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20 May 2013

Dr. Rick Fienberg
AAS Press Officer
+1 202-328-2010 x116; cell: +1 857-891-5649

New discoveries about celestial objects ranging from nearby stars to distant galaxies will be featured in five press conferences at the 222nd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), 2-6 June 2013, at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225. More than 500 astronomers, educators, journalists, and guests are expected.

The AAS offers complimentary press registration to bona fide working journalists and public-information officers (PIOs); see details below. Note: Advance registration closes May 24th!

Gathering with the AAS is its new Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD), whose seven “Bridging Laboratory & Astrophysics” sessions span four days. There are also two multisession Meetings-in-a-Meeting: “WIYN Observatory: Building on the Past, Looking to the Future” and “Outer Limits of the Milky Way.” Other highlights include a baker’s dozen of plenary lectures by prize recipients and other distinguished astronomers, hundreds of oral and poster presentations, and several public-policy town halls, including opportunities to meet with representatives from NASA and the National Science Foundation.

In addition, for the first time ever, the AAS is opening its meeting to local amateur astronomers and other interested members of the public, who may attend on Monday or Tuesday, 3 or 4 June, for a special low rate. And there will be two free events for the public. First is a “star party” on Monday evening, 3 June, in which members of the AAS and the Indiana Astronomical Society will set up telescopes at Convention Center Plaza to view the planet Saturn, with its glorious rings and bright moon Titan. Second is a public lecture by “BBC Sky at Night” co-presenter Chris Lintott of Adler Planetarium and Oxford University, who will give a talk entitled “Discovering Planets From Your Sofa: Adventures in Citizen Science” on Tuesday evening, 4 June.

Our meeting hotel, the 4-star Westin Indianapolis, is connected to the convention center and the Circle Centre Mall by a covered sky bridge, providing easy access not only to all AAS and LAD sessions but also to more than 100 shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.

Press Conference Schedule, Topics & Speakers

Briefings are scheduled for these dates and times:

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT = UTC – 4 hours). Briefings will be held in Room 110, Level 1, Indiana Convention Center. Briefings will be webcast to accredited journalists and PIOs; details will follow in a subsequent advisory.

Following are the press-conference topics and speakers; some details remain subject to change. In [square brackets] under each speaker's name are the session or paper numbers on which the presentations are based, where applicable.

All findings are embargoed until the time of presentation at the meeting. "Time of presentation" means the start time of the oral or poster session in which the paper will be given, or the time of the corresponding press conference (if any), whichever comes first. See the complete AAS embargo policy for more information.

Note: All new discoveries are subject to confirmation by independent teams of scientists. Inclusion here does not imply endorsement by the American Astronomical Society. The AAS does not endorse individual scientific results.

Monday, 3 June 2013 — 10:15 a.m.
The Solar System & Its Neighbors

Imaging Main Belt Comets and Asteroids with the WIYN pODI Camera
Jayadev Rajagopal (National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

White Light Flares and Spots on an L1 Dwarf
John Gizis (University of Delaware)

Upcoming Microlensing by Proxima Centauri:
A Rare Opportunity for Mass Determination and Planet Detection
Kailash Sahu (Space Telescope Science Institute)

Monday, 3 June 2013 — 2:15 p.m.
The Milky Way & Its Neighbors

The BeSSeL Survey and the Outer Milky Way
Alberto Sanna (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy)

Swift Ultraviolet Survey of the Magellanic Clouds
Stefan Immler (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Planetary Nebulae: Tracers of the Unusual History of the Andromeda Galaxy's Outer Disk
Bruce Balick (University of Washington)

Transformation of the Virgo Dwarf Irregular Galaxy IC 3418 by Ram Pressure Stripping
Jeffrey Kenney (Yale University)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 — 10:15 a.m.
Stellar Explosions & Their Echoes

Three-Dimensional Simulations of Core-Collapse Supernovae
Sean Couch (University of Chicago)

The Detection of a Light Echo from Type Ia SN 2007af in NGC 5584
Dina Drozdov (Clemson University)

A Light Echo Candidate from Supernova 2009ig
Peter Garnavich (University of Notre Dame)

Hubble Space Telescope Observations of the Light Echo from the Recent Outburst of T Pyxidis
Stephen Lawrence (Hofstra University)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 — 2:15 p.m.
Exoplanets & Their Host Stars

KELT-6b: A Transiting Mildly-Inflated Saturn with a Metal-Poor Host
Karen Collins (University of Louisville)

The Latest Results from the NASA Kepler Mission
Steve Howell (NASA Ames Research Center)

Flying Toasters: Heating Exoplanets via the Stellar Wind
Derek Buzasi (Florida Gulf Coast University)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013 — 12:45 p.m.
Glimpsing Star Formation in Action

GLIMPSE360: Completing the Mid-Infrared View of the Galactic Disk
Robert Benjamin (University of Wisconsin, Whitewater)

Hierarchical Bubbles in the Milky Way Project:
Following Up on Citizen-Science Results
Charles Kerton (Iowa State University)

X-ray Measurements of Variable Accretion onto the Young Star TW Hydrae
Nancy Brickhouse (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

A Wide-Field Census of Young Stars in NGC 6334
Sarah Willis (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, Iowa State Univ.)

Complimentary Press Registration

The AAS offers complimentary press registration to bona fide working journalists and PIOs, as described on our press-credentials page.

To request complimentary press registration, send an e-mail message to AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg with your name and media affiliation (or "freelance" if applicable) by Friday, 24 May. Upon confirming your eligibility, he'll send you the URL of an online registration form and the required press-registration code. After 24 May, you’ll need to stand in line and register onsite at the meeting.

Press Arrangements

The AAS will operate a press office in Room 108 on Level 1 of the Indiana Convention Center, with working space, telephone, photocopier, printer, power strips, and Internet connectivity for reporters. Each registered journalist and PIO will have a mailbox there to receive all press releases distributed as hard copies at the meeting (most releases will be distributed only electronically).

Press conferences will be held around the corner from the press office in Room 110, which will be equipped with a sound system, mult-box, and Internet connectivity. Briefing audio, slides, and video will be available live via webcast to accredited journalists unable to attend in person; online participants will be able to ask questions of the presenters via text chat with an on-site press officer. Details will appear in a subsequent advisory.

Press Tour, Sunday, 2 June 2013

One of the meeting's sponsors is Bowen Technovation, an Indianapolis-based company that designs, installs, and supports systems and software for unique audio and visual experiences. One of their flagship installations powers the SpaceQuest Planetarium at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Press registrants are invited to see Bowen’s state-of-the-art audio-visual system in action at the planetarium on Sunday afternoon, 2 June, from 2 to 3 p.m

Press Dinner, Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Press registrants are also invited to a no-host press dinner at the Skyline Club, within walking distance of the convention center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, 4 June. In addition to excellent food, the restaurant features a panoramic view of Indianapolis from 36 floors up. The event will wind down in time for participants to attend Chris Lintott’s public talk.

AAS Press-Release-Distribution Service

If you don't already receive astronomy-related press releases forwarded by e-mail from the AAS Press Office, you should sign up now to guarantee that you receive future meeting advisories as well as electronic copies of all press releases issued during the meeting. To sign up for the AAS press-release-distribution service, for which there is no charge, please send an e-mail to Rick Fienberg with your name, media affiliation, mailing address, and phone, fax, and mobile numbers. Only accredited journalists and public information officers are eligible to receive press releases forwarded by the AAS, as described on our press-credentials page.