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ALMA Cycle 8 2021 Community Days and Proposal Planning Events

by George Privon last modified Mar 29, 2021

Do you want to learn about ALMA Cycle 8 2021 capabilities, the proposal submission process, and what's new in CASA? Do you have questions about the Observing Tool or using CASA to simulate your proposed observations?

ALMA Ambassadors have organized a 2-week series of public talks and tutorials to provide information on the latest ALMA capabilities, changes to the proposal review process, and much more. These events will be fully virtual and each topic will be presented multiple times, to make it as easy as possible to get the information you need for your proposals.

The ALMA Cycle 8 2021 timeline can be found in the ALMA Cycle 8 2021 Pre-Announcement.

Talks will be given between 22 March - 02 April 2021, on the following topics:

  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (slides)
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (slides)
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (slides)
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (includes a hands-on component)
  • ALMA Data Products, Archive Use, and Notes on the Pipeline Weblog (slides)
  • What's new in CASA
  • CASA Simulations (includes a hands-on component) (slides)
  • Science-ready Data Products (includes a demo) (slides)
  • Imaging with CASA (slides)
Talks will last approximately an hour (including time for Q&A). Registration for sessions with a hands-on or demo component (noted above) will be limited to approximately 25 participants and once reached, will be marked as full in the schedule below.

Event Schedule

This talk series will be conducted in an à la carte style; each session of a given talk (e.g., "What's new in CASA") will present the same material, but talks will be given multiple times over the course of the two week period. Some sample talk tracks are provided below the schedule.

Registration is required for all talks, at the URLs below or by contacting . Note that the number of participants for talks with hands-on components will be capped to ensure a reasonable speaker-participant ratio. All talks will include time for Q&A.

A selection of the talks will be presented in Spanish and other talks will have Q&A support in the Spanish language; these talks are noted below.

The ALMA Ambassadors will be presenting the talks as listed. The talks will be aimed at a general audience, but the general scientific expertise of each Ambassador is listed at the bottom of this page.

Week 1: 22-26 March 2021

 

Time (ET)Monday (22 March)Tuesday (23 March)Wednesday (24 March)Thursday (25 March)Friday (26 March)
09:00
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Quiroga-Nuñez & Rebolledo, talk in Spanish). Register
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Breiding & van 't Hoff). Register
10:00
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Breiding & Rebolledo). Register
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Breiding & Bright). Register
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Azadi & van 't Hoff).
11:00
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Breiding & Bright). Register
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Azadi & Breiding). Register
12:00
  • CASA Simulations (hands-on; Lucero & Thelen). Session full, registration closed.
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Breiding & Thelen).
  • What's new in CASA (Bright & Butterfield). Register
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on) (Quiroga-Nuñez & Rebolledo; Talk in Spanish).
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Azadi & Lucero). Register
13:00
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Breiding & Cramer). Register
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Spanish language Q&A support available; Azadi & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
14:00
  • Imaging with CASA (Cramer & Rebolledo). Register
  • Imaging with CASA (Breiding & Cramer). Register
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Spanish language Q&A support available; Butterfield & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
15:00
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Breiding & Lucero).
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Spanish language Q&A support available; Butterfield & Jones).
  • CASA Simulations (hands-on; Breiding & Butterfield).
16:00
  • Science Ready Data Products (Butterfield & van 't Hoff). Register
  • Science Ready Data Products (Butterfield & van 't Hoff). Register
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Bright & Butterfield). Register
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Spanish language Q&A support available; Jones & van 't Hoff). Register
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Bright & Rebolledo). Register
17:00
18:00
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Spanish language Q&A support available; Jones & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Spanish language Q&A support available; Jones & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Spanish language Q&A support available; Azadi & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Spanish language Q&A support available; Jones & Lucero). Register
  • ALMA Data Products, Archive Use, and Notes on the Pipeline Weblog (Lucero & Thelen). Register

 

Week 2: 29 March - 02 April 2021

 

