The HEAD banquet featured a sumptuous meal with a choice of entrees and plenty of wine, a spectacular setting, and live music from a superb trio.
One of the door prizes was supplied by Hale Bradt, i.e., a copy of his book Astrophysics Processes: The Physics of Astronomical Phenomena, for which he won the AAS’s Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award in 2010.
Attendees gathered for the HEAD banquet at turn-of-the-20th-century Rosecliff Mansion, where The Great Gatsby, True Lies, and several other movies have been filmed. The feast was preceded by cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres on the patio.
The 2011 HEAD Dissertation Prize went to Jeanette Gladstone (center, Univ. of Alberta) for her thesis entitled “Optical & X-ray Studies of Ultraluminous X-ray Sources,” work she did at Durham University, U.K. Gladstone received her prize from HEAD Chair Chryssa Kouveliotou (right, NASA/MSFC) and Secretary/Treasurer Ann Hornschemeier (NASA/GSFC).
All oral presentations were given in plenary sessions, so the sole lecture hall was usually packed with attendees, as during a talk on Fermi LAT observations of millisecond pulsars by Tyrel Johnson (NRL).
Dong-Woo Kim (CfA) fields a question from an audience member after presenting new Chandra results on early-type galaxies. Session chair Randall K. Smith (SAO) looks on.
HEAD Vice Chair Joel Bregman (Univ. of Michigan, left) presented Dennis Overbye (New York Times) with the David N. Schramm Award for High Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism. Overbye was cited for his profile of Sam Ting, principal investigator of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer now in operation aboard the International Space Station.