All talk sessions will take place at St. John's Hotel.


  Opening Remarks  
 Vicky Kalogera
 (Northwestern University)
9:00 - 9:05 AM Welcome
 Edward van den Heuvel
 (U. Amsterdam)
 Peter Eggleton
9:05 - 9:35 AM Historical Remarks
  Common Envelope Evolution   [Chair: V. Kalogera]
 Ron Taam
 (Northwestern U. / ASIAA)
9:35 - 10:00 AM The Common Envelope Phase of Binary Evolution
 Marc van der Sluys
 (U. Alberta)
10:00 - 10:15 AM Population Synthesis of Common-envelope Mergers on the Giant Branches
 Monica Zorotovic
 (ESO / PUC)
10:15 - 10:30 AM Understanding Close Compact Binary Evolution from Post Common Envelope Binaries
  10:30 - 11:00 AM BREAK
  Contact Binaries   [Chair: R. Webbink]
 Slavek Rucinski
 (U. Toronto)
11:00 - 11:20 AM Contact Binaries: The Current State
  Mass Loss   [Chair: R. Webbink]
 Walter Van Rensbergen
 (ASTRO: Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
11:20 - 11:35 AM Mass Loss Out of Close Binaries
  sdB/sdO Stars   [Chair: R. Webbink]
 Stephan Geier
 (Dr. Remeis Sternwarte & ECAP)
11:35 - 11:50 AM The HYPER-MUCHFUSS Project - Searching Hot Subdwarf Binaries with Massive Compact Companions
 Richard Wade
 (Penn State University)
11:50 AM - 12:05 PM A Hidden Population of Hot Subdwarf Stars in Close Binaries
 Ulrich Heber
 (Dr. Remeis Sternwarte)
12:05 - 12:20 PM The Origin of Hot Subluminous Stars

  Blue Stragglers and Other Oddities in Clusters   [Chair: C. Tout]
 Zhanwen Han
 (Yunnan Observatory)
5:30 - 5:45 PM A New Formation Scenario for Hot Subdwarf Stars
 Robert Mathieu
 (U. Wisconsin - Madison)
5:45 - 6:10 PM Observations of Binary Blue Stragglers in Open Clusters
 Alison Sills
 (McMaster U.)
6:10 - 6:30 PM Blue Straggler Formation in Clusters
  6:30 - 7:00 PM BREAK
 Evert Glebbeek
 (McMaster U.)
7:00 - 7:20 PM Blue Straggler Surface Abundances: A Clue to Their Formation History?
 Nathan Leigh
 (McMaster U.)
7:20 - 7:40 PM Dynamical Encounters Involving Triples and Blue Straggler Formation
 Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton
 (Expression College)
7:40 - 8:00 PM Multiple Stars and Their Influence on Stellar Evolution

  Binaries in Globular Clusters   [Chair: F. Rasio]
 Craig Heinke
 (U. Alberta)
9:00 - 9:20 AM X-ray Sources in Galactic Globular Clusters
 Natasha Ivanova
 (U. Alberta)
9:20 - 9:40 AM Evolution of Binaries in Dense Stellar Systems
 Francesca D'Antonna
9:40 - 9:55 AM Possible Origins of Multiple Populations in Globular Clusters
 Daryl Haggard
 (U. Washington)
9:55 - 10:10 AM A Deep Multiwavelength View of Binaries in Omega Centauri
 Bruce Margon
 (UC Santa Cruz)
10:10 - 10:30 AM Cataclysmic Variables and other Compact Binaries in the Globular Cluster NGC 362: Candidates from Chandra and HST
  10:30 - 11:00 AM BREAK
  Cataclysmic Variables and AM CVn Systems   [Chair: M. Shara]
 Christian Knigge
 (Southampton U.)
11:00 - 11:20 AM Cataclysmic Variables
 Paula Szkody
 (U. Washington)
11:20 - 11:40 AM Cataclysmic Variables: Products from SDSS to the Promise of LSST
 Brian Warner
 (U. Cape Town)
11:40 - 11:55 AM High Speed Photometry of Catalina Sources
 Christopher Tout
11:55 AM - 12:10 PM The Origin of High Magnetic Fields in White Dwarfs
 Paul Groot
 (Radboud University Nijmegen)
12:10 - 12:25 PM AM CVn Binaries: An Evolutionary Challenge
 Rosanne DiStefano
 (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
12:25 - 12:45 PM Kepler as a Binary-Star Mission

  Type Ia Supernovae   [Chairs: E. van den Heuvel, M. Bailes]
 Dan Maoz
 (Tel-Aviv U.)
5:30 - 5:50 PM SN Ia Review
 Ashley Ruiter
5:50 - 6:05 PM Rates of Type Ia Supernovae and AIC
 Nicki Mennekens
 (Vrije Universiteit Burssel)
6:05 - 6:20 PM Delay Time Distribution of Type Ia Supernovae: Theory vs. Observation
 Bo Wang
 (Yunnan Observatory)
6:20 - 6:35 PM WD Plus He Star Systems as the Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae and their Surviving Companion Stars
  6:35 - 7:00 PM BREAK
 Thomas Marsh
 (U. Warwick)
7:00 - 7:20 PM Double White Dwarfs
 Paul Ricker
 (U. Illinois)
7:20 - 7:35 PM Impact of Type Ia Supernova Ejecta on Binary Companions
 Sandro Mereghetti
 (INAF - IASF Milano)
7:35 - 7:50 PM PM An Ultra-massive Fast-spinning White Dwarf in a Peculiar Post Common Envelope Binary System
  WEDNESDAY NIGHT   9:00 PM --- Conference Banquet  
Social Events

