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Conference Schedule for Thurs Oct 29

The schedule for this year’s conference has been set! We are very excited about this year’s excellent line up of speakers. The student talks will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. The talks will be in LSB 106, and lunch will be in LSB 107.

10:00 – 10:10 Coffee, snacks, and introduction by PAGE
10:10 – 11:10 Talk 1: Hugh Podmore – Using subwavelength photonics to enhance solar cell performance
Talk 2: Monika Aggarwal – Airborne lidar measurements of pollution above the oil sands region in northern Alberta
 Talk 3: Hermina Beica – Development of single-mode lasers for precision metrology
11:10 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote Speaker: Thomas Jennewein – TBD 
12:30 – 1:30 Catered Lunch in LSB 107
1:30 – 2:30 Talk 4: Jen Mehrnoush Zomederis –  Photometric monitoring and period changes in BE Lyn  

Talk 5: George Nikolakakos – Laboratory investigation of perchlorate and water at the surface of Mars with Raman scattering

Talk 6: George Conidis – Two Galaxies to Rule Them All!

2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:45 Talk 7: Olga Andriyevska – Sourcing positrons at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor to test nature symmetries

Talk 8: Lucas Durand – Dark Matter. Space. Glory –  well, not so much the latter, but in all likelihood the first two

Talk 9: Laura Chajet – AGNs: Line Width Distribution of MHD Disc Winds

3:45 – 3:55 Judges Deliberation
3:55 – 4:00 Award Winner Announced