North Carolina Astronomers' Meeting (NCAM)

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Information about the 2015 edition of NCAM (Saturday, 3 Oct) will be posted soon.

2014 Speaker - Saturday Morning: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Oxford University

Reflections on the Discovery of Pulsars

The talk will relate the story of the discovery of pulsars, then tell the stories of several other instances where pulsars were nearly discovered, and finally reflect on what we might learn from these stories.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics - work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor.

She has subsequently worked in many roles in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family. She is now a Visiting Professor in Oxford.

In her spare time she gardens, listens to choral music and is active in the Quakers. She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with an astronomical theme - 'Dark Matter; Poems of Space'


Professor Bell Burnell also gave a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 Oct 2014, in the auditorium of the Koury Hospitality Careers Building at GTCC.   BBC Universe Feature on Jocelyn Bell Burnell.


Meeting Registration

As usual, there is no registration fee for the NCA meeting. We will have a sign-in table in the Koury Building.

We would like to get a reasonably accurate head count for the meeting, so that we can let the site committee know how much food/drink to order for break refreshments. Please let us know beforehand by registering through the Online Registration Form (Now Disabled) if you are planning on coming. Registrations for presentations should be completed by Monday, 29 Sep 2014. If you plan to come but NOT to present, we would still like for you to register beforehand - you can do this up until the 2nd of October.

Directions and Maps To The Meeting
The meeting is held in the Koury Hospitality Careers Building on the Jamestown campus of GTCC.

Local Lodging There are plenty of hotels around the area, use this resource to find accommodations if you plan to stay overnight.

Abstract Submission If you would like to present an oral or display presentation at the NCA meeting, please fill out and submit the Online Registration Form (Now Disabled) by Monday, 29 Sep 2014.

Display Presentations There will be room for approximately 20 posters to be displayed. The available space is approximately 44 in. x 44 in.  Access to power and tables will be limited, but there is local wireless access.

Oral Presentations The proposed plan is for standard oral presentations to be 10 minutes including Q&A, though this could change, depending on the number of submissions.  A podium/microphone/computer/projector will be provided for oral presentations.  A wireless microphone is also provided. Wireless internet access will be available in the presentation space.

Registration Forms are submitted to Tom English (336-334-4822, ext 50023).
You should receive confirmation of receipt within a day of submission - if not, call or e-mail to verify.

Special Sessions
The annual business meeting of the North Carolina Section of the International Dark Sky Association will be held during the lunch break.  NCAM also acts as a Regional Teaching Exchange for an ASTRO 101 discussion/presentation session (Part of the NASA Center for Astronomy Education) during the afternoon.  Anyone who currently teaches introductory college astronomy, or who expects to teach in the future, is encouraged to attend. (If you have ideas for the discussion, contact Tom English.)  You can register officially with the CAE for this session here.

Saturday Lunch Options include a variety of nearby restaurants.  Some of the attendees plan to place a group order in the morning to Jerusalem Market for box lunches. You will have the opportunity to indicate your lunch preference on your registration form, and if you plan to participate in the group order, you should bring payment to the registration table the morning of the event. On-site orders MUST be verified and paid for before 10 a.m.  All sandwiches from Jerusalem Market are served on thin, lavash bread with chips, brine pickle, and olive on the side. Lettuce and tomato are added to all sandwiches.  This year's lunch options are:

  • $7: Falafel (Falafel Patties with hummos and tahini sauce.)
  • $8: Turkey (Oven roasted turkey breast with black pepper and provolone cheese.)
  • $9: The Turk (Soujuk, a spicy, dried beef sausage, sliced thin with provolone cheese melted on top.  Served with baba ghanouj and yogurt cucumber sauce on the sandwich.)

Meeting Agenda

8:45 a.m.          Conference Opens

Refreshments are available throughout the day in the display area.  Several display presentations will be posted in this area throughout the day.

9:20 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

9:30 a.m. Invited Speaker - Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Oxford University, Reflections on the Discovery of Pulsars

10:30 a.m. Break - visit the posters in the display area

11:00 a.m. Contributed Oral Session I

Discovery of An Extreme Binary Hot Subdwarf System, Brad Barlow (High Point University)
An Atlas of Starburst Galaxy Emission Lines,
Elena Meskhidze (Elon University)
Two Dynamically Unusual Comets Observed in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Michael Solontoi (Lynchburg College)
Light Pollution:  a Primer, Dan Caton (Appalachian State University)

12:15 p.m. Lunch - visit the posters in the display area or attend the NCIDA Meeting

2:00 p.m. Contributed Oral Session II

From Quiet to Violent: Catching a Galactic Star in a Rare Stage of Evolution, Anatoly Miroshnichenko (UNC-Greensboro)
Testing the Fireball Model for Gamma-Ray Bursts with GROND, Don Smith (Guilford College)
General Relativistic Radiation Hydrodynamic Simulations of Low-Angular Momentum, Super-Eddington Accretion onto Black Holes, Ally Olejar (College of Charleston)
Comparison of Student Outcomes in Internet, Hybrid, and Traditional Classes, Charles Goodman (Pitt Community College)

2:45 p.m. Break - visit the posters in the display area

3:10 p.m. CAE Regional Teaching Exchange


Last Update 05/18/2015