Last Updated: February 12, 2010

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All talk sessions will take place at the Inn at Aspen (main conference hotel).

  SUNDAY EVENING, February 14
  5:00 - 7:00 PM OPENING RECEPTION AND REGISTRATION AT THE ASPEN CENTER FOR PHYSICS
  MONDAY MORNING, February 15
  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Stellar Black Holes: Formation and Connection to Gamma-ray Bursts   [Chair: Vicky Kalogera]
  Organizers Introduction
 Ramesh Narayan
 (Harvard)
Black Hole Spin and Jet Power
 Alex Tchekhovskoy
 (Harvard)
Gamma-ray Burst Jets: Beyond the Progenitor Star
 Andrei Beloborodov
 (Columbia)
Black Holes as GRB Central Engines
   BREAK
 Philipp Podsiadlowski
 (Oxford)
Black Holes in Binaries, Gamma-Ray Bursts and Ultraluminous X-Ray Sources
 Steve Justham
 (KIAA)
Channels for Black-hole-forming Close Binaries: Constraints and Consequences
 Francesca Valsecchi
 (Northwestern)
The Intriguing Evolutionary History of the Massive Black Hole X-ray Binary M33 X-7
 Chris Belczynski
 (LANL)
On The Maximum Mass of Stellar Black Holes
  MONDAY EVENING
  4:30 - 7:30 PM: Black Holes in X-ray Binaries and Globular Clusters   [Chair: Philipp Podsiadlowski]
 Charles Bailyn
 (Yale)
Distances to Transient Black Hole Binaries
 Andrew Cantrell
 (Yale)
Optical State Changes in X-ray Quiescent Black Hole Binaries
 Jeanette Gladstone
 (Alberta)
The Ultraluminous State
 Pepi Fabbiano
 (Harvard/CfA)
Black Hole Binaries in Elliptical Galaxies
   BREAK
 Steve Zepf
 (Michigan State)
The Mass and Origin of a Black Hole X-ray Source in a Globular Cluster
 Natasha Ivanova
 (Alberta)
Formation of Black Hole X-ray Binaries in Globular Clusters
 Sambaran Banerjee
 (Bonn)
Stellar-mass Black Holes in Star Clusters: Implications for Gravitational Wave Detection
  TUESDAY MORNING, February 16
  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Intermediate-mass Black Holes: Formation and Detection   [Chair: Charles Bailyn]
 Tom Maccarone
 (Southampton)
Accretion Evidence and Constraints on IMBHs in Globular Clusters
 Steve McMillan
 (Drexel)
Intermediate-Mass Black Holes in Young Globular Clusters
 Michele Trenti
 (Colorado)
Fingerprints of Intermediate Mass Black Holes in Globular Clusters
  BREAK
 Ryan O'Leary
 (Harvard)
Searching for Star Clusters around Recoiling Black Holes in the Milky Way Halo
 Anil Seth
 (Harvard/CfA)
Black Holes in Nearby Nuclear Star Clusters
 Nadine Neumayer
 (ESO)
Nuclear Star Clusters - Clues to Black Hole Formation
 Alister Graham
 (Swinburn)
Observational Constraints on Massive Black Holes in Dense Star Clusters
  TUESDAY EVENING
  4:30 - 7:30 PM: The Black Holes at the Centers of our Milky Way and Andromeda   [Chair: Ramesh Narayan]
 Andrea Ghez
 (UCLA)
Overview of Galactic Center Observations
 Josh Eisner
 (Arizona)
Improved Orbits of Stars Around SgrA* with ASTRA
 Avery Broderick
 (CITA)
Imaging Black Hole Horizons
 Mike Rich
 (UCLA)
New Results on Dynamics in the Nucleus of M31
 Mike Garcia
 (Harvard/CfA)
M31*, the Next Nearest SMBH after Sgr A*: X-ray and Radio Properties
  BREAK
 Richard Alexander
 (Leiden)
Infall Onto Self-Gravitating Discs: Evidence for Global Angular Momentum Transport
 Ann Marie Madigan
 (Leiden)
Dynamics of Stars Around Massive Black Holes
 Melvyn Davies
 (Lund)
Effects of Stellar Encounters in the Galactic Center
  WEDNESDAY MORNING, February 17
  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Supermassive Black Holes and their Relation to Galaxy Formation and Evolution   [Chair: Andrea Ghez]
 James Aird
 (UC San Diego)
The Evolution of the Hard X-ray Luminosity Function of AGN
 Marc Davis
 (UC Berkeley)
Detection of Binary AGNs in Early-type Galaxies
 Chris Impey
 (Arizona)
Probing the Limits of Nuclear Activity with the COSMOS Survey
  BREAK
 Evan Scannapieco
 (ASU)
AGN Self-regulation in Galaxy Clusters
 Nina Nowak
 (MPE)
The SINFONI Black Hole Survey
 David Rosario
 (UC Santa Cruz)
The Nature of Double-Peaked Narrow Line AGN as Revealed by Adaptive Optics Imaging
