North Carolina Astronomers' Meeting (NCAM)

NCAM 2024

In-Person Meeting Saturday, Sept. 21, 2024
Featured Speaker: TBA

NCAM is an annual technical meeting that seeks to bring members of the N.C. professional astronomy community together to network and share research. The meeting usually draws 50-75 attendees from institutions around North Carolina and surrounding states. For the past two decades, NCAM has been held annually in late September or early October and includes a plenary presentation from an invited researcher, short oral sessions scheduled throughout the day, and space for research posters. We especially encourage presentations of student research. The meeting also usually includes two special sessions: the annual business meeting of the N.C. Section of the International Dark-sky Association, and a Center for Astronomy Education Regional Teaching Exchange.

2023 NCAM Plenary Lecture: Rogier Windhorst, Arizona State University

Chasing the Reionizers of the Universe: Lyman Continuum Radiation with Hubble and the potential of Webb

Click here to watch a video of this presentation.

The 2024 Plenary Speaker/Topic will be announced soon.

Meeting registration

There is no registration fee for the NCA meeting. We will have a sign-in table in the Koury Building on GTCC’s Jamestown campus. We would like to get a reasonably accurate headcount so we can let the site committee know how much food and drink to order for break refreshments.

Please let us know if you're coming by registering online by Sept. 19. (The form will be available in August.)  Presenters should register by Sept. 17.

Directions and maps

The meeting is in the Koury Hospitality Careers Building on the Jamestown campus of GTCC. Koury is building 19 on the Jamestown campus map. Its physical address is 621 E. Main St, Jamestown, NC, 27282. Park in Lot F.

Local lodging

There are plenty of hotels around the area. Use the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau website to find accommodations if you plan to stay overnight.

Abstract submission

If you would like to present an oral or display presentation at the NCAM meeting, you can register online by Sept. 17. (The form will be available in August.)

Display presentations

Display panel space will be available for 15 to 20 posters.

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. After you submit the registration form (available in August), you should receive confirmation of receipt within a day of submission. If not, call or e-mail Tom English at 336-334-4822, ext. 50023, or

Meeting Agenda

Download the 2023 Virtual NCAM program with abstracts. (PDF)

The 2024 agenda will be finalized the week of the meeting. The typical meeting structure is as follows:

NCAM 2024: Sept. 21
Time Session
8:45 a.m. Conference Opens
9:20 a.m. Welcome and announcements
9:30 a.m. Plenary Speaker (TBA)
10:30 a.m. Morning break
11:15 a.m. Contributed Oral Session I (short talks)
12:15 p.m. Lunch break
1:45 p.m. Contributed Oral Session II (short talks)
2:45 p.m. Announcements/Break
3:00 p.m. Regional Teaching Exchange

NCAM Past Editions


Rogier Windhorst, Arizona State University/JWST, "Chasing the Reionizers of the Early Universe." Click here to watch a video of this presentation.


Rebekah Dawson, Penn State University, "Multifaceted Views of Exoplanet Systems"


Shep Doeleman, Harvard Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics/EHT, “Imaging a Black Hole with the Event Horizon Telescope”


NCAM canceled due to the COVID -19 Pandemic


Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute, What we have learned about Pluto and the Kuiper Belt from NASA’s New Horizons Mission


Gabriela González, Louisiana State University/LIGO, “Gravitational Waves Astronomy”


John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, “From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe, and How We’ll Learn More with the James Webb Space Telescope”


David Charbonneau, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, “The Compositions of Small Planets”


Sean Solomon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia Univ., “MESSENGER at Mercury: Technical Challenges and Implications for the Formation of the Inner Planets.”


Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford, “Reflections on the Discovery of Pulsars”


Don Winget, University of Texas at Austin, “A Close-up Look at White Dwarf Stars: From Kiloparsecs to Centimeters”


Robert A. Benjamin, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, “How to Map the Milky Way”


Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “IceCube: Particle Astrophysics with High Energy Neutrinos”


Giovanni Fazio, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, “Observing the High Redshift (z > 5) Universe with the Spitzer Space Telescope”


Hal Levison, Southwest Research Institute, “The Early Dynamical Evolution of the Outer Solar System: A Nice Story”


Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard, “Gamma Ray Burst Discoveries with the Swift Mission”


Michael Turner, University of Chicago, “Cosmic Acceleration: New Gravitational Physics or Mysterious Dark Energy”

Special Panel Discussion: The past 10 years in Astronomy and a Look to the Coming Decade
Moderated by Robert Naeye (NASA Goddard)

Panel: Jay Bergstralh (NASA Langley), Bruce Carney (UNC-Chapel Hill), Prasun Desai (NASA Langley), Virginia Trimble (U. Cal.-Irvine), Michael Turner (U. Chicago), John Wood (NASA Goddard)


Scott Ransom, NOAO-Charlottesville, “A Millisecond Pulsar (and Basic Physics) Bonanza with the GBT”


Jeff Hester, Arizona State University, “Understanding Our Origins:  Formation of Sun-like Stars in Massive Star Environments”


Paul Butler, Carnegie Institution, “Extrasolar Planets”


Prasun Desai, NASA Langley, “2003 Mars Exploration Rover Mission: Return to the Surface”


Steve Murray, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/Chandra, “Chandra 101: X-ray Astronomy Made Easy”