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ALMA Data Reduction Party: Data Combination

(August 28, 2023)

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) is pleased to announce an ALMA Data Reduction Party on Data Combination that will take place November 6-8, 2023 at the North American ALMA Science Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. During this 3-day event, NAASC scientists and data analysts will provide focused information and individualized support to a cohort of North American PI or Archival ALMA users who want support to image ALMA data from multiple arrays that include 7-m and/or Total Power observations. To facilitate data processing, attendees will be provided access to NRAO computing resources both during and after the workshop; the event is fully in-person, and travel support can be provided upon request. Attendees will be encouraged to define their individual objectives ahead of the event and can expect outcomes such as:

  • Understanding the importance of short spacings (compact configurations or single dish) for interferometric imaging with ALMA data
  • Obtaining an image for at least a subset (i.e. spectral window, channel range, or portion of the image) of their dataset
  • Developing a recipe for image combination techniques they can apply to their dataset
  • Quantitative assessment of imaging quality before and after adding short spacing information.

Attendance is limited to 10 researchers based at institutions in North America. Applicants should have experience with general interferometric imaging, have their data in hand at the time of the application deadline, and be prepared to join an online preparation session prior to the event. If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out this application form by the deadline of September 25 at 15:00 ET. We will select applicants based on the complexity of their projects and scientific goals. Applicants who do not get selected for this event may instead be invited for an individual face-to-face visit.

Note that the deadline has been extended to September 25!

More information here: https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/alma/naasc-workshops/nrao-drp23/index


ALMA Ambassadors Program for Cycle 11 

(August 22, 2023)

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) is accepting applications for the ALMA Ambassadors Program, with a deadline of 13 October 2023. The program provides training and up to a $10,000 USD research grant (other forms of payment are available, see below) to postdoctoral researchers, senior graduate students, and early career researchers interested in expanding their ALMA/radio interferometry expertise and sharing that knowledge with their home (or other) institutions. For Cycle 11, ALMA Ambassadors can choose to support the community by organizing and hosting either: ALMA Cycle 11 proposal preparation support workshops, or ALMA-focused data processing and analysis workshops 

The NAASC will provide travel support for the training as well as all talk materials, supplies, and infrastructure for the workshops hosted by the ALMA Ambassadors. Up to a $10,000 monetary grant is offered in support of the selected ambassadors independent research programs (other grant forms are available, depending on eligibility). Some radio or submillimeter interferometry experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must be based at a North American institution. If you do not meet these requirements but are interested in learning more about the training we are offering, please contact George Privon (almaambassadors@nrao.edu) to discuss opportunities. We will consider both individual and coordinated applications from users in the same institution or region.

We particularly encourage applications from those interested in the data processing and analysis workshops or in targeting specific scientific communities (e.g., stellar astrophysics).  The deadline to apply is 13 October 2023. For more information, please visit the ALMA Ambassadors website  

Data Reduction and Publication Support

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) provides travel and lodging support during your visit to NRAO headquarters in Charlottesville, VA from investigators of successful ALMA programs or archival researchers.  If you need any help in reducing your data, or just a quiet week away in Central Virginia to finish writing up your next ALMA paper, consider coming for a face-to-face visit to work closely with our data analysts and scientific staff.  For more information and to request a visit, please see https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/alma/visits and submit a ticket to the face-to-face visits department of the ALMA Helpdesk. Come visit us!
You can also consult with our EPO team to see if your results would have broader public interest and to explore outreach opportunities.

Feedback on ALMA data analysis tools is greatly appreciated. Please communicate any obstacles encountered in the path from data delivery to publication by submitting a Helpdesk ticket. In particular, has a lack of computing resources, software for analysis, visualization, plotting, or other "tools" proven to be a difficulty? NRAO thanks you in advance for your feedback.

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