The Local Truth: Star-Formation and Feedback in the SOFIA Era -- Celebrating 50 Years of Airborne Astronomy

October 17 - 20, 2016
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA, USA


This conference focused on the current understanding of star-formation and the impact of feedback processes in Galactic molecular clouds and nearby galaxies. High angular resolution and high spectral resolution observations in the mid- and far-infrared, as provided by SOFIA, are critical for a detailed understanding of the key physical processes involved. Such "local truth" is necessary for correctly interpreting observations of star formation tracers in distant galaxies.

Asilomar Conference poster

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • John Bally (Univ. of Colorado)
  • Eric Becklin (SOFIA)
  • Ed Erickson (NASA Ames, retired)
  • Edith Falgarone (ENS, Paris)
  • Uma Gorti (NASA Ames/SETI)
  • Ralf Klessen (Univ. of Heidelberg)
  • Charlie Lada (Harvard-Smithsonian, CfA)
  • Karl Menten (MPIfR, Bonn)
  • Mark Morris (UCLA)
  • David Neufeld (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
  • Julia Roman-Duval (STScI)
  • Gordon Stacey (Cornell Univ.)
  • Jonathan Tan (Univ. of Florida)
  • Xander Tielens (Leiden Univ.) 
  • Michael Werner (JPL)
  • Erick Young (SOFIA)


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