GROWTH Conference 2016
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GROWTH Conference & Workshop 2016
July 25-28, 2016
Caltech, Pasadena, USA

The annual GROWTH meeting in 2016 will bring together the international community of researchers and students involved in the project and/or working on closely related themes in time-domain astronomy. The meeting will take place between 25 - 26 July, 2016 in Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA (see Venue & Accommodation for details). The 2-day conference will be followed by a 1.5-day workshop on July 27-28 focused on the educational program within GROWTH.

Registration & Deadlines

Registration for the GROWTH conference and workshop is now closed.

Program & Presentations

DAY 1 (25 July, 2016)

Welcome Note by Mansi Kasliwal (Caltech)

Session 1: GROWTH Science Highlights

Electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves

Brad Cenko (UMD/NASA)

Young Supernovae

Shri Kulkarni (Caltech)

Asteroids

Martin Elvis (Harvard)

Session 2: The Global GROWTH Network

Palomar, Keck and Gemini Observatories

Ragnhild Lunnan (Caltech)

MITSuME, Murikabushi, and Subaru Telescopes

Nobu Kawai (TIT,Japan)

HCT, GMRT, Girawali: The Indian Perspective

G. C. Anupama (IIA,India)

Session 3: The Global GROWTH Network

Transient Science with the Liverpool Telescope

Daniel Perley (LJMU,UK)

Mount Laguna Observatory

Robert Quimby (SDSU)

IceCube, Stella Observatory: The German perspective

Anna Franckowiak (DESY, Germany)

Science at Stockholm with NOT & TNG telescopes

Semeli Papadogiannakis (OKC, Stockholm)

Flash Spectroscopy, the ZOGY algorithm and WISE

Eran Ofek (WIS,Israel)

Big capabilities of small robotic telescopes (ZTF, SEDM, Robo-AO)

Nadia Blagorodnova (Caltech)

Table Mountain Observatory

Bryan Penprase (Pomona College)

Session 4: The Global GROWTH Network

Swift & Discovery Channel Telescope

Brad Cenko (UMD/NASA)

The Milwaukee Perspective

David Kaplan (UWM)

Lulin Telescope

Chow-Choong Ngeow (NCU,Taiwan)

DAY 2 (July 26, 2016) fN

Session 1: Talks by GROWTH young researchers

Young Supernovae

Yi Cao (Caltech)

Superluminous Supernovae

Ragnhild Lunnan (Caltech)

Multiwavelength Search for Transient Neutrino Sources with IceCube's Follow-up Program

Nora Linn Strotjohann (DESY, Germany)

Spectral Analysis of CLU (Census of the Local Universe) candidates

Jessica Sutter (University of Wyoming)

Scheduling observations for LIGO follow-up

Javed Rana (IUCAA,India)

Cometary Science with GROWTH

Quan-Zhi Ye (Caltech)

Session 2: Talks by GROWTH young researchers

Study of relativistic jets with global observing network

Ryosuke Itoh, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT)

Multi-colour optical observation of V404 Cygni

Yutaro Tachibana (TIT)

Development of all sky camera for weather monitor

Yoichi Yatsu (TIT)

Searching for Failed Supernovae

Scott Adams (OSU/Caltech)

Luminous Red Nova in M101

Nadia Blagorodnova (Caltech)

Applying optimal image processing technique on PTF data using Matlab

Melanie Olaes (SDSU)

Education Workshop

A 1.5 day workshop focused on the educational activities and curriculum development within the GROWTH project will take place right after the annual conference on July 27 and 28.

Opening Session: Overview Talks

Overview of GROWTH education program (Bryan Penprase )

Discovering the Universe class at Caltech and Caltech Optical Observatories (Shri Kulkarni)

Overviews of undergrad/major student populations at each GROWTH partner institution (moderated by Stuart Vogel)

GRADMAP (Stuart Vogel)

Session 1: Advanced Astronomy Courses – overview of curriculum

Observational Astronomy Course at Pomona (Phil Choi)

Short course in astronomy research at Stockholm University with NOT (Seméli Papadogiannakis)

Observational Astronomy Course at Williams (Jay Pasachoff)

Session 2: Introductory Astronomy Courses and Time-Domain Astronomy

SDSU Astronomy Labs and Using SN light curves in astronomy cases (Robert Quimby)

Remote Radio Astronomy: ARCC@UWM and Beyond (David Kaplan)

Introductory Astronomy Course at UMD with Remote Observing (Melissa Hayes-Gehrke )

Session 3: Time-Domain Astronomy – Observing and Research

Pulsar Timing Workshop and Pulsar Search Collaboratory (Joe Swiggum)

Using PTF Variable Marshal in Astronomy Major Course (Melissa Hayes-Gehrke)

Developing a Global Advanced Observational Astronomy Course + shared remotely operated telescopes (Bryan Penprase)

