(talks will be 20 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions)

Sunday 23rd January
18:30 - 20:30 Evening Opening Reception in the Carnegie Library
Monday 24th January
08:00 - 08:55 Breakfast and Registration
08:55 - 09:00 Welcome
Session I moderator: Horace Smith
09:00 - 09:25 Giuseppe Bono (Università di Roma Tor Vergata/INAF-OAR)
RR Lyraes as Cornerstones of Evolutionary and Pulsation Properties of
Low-Mass Stars
09:20 - 09:50 Merieme Chadid (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur/Université Nice)
RR Lyrae Atmospheres: Mysteries and Challenges
09:50 - 10:15 Robert Stellingwerf (Stellingwerf Consulting)
Period Determination of RR Lyrae Stars Slides
10:15 - 10:35 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Session II moderator: Judith Cohen
10:35 - 11:00 Chris Sneden (University of Texas at Austin)
New Initiatives on RR Lyrae Chemical Compositions Slides
11:00 - 11:25 George Wallerstein (University of Washington)
The Infrared CaII Triplet as an Indicator of Metallicity of RR Lyrae stars Slides
11:25 - 11:50 Sylvie Vauclair (IRAP/Université de Toulouse)
Element Diffusion and Accretion in Metal Poor Stars Slides
11:50 - 12:00 Group Photograph
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
Session III moderator: Giuseppe Bono
13:30 - 13:55 Karen Kinemuchi (NASA/Ames)
RR Lyrae Research with the Kepler Mission Slides
13:55 - 14:20 Michel Breger (University of Texas at Austin)
RRs/Delta Scuti Pulsators: Effects of Stellar Rotation and Cycles on
Amplitudes and Frequencies
14:20 - 14:45 James Nemec (Camosun College)
Fourier Analysis of Non-Blazhko ab-Type RR Lyr Stars Observed with the
Kepler Space Telescope
14:45 - 15:10 Katrien Kolenberg (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
Peculiarities of Blazhko Stars Slides
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Session IV moderator: Chris Sneden
15:30 - 15:55 Ann Merchant Boesgaard (University of Hawaii, Manoa)
Beryllium and Alpha-Elements in Metal-Poor Stars Slides
15:55 - 16:20 Jennifer Johnson (Ohio State University)
Li and F in Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars: Confrontation with Theory Slides
16:20 - 16:45 John Cowan (University of Oklahoma)
r-Process Signatures in Metal-Poor Halo Stars Slides
16:45 - 17:10 Judy Cohen (Caltech)
Outliers Found in the 0Z Project Slides
18:30 - 19:00 Cocktails at Cafe Santorini (Old Town Pasadena)
19:00 - 20:30 Banquet Dinner at Cafe Santorini (Old Town Pasadena)
Tuesday 25th January
08:00 - 08:55 Breakfast
Session V moderator: Katrien Kolenberg
08:55 - 09:20 Horace Smith (Michigan State University)
RR Lyrae Period-Amplitude Diagrams: From Bailey to Today Slides
09:20 - 09:45 Andrea Kunder (Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory)
The RR Lyrae Variables in NGC 2808 Slides
09:45 - 10:10 Shashi Kanbur (SUNY Oswego)
The Galactic Oosterhoff Dichotomy in terms of Period-Color Relations at
Maximum/Minimum Light
10:10 - 10:30 Coffee Break
Session VI moderator: Howard Bond
10:30 - 10:55 Inese Ivans (University of Utah)
Chemical Composition of BMP and Other Stars from MaGE Spectra
10:55 - 11:20 Heather Morrison (CASE Western Reserve University)
New Results from SEGUE on the Outer Halo Slides
11:20 - 11:45 Michael Feast (University of Cape Town)
RR Lyraes, the Magellanic Clouds, Distance Scales and Popuation Gradients Slides
11:45 - 12:10 Thomas Barnes III (University of Texas at Austin)
A Hubble Space Telescope Program for Pop II Variable Star Parallaxes Slides
12:10 - 13:40 Lunch
Session VII moderator: Michel Breger
13:40 - 14:05 Howard Bond (Space Telescope Science Institute)
HST/FGS Parallaxes of Extremely Metal-Deficient Subgiants Slides
14:05 - 14:30 Branimir Sesar (Caltech)
Mapping the Galactic Halo with SDSS, LINEAR, and PTF RR Lyrae Stars Slides
14:30 - 14:55 Márcio Catelan (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
The VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) Survey: Current Status and First Results
14:55 - 15:20 R. Michael Rich (UCLA)
The Bulge Radial Velocity/Abundance Assay Slides
15:20 - 15:40 Coffee Break
Session VIII moderator: Heather Morrison
15:40 - 16:05 Paul Harding (CASE Western Reserve University)
The 8 Dimensional Galaxy Slides
16:05 - 16:30 Joanne Hughes (Seattle University)
Photometric Metallicities in dSphs Slides
16:30 - 16:55 Ata Sarajedini (University of Florida)
RR Lyrae Stars in M31 and M33 Slides
Poster Session
1. Pía Amigo Fuentes (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Variable stars in M79
2. Catherine Kennedy (Michigan State University)
CNO Abundances in Metal-Poor Stars
3. Hakeem Oluseyi (Florida Institute of Technology)
Observing RR Lyrae Throught the Local Group with LSST
4. Evan Kirby (Caltech)
The Chemical Evolution of Milky Way Satellite Galaxies Poster