Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation 2012
Cosmología en la Playa / Cosmology on the Beach
Cancun, Mexico   January 16-20, 2012


Course Lectures

Cliff Burgess: Effective Field Theory in Cosmology

   Suggested Reading:
Effective Theories and Modifications of Gravity (also arxiv:0912.4295) - Essay
Quantum gravity in everyday life: General relativity as an effective field theory (also arxiv:gr-qc/0311082) - Review
Lectures on Cosmic Inflation and its Potential Stringy Realizations (also arxiv:0708.2865) - Review

1. Clues for Cosmology from Fundamental Physics
2. Quantum Effects in Gravity
3. A (Personal) Effective Take on Cosmology

Andrew Connolly: Cosmology and Surveys
1. Evolution of Cosmology through Surveys
2. The Impact of a New Generation of Surveys
3. Statistics and Cosmology

Tiziana Di Matteo: From Black Holes to the Universe Simulations
1. Multiscale Simulations of Black Holes and Galaxy Formation
2. The First Massive Black Holes and Quasars
3. The Stuff in Between Everything Else [by Rupert Croft]

Neal Katz: Galaxy Formation
1. Birth of the Cool
2. Galaxy Formation: Ins and Outs
3. Bayesian Semi-Analytic Models (Bayesian SAMS: BS)


Plenary Talks

Jorge Cervantes: The Dark Degeneracy: Dark Fluid and Interacting Cosmic Components

Beth Reid: Results from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS)

Pearl Sandick: New Results in Dark Matter

Michael Turner: Voyage to the End of the Universe (or pdf)

Michael Turner: So You Want to Become a Famous Cosmologist (or pdf)


Best Poster Winners:

J. Colin Hill - Observing Primordial Non-Gaussianity via the Thermal Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect
Yookyung Noh - Disentangling Correlated Scatter in Cluster Mass Measurements


Video Playlist of Invited Talks


Contributed Talks


2011 Presentations

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