 Vivienne Wild
 (IAP)
Timing the Starburst - AGN Connection
  WEDNESDAY LUNCH
  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM POSTER VIEWING WITH LUNCH PROVIDED AT THE ASPEN CENTER FOR PHYSICS
  WEDNESDAY EVENING
  5:00 PM PUBLIC LECTURE BY ANDREA GHEZ AT THE WHEELER OPERA HOUSE
  THURSDAY MORNING, February 18
  8:30 AM - 11:00 AM: First Stars and Seed Black Holes in the Early Universe   [Chair: Tiziana DiMatteo]
 Jillian Bellovary
 (Washington)
Predicting the Mass and Spatial Distribution of Massive Black Holes in the Milky Way Halo
 Zsolt Frei
 (Eotvos)
On the Occupation Fraction of Seed Black Holes in High-Redshift Dark Matter Halos
 Dominik Schleicher
 (Leiden)
Supermassive Black Hole Formation in Direct Collapse Models
  BREAK
 Chi-kwan Chan
 (Harvard)
Lessons from Radiative and MHD Simulations for Supermassive Black Hole Growth
 Stirling Colgate
 (LANL)
Galaxy and Supermassive Black Hole Formation
 Douglas Spolyar
 (FNAL)
Dark Stars
  THURSDAY EVENING
  4:30 - 7:30 PM: Measurements of Black Hole Masses and Spins   [Chair: Martin Elvis]
 John Silverman
 (IPMU)
Co-evolution of Supermassive Black Holes and Galaxies in zCOSMOS
 Juntai Shen
 (UT Austin)
The Black Hole Masses and Dark Matter Halos in Massive Ellipticals
 Alessandro Marconi
 (Firenze)
Weighing Black Holes from Zero to High Redshift
 Robyn Levine
 (CITA)
Fueling Supermassive Black Holes in Cosmological Simulations
  BREAK
 Suvi Gezari
 (Johns Hopkins)
Probing Quiescent Supermassive Black Holes with Observations of Flares from the Tidal Disruption of Stars
 Rebecca Martin
 (STSCI)
Discs Warped by the Lense-Thirring Effect
 Shane Davis
 (IAS)
Accretion Disk Spectral Models and Black Hole Spin Estimates
  FRIDAY MORNING, February 19
  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Supermassive Black Hole Binaries as Sources of Gravitational Waves   [Chair: Fred Rasio]
 Remco van den Bosch
 (UT Austin)
Binary Supermassive Black Holes are Very Short-lived
 Ilya Mandel
 (Northwestern)
Extracting the Distribution of Black-hole Parameters from Gravitational-wave Observations
 Dan Stinebring
 (Oberlin)
Detecting Supermassive Black Hole Binaries with a Pulsar Timing Array
 Bence Kocsis
 (Harvard)
Gas-driven Massive Black-hole Binaries: Signatures in the nHz Gravitational-wave Background
  BREAK
 Julian Krolik
 (JHU)
Estimating the Prompt Electromagnetic Luminosity of a Black Hole Merger
 Pablo Laguna
 (Georgia Tech)
Relativistic Mergers of Supermassive Black Holes: Binary and Gas Dynamics [10 mins]
 Tamara Bogdanovic
 (UMD)
Relativistic Mergers of Supermassive Black Holes: Electromagnetic Signatures [10 mins + 10 mins discussion]
 Laura Blecha
 (Harvard)
Kicked Black Holes in Merging Galaxies
  FRIDAY EVENING
  4:30 - 7:30 PM: Accretion onto Black Holes and Feedback on their Environments   [Chair: Steinn Sigurdsson]
 Niel Brandt
 (Penn State)
Supermassive Black-Hole Ecology Through the Galaxy-Formation Epoch: New Constraints from the Chandra Deep Fields
 Martin Elvis
 (Harvard/CfA)
Complexities in Black Hole Growth Seen in the Quasar Mass-Luminosity Plane
 Phil Hopkins
 (UC Berkeley)
AGN Feedback
 Mike Eracleous
 (Penn State)
Optical Emission-line Diagnostics of the Accretion Flows in AGNs
  BREAK
 Daniel Proga
 (UNLV)
AGN Feedback via Radiation and Radiation-Driven Outflows
 Guido Risaliti
 (Harvard/CfA)
The Interplay between Star Formation and Nuclear Activity in ULIRGs
 Brandon Kelly
 (Harvard/CfA)
Constraints on Black Hole Growth, Quasar Lifetimes, and Eddington Ratios from the SDSS Quasar Black Hole Mass Function



ORGANIZERS:

Fred Rasio - Northwestern University - rasio@northwestern.edu

Andrea Ghez - University of California, Los Angeles - ghez@astro.ucla.edu

Vicky Kalogera - Northwestern University - vicky@northwestern.edu

Steinn Sigurdsson - Pennsylvania State University - steinn@astro.psu.edu

Marta Volonteri - University of Michigan - martav@umich.edu


Aspen Center for Physics
CIERA - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Northwestern University