CHANDRA ELECTRONIC ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER 18
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT of HEAD 2004
Meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the
American Astronomical Society
September 8-11, 2004 (Wed. - Sat.)
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) will hold its next
Divisional meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana from Wednesday September 8,
2004 through Saturday, September 11, 2004. The meeting will be held at
the historic Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter and will be hosted
by Eureka Scientific Inc.
High Energy Astrophysics continues experiencing a golden age, with the
unprecedented capabilities of Chandra and XMM-Newton, the continuing new
discoveries from RXTE, exciting results from INTEGRAL and HETE-II, and
the development of TeV gamma-ray astronomy. The upcoming Astro-E2,
Swift, Agile and GLAST missions offer dramatic new capabilities in the
next ~5 years. At the same time, cosmic ray and neutrino studies such
as Auger, Super Kamiokande, SNO, Amanda and long duration balloon flight
experiments are making great advances. Discoveries and prospects in
these high energy wavebands are augmented by continuing breakthroughs in
radio, IR and optical observations of high energy objects.
In the midst of all this current activity, NASA is planning its future
missions and science goals, as part of its tri-annual strategic planning
exercise. Of particular interest to HEAD is the proposed theme for the
Structure and Evolution of the Universe (SEU)'s "Beyond Einstein"
program. As a result of the reprioritized agency activities, the FY
2005 and out-year budgets for Con-X and LISA have been reduced and the
launch dates deferred. In addition, the Einstein Probes, medium-size
missions and part of the approved (by OMB) Beyond Einstein Program, and
which have begun concept studies in FY 2004, have also been deferred.
The HEAD Meeting will focus on current results across the full sweep of
High Energy Astrophysics but will also include sessions, in topical
areas, which focus on the major questions and how the proposed Beyond
Einstein program might address these. The emphasis at the meeting will
be High Energy Astrophysics science, not mission (or future) planning.
The HEAD Executive Committee will solicit invited talks to lead off
Sessions, and choose speakers from Abstracts submitted, including
solicited speakers in topical areas that will be focal points among the
pool of submitted contributions. In keeping with traditional HEAD
meetings, there will be no parallel sessions, with mornings and
afternoons devoted to the main science sessions, and evenings reserved
for discussions, posters, and special sessions which participants are
invited to arrange and propose to the HEAD Executive Committee (Chair,
Roger Blandford <email@example.com>). In addition, there will be a
special Teacher Workshop much like the one held at the Honolulu HEAD
meeting, occupying a half day; those interested should contact James
Lochner <firstname.lastname@example.org> for further information.
The Preliminary Program of Invited Speakers and Session Titles will be
announced by around May 10. Abstracts for oral talks and poster papers
will be due by May 24, and the Final Program posted at the AAS meetings
website by July 19, with the BAAS (published) abstracts to be available
at the meeting. Registration opens on May 1st.
We strongly encourage HEAD members, and the wider community, to join us
for this special meeting in September.
Head Executive Committee
Roger D. Blandford (Chair) email@example.com
Stephen Murray (Vice Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew G. Baring (Sec./Tr.) email@example.com
Joel Bregman firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Flanagan email@example.com
Pat Slane firstname.lastname@example.org
Deepto Chakrabarty email@example.com
Fiona Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Weaver email@example.com
Jonathan E. Grindlay (Past Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilana Harrus email@example.com
Local Organizing Committee Chair
John Wefel, Louisiana State Univ. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact John Vallerga (email@example.com, 510-530-1688)
for any help with your logistical needs and/or any questions
regarding this meeting.
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