We expect that Gemini will issue a call for proposals on 1 September 2000 for the 2001A semester on Gemini North (see additional details in call for proposals). The telescope will be scheduled up to 50% of the time for science during this semester, as remaining system and instrument verification and commissioning will still occupy significant resources. The instruments available will be the facility instrument NIRI, in both imaging and spectrographic modes, and the visitor instruments OSCIR and Hokupa'a/QUIRC. NIRI will be available primarily as a queue instrument, while the others will be "classically" scheduled (i.e., astronomers will travel to the telescope for assigned nights). Because of demand and the possibility of short blocks of time allocation, the US will run a mini-queue for some fraction of the time on both OSCIR and Hokupa'a/QUIRC. Please indicate on the normal NOAO proposal form whether you want queue or classical observations.
Please note that these details are subject to a Gemini system readiness review scheduled in August. Check our Web pages (http://www.noao.edu/usgp/) for current information.
The three nights of community access time on KECK with NIRSPEC are scheduled for 14-16 December 2000, with a call for proposals likely to be in mid-October. See the Gemini Web site for information about how to apply.