Session 5: Active Learning and Shared Resources

(1) Education Research on Active Learning Techniques

(2) Active Learning Techniques for Astronomy Courses at All Levels

(3) “Flipping” a Course to Promote Engagement

Session 6: Shared Resources for Undergraduate Research and Education

(1) Develop plans for sharing curriculum resources for undergraduate courses

(2) Developing modules and tutorials relevant to multiple courses

Participants

See the list of registered participant

Venue & Accommodation

The GROWTH conference and workshop will take place in the Hameetman Auditorium on the ground floor of the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics on the Caltech campus (see interactive map). The closest visitor parking lot is located right behind the Cahill building on parking structure #3 (see Caltech parking lots map). To park there or on any other of the available visitor parking lots, you need to purchase a permit. Information about the hourly, daily and weekly rates for visitors parking permits can be found on the Caltech Parking Services website. Cycling provides a healthy and green alternative to driving. Bike racks are available thoughout the campus and there are multiple shops around Pasadena that rent bikes.

There are a number of hotels in downtown and along Colorado Boulevard ranging from luxury 4-star hotels to budget hotel and motel chains. Below we list a few options which are closest to the conference venue.

Vagabond Inn Executive Pasadena
Approximate price for a single room: $90/night
Distance from Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics: 0.9 miles (1.45 km)
Address: 1203 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
Phone: +1 626-449-3170

Saga Motor Hote
Approximate price for a single room: $79/night
Distance from Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics: 1.2 miles (1.94 km)
Address: 1633 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
Phone: +1 800-793-7242

Hilton Pasadena
Approximate price for a single room: $133/night
Distance from Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics: 1.4 miles (2.25 km)
Address: 168 S. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA
Phone: +1 626-577-1000

Sheraton Pasadena
Approximate price for a single room: $133/night
Distance from Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Address: 303 E. Cordova St, Pasadena, CA
Phone: +1 626-449-4000

Travel

Caltech is located in the city of Pasadena roughly 12 miles (20km) from downtown Los Angeles. Local information about Pasadena including recreational activities, shopping, dining and more can be found on the official city of Pasadena website.

The closest airport for international flights in LAX which is about 27 miles (44km) southwest of Pasadena. The most affordable and popular way to get to Pasadena from LAX is the Supershuttle. The journey takes between 45 min to 1 hour depending on traffic. A taxi (~$100) or Uber (~$30) are other convenient alternatives. LAX and Pasadena are also connected via the metro and bus service of the LA metropolitan area. You can use the journey planner to see available options and fares.

There are many domestic flights flying to the more convenient Bob Hope airport in Burbank or Ontario Airport in Ontario. See the driving direction below to find out how to get to Pasadena from these airports.

Driving Directions

From the 110 Freeway: Follow the 110 freeway north until it ends (where it becomes the Arroyo Parkway). Take the Arroyo Parkway straight ahead (north); turn right (east) onto California Blvd. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. Cahill building will be on your right. Turn right onto the road marked “California Parking Structure.” The Parking Structure entrance will be on the right near the gym, underneath the playing fields.
From the 210 Freeway: Exit the 210 freeway at Hill Avenue; turn south on Hill. Take Hill south to California Blvd. and turn right (west). Turn left at the traffic light at the tennis courts onto the road marked “California Parking Structure.” The Parking Structure entrance will be on the right near the gym, underneath the playing fields.
From Los Angeles International Airport: Take Sepulveda Blvd. south to the Glenn Anderson Fwy (105) east to the Harbor Fwy (110) north to the Pasadena Fwy, which becomes the Arroyo Parkway. Or: Take the San Diego Fwy (405) north to the Santa Monica Fwy (10) east to the Harbor Fwy (110) north to the Pasadena Fwy, which becomes the Arroyo Parkway. Then: Take the Arroyo Parkway straight ahead (north); turn right (east) onto California Blvd. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles.
Turn right on the road marked “California Parking Structure”. the road marked “California Parking Structure.” The Parking Structure entrance will be on the right near the gym, underneath the playing fields.
From the Bob Hope Airport (Burbank): Take the Golden State Fwy (Interstate 5) south to the Ventura Fwy (134) east to the Foothill Fwy (210) east. Exit at Hill Avenue. Turn right (south) onto Hill. Take Hill south to California Blvd. and turn right (west). Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. Cahill building will be on your right. Turn right onto the road marked “California Parking Structure.” The Parking Structure entrance will be on the right near the gym, underneath the playing fields.
From Ontario Airport: Take the San Bernardino Fwy (10) west to Orange Freeway (57) north to the Foothill Fwy (210); take the 210 west to Pasadena. Exit at Hill Ave; turn left (south) on Hill. Take Hill south to California Blvd. and turn right (east). Turn left at the traffic light at the tennis courts onto the road marked “California Parking Structure.” The Parking Structure entrance will be on the right near the gym, underneath the playing fields.

Contact

If you have any questions about the GROWTH conference and workshop, please send an email to contact_growth@astro.caltech.edu or call us at +1 626 395 2952 (cell: +1 626 365 3355)

Photo Album
Images from the conference can be found in this online ablum.

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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