Time (ET)Monday (29 March)Tuesday (30 March)Wednesday (31 March)Thursday (01 April)Friday (02 April)
09:00
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Spanish language Q&A support available; Quiroga-Nuñez & Rebolledo). Register
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (talk in Spanish; Quiroga-Nuñez & Rebolledo). Register
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Butterfield & Lucero). 
10:00
  • Imaging with CASA (Bright & Butterfield). Register
  • Imaging with CASA (Azadi & Bright). Register
11:00
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Lucero & Thelen).
  • Science Ready Data Products (Butterfield & Cramer). Register
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Lucero & Thelen).
  • Science Ready Data Products (van 't Hoff). Register
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Azadi & van 't Hoff). Register
12:00
  • ALMA Data Products, Archive Use, and Notes on the Pipeline Weblog (Azadi & Lucero). Register
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Spanish language Q&A support available; Azadi & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Cramer & Thelen). Register
13:00
  • ALMA Data Products, Archive Use, and Notes on the Pipeline Weblog (Thelen & van 't Hoff). Register
  • CASA Simulations (hands-on; Azadi & Lucero).
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Bright & Thelen). Register
14:00
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Thelen & van 't Hoff). Register
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Spanish language Q&A support available; Butterfield & Jones). Register
15:00
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Bright & Thelen). Register
  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities (Butterfield & Cramer). Register
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Azadi & Butterfield). Register
16:00
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Bright & Butterfield).
  • What's new in CASA (Cramer & van 't Hoff). Register
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool (hands-on; Lucero & Thelen).
17:00
  • Radio Interferometry Basics. (Talk in Spanish; Jones & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
  • Radio Interferometry Basics (Spanish language Q&A support available; Jones & van 't Hoff). Register
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Spanish language Q&A support available; Jones & Quiroga-Nuñez). Register
  • ALMA Data Products, Archive Use, and Notes on the Pipeline Weblog (Bright & Thelen). Register
18:00
  • CASA Simulations (hands-on; Cramer & Lucero).
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process (Spanish language Q&A support available; Jones & Thelen). Register

 

Suggested Talk Tracks

Can't decided which talks to attend? Below are some sample tracks to get an idea of what talks you might want to attend.

Novice ALMA User without Interferometry Experience

  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities
  • Radio Interferometry Basics
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool

Have Used ALMA in Previous Cycles and Worked with ALMA Data

  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities
  • What's new in CASA
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process
  • Science-ready Data Products

Experienced Observer at Other Wavelengths

  • ALMA Basics and Cycle 8 2021 Capabilities
  • Introduction to the ALMA Observing Tool
  • Proposal Planning and the Cycle 8 2021 Proposal Review Process

 

2021 ALMA Ambassdors

The 2021 ALMA Ambassadors will be hosting all the events, as listed above. Their general scientific areas are:

AmbassadorAffiliationScientific Area
Mojegan Azadi Harvard CfA Galaxies and galactic nuclei (AGN)
Peter Breiding West Virginia University Galaxies and galactic nuclei (multi-mesenger SMBH studies)
Joe Bright Northwestern University Stellar evolution and the Sun (transients)
Natalie Butterfield Green Bank Observatory ISM, star formation and astrochemistry (Milky Way molecular clouds, star formation, and chemistry)
William Cramer Arizona State University Galaxies and galactic nuclei (galaxy clusters, galaxy evolution)
Kristen Jones University of Kansas Galaxies and galactic nuclei (AGN, galaxy evolution)
Danielle Lucero Virginia Tech Galaxies and galactic nuclei; ISM, star formation and astrochemistry (ISM content of galaxies)
Luis Henry Quiroga-Nuñez University of New Mexico and NRAO ISM, star formation and astrochemistry (Milky Way structure and stellar populations)
David Rebolledo ALMA ISM, star formation and astrochemistry (Milky Way molecular clouds, star formation)
Alexander Thelen NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Circumstellar disks, exoplanets, and the solar system; ISM, star formation and astrochemistry (chemistry in planetary atmospheres)
Merel van 't Hoff University of Michigan Circumstellar disks, exoplanets, and the solar system; ISM, star formation, and astrochemistry (embedded and protoplanetary disks)