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Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop - ND IX July 8 - 12, 2009

Final Program

Wednesday, July 8 Workshop Opens
8:00 - 9:00 pm Public Lecture. Location: Digital Visualization Theater, Jordan Hall of Science
“Galileo’s Moon or Galilean Lunacy? A Modern Detective Story
Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
9:00 - 10:30 pm Welcoming Reception with refreshments and cash bar. Location: Main Hall, Jordan Hall of Science
Thursday, July 9 McKenna Hall
8:30 - 9:00 am Opening and Introductions
9:00 am - Noon Session: Philosophy of Astronomy, Organizers: Steven J. Dick, NASA, and Michael J. Crowe, University of Notre Dame

Introductory Remarks, Steve Dick

“Wonder, Awe, and the Starry Sky Above: How the History of Astronomy Raises Issues for Philosophers,” George Gale, University of Missouri – Kansas City

“‘But this is wondrous strange!’ Constructing an Agenda for the Philosophy of Astronomy,” Don Howard, University of Notre Dame

“The Great Pluto Debate: What is a Planet?,” Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

“Philosophy of Astronomy: Some Issues from the Extraterrestrial Life Debate,” Michael Crowe, University of Notre Dame, and Steve Dick, NASA

“Eddington’s Worldview and Eddington’s Science as a Problem in Philosophy of Astronomy,” Matt Stanley, New York University

Concluding Remarks, Steve Dick
Noon - 12:50 pm Lunch Part I
12:50 - 1:50 pm Special Session, Location: Digital Visualization Theater, Jordan Hall of Science
“Making Time: The Story of the Notre Dame Longitude Dial”
William Andrewes, Independent Scholar, and Keith Davis, University of Notre Dame
1:50 - 2:30 pm Lunch Part II
2:30 - 4:00 pm Work in Progress Papers, Chair: Gregory Macklem, University of Notre Dame

“Urania’s ‘Progress’: Women’s Shifting Roles in Observational Astronomy from the Late Seventeenth to Early Nineteenth Centuries,” Voula Saridakis, Lake Forest College

“Meridian Circles and Transit Circles in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Observatories,” Trudy E. Bell, Science Journalist and Independent Scholar

“Beyond the Aspheric-Plate Camera: Bernhard Schmidt’s Final Invention,” Roger Ceragioli, University of Arizona
4:00 - 4:30 pm Break
4:30 - 5:30 pm Session: Automatic Telescopes, Organizer: Peter Abrahams, Independent Scholar

“An Overview of Automatic Telescopes,” Peter Abrahams, Independent Scholar

“Automatic Telescopes at Indiana University,” R. Kent Honeycutt, Indiana University
5:30 - 7:30 pm Break
7:30 pm Reception at Marv Bolt’s home
Note: Map will be provided in conference packet
25690 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Indiana 46628
Friday, July 10 Field trip to the Adler Planetarium
8:45 am (EDT) Bus boarding for the Adler Planetarium begins at Notre Dame Bookstore
9:00 am Departure from Notre Dame
10:00 am (CDT) Arrive in Chicago at the Adler Planetarium
10:00 - 10:30 am Welcoming Remarks, Universe Theater
10:30 am - Noon Free time to visit Museum galleries and shows
Noon - 1:15 pm Lunch at Galileo’s Cafe
1:15 - 1:30 pm Group photo, front steps of Museum (weather permitting)
1:30 - 3:00 pm Session: Contemporary telescopes that address age-old questions
Organizer and Chair: Marv Bolt, Adler Planetarium

“Un-twinkling the Stars,” Michael Smutko, Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University

“Completing the Copernican Revolution: Exploring the Boundaries of the Solar System,” Lindsay Bartolone, Adler Planetarium

“As Stars Fade in Bright Skies, Virtual Telescopes Reopen the Heavens,” Mark SubbaRao, Adler Planetarium
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Session: New tools for exploring history of astronomy
Organizer and Chair: Bruce Stephenson, Adler Planetarium

“Exploring Historic Astronomical Sites in Second Life,” Chuck Beuter, Independent Scholar

“Using Conservation Techniques to Answer Historical Questions,” Tom Fuller, Northwest Conservation

“The Materials of Early Telescopes,” Marv Bolt, Adler Planetarium
5:00 - 5:30 pm Break
5:30 - 6:45 pm Dinner, lobby of Webster Institute
6:45 pm Board bus to return to Notre Dame
7:00 pm Departure from Adler Planetarium
10:00 pm (EDT) Arrive at Notre Dame Bookstore
Saturday, July 11 McKenna Hall
9:00 - 10:30 am Work in Progress Papers, Chair Matt Dowd, University of Notre Dame

“The Universe of Stars as Revealed to Galileo by Sensory Experience with the Telescope,” Christopher Graney, Jefferson Community & Technical College

“Magnification,” Yaakov Zik and Giora Hon, University of Haifa

Telescopium: An Exhibition in Marseille,” James Caplan, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Work in Progress Papers, Chair: Christina Turner, University of Notre Dame

“Historical Astronomy of the Caucasus: The Sources from the Republic of Georgia,” Jefferson Sauter, James Cook University; Irakli Simonia, Ilia Chavchavadze University and James Cook University; F. Richard Stephenson, University of Durham and James Cook University; Wayne Orchiston, James Cook University

“‘I am almost certain…’: William Huggins and the First Attempts to Measure Stellar Motion in the Line of Sight,” Barbara Becker, University of California, Irvine

“It’s About the Evidence,” Michael Michaud, Independent Scholar
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 pm Hands-On Session:
“Simple Lenses,” Dayle L. Brown, Author
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm Session: Aspects of Astronomy During the Cold War, Organizer: David DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum

“R.R. McMath as an Engine of Change in American Astronomy,” Rudi Lindner, University of Michigan

“A Gift of the Cold War: The Making of Space Astronomy,” Robert Smith, University of Alberta

“Consortia vs. National Facilities: C.P. Snow’s Two Cultures Revisited,” David DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum
5:00 - 6:00 pm Free Time
6:00 - 6:30 pm Reception (Cash Bar), Location: Morris Inn
6:30 pm Banquet, location: Morris Inn
Welcoming Remarks
Banquet Lecture: “Inside NASA History: Personal Reminiscences,” Steve Dick, NASA
Evening Observing session at University of Notre Dame Observatory in Jordan Science Hall
Sunday, July 12 McKenna Hall
9:00 - 10:30 am Session: Episodes in the Nineteenth-Century Popularization of Astronomy, Organizer: Craig B. Waff, Air Force Research Laboratory History Office

“Popularization and Pedagogy: Insights from Early Nineteenth-Century Textbooks,” Jordan D. Marché II, Lakeland College

“Orator to the Stars: An Investigation of the Scope, Content, Style, and Influence of Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel’s Public Astronomical Lecturing Activity (1842-1860),” Craig B. Waff, Air Force Research Laboratory History Office

“Astronomy at the Fair: An Untapped Source on the History of Popular Astronomy,” Robert J. Havlik, University of Notre Dame
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - Noon Business Meeting, includes discussion of nature of future workshops
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