July 19 - 22, 2009

Hosted by East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
Conference Location: The Millennium Centre, Johnson City, TN.
Conference Hotel: The Carnegie Hotel, Johnson City, TN.

Conference Topics:
Star formation triggering mechanisms; star formation thresholds; age-dating of stellar populations; star cluster formation and destruction processes; ring galaxies; tidal dwarf galaxies; numerical modeling and multi-wavelength observations.

NEW!! Links to completed conference proceedings papers that have been posted on astro-ph.
Note that the Proceedings will be published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series publishers. For information about how to prepare and submit your paper, click here. Presenters of both talks and posters will be given an opportunity to contribute a paper to this proceedings. The cost of the proceedings book is included in the registration fee. Note that the Proceedings Papers are due on August 21, 2009. Page limits are four pages for poster papers, six pages for contributed talks, and eight pages for keynote talks.

Galaxy Wars Conference group picture. Click on picture to get a larger view, with names.

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    Meeting Organization:
    There were three types of presentations at this meeting: Keynote Speakers, Contributed Talks, and Poster Presentations. The Keynote Talks had 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion and questions. Oral Presentation Speakers were allotted 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. Posters were available to the meeting attendees throughout the entire meeting.

    This was the fourth in a series of astronomical conferences hosted by ETSU, following "The Nature and Evolution of Disks Around Hot Stars" (Summer 2004), "Probing the Distant Universe with Gravitational Waves" (Fall 2005), and "The Biggest, Baddest, Coolest Stars Conference" (Summer 2007).

    Other Information:
    Johnson City is in the extreme northeast region of Tennessee, nestled in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Two other cities neighbor Johnson City, Bristol and Kingsport, which gives this area the name of "The TriCities". These cities are serviced by the TriCity, Tennessee (TRI) regional airport. ETSU is primarily an undergraduate institution with an adjacent medical school. The total student population is approximately 13,000 students. The Millenium Centre is an ADA compliant facility.

    Johnson City is a two-hour drive from the Great Smokies National Park, and less than 30 minutes from the Appalachian Trail. In the vicinity of Johnson City, there are numerous other tourist attractions, outdoor activities, and historical sites. Weather in July is typically sunny with highs in the low- to mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s.

    There was an optional excursion to the Gray Fossil Site and Museum on Thursday July 23, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM . This very rich fossil site, which covers 4-5 acres in nearby Gray, Tennessee, was discovered in May 2000 during road construction. It has been dated to between 4.5 and 7 million years old (late Miocene - early Pliocene). Species found so far at this site include a new species of red panda, a new species of weasel, the rhino Teleoceras, the short-faced bear Plionarctos, ground sloths, and many others.

    Scientific Organizing Committee:
    Committee Chair: Bev Smith (ETSU) []
    Nate Bastian (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University) []
    Debra Elmegreen (Vassar College) []
    Sarah & Jim Higdon (Georgia Southern) [shigdon/]
    Curt Struck (Iowa State University) []


    Local Organizing Committee:
    Committee Chair: Bev Smith []
    Mark Giroux []
    Gary Henson []
    Rico Ignace []
    Don Luttermoser []


    Funding for this meeting has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the ETSU Friends of Astronomy.

    For more information about this meeting, contact Bev Smith at

    Last updated 20 October 2009 by B. J. Smith