MARAC logo superimposed on beautiful photo of spaceMid-American Regional Astrophysics Conference 2018
3rd Annual Regional Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Friday/Saturday, April 13/14
48th Mid-American Regional Astrophysics Conference
Nichols Library and Learning Center

University of Missouri, KC
Kansas City, MO 64110

General Invitation

All professional scientists involved in teaching and/or research in astronomy/astrophysics/space science are cordially invited to present papers in ANY field of astronomy, astrophysics, or space science. Students are especially welcome. Advanced amateurs are also invited to attend.

The conference presentations are composed of 15-minute contributed talks (including questions) and posters following the same format as AAS meetings.  If you intend to present a talk or a poster, when completing the on-line registration form, please submit your paper title and abstract, with authors and institutions BY


When completing the on-line form, please be sure to note any restrictions on when you can arrive or need to leave. Titles and abstracts will be posted on the MARAC site as they become available.

Photos from the talk sessions can be accessed here.
Some images from the POSTER displays can be accessed here.

There will be parking passes available for purchase ($7 each) on Friday.  These allow parking in any faculty, staff or student parking spot (except handicapped or otherwise reserved for university-plated vehicles).   Parking is free on Saturday.  This link contains a parking map which includes the Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center on the UMKC campus, the location of the meeting.

Internet access/Wifi will be available at the meeting. The userid and password will be provided on site.

To minimize the destruction of another forest, we will print up a limited no. of schedules with titles only for use on site. You are encouraged to download and access the full schedule and abstracts on your own device.

For registration payment, please note that we do not take credit cards. Payment should be made in cash or as a check made out to Bruce Twarog (I have to fund my retirement somehow!). We will provide receipts for any attendee requiring paperwork for reimbursement or attendance purposes.

Poster backboards are 48" x 36" and mounted flat on a display easel; they can be oriented either vertically or horizontally.

SCHEDULE of TALKS & POSTERS: April 12, 2018


Meeting Announcement/Poster


Meeting Location

All attendees, whether presenting a paper or not, are requested to complete the online registration form.

If you do not intend to present a paper at the meeting, you are free to register online anytime or on-site at the meeting.

REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE COLLECTED ON SITE. If you require a receipt, we will be happy to supply one.

Registration Fee:     $25                      Students: $10

Invited Speaker: Dr. Claudia Scarlata

Dr. Scarlata is an Associate Professor at the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota. Her work is mostly observational in nature, targeting galaxies at different cosmic epochs to directly trace their evolution, while using local galaxies as laboratories to understand their distant analogs. Her recent work has focused on the poorly-understood balance between gas inflow (accretion of gas from the circumgalactic medium), outflow (energetic feedback into the interstellar medium due to stellar winds, supernova explosions, and black-hole activity) and gas consumption rate (star-formation).            




Questions & Comments

If you have any comments and/or suggestions for MARAC in general, please contact the LOC (email addresses below) or, for meeting specifics, contact Bruce Twarog via email at:


Barbara J. Anthony-Twarog:
Mark Brodwin:
Jim Caffey:
Jason Ferguson:
Bret Lehmer:
Ryan Maderak:
Dan McIntosh: 
Gregory Rudnick:
Angela Speck:
Brian Thomas:
Bruce Twarog:

MARAC organizers abide by the AAS Ethics Statement and have adopted the Anti-Harassment Policy for Meetings and Activities of the American Astronomical Society and Divisions.

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