Aaronson Prize 30th Anniversary Symposium
April 3-4, 2017
University of Arizona
Stevie Eller Dance Theater


The Aaronson Events occurred April 3 and 4, 2017. While the rest of the site is for archival purposes only, here we will add podcasts of the talks as soon as they are delivered. As of May 5, we have taken delivery of Brian Schmidt's public talk.

4/03/17: Brian Schmidt, Australian National University, "The State of the Universe in 2017"


Public Lecture

Note: This event has ended. The website is still available for Podcasts of the talks and for archival purposes.

Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt's Public Lecture: New Location, New Ticket Price.
The Brian Schmidt "State of the Universe 2017" public lecture will now be held in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater. The ticket price has been reduced to $5 thanks to a special donor. Tickets for this event can be purchased .
We are honored to be able to offer a special event to the Tucson Community. Dr Brian Schmidt, the 2011 Physics Nobel Laureate, who received a BS in Astronomy and Physics from UA in 1989, will be speaking to benefit the Marc Aaronson Prize Fund. The talk, "State of the Universe," is Monday, April 3, at 7pm, now in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater.

The independent discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe by two teams, one co-led by Dr. Brian Schmidt, turned physics on its head. The implications of this discovery are still reverberating through physics as researchers explore whether the discovery means that a mysterious dark energy permeates the Universe or whether Einstein's General Theory of Relativity needs some substantial tweaking. For their discovery, Dr. Brian Schmidt, his co-leader on the same team, Dr. Adam Riess, and the leader of an independent team, Dr. Saul Perlmutter, were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Come hear Brian describe the exciting developments in cosmology since that discovery, when he presents his "State of the Universe" talk.

Marc Aaronson was an Astronomer and Associate Professor at UA who died tragically in 1987 at the age of 36. We have, for the past 30 years, honored his passion for science by inviting a scientist to Tucson who has worked to improve and deepen our understanding of the Universe. Thirteen previous Aaronson Prize Winners are returning to Tucson (including Dr Schmidt) to celebrate the 30th year of the Aaronson Prize Lectureship. They will be giving talks at a graduate-level science symposium on April 3 and 4.

The Aaronson Symposium

Note: This event has ended. The website is still available for Podcasts of the talks and for archival purposes.

News Flash: We are now able to offer Grad Students and Postdocs free Aaronson Science Symposium registration (please register for a head count). Otherwise, the registration fee is $80 which includes lunches and coffee breaks. The banquet and the Public Talk have additional fees.

All Symposium events AND the public talk are in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater, which is East of LPL and Ina Gittings.

Steward Observatory is excited to organize a unique symposium to be held at the University of Arizona on 3-4 April 2017 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship. Marc Aaronson was an extremely promising University of Arizona scientist who at an early age made seminal contributions to astrophysics but died in a tragic accident while conducting astronomical observations. The Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship was established not only to honor Professor Aaronson's achievements in astronomy but also to promulgate the values of dedication to, excellence in, and intense passion for astronomical research that he exemplified. The award has recognized early to mid-career scientists who, like Marc, exhibit the kind of passion for research that has propelled them to perform the cutting edge work in observational astronomy that has deepened our understanding of the universe. This Lectureship has an illustrious history. The 18 awardees selected so far over the 30 years have gone on to subsequently collect two Nobel prizes, a MacArthur Prize, a Crafoord Prize, five Gruber Prizes, three Shaw Prizes, and a Kavli Prize. This record is most striking given that the selection committee has strived to recognize individuals early in their careers prior to achieving such distinguished honors. The 30th anniversary of this award provides an occasion to bring back 15 previous Lectureship awardees to Tucson for a truly special series of talks open to registered participants. The two-day scientific conference will be held on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson and will be complemented with a public lecture and other public events.

Oral talks are only being given by the Aaronson laureates. We welcome poster submissions from junior researchers (postdocs and grad students). We will try to accommodate all. More information will be sent to registered participants at a later date.

A complete listing of Symposium Talks can be found .

Science Organizing Committee: Gurtina Besla, Marianne Kun, Charles Lada (co-Chair), Abi Saha, Alice Shapley, Dan Stark, Dennis Zaritsky (co-Chair)
Local Organizing Committee: Gurtina Besla, Cathi Duncan, Ruth McCutcheon, Edward Olszewski, Dan Stark (Chair)

The Aaronson Endowment is the source of funding for the Aaronson Prize. One goal of the 30th anniversary celebration is to grow the endowment in order to increase the size of the prize awarded to future mid-career astronomers.

