AUSTIN, Texas—Professional astronomers, astrophysicists and graduate students from several institutions in the greater Texas¬Mexico region will meet in Austin on April 6-8 in a scholarly conference to discuss astrophysical problems and present their own research.
The Seventh Texas¬Mexico Conference on Astrophysics will be hosted by the department of astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin. Admission to the conference in the Texas Union on the UT Austin campus requires registration, and admission is limited to invited guests.
“The conference provides the opportunity for researchers and students to discuss topics of mutual interest. These are neighborhood meetings, but they have an international flavor,” said Dr. Greg Shields, the Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor in Astronomy at UT Austin and chair of the scientific organizing committee. He said the first conference by this group was held in 1986.
Although this year’s conference theme —Flows, Blows, and Glows— highlights the series’ traditional emphasis on nebular and interstellar studies, the meeting includes a wider range of topics. During the three-day event, six topics will be presented: ionized nebulae, interstellar medium and star formation, cosmology and the evolution of the galaxies, active galactic nuclei and black holes, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, and stars.
The sessions consist of invited talks of 30¬40 minutes, contributed talks of 15¬20 minutes and poster presentations. Proceedings will be published in Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica. In addition to Shields, the scientific organizing committee comprises Dr. Reggie Dufour of Rice University; Dr. Manuel Peimbert and Dr. Silvia Torres-Peimbert of National Autonomous University (Mexico); and Dr. Paul Shapiro and Dr. Craig Wheeler, University of Texas. The local organizing committee consists of Cecilia Colome (chair), Shields and Yancy Shirley.