We encourage both faculty and students to consider presenting a talk or a poster in astronomy, astrophysics and astronomy education. We have been able to allocate 10-15 minutes for each presentation, depending on the number of people who would like to present. We wish to remind everyone that this is a "student friendly" conference. A tentative meeting agenda is provided below.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Catrina Hamilton-Drager or by calling 717-254-8935.

Please register for the conference by fillling out this web form. There is no registration fee and all students, postdocs and faculty are welcome to attend.

The deadline is Friday April 6, 2018.

Schedule of Events
Keynote speaker will be Jonathan P. Gardner, Chief of the Observational Cosmology Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Jonathan P. Gardner

Talk Titie: The James Webb Space Telescope

Speaker: Jonathan P. Gardner, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Abstract: The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. It is a large (6.6m) cold (50K) telescope to be launched in 2019 into orbit around the second Earth-Sun Lagrange point. It is a partnership of NASA with the European and Canadian Space Agencies. Webb’s science goals include the formation of the first stars and galaxies in the early universe; the chemical, morphological and dynamical buildup of galaxies, the formation of stars and planetary systems and understanding exoplanets and our Solar System. Webb has four instruments: The Near-Infrared Camera, the Near-Infrared multi-object Spectrograph, and the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph will cover the wavelength range 0.6 to 5 microns, while the Mid-Infrared Instrument will do both imaging and spectroscopy from 5 to 28.5 microns. Recent progress includes the cryogenic testing of the telescope, the assembly of the spacecraft and sunshield, and planning for the first year of scientific observations.

Bio: Jonathan P. Gardner is the Chief of the Observational Cosmology Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Deputy Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. He leads a group that studies the Universe as a whole, from its dramatic beginnings in the Big Bang, to the mysterious dark energy that will determine its future. The James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, will look backwards in time to find the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang, to trace their evolution into galaxies like our own Milky Way, and to connect the formation of stars and planets with the history of our own Solar System.