MARAC logo superimposed on beautiful photo of spaceMidAmerican Regional Astrophysics Conference 2017
Regional Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Saturday, April 8
47th Mid-American Regional Astrophysics Conference
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

The MARAC meeting takes place in 2048 MALOTT HALL. Click on the link to see the layout of the room.
The location on the KU campus is noted on the parking map.
NOTE: A key change has been made in the schedule for MARAC. The entire meeting will take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 8, with registration beginning at ~9:00 AM in Malott Hall. There will be no Friday afternoon session.
See the schedule below for the talks and posters.

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.

Meeting Announcement/Poster

Registration (open)

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

The site is current as of March 27, 2017. Please check back as the meeting date nears for updated info and details on talks and presentations.If necessary, the meeting sessions may begin earlier than posted in the Announcement to ensure that all speakers who submit abstracts will be allowed to present.

UPDATES: 3/27/17

While the weekend for MARAC was selected to avoid Easter weekend and the Kansas Relays, the latter making lodging impossible to get within Lawrence, an unexpected event being run by the KU sororities has led to a significant shortage of available hotel rooms within Lawrence. If you planned to stay overnight Friday and/or Saturday and you haven't already made your reservations for a room near KU, you may be out of luck. There are still rooms available at hotels in nearby towns, particularly Topeka, which is a quick 20 minutes down I-70 from Lawrence. If you have trouble getting a room, please check out the options available outside the city. A link to hotels in Topeka is supplied below. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this represents something over which we have no control.

Schedule of Presentations/Posters  (Titles)

Schedule of Presentations/Posters (with Abstracts)

Invited Speaker

Dr. Dawn Erb                                       
Department of Physics
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Professor Erb’s research interests include galaxy formation and evolution, the kinematics, chemical evolution and stellar populations of galaxies at high redshift, feedback processes in starburst galaxies, and the evolution of the intergalactic medium at high redshift.

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

There will be WiFi Internet access available at the meeting. The login and password will be provided on site.

Parking is free on SaturdayCLICK to access a map of the parking lots on campus, with the meeting location indicated. There are lots adjacent to Malott Hall on the east and west sides; even on Saturday, these will fill up by mid-morning. The parking garage next to Allen Field House is usually a good bet.

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:
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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