The Pennsylvania State University

May 12-13, 2008

## MONDAY | |||

8:00 8:30 | COFFEE | ||

8:30 8:42 | Owen, Ben | Opening remarks | |

8:42 8:54 | Hughey, Brennan | Status of LIGO | |

8:54 9:06 | Bondarescu, Mihai | Coating noise - an important problem in gravitational wave detectors | |

9:06 9:18 | Shawhan, Peter | Recent and Ongoing Searches for Continuous-Wave GW Signals | |

9:18 9:30 | Bondarescu, Ruxandra | Spinning down newborn neutron stars: nonlinear development of the r-mode instability | S |

9:30 9:42 | Kanner, Jonah | LOOC UP: Finding optical transients with LIGO data | S |

9:42 9:54 | O'Shaughnessy, Richard | How can we use gravitational waves to best constrain astrophysical populations? | |

9:54 10:06 | Kopparapu, Ravi kumar | A gravitational-wave color-magnitude diagram for compact binary systems | |

10:06 10:48 | COFFEE | ||

10:48 11:00 | Desai, Shantanu | Testing modified gravity theories with externally triggered gravitational wave searches | |

11:00 11:12 | Lundgren, Andrew | F(R) Gravity and the Chamelon Effect | S |

11:12 11:24 | Tasson, Jay | Recent Results on Lorentz Violation in Gravitational Physics | S |

11:24 11:36 | Russell, Neil | Bounds on Torsion based on Lorentz Violation tests | |

11:36 11:48 | Kavic, Michael | Transient pulses from exploding primordial black holes as a signature of an extra dimension | S |

11:48 12:00 | Ozer, Murat | Rates of Charged Clocks in an Electric Field | |

12:00 1:48 | LUNCH | ||

1:48 2:00 | Poplawski, Nikodem | Homothetic curvature and geometrization of electromagnetism | |

2:00 2:12 | Finch, Tehani | Three-Charge Supertubes in a Rotating Black Hole Background | S |

2:12 2:24 | Corne, Matthew | Non-localizability of Electric Coupling and Gravitational Binding of Charged Objects | S |

2:24 2:36 | Pitts, J. Brian | Spinors in Coordinates: How Ogievetsky and Polubarinov Avoid a Tetrad | |

2:36 2:48 | Sloan, David | A Hamiltonian approach to the BKL conjecture | S |

2:48 3:00 | Henderson, Adam | The BKL Conjecture in Ashtekar Variables | S |

3:00 3:12 | Lim, Woei Chet | Spikes in the Mixmaster regime of G_2 cosmologies | |

3:12 3:24 | Sabharwal, Subir | Numerical solutions to lattice-refined models in Loop Quantum Cosmology | S |

3:24 3:54 | COFFEE | ||

3:54 4:06 | Wilson-Ewing, Edward | The covariant entropy bound and loop quantum cosmology | S |

4:06 4:18 | Taveras, Victor | Quantum Extension of Spacetime: The CGHS Model and the Information Loss Problem | S |

4:18 4:30 | Galley, Chad | Second order gravitational self-force via effective field theory | |

4:30 4:42 | Rosenthal, Eran | Cosmological backreaction and spatially averaged spatial curvature | |

4:42 4:54 | Kumar, Naresh | Backreaction of superhorizon perturbations in scalar field cosmologies | S |

4:54 5:06 | Bates, Jason | Particle Production in a Big Rip Cosmology | S |

5:06 5:18 | Karim, Munawar | Got Dark Energy? | |

## TUESDAY | |||

08:00 08:30 | COFFEE | ||

08:30 08:42 | Baumgarte, Thomas | Initial Data for Moving Puncture Evolutions: The "Stationary 1+log" slicing? | |

08:42 08:54 | Johnson-McDaniel, Nathan | Binary Black Hole Initial Data Without Conformal Flatness | S |

08:54 09:06 | Grigsby, Jason | Beyond Conformally-Flat Black-Hole Initial Data | S |

09:06 09:18 | Bode, Tanja | Constraint Violations and the Weak Energy Condition in Binary Black Hole Initial Data | S |

09:18 09:30 | Foucart, Francois | Initial data for the simulation of black hole-neutron star binaries | S |

09:30 09:42 | Faber, Joshua | Black Hole-Neutron Star Mergers | |

09:42 09:54 | Duez, Matthew | A different way to evolve black hole-neutron star binaries | |

09:54 10:06 | Leonard, Robert | Numerical simulations of the scattering of a scalar field by a black hole in the Bondi-Sach | S |

10:06 10:36 | COFFEE | ||

10:36 10:48 | Brown, David | Strongly Hyperbolic Extensions of the ADM Hamiltonian | |

10:48 11:00 | Tiglio, Manuel | High accuracy multi-block binary black hole simulations | |

11:00 11:12 | Nagle, Ian | Spectral Collocation Approximation of Black Hole Collisions | S |

11:12 11:24 | Pazos, Enrique | Last stages of spectral evolution via turducken method | S |

11:24 11:36 | Zlochower, Yosef | Highly-Spinning-Black-Hole Binaries | |

11:36 11:48 | Owen, Robert | Computing spin in binary black hole simulations. | |

11:48 12:00 | Lovelace, Geoffrey | Numerical simulations of binary black holes with rapid spins | |

12:00 12:12 | Hinder, Ian | Eccentric binary black holes in numerical relativity and post-Newtonian theory | |

12:12 1:48 | LUNCH | ||

1:48 2:00 | Vaishnav, Birjoo | Last few orbits of eccentric binary black holes and LIGO | S |

2:00 2:12 | Alicea-Munoz, Emily | Black Hole Mergers as Probes of Structure Formation | S |

2:12 2:24 | Mroue, Abdul | Resummation techniques in post-Newtonian approximations | S |

2:24 2:36 | Yunes, Nicolas | The region of validity of post-Newtonian theory | S |

2:36 2:48 | Hinderer, Tanja | Transient resonances in the inspirals of point particles into black holes | S |

2:48 3:00 | Flanagan, Eanna | Two timescale expansions of the Einstein equations | |

3:00 3:12 | Lang, Ryan | Advanced localization of massive black hole coalescences with LISA | S |

3:12 3:24 | Sundararajan, Pranesh | The transition from adiabatic inspiral to geodesic plunge for a compact object around a mass | S |

3:24 3:36 | Taylor, Nicolas | A second-order in space spectral method for binary black hole evolutions | |

3:36 4:06 | COFFEE | ||

4:06 4:18 | Nakano, Hiroyuki | Post-Newtonian evolutions and numerical relativity | |

4:18 4:30 | Kidder, Lawrence | Testing post-Newtonian waveforms with numerical relativity | |

4:30 4:42 | Lousto, Carlos | Further insight into gravitational recoil | |

4:42 4:54 | Kelly, Bernard | Modeling Kicks from the Merger of Generic Black-Hole Binaries | |

4:54 5:06 | Schnittman, Jeremy | Electromagnetic Signatures of Black Hole Mergers | |

5:06 5:18 | Merritt, David | Consequences of Radiation Recoil | |

5:18 5:30 | Sesana, Alberto | Recoil effect on GW detection from MBH binaries | |

5:30 5:42 | Owen, Ben | Closing remarks - TGG Prize | |

"S" Denotes Student Status | |||