GGR program at the APS meeting in St. Louis

David Garfinkle, Oakland University
garfinkl-at-oakland.edu

We have an exciting GGR related program at the upcoming APS April meeting
in St. Louis.
At the APS April meeting there will be several invited sessions of talks sponsored by the Topical Group in Gravitation (GGR). In addition, there will be plenary talks on gravitational topics, and several of the invited sessions sponsored by other APS units are likely to be of interest to GGR members. The invited sessions sponsored by GGR are as follows:

Plenary Session

Monday, April 14, 8:30

Mark Kramer: The Double Pulsar: a Unique Gravity Laboratory

GGR Invited Sessions

Saturday, April 12, 10:45

The Quantum Nature of Gravitational Singularities

Session Chair: Lior Burko

Beverly Berger: The nature of classical singularities

Abhay Ashtekar: Singularity resolution in loop quantum gravity

Gary Horowitz: Singularity resolution in string theory

Sunday, April 13, 8:30

Laboratory and Space tests of Gravitation

Session Chair: Eric Adelberger

Slava Turyshev: Pioneer Anomaly: Status of New Investigations

Jens Gundlach: Precision Test of the Equivalence Principle

Tom Murphy: Apollo: lunar laser ranging tests of gravity

Sunday, April 13, 13:30

Ground-based gravitational wave searches

Session Chair: Stan Whitcomb

Erik Katsavounidis: Searches for bursts of gravitational waves in LIGO, Virgo and GEO data

Duncan Brown: Gravitational waves from the inspiral of binary neutron stars and black holes

Sam Waldman: Extending our reach: plans for improved detectors in the next decade

Sunday, April 13, 15:30

The Broad Spectrum of Gravitation (joint with COM)

Session Chair: Pablo Laguna

Jorge Pullin: Recent Developments in Loop Quantum Gravity

Gabriela Gonzalez: The Bright Future of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Manuel Tiglio: Numerical Relativity

Monday, April 14, 15:30

Astrophysics of black hole mergers (joint with DAP)

Session Chair: John Friedman

Scott Hughes: Gravitational Waves from Black Hole Mergers

Frans Pretorius: Numerical Relativity and Black hole mergers

Cole Miller: The Astrophysical Context of Black Hole Mergers

Tuesday, April 15, 10:45

Computational Challenges in Astrophysics, Cosmology & Gravitation (joint with DAP)

Session Chair: Pablo Laguna

Luis Lehner: Neutron Stars in Binaries: Status and a Bright Future

Deirdre Shoemaker: Computing Gravity's Strongest Grip

Bronson Messer: Computational Astrophysics at the Petascale: Toward
Predictive Computational Science

Tuesday, April 15, 13:30

Numerical Relativity meets the Post Newtonian Approximation

Session Chair: Cliff Will

Emanuele Berti: Post-Newtonian diagnostics for initial data

Larry Kidder: Matching of PN waveforms with long-time numerical evolutions

Yi Pan: Developing templates from PN/Numerical waveforms

Sessions sponsored by other APS units that may be of interest to GGR
members include the following:

Plenary Sessions

Saturday, April 12, 8:30

Roger Blandford: Recent Developments in Plasma Astrophysics

Monday, April 14, 8:30

Michael Peskin: Dark Matter in the Cosmos and in the Laboratory

Invited Sessions

Monday, April 14, 13:30

Numerical Relativistic Astrophysics

Session Chair: Scott Hughes

Christian Ott: Core-collapse Supernova Mechanisms and their Signature in
Gravitational Waves

Alessandra Buonanno: Interplaying Analytical and Numerical Relativity in
Modeling Binary Black Hole Coalescences

Fred Rasio: Hydrodynamic Calculations of Compact Binary Mergers

Monday, April 14, 15:30

Dark Energy

Session Chair: Michael Turner

Peter Garnavich: Supernovae as Probes of Dark Energy

Bhuvnesh Jain: Cosmological Tests of Modified Gravity vs. Dark Energy

Robert Nichol: Large Scale Structure and Dark Energy

Tuesday, April 15, 13:30

Short Gamma-Ray Bursts

Session Chair: Neil Gehrels

Scott Barthelmy: Observation of Prompt Emissions

Derek Fox: Observations of Afterglows and Hosts

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz: Triggering Short Gamma-Ray Bursts