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The Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California (TASC) meeting will be held at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), on Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 9:00AM to 5:30PM (please note the updated times). As with past TASC meetings, the purpose of this meeting is bring together the theoretical astrophysics community in Southern California, including students, postdocs, researchers, and faculty members. 

This meeting is an informal place to know other local researchers in theoretical astrophysics while also getting an overview of the research in theoretical astrophysics going on at nearby universities.

All participants are encouraged to contribute short talks on their research. Equal time will be given to everyone who requests a talk; talks will be approximately 10 minutes.

Registration

Please register for the TASC 2015 meeting using our online form, so that we will know how many people are attending. If you'd like to give a talk, please include a talk title when you register.

Key information

Meeting Dates: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Location: California State University, Fullerton, California, USA - 

800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831

Campus map

arboretum1Fullerton Arboretum

Meeting room: Titan Student 
Union, Titan Theater (N.B. updated location)
 

Fees: There is no conference fee. However, we ask that participants register so that we can get an accurate estimate of the number of people attending.

Registration and abstract submission deadline: November 10, 2015. 

Program: The TASC 2015 program is now available in 
PDF format.

Wireless internet: 

CSUF has eduroam. If your university supports it, you can log in with your home institution's credentials. Alternatively, you can connect as follows:

SSID: Students-Secure. 
Username: acad\physstud 
Password: **** (will be provided at the meeting)
Setup: configure manually, or go to wireless.fullerton.edu to run a java app to automatically configure your computer to connect to this network.

 

Program

The program for the meeting will be posted here shortly before the meeting.

Logistics

Update on parking: If you plan to drive to the campus, you'll need to purchase a parking pass ($8/day). Please see the Cal State Fullerton visitor parking page for where to park and how to buy a pass (you can buy one online or at stations on campus).

Dining

There are many good options, both on campus and a short walk off campus, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On-campus options include The Gastronome cafeteria and a food court in the Titan Student Union building.

Update: Google map of nearby, recommending dining choice

Things to see

The northeast corner of the CSUF campus houses the Fullerton Arboretum, a 26-acre botanical garden. CSUF is about 20 minutes away from Disneyland.

Previous TASC meetings

Previous TASC meetings include

2014 - TASC, UC San Diego 

2013 - TASC, UCLA

 

 

Questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Geoffrey Lovelace, who is organizing the meeting this year, at glovelace at fullerton.edu

 

Cinthia Padilla and Profs Read, Lovelace and Smith attend "Discover STEM" at Cypress College, meet with students about opportunities in physics.

On Friday April 19th GWPAC members attended an event called "Discover STEM" to help provide community college students with in depth major-specific information within their field of choice. The event was organized by the STEM^2 program at CSUF and the Cypress College STEM program. Cinthia Padilla helped organize the event, Geoffrey Lovelace and Jocelyn Read led a question and answer session about careers in research, and Josh Smith gave the event's introductory remarks on research in physics and astronomy at CSUF.

Jocelyn Read and Geoffrey Lovelace at Cypress College

Update: the scientific program is now available.

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The 32nd Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting (PCGM) will be held at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), on Friday, April 1, 2016 - Saturday, April 2, 2016. As with past PCGM meetings, this will be an open, relaxed, and informal conference. We are inviting researchers and students interested in all areas of gravitational physics: classical and quantum gravity, general relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, quantum cosmology, gravitational waves, experimental gravity, and mathematical relativity. Because this is a regional meeting, many attendees will be from the western United States, but all are welcome.

Following the usual tradition all participants, and especially postdocs and graduate students, are encouraged to contribute short, introductory talks on their current research, with the aim of fostering communication and understanding among gravitational physicists with different backgrounds. Everyone who requests to speak will be given equal time (plausibly between 10 and 15 minutes, including a question period). A prize (sponsored by the APS Topical Group on Gravity) will be awarded for the best talk given by a student at the meeting.

Key information

Meeting Dates: Friday, April 1, 2016 - Saturday, April 2, 2016

Program: The PCGM 32 scientific program is now available. Update: The program will begin at 9:00AM on Friday, April 1.

Wireless internet: Access is available through Eduroam. Alternatively, you will be able to access the internet using SSID Students-Secure:
Username: acad\physstud
Password: **** (will be provided at the meeting)
Setup: configure manually, or go to wireless.fullerton.edu to run a java app to automatically configure your computer to connect to this network.

