The 4th NAASC Conference: Assembly, Gas Content and Star Formation History of Galaxies

Aaron Evans
September 21-24, 2009
Omni Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia

In the last two decades, the availability of large ground-based and space-based facilities, and improved theoretical modeling, have led to significant advances in our understanding of star formation, the gas cycle in galaxies, and galaxy assembly and evolution over cosmic time. With the next generation of long-wavelength ground- and space-based facilities set to become fully operational in the first half of the coming decade, the time is ripe to review the theoretical and observational progress that has been made in the areas of extragalactic star formation, interstellar gas properties and galaxy assembly, and to assess where science with facilities such as ALMA, EVLA, Herschel Space Telescope, and the JWST are likely to contribute transformational understanding in these areas.

Keys issues to be addressed are:

A major goal of this meeting is to highlight the capabilities of ALMA, and its synergy with the EVLA, Herschel, JWST, etc., in driving transformational science in these key areas in the next decade.