Currents

October 2019  •  Issue 61

 

Currents

Currents is a sparkplug for communication between us and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on observing opportunities and programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with our Newsletter.

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In this Issue…

CTIO, KPNO, CSDC, Gemini, LSST

NOAO Unites with Gemini and LSST: As of 1 October 2019, NOAO has joined with Gemini Observatory and LSST operations to create a new organization, NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s OIR Lab). As the preeminent US center for ground-based optical-infrared astronomy, the new laboratory brings together diverse pathways for astronomical exploration, serves as a focal point for community coordination and collaboration, and enables the discoveries of the future. The consolidation is part of a long-term evolutionary trend and is reminiscent of the origin of NOAO itself. Read More…

Patrick McCarthy to Lead New NSF OIR Lab: AURA has selected Patrick McCarthy, the Vice President of the Giant Magellan Telescope project and Astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science, as the new Director of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. He begins his 5-year term on 1 October 2019. Read More…

Astro 2020

Results from NOAO Community Survey for Astro2020: The results are in! Nearly 500 community members responded to our survey of community needs and resource priorities for the coming decade. The results affirm the continuing scientific importance of ground-based OIR resources, demonstrate a clear need for diverse community resources and capabilities, and identify the community’s overall resource priorities in a funding-limited environment. Read More…

Astro2020 White Papers Posted: NOAO-related white papers submitted in response to the 2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) call for “Activities, Projects, and State of the Profession Considerations” (APC) white papers are now posted. These include white papers submitted by NOAO scientific staff as well as those from the community on NOAO-related topics. If your submission is missing, please inform us by writing to currents@noao.edu so we can include your white paper in the compilation.

CSDC All Sky

Gateway to High-Level Image Products from NOAO Survey Programs: Simple direct access to high-level reduced images from many NOAO Survey Programs—especially older surveys—is now available, as is improved documentation. The holdings include deep “blank sky” surveys as well as “pointed” surveys of nearby galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and stellar populations in local group galaxies. Read More…

TMT Science Forum

2019 TMT Science Forum: Register by 9 October 2019 for the 2019 Thirty Meter (TMT) Science Forum, “Science Synergies in the Era of the Thirty Meter Telescope,” which will be held in Xiamen, China 4–6 November 2019. Travel support will be available for US scientists. Read More…

Kitt Peak National Observatory

New Scientific Staff Members in Tucson: The OIR Lab recently welcomed three new scientific staff members in Tucson: Emma Beasor, a new Hubble Fellow, and Parker Fagrelius and Sarah Logsdon, new Assistant scientists at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Read More…

NN-Explore

NEID Queue Observers Onboard at WIYN: Jesus Valdenebro has joined the WIYN team as the third queue observer for NEID, the extreme precision radial velocity spectrometer at WIYN. Jesus has a Masters degree in astrophysics as well as experience with astronomical observing. Shared risk observations with NEID are scheduled to begin this Northern winter. Read More…

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Currents is a spark plug for communication between us and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on observing opportunities and programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with our Newsletter.

The NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory is the US center for ground-based optical-infrared astronomy and is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

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