Location: California State University, Fullerton, California, USA - Google MapsCampus map 

arboretum1Fullerton Arboretum

Meeting room: Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, room 1502 (SGMH-1502). This building is on the southeast corner of campus, near the Marriott hotel. 

Fees: There is no conference fee. However, we ask that participants register so that we can get an accurate estimate of the number of people attending.
 

Registration and abstract submission deadline: March 26, 2016, at 5:00PM Pacific time. 

Group-rate hotel reservation deadline: Monday, March 14, 2016

Registration

Please register for the PCGM 32 meeting using our online form.

Program

The PCGM 32 scientific program is now available. Talks are 15 minutes + 3 minutes for questions. There are also two special invited talks about the recent gravitational-wave discovery, which are 30 minutes + 10 minutes for questions each.

Travel and Lodging

We recommend flying into the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), which is approximately 20-30 minutes away from the campus. Southwest Airlines often has good fares for flights from San Francisco to Orange County, but they don't show up in most aggregators. 

A number of ground transportation options are available, including shared-ride vans such as SuperShuttle (each way approximately $20 for the first passenger, $9 for additional passengers) and taxis (cost no more than about $50 each way). 

There are two hotels within easy walking distance of the campus. We recommend the Fullerton Holiday Inn and Suites. Another good choice (even closer to campus) is the Fullerton Marriott at California State University (reserve online). 

Update on lodging group rate 3/7/16: We have arranged for a special group rate for the Holiday Inn (call 714-579-7400 and mention the "PCGM" special group code) and the Marriott (call 714-738-7800 and mention the "PCGM" special group code). If you've already reserved but not prepaid, you can change your reservation to get the group rate (call the Holiday Inn at 714-738-7800 or the Marriott at 714-447-6660 to transfer to the group rate). Rooms are limited, so we suggest reserving early. These group rates are only valid if you reserve by Monday, March 14, 2016.

Meanwhile, there are less expensive hotels somewhat farther from campus, such as the Quality Inn Placentia - Anaheim, Best Western Plus Anaheim Orange County, and Travelodge Brea. Each of these are within a couple of miles of campus. Here is a hotels.com search of nearby lodging, sorted by distance from campus.

We encourage you to make your reservations promptly, because the hotels might not have last-minute availability. 

Update on parking: If you plan to drive to the campus, you'll need to purchase a parking pass on Friday for the day (the fee is $8/day). On Saturday, parking is free as long as you park in student areas. Parking is also free after 5PM on Friday.

Please see the Cal State Fullerton visitor parking page for where to park and how to buy a pass (you can buy one online or at stations on campus).

Dining

There are many good options that are a short walk off campus, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Update: Google map of nearby, recommending dining choices.

Things to see

The northeast corner of the CSUF campus houses the Fullerton Arboretum, a 26-acre botanical garden. CSUF is about 20 minutes away from Disneyland.

Participants

A list of participants will be made available here close to the meeting.

Previous PCGM meetings

Previous PCGM meetings include

PCGM 31 - Oregon 

PCGM 30 - UCSD 

PCGM 29 - UCD 

PCGM 28 - UCSB

PCGM 27 - Caltech 

PCGM 26 - UCSD

PCGM Archive

Local contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Geoffrey Lovelace - glovelace at fullerton.edu

 

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The Numerical and Analytical Relativity and Data Analysis (NARDA) meeting will be held at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Friday, August 22, 2014. As with past NRDA meetings, the purpose of this meeting is to bring together numerical relativists, analytic relativists, and gravitational-wave astronomers to discuss progress and challenges in gravitational-wave source modeling and data analysis in the advanced detector era. 

This meeting preceeds the LSC-VIRGO "September" Meeting at Stanford University, 25-29 August 2014. Non-LSC waveform modellers are also welcome and encouraged to participate in the first two days of the LSC meeting in Stanford (August 25+26), for the sessions where waveform modeling is discussed.

Key information

Meeting Dates: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Friday, August 22, 2014

NARDA 2014 programnow available (PDF format).

Wireless internet: SSID: Students-Secure.
Username: acad\physstud
Password: **** (will be provided at the meeting)
Setup: configure manually, or go to wireless.fullerton.edu to run a java app to automatically configure your computer to connect to this network.

Location: California State University, Fullerton, California, USA - Google MapsCampus map Update: the meeting is in the Pollak Library, building "PL" on the bird's-eye view campus map. It is in the southern, central part of campus.

arboretum1Fullerton Arboretum

Meeting room: Pollak Library North 130 (PLN-130). 
Update: North Library Floor Plan (the north side is 
the newer side, farther from the hotels on 
Nutwood Avenue). 