Help fund the future of this prize by making your today.
Aaronson Bio

Photo of Marc
Marc Aaronson (1950-1987) was a professor in the astronomy department of the University of Arizona who by the age of 36 revolutionized studies of faint stars in galaxies and significantly advanced our understanding of the size and age of the universe and the existence and nature of dark matter. Born in Los Angeles, Marc developed an early interest and passion for the night sky. He first fell in love with the heavens on junior high school star gazing trips. He deepened his interest in astronomy by attending summer science camps in Wyoming where the skies were particularly dark and the stars appeared in numbers unlike anything he had seen in Los Angeles. Upon graduating from high school he decided to pursue a career in astronomy and he took up studies at Caltech, one of the world's greatest astronomical research centers. There he excelled in his studies of physics and astronomy and he solidified his resolve to become an astronomer. He graduated in 1972 with a BS in astronomy, married his high school sweetheart Marianne Kun and headed to the east coast to pursue a PhD in the astronomy department of Harvard University.

At Harvard, guided by Eric Persson and Jay Frogel his thesis advisors, he was introduced to observational astronomy and found his true calling. By the time he finished graduate school he had developed into a first class observational astronomer. His thesis work pioneered the use of infrared photometry to investigate the nature of the stellar contents of galaxies and provided the foundation for his subsequent astronomical studies of galaxies and the scale of the universe. After his graduation from Harvard he moved to Tucson and the University of Arizona where he performed his seminal work on galaxies and the extragalactic distance scale. With Jeremy Mould and John Huchra, Marc led an effort to re-calibrate the red-shift independent distance scale for galaxies using infrared continuum and radio HI (atomic hydrogen) spectral line observations. The infrared-based calibration technique Marc pioneered was the most powerful tool then available to establish the extragalactic distances and take full measure of the scale of the universe. As part of this work Marc and his collaborators were also able to derive an independent value for the Hubble constant (rate of expansion of the Universe) which called into question existing estimates. In recognition of this research Marc and Jeremy were awarded the prestigious Newton-Lacy Pierce prize in 1984 by the American Astronomical Society.
In 1983 Aaronson used a high-resolution spectrometer on the MMT to obtain the first accurate velocities of faint stars in two nearby dwarf galaxies. He was able to show that these stars were moving too fast to be confined by the gravity of the visible stars within the galaxies. These high velocities required the presence of additional unseen mass or dark matter to provide the extra gravity to account for the stars' motions. Previous work had indicated the existence of dark matter on large spatial scales such as in clusters of galaxies and within big spiral galaxies. Marc now established the presence of dark matter in all galaxies, on all spatial scales including the small dwarf galaxies. Marc and his colleagues were also able to use velocity measurements of faint stars in the Milky Way to confirm the large mass for our home galaxy inferred from earlier measurements of its rotation curve.
Within ten years of his PhD, Marc had already established himself as an important leader in the field of extragalactic astronomy. Indeed, he led the winning proposal for the Hubble Space Telescope key project to definitively determine the Hubble Constant (the very mission for which Hubble Space Telescope was designed). Unfortunately Marc did not live to see the launch of Hubble and others carried forward this work, presenting the definitive determination of the Hubble constant in 2001.

High levels of energy and passion for his research characterized Marc's scientific career. He was an exacting and dedicated professional. He derived great pleasure from his work. He was a world recognized scientific leader and an inspiration to those astronomers who were fortunate to know him. In 1987 he died in a tragic accident at the 4m telescope on Kitt Peak, doing what he loved most, conducting observations on a dark and clear night. One can only speculate on what his contributions to astronomy would have been if he lived for another thirty years.

Outside of astronomy Marc enjoyed a rich life. He loved skiing, backpacking, reading, travel, and culinary adventures. He kept up with politics, scientific advances, science fiction and chess. Most importantly, he was an enthusiastic, loving, and energetic father to his two daughters, Laura and Jamie, and a supportive and devoted husband to his long time soul mate and wife Marianne.

Note: This event has ended. The website is still available for Podcasts of the talks and for archival purposes.

