AURA Observatory personnel have seen many new faces around the "Recinto" recently, and more new staff members will be joining us shortly. All of us in Chile welcome these new members of AURA-O.
Now that Gemini is ramping up to its final stages before entering operational mode, several new International Gemini South employees have arrived or will be arriving, as follows:
SOAR project employees will also start arriving early next year; the first arrival is expected to be Oliver Wiecha.
CTIO is also going to be welcoming several new scientific staff members. One of them, Don Hoard, has been at CTIO since 1998; he will become a Postdoctoral Research Associate on August 1. Don will continue in his role of Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site Director. His areas of scien-tific interest are cataclysmic variables and other interacting binary stars, accretion disks, mass inflows and outflows, planetary nebulae, pre-main sequence binary stars, and globular cluster systems.
Both Tom Hayward (mentioned above) and James De Buizer, who will take up a Postdoctoral Research Associate position, will arrive on September 18 while we are all celebrating the Chilean national holidays. Jim is currently a NASA Space Grant Fellow at the Infrared Astrophysics Group in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida. He has been working with Charlie Telesco's team and has visited CTIO three times since 1998. His main scientific interests are massive star formation, circumstellar disks, and infrared instrumentation.
On November 1, Hugo Schwarz and Nicole van der Bliek arrive to take up positions of Associate Astronomer and Assistant Scientist, respectively. Hugo is from the Netherlands and is well known to most of the CTIO staff, as he worked at La Silla from 1986 to 1995. From La Silla, Hugo went to the Nordic Optical Telescope at La Palma, where he was Astronomer in Charge of the 2.6-m telescope. Hugo's main interests are the late stages of stellar evolution, with emphasis on (proto)PNe, symbiotic stars, and AGB stars, especially mass loss in carbon stars. Nicole van der Bliek is also from the Netherlands. She comes to us from the IR group at the Stockholm Observatory where she is on a Postdoctoral ESA fellowship (having obtained her Ph.D. at Leiden). Nicole is familiar with Chile as she was on a student fellowship at La Silla between 1993 and 1995. She is currently participating in a follow-up program for the ISOCAM survey of nearby star formation regions with G. Olofsson and L. Nordh and their group from Stockholm Observatory. Her main research interests lie in the field of star formation, IR astronomy in general, and IR instrumentation.
Andrei Tokovinin, CTIO's new Associate Astronomer, is scheduled to arrive in February 2001. Andrei, from Moscow, USSR, is currently working with the Adaptive Optics Group at ESO, Garching, carrying out theoretical studies of multi-conjugate adaptive optics concepts. Andrei's main interests are astronomical instruments, astrophysics of binary and multiple stars, and atmospheric propagation.