Fees: There is no conference fee. However, we ask that participants register so that we can get an accurate estimate of the number of people attending.
 

Registration and abstract submission deadline: July 18, 2014. 

Late registration deadline: August 1, 2014. Late abstracts will be considered only 
as time and space permit.

Group-rate hotel reservation deadline: July 29, 2014

Registration

Please register for the NARDA 2014 meeting using our online form.

Program

The NARDA 2014 program for the meeting is now available.

Travel and Lodging

We recommend flying into the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), which is approximately 20-30 minutes away from the campus. Southwest Airlines often has good fares for flights from San Francisco to Orange County, but they don't show up in most aggregators. 

A number of ground transportation options are available, including shared-ride vans such as SuperShuttle (each way approximately $20 for the first passenger, $9 for additional passengers) and taxis (cost no more than about $50 each way). 

There are two hotels within easy walking distance of the campus. We recommend the Fullerton Holiday Inn and Suites, where we have reserved a block of 30 rooms at a group rate ($109/night, call 714-579-7400 and mention "NARDA meeting Cal State Fullerton" to get the group rate; the rate should be available by Tuesday, June 17). Another good choice (even closer to campus) is the Fullerton Marriott at California State University, where we have reserved a block of 10 rooms at a rate of $129/night (call 714-738-7800 and mention that you want the "NARDA meeting CSUF Physics Block" rate, or reserve online).

We encourage you to make your reservations promptly, because the hotels might not have last-minute availability (since the following week is the first week of classes). Both block reservations are for check-in on Wednesday night, August 20, and check out as late as Saturday morning, August 23. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and any unreserved rooms will be released on July 29, 2014. After that, you might still be able to get a reservation at the regular rate.

Update on parking: If you plan to drive to the campus, you'll need to purchase a parking pass ($8/day). Please see the Cal State Fullerton visitor parking page for where to park and how to buy a pass (you can buy one online or at stations on campus).

Dining

There are many good options, both on campus and a short walk off campus, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On-campus options include The Gastronome cafeteria and a food court in the Titan Student Union building.

Update: Google map of nearby, recommending dining choice

Things to see

The northeast corner of the CSUF campus houses the Fullerton Arboretum, a 26-acre botanical garden. CSUF is about 20 minutes away from Disneyland.

Participants

Parameswaran Ajith
Stanislav Babak
Kevin Barkett
Sebastiano Bernuzzi
Swetha Bhagwat
Don V Black
Jonathan Blackman
Alessandra Buonanno
James Clark
Antonio Colella
Thomas Dent
William East
Marc Favata
Scott Field
Chad Galley
Shaon Ghosh
Bruno Giacomazzo
Sarah Gossan
Mark Hannam
Daniel Hemberger
Tanja Hinderer
Sascha Husa
Sebastian Khan
Richard Kriske
Prayush Kumar
Stephen Lau
Tjonnie Li
David Lindsay
Geoffrey Lovelace
Jess McIver
Kendall Mallory
Nairwita Mazumder
Saeed Mirshekari
Chandra Kant Mishra
Blake Moore
Alessandro Nagar
Alex Nielsen
Richard O'Shaughnessy
Frank Ohme
Serguei Ossokine
Harald Pfeiffer
Stephen Privitera
Michael Puerrer
Vivien Raymond
Jocelyn Read
Laleh Sadeghian
Mark Scheel
Rory Smith
Riccardo Sturani
Bela Szilagyi
Andrea Taracchini
Jonathan Thornburg
Vaibhav Tiwari
Serena Vinciguerra

Previous NRDA meetings

Previous NRDA meetings include

2013 - NRDA, Mallorca Website

2011 - NRDA / Amaldi 9, Cardiff Proceedings

2010 - NRDA / CAPRA, (Theory meets Data Analysis) Waterloo Proceedings

2008 - NRDA Syracuse Proceedings

2009 - NRDA, Potsdam Proceedings

2008 - KITP Miniprogram Program

2006 - NRDA MIT Website

Local organizing committee

If you have any questions, please feel free to email any member of the local organizing committee.

Geoffrey Lovelace - glovelace at fullerton.edu
Jocelyn Read - jread at fullerton.edu
Josh Smith - josmith at fullerton.edu

GWPAC will officially open its doors on Friday, September 28, 2-5pm in 601 McCarthy Hall. The program includes presentations by leaders in gravitational-wave science and posters featuring research done by CSUF students. 

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