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NOAO Newsletter - CTIO Operations - March 2000 - Number 61


``Stars, Gas, and Dust'' Coming to La Serena

Knut Olsen (kolsen@noao.edu)

From March 15-18, more than 100 astronomers will meet in La Serena to attend the workshop ``Stars, Gas, and Dust in Galaxies: Exploring the Links,'' organized jointly by CTIO, the European Southern Observatory, and the Las Campanas Observatory. For several years, the three observatories have held joint conferences roughly biannually. The last was held in 1997 and commemorated the 10th anniversary of the discovery of supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud. This year's workshop seeks to develop a global view of the physics of galaxies. The workshop will open with a treatment of the interstellar medium in galaxies, starting with an inventory of its phases, with later discussion of the physics of interaction between the phases. Focus will then move to the stellar populations and their feedback to the ISM, first discussing single stars and their effect on their surroundings. Next, the star formation and chemical evolution histories of entire galaxies, including the important techniques used to derive these, will be discussed. Finally, the workshop will treat galaxy physics operating at large scales, including galaxy interactions and large-scale gas flows.

The workshop will be held at the newly built Caja de Compensación, which lies on La Serena's long and beautiful beach front. The astronomers will be working hard; however, registrants have been asked to provide and to come prepared to discuss one "burning'' question that they would like addressed during the workshop. The last day will be devoted to discussions in small working groups, with programs previously prepared by appointed working group leaders. But, even astronomers have to play a little --- in particular, everyone will be invited to test their salsa dancing skills following the workshop banquet. Hopefully there will be pictures!

Those interested in seeing the workshop program can link to the web page through CTIO's main page, http://www.ctio.noao.edu/, or directly at http://www.eso.org/gen-fac/meetings/sgd2000. For those not attending, the proceedings will be published in the ASP Conference Series following the meeting.


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