DTM Hosts the 5th National Capital Area Disks (NCAD) Meeting

Fomalhaut Dust Disk Indicates Planets (Credit: David A. Hardy, ROE, ATC, NSF, NASA)
Thursday, July 10, 2014 

This past week, DTM hosted the 5th National Capital Area Disks (NCAD) annual meeting on campus where researches from Washington D.C. and the surrounding area came together to investigate topics related to the origins and formation of planets and exoplanets in a semi-informal, collaborative mini conference.  The goal of this meeting, as in previous years, is to bring together experts in the fields of circumstellar disks, exoplanets, and solar system bodies to discuss their work in an open environment. 

Although the main focus of the conference is on circumstellar disks located around young stars of forming planets, the conference also welcomed presentations on planets, exoplanets, meteorites, comets, asteroids, and a variety of other topics that may shed light on the origins of planetary systems.

The 2014 5th National Capital Area Disks (NCAD) Meeting participants. (Credit: DTM)

Over 36 people were in attendance, including representatives from DTM, the Geophysical Laboratory, Catholic University of America, Eureka Scientific, NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Penn State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SETI Institute, Space Telescope Science Institute, TLS Tautenburg, University of California Los Angeles, University of Arizona, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Oklahoma.

Speakers from DTM included Timothy J. Rodigas, the event organizer, Alycia J. Weinberger, Scott S. Sheppard, and Laura Flagg. Former DTM postdocs who participated were John Debes, Aki Roberge, and Chris Stark. Future DTM postdoc who will be arriving in September, Jessica Donaldson, also gave a talk.