Sunday April 2:
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mirror Lab Tours for visiting speakers and guests - registered participants
if interested contact: Cathi Duncan cathi@as.arizona.edu
Monday April 3: Science Symposium in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater
8:50 AM Charlie Lada "Welcome"
9:00 AM Wendy Freedman "Increasing Accuracy in the Hubble Constant"
9:45 AM Pieter van Dokkum "Finding ghostly galaxies with the Dragonfly telescope"
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Dennis Zaritsky "Words about Marc"
11:10 AM Alice Shapley "Decoding the contents of distant galaxies with current and future facilities"
11:50 AM LUNCH
1:30 PM Mike Shull "Words about Marc"
1:40 PM Lyman Page "The CMB since 2003 and beyond"
2:25 PM Vasily Belokurov "The Milky Way Halo"
3:10 PM Coffee Break
3:40 PM Jeremy Mould "Words about Marc"
4:25 PM Adjourn for the Day
6:00 PM Pre-Talk Reception
7:00 PM New Location, New Ticket Price - The Brian Schmidt "State of the Universe 2017" public lecture will now be held in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater.
The ticket price has been reduced to $5 thanks to a special donor. Tickets for this event can be purchased .
Tuesday April 4: Science Symposium in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater
8:50 AM Charlie Lada "Words about Marc"
9:00 AM John Mather "Warming up for a cold JWST, preparing to observe"
9:45 AM Ewine van Dishoeck "Zooming into the planet forming zones of disks around young stars: Sweet results from ALMA"
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Bob Kirshner "From exploding stars to the accelerating universe"
11:45 AM Brian Schmidt
11:55 AM LUNCH
1:30 PM Marianne Kun "Words about Marc"
1:40 PM Ken Freeman "Scaling laws for dark halos of dwarf and giant galaxies"
2:25 PM Tony Tyson "LSST and the physics of the dark universe"
3:10 PM Coffee Break
3:40 PM Davy Kirkpatrick "Today's view of the solar neighborhood, with emphasis on the coldest 'worlds'"
4:25 PM Nick Scoville "ALMA observations of the interstellar medium"
5:10 PM Buell Jannuzi "Closing Remarks"
5:20 PM Adjourn
6:00 PM Grad & Alumni Happy Hour @ Gentle Ben's
7:00 PM Conference Dinner - registered participants (at additional cost)
Wednesday April 5:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mirror Lab Tours for visiting speakers and guests - registered participants
if interested contact: Cathi Duncan cathi@as.arizona.edu

Speaker Bios
Vasily Belokurov

Dr. Vasily Belokurov received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Astronomy at Moscow State University, graduating in 1999 with the work "Image Reconstruction for the Einstein Cross (QSO2237+0305) Gravitational Lens." He did his doctoral work at Oxford University, UK, receiving a DPhil in Theoretical Physics in 2003 for the dissertation "Variability in Astrophysical Surveys." He then moved to Cambridge, UK, in 2003 as a postdoctoral researcher,a research fellow, and now as a Reader in Astrophysics at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, UK (equivalent of associate professor with tenure in the USA). Dr Belokurov is cited for a variety of work related to data mining of large surveys: his long-term work on discovery of Milky Way dwarf galaxies, his work on star streams culminating in the Field of Streams, and his work (with students) on the structure and size and density distribution of the Milky Way from BHB stars. He also discovered gravitational lenses in the Cassowary Survey, and discovered metal-poor dwarf irregular galaxies from SDSS imaging.
Wendy Freedman

Wendy Freedman is the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 1984 at the University of Toronto. Among Freedman's scientific achievements during her thirty-year career at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, she was a principle investigator for a team of astronomers who carried out the Hubble Key Project to measure the current expansion rate of the Universe. As the Crawford H. Greenewalt Director of the Carnegie Observatories (2003-2014), she initiated the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) Project and served as its chair from 2003-2015. Freedman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Philosophical Society; and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Physical Society. She has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to observational cosmology. Her current research interests are directed at measuring both the current and past expansion rate of the universe, and in characterizing the nature of dark energy. She is the Principal Investigator of a long-term program with the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes to measure the Hubble constant to an accuracy of 3%.
Ken Freeman

Ken Freeman is Duffield Professor of Astronomy at the Australian National University in Canberra. He studied mathematics at the University of Western Australia and theoretical astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, followed by a postdoc at the University of Texas with G. de Vaucouleurs and a research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He returned to Australia in 1967 as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at Mt Stromlo Observatory, joined the ANU staff in 1970 and has been there ever since. His research interests are in the formation and dynamics of galaxies and globular clusters, and particularly in the problem of dark matter in galaxies: he was one of the first to point out (1970) that spiral galaxies contain a large fraction of dark matter. His prizes include the Dannie Heineman prize of the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society for 1999; the Prime Minister's Prize for Science in 2012; the Henry Norris Russell Lecturership (AAS) in 2013; and he shared the international Gruber Prize for Cosmology in 2014. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 1981 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS) in 1998.
J. Davy Kirkpatrick

