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2015 DDA Meeting - Pasadena, California

The 2015 Meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy will be held on 3-7 May 2015 on the campus of California Institute of Technology

The annual DDA Meeting brings together top researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science, and astrodynamics for in-depth and stimulating discussions and talks on all aspects of dynamics in the space sciences. The DDA meeting features invited talks on a range of topics, contributed talks (with no parallel sessions), and posters that can be displayed throughout the entire meeting.

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Local Information

Directions to Caltech

There will be no official conference hotel. All events will take place on Caltech campus, with science sessions at the Beckman Institute auditorium and the banquet at The Athenaeum.

Caltech has special rate agreements with a number of nearby hotels. Those, plus other hotels can be found on the list maintained by Caltech. Not all the hotels on the list are close by, so be sure to check location before booking. The ones that are closest are Sheraton Pasadena, Hilton Pasadena, Vagabond Inn, Howard Johnson, and Saga Motor Inn. Sheraton, in particular, has agreed to match the current GSA government rate for lodging, and offers free shuttle service to Caltech.

Here is a useful summary of local information with maps and tips, courtesy of Al Harris.


Ray Duncombe Prize winners:
Juliette Becker (Michigan)
Peter Buhler (Caltech)
Gongjie Li (Harvard)
Chris Spalding (Caltech)

Early registration deadline: April 10th, 2015.
Late Registration: April 10th-24th, 2015.
Click here to register

Registration rates:
Membership status Early Late & Onsite
DDA Members $400 $420
Students and Emeritus members $290 $315
Non-Members $445 $445
Guest Banquet Ticket $125 $125
The price of the banquet is included in the registration.

Paper registration form if you have trouble registering online.
Registrant list (accessible by AAS members only)

Press Registration: Email Lynn Ervin
Press Contact: Rick Fienberg


Meeting Schedule

Updated Meeting Schedule (PDF)
Program with Abstracts (PDF)
Campus Map

Sunday, May 3:

  • 17:00 Committee Meeting (176 S. Mudd)
  • 19:00 Opening reception (S. Mudd courtyard [map])

Monday, May 4:

  • 9:10-12:40 Exoplanet Theory (Beckman Institute [map])
  • 14:10-17:00 Planet Formation
  • 17:30 Business Meeting

Tuesday, May 5:

  • 9:00-10:40 Ring Dynamics
  • 11:10-12:30 New Approaches to Classical Dynamical Problems
  • 14:10-14:50 New Approaches to Classical Dynamical Problems
  • 14:50-17:00 Dynamical Constraints from Exoplanet Observations
  • 17:00-17:20 Dynamics of Small Solar System Bodies
  • 17:30 Banquet (Athenaeum)

Wednesday, May 6:

  • 9:00-12:30 Dynamics of Small Solar System Bodies
  • 14:10-14:30 Dynamics of Small Solar System Bodies
  • 14:30-15:30 Star Cluster Dynamics
  • 16:00-17:00 Moon Formation and Dynamics I
  • 17:00 Poster Session

Thursday, May 7:

  • 9:00-10:40 Moon Formation and Dynamics II
  • 11:10-12:50 Galaxy Dynamics

Invited Speakers

Douglas N. C. Lin (University of California, Santa Cruz)
On the Robust Production of Super Earths and Suppressed Emergence of Gas Giants in Dynamically Evolving Protostellar Disks (Brouwer Lecture)

Jon Bird (Vanderbilt University)

Marc Favata (Montclair State University)
Modeling relativistic orbits and gravitational waves

Ann-Marie Madigan (University of California, Berkeley)
Instabilities in Near-Keplerian Systems

Ruth Murray-Clay (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Enrico Vesperini (Indiana University)
Dynamical Evolution of Multiple-Population Globular Clusters

Local Organizing Committee

Konstantin Batygin (Caltech)(chair)
Eugene Fahnestock (JPL)
Alan W. Harris (MoreData!)
William Newman (UCLA)

Program Committee

Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Vanderbilt U.) (chair)
Sethanne Howard (USNO, retired)
Konstantin Batygin (Caltech)