Science Community Outreach
NRAO REU Summer Student Program
Each year, NAASC staff participate in the mentorship of students through the NRAO REU summer student program. The REU program is designed to expose students to radio astronomy through lectures, observing trips and hands-on research. The REU program is organized by Alison Peck, a NRAO NAASC staff member.
AAS Special Sessions
In 2010, the NAASC began to hold ALMA special sessions at the American Astronomical Society Meetings. The purpose of these sessions is to provide AAS meeting attendees with an overview of NAASC user support, the current status of ALMA, the timeline to Early Science and full science operations, and the proposal submission and analysis tools.
13th Synthesis Imaging Workshop
In 2012, the NAASC participated in the 13th Synthesis Imaging Workshop. A CASA tutorial was given which made use of ALMA data of the Antennae Galaxies and the T-Tauri star TW Hydra. In addition, a Preparing for ALMA and a SIMDATA tutorial talk were given.
NAASC Staff Participation in the CCU Summer School
NAASC staff member Dr. Tony Remijan has been heavily involved in the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Summer Research Program hosted by the Center for Chemistry in the Universe (CCU) at the University of Virginia. Several members of the NAASC has given talks as part of this program. The summer program has been recently highlighted in an article appearing in UVA Today.
Early Career Researchers Participation in the International ALMA meetings in Taiwan
In 2009, the NAASC was awarded an NSF grant which funded the participation of 13 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the "Millimeter and Sub-millimeter Astronomy at High Angular Resolution" meeting, which was held June 8-12, 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan. This meeting provide a venue for fostering communication and collaboration between U.S. scientists and Academia Sinica staff in millimeter-wave astronomy and, in particular, for the soon-to-be commissioned Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). Further, the participation of these early career researchers to this international science meeting supports the goal of NRAO to educate and inspire the next generation of radio astronomers.
Pictures of 11 of the early-career meeting participants are shown below:
The NSF grant also covered the participation of three early career researchers in the "The Fourth East Asian Numerical Astrophysics Meeting", which was held in Taipei, Taiwan November 2-5, 2011. The meeting was focused on research fields involving numerical simulations of stars and planets on the small scale to cosmological structures on the large scale.