Davy grew up on a dairy and tobacco farm in middle Tennessee where the dark night skies revealed a distant universe that piqued his curiosity. A search of the five astronomy books in his elementary school library revealed one with the title "The Stars" by H. A. Rey., the reading of which left Davy convinced that astronomy was his calling. Some 45 years later, Davy is an expert on low-mass stars and brown dwarfs and is largely responsible for the addition of spectral types L, T, and Y to the century-old OBAFGKM stellar classification system. He is currently employed at the California Institute of Technology as a lead research astronomer at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center. Davy received a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics/Astronomy at Vanderbilt University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Arizona in 1992. In addition to the 2010 Aaronson Lectureship, he was also Vanderbilt's Wendell G. Holladay Lecturer in 2011 and a Watkins Visiting Professor at Wichita State University in 2003.
Robert Kirshner

Professor Kirshner graduated from Harvard College in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Caltech. After a postdoc at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Bob joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. In 1986, he moved to Harvard, serving as Department Chair and becoming Clowes Professor of Science. In 2015, he became Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In 2016 he became Clowes Research Professor of Science at Harvard. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, Kirshner was awarded the James Craig Watson Medal by the National Academy in 2014 and the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2015. His graduate students, Adam Riess and UA alumnus Brian Schmidt shared in the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of cosmic acceleration.
John C. Mather

Dr. John C. Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he specializes in infrared astronomy and cosmology. He received his Bachelor's degree in physics at Swarthmore College and his PhD in physics at the University of California at Berkeley. As an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (New York City), he led the proposal efforts for the Cosmic Background Explorer (74-76), and came to GSFC to be the Study Scientist (76-88), Project Scientist (88-98), and the Principal Investigator for the Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) on COBE. He and his team showed that the cosmic microwave background radiation has a blackbody spectrum within 50 parts per million, confirming the Big Bang theory to extraordinary accuracy. The COBE team also discovered the cosmic anisotropy (hot and cold spots in the background radiation), now believed to be the primordial seeds that led to the structure of the universe today. It was these findings that led to Dr. Mather receiving the Nobel Prize in 2006. Dr. Mather now serves as Senior Project Scientist (95-present) for the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the great Hubble Space Telescope.
Lyman Page

Lyman Page is the Chair and James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics at Princeton University. He received his BA from Bowdoin College in 1978 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1989. During the five years between college and graduate school he wintered over at McMurdo Station, Antarctica (1979) where he operated a cosmic ray detection station for the Bartol Research Foundation. He also worked on a solar telescope at the South Pole. Then he rebuilt a 37' wooden ketch and sailed about the Caribbean and east coast of the United States. To support himself, he worked as a painter, rigger, and boat carpenter in various ports. In the nine months before graduate school he was a carpenter in Boston. Over the past twenty-five years he has been the PI or Co-I of multiple experiments to measure the CMB temperature anisotropy and polarization. He was a founding member of the WMAP satellite and the founding director of the ACT project. He has won a number of awards in addition to the Marc Aaronson Award, including the Shaw Prize and the Gruber Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
Brian P. Schmidt

Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University (ANU) in January 2016. Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor. Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.
Nick Scoville

Scoville has extensive observational and theoretical background in the astrophysics of the interstellar medium, especially molecular clouds and their associated star formation activities, galactic structure and evolution of galaxies and large scale structure at high redshift. In recent years, he has led the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) -- the largest survey of evolution at high redshift using observations from all large space and ground based observatories. His publication list includes over 600 publications and he has served on many national committees. He is currently leading four ALMA projects related to local ULIRGS and ISM contents of high z galaxies. In 2015 he was the Jansky Lecturer at NRAO.
Alice Shapley

Alice received her AB from Harvard-Radcliffe University in 1997, and her PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2003. She was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2003-2005 before joining the faculty of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University as an assistant professor in 2005. In 2007, Alice accepted a faculty position at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where she is currently a full professor. She received both Sloan and Packard Foundation Fellowships in 2006, and was honored as the 2014 Aaronson Memorial Lecturer at the University of Arizona. Alice uses both large ground-based telescopes and space-based facilities to collect optical and infrared images and spectra of distant galaxies observed in the early universe, in order to understand galaxy formation and evolution. With her collaborators at the University of California, she recently completed a large survey of the high-redshift universe using the MOSFIRE instrument on the Keck I telescope, in order to measure the physical properties of distant galaxies.
J. Anthony Tyson

Tony Tyson is the Chief Scientist of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. His research interests are in cosmology, dark matter, dark energy, observational optical astronomy, experimental gravitational physics, and new instrumentation. He has been a Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC Davis since 2003. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin in 1967 and was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories from 1969 to 2003. Dr Tyson is well known for being one of the first to use CCDs to make astronomical observations, for discovering a new class of distant galaxies, for techniques to image the faintest galaxies from the ground, and for mapping dark matter by exploiting weak gravitational lensing. Honors: member American Philosophical Society, member National Academy of Sciences, Aaronson Memorial Prize, Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow, American Physical Society.
Ewine F. van Dishoeck