  Gamma Ray Bursts   [Chair: V. Kalogera]
 Edo Berger
5:00 - 5:20 PM The Afterglows and Environments of Short GRBs: Implications for the Progenitors
 Krzysztof Belczynski
 (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
5:20 - 5:40 PM Progenitors of short GRBs
 Andrew Fruchter
5:40 - 6:00 PM The Locations of Gamma-ray Bursts - Implications for Formation
 Philipp Podsiadlowski
6:00 - 6:15 PM The Metallicity Dependence of the Progenitors fo Long-duration Gamma-ray Bursts
  6:15 - 6:45 PM BREAK
    Gravitational Waves   [Chair: Z. Han]
 Frederique Marion
6:45 - 7:05 PM Searches for Gravitational Waves from Compact Binary Coalescences with the LIGO and Virgo Detectors
    Ultraluminous X-ray Sources   [Chair: Z. Han]
 Jeanette Gladstone
 (U. Alberta)
7:05 - 7:25 PM Observations of Ultraluminous X-ray Sources
 Stephen Justham
 (Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics)
7:25 - 7:45 PM The Formation and Evolution of ULXs
 Dany Vanbeveren
 (Astrophysical Institute)
7:45 - 8:00 PM Close Pairs: Key to Comprehension of the Stellar Populations in Starburst Regions

  High Mass X-ray Binaries   [Chair: H. Ritter]
 Lara Sidoli
 (INAF-IASF Milano)
8:30 - 8:50 AM New Galactic High Mass X-ray Binaries Discovered with INTEGRAL
 Sylvain Chaty
 (U. Paris 7 / CEA Saclay)
8:50 - 9:05 AM Multi-wavelength Study of High-mass X-ray Binaries
 Francesca Valsecchi
9:05 - 9:20 AM The Intriguing Evolutionary History of the Massive Black Hole X-ray Binary M33 X-7
 Selma de Mink
 (Astronomical Institute Utrecht)
9:20 - 9:35 AM Effects of Rotation on the Evolution of Massive Binaries
 Felix Mirabel
 (CEA-France & IAFE-Argentina)
9:35 - 9:50 AM Kinematics of Black Hole Binaries
  9:50 - 10:20 AM BREAK
  Low Mass X-ray Binaries   [Chairs: T. di Salvo, P. Eggleton]
 Phil Charles
 (Oxford/U. Southampton)
10:20 - 10:45 AM Long-term Optical/X-ray Variability of CVs, LMXBs and BeX Sources
 Lennart van Haaften
 (Radboud University Nijmegen)
10:45 - 11:00 AM Modeling the Present-day Ultracompact X-ray Binary Population in the Milky Way Bulge
 Nick Kylafis
 (U. Crete / FORTH)
11:00 - 11:15 AM The Role of Jets in Black-hole X-ray Binaries
 Giuseppina Fabbiano
 (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
11:15 - 11:35 AM Chandra Observations of LMXB Populations in Early-type Galaxies
  11:35 AM - 12:00 PM BREAK
 Tassos Fragos
12:00 - 12:15 PM Modeling X-ray Binary Populations in Elliptical Galaxies
 Rasmus Voss
12:15 - 12:30 PM Binary Evolution Constraints from Luminosity Functions of LMXBs
 Marina Orio
 (INAF Padova, Italy and U. Wisconsin)
12:30 - 12:45 PM X-ray Binaries in Two of Our Dwarf Spheroidal Satellites
  Pulsars in Binaries   [Chair: P. Eggleton]
 Matthew Bailes
 (Swinburne U. of Technology)
12:45 - 1:05 PM Millisecond Pulsar Timing and Results of Recent Searches
 Shri Kulkarni
1:10 - 1:30 PM Charting the Transient Sky: The Palomar Transient Factory
  Closing Remarks  
 Ron Webbink
 (U. Illinois)
1:30 - 2:00 PM


Matthew Bailes - Swinburne University of Technology

Luciano Burderi - University of Cagliari

Tiziana di Salvo - University of Palermo

Peter Eggleton - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Zhanwen Han - Chinese Academy of Sciences

Vicky Kalogera - Northwestern University

Andrew King - University of Leicester

Gijs Nelemans - Radboud University

Fred Rasio - Northwestern University

Hans Ritter - MPA Garching

Mike Shara - American Museum of Natural History

Chris Tout - University of Cambridge

Ed van den Heuvel - University of Amsterdam

Ron Webbink - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dayal Wickramasinghe - Australian National University

CIERA - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Northwestern University