Ewine F. van Dishoeck is a professor of molecular astrophysics at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching. She graduated at Leiden University, and held positions at Harvard, Princeton and Caltech from 1984-1990. The research of her group is at the boundary of astronomy and chemistry and uses ground- and space-based observatories to study the molecular trail from interstellar clouds to planet-forming disks. She holds many national and international science policy functions, including scientific director of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), president-elect of the International Astronomical Union, co-PI of the JWST-MIRI instrument, and (former) ALMA Board member. She has been fortunate to receive many awards, including the Dutch Spinoza award and the Dutch Academy Prize. She is a Member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and the German Leopoldina Academy, and Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Pieter van Dokkum

Peter van Dokkum is the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Astronomy at Yale University. He received his PhD from the University of Groningen in 1999. He was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow and then a Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology from 1999-2003. He then moved to Yale University, where he served as Chair of the Yale Astronomy Department from 2011 to 2016. Professor van Dokkum studies the formation and evolution of galaxies using the world's premier facilities, including the Keck Telescopes in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope. He is co-lead of the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, an innovative telescope that has uncovered a previously unknown population of diffuse, dark matter dominated galaxies. Inspiration for the telescope came from insect photography; in 2015 van Dokkum published a book of dragonfly photographs with Yale University Press.
The Aaronson Prize

In order to create a fitting tribute to the memory of Marc Aaronson, his family, friends, and colleagues have established and privately endowed the Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship to promote and recognize excellence in astronomical research. The Lectureship and cash prize are awarded every eighteen months to an individual or group who, by his or her passion for research and dedication to excellence, has produced a body of work in observational astronomy which has resulted in a significant deepening of our understanding of the universe. Any living scientist is eligible for this award without consideration of race, sex, or nationality.

Marc Aaronson came to Steward Observatory as a postdoc after receiving his PhD degree from Harvard in 1977 and became an Associate Professor in 1983. His astronomical research focused on many of the most important problems of observational cosmology: the cosmic distance scale, the age of the Universe, the large-scale motion of matter, and the distribution of invisible mass in the Universe. Aaronson made important contributions to our understanding of stellar populations in the Large Magellanic Cloud. In recognition of his research achievements, Aaronson was awarded the George Van Biesbroeck Award by the University of Arizona in 1981, the Bart J. Bok Prize by Harvard University in 1983, and the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize by the American Astronomical Society in 1984.

Aaronson died in 1987 in a freak accident while doing what he loved most, making astronomical observations. He was only 36 years old. Aaronson's passionate love for astronomy continues to serve as a lasting inspiration to his many colleagues, students and friends and serves as the inspiration for this award.

Previous Aaronson Lecturers

  • 2015 Dr. Vasily Belokurov, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK
  • 2014 Dr. Alice Shapley, UCLA
  • 2012 Dr. Pieter van Dokkum, Yale University
  • 2010 Dr. J. Davy Kirkpatrick, California Institute of Technology
  • 2008 Dr. Michael E. Brown, California Institute of Technology
  • 2007 Dr. Andrea M. Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2005 Dr. Brian Schmidt, Mt. Stromlo/Siding Spring Observatories, Australia
  • 2004 Dr. Lyman Page, Jr., Princeton University
  • 2002 Dr. Geoffrey W. Marcy, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2001 Dr. Ewine van Dishoeck, University of Zeiden, The Netherlands
  • 1999 Dr. Bohdan Paczynski, Princeton University
  • 1998 Dr. John C. Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • 1996 Dr. J. Anthony Tyson, Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies
  • 1994 Dr. Wendy Freedman, The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • 1993 Dr. Nick Scoville, California Institute of Technology
  • 1992 Dr. John Huchra, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • 1990 Dr. Kenneth C. Freeman, Mount Stromlo/Siding Spring Observatories, Australia
  • 1989 Dr. Robert Kirshner, Harvard University
Travel and Lodging

The designated hotel for the symposium is the Aloft Tucson University Hotel, 1900 E. Speedway, Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719.
This location is a short walk to the symposium venue, Stevie Eller Dance Theater, on The University of Arizona campus, 1737 E. University Blvd.

Book your hotel room now and obtain the Aaronson Symposium Hotel Rate $129 plus taxes per night.
This special rate is available for rooms booked from March 31 - April 7, 2017.  

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