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Arizona Radio Observatory Call For Proposals August 14, 2012

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Proposals are being solicited for observing time for the period October 1, 2012 – February 1, 2013, at the Arizona Radio Observatory, for the Sub-Millimeter Telescope (SMT) and the Kitt Peak 12 Meter. The SMT currently supports a dual-polarization, 1 mm receiver with ALMA Band 6 sideband-separating mixers, a dual-polarization 0.8 mm receiver, and a 0.4 mm (602-720 GHz) dual-polarization receiver with ALMA Band 9 mixers. The SMT control system has been updated to allow for dual polarization, dual sideband observations (so-called “4 IF mode”). The 12 m supports a dual polarization 3 mm receiver (82-116 GHz) that employs ALMA Band 3 sideband-separating mixers, as well as dual polarization, single sideband receivers for the lower part of the 3 mm window (65-86 GHz) and at 2 mm (130-180 GHz). Remote observing is available at both ARO telescopes. Proposals from graduate students are particularly welcomed.

For more details see: http://aro.as.arizona.edu.

Information about Remote Observing can be viewed at: http://aro.as.arizona.edu/remote/remote.htm.

For further information about remote observing and other operational questions, please contact Tom Folkers, Operations Manager: tfolkers@email.arizona.edu.

Proposals should consist of:

  1. A proposal Cover Sheet, obtainable at http://aro.as.arizona.edu/proposals.
  1. A brief scientific justification (no more than 2 pages).
  1. A source list with observing time requirements and justification.
  1. Provide the IP number of the computer you will be using during your observing time.

Proposals will be reviewed by the ARO TAC. Scheduling of successful proposals will be done according to availability of the receivers requested.

Electronic submissions will be accepted in PDF formats.

Please submit your proposals by midnightMST September 10, 2012 to:

Marty Benson: benson@email.arizona.edu

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Astronomy Professor Honored for his Creative Teaching February 20, 2012

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Don McCarthy, frequent user of the ARO 12 Meter and SMT telescopes, was recently honored with the  American Astronomical Society’s 2012 Educator of the Year award for his innovative approach of putting young students in the role of researchers.

Professor McCarty uses both ARO telescopes during his Beginning and Advanced Teen Camps held every Summer.

Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/college/astronomy-prof-honored-for-his-creative-teaching/article_9d6101c4-06d4-5019-8a42-d3f9172700f7.html#ixzz1mwoXl5DK

ARO Now Hiring Technical Services Specialist January 26, 2012

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The Arizona Radio Observatory has immediate openings for (2) Technical Services Specialist to perform telescope operations at our remote observatories. We have one opening at each of our telescope sites; the 12 Meter Millimeter telescope on Kitt Peak and the 10 Meter Sub-Millimeter telescope on Mt. Graham.

Click here for more information about these opportunities.

Click here to apply.

ARIZONA RADIO OBSERVATORY: CALL FOR PROPOSALS January 20, 2012

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Proposals are being solicited for observing time for the period February 1 – June 1, 2012, at the Arizona Radio Observatory, for the Sub-Millimeter Telescope (SMT) and the Kitt Peak 12 Meter. The SMT currently supports a dual-polarization, 1 mm receiver with ALMA Band 6 sideband-separating mixers, a dual-polarization 0.8 mm receiver, and a 0.4 mm (602-720 GHz) dual-polarization receiver with ALMA Band 9 mixers. The SMT control system has been updated to allow for dual polarization, dual sideband observations (so-called “4 IF mode”). The 12 m supports a dual polarization 3 mm receiver (82-116 GHz) that employs ALMA Band 3 sideband-separating mixers, as well as dual polarization, single sideband receivers for the lower part of the 3 mm window (65-86 GHz) and at 2 mm (130-180 GHz). Remote observing is available at both ARO telescopes. Proposals from graduate students are particularly welcomed.

For more details see: http://aro.as.arizona.edu.

Information about Remote Observing can be viewed at: http://aro.as.arizona.edu/remote/remote.htm.

For further information about remote observing and other operational questions, please contact Tom Folkers, Operations Manager: tfolkers@email.arizona.edu.

Proposals should consist of:

  1. A proposal Cover Sheet, obtainable at http://aro.as.arizona.edu/proposals.
  1. A brief scientific justification (no more than 2 pages).
  1. A source list with observing time requirements and justification.
  1. Provide the IP number of the computer you will be using during your observing time.

Proposals will be reviewed by the ARO TAC. Scheduling of successful proposals will be done according to availability of the receivers requested.

Electronic submissions will be accepted in PDF formats.

Please submit your proposals by midnightMST January 31, 2012 to:

Marty Benson: mbenson@as.arizona.edu

ARO Computer Access Policy October 26, 2011

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Due to recent hacker intrusions, the ARO has been forced to implemented a white-list policy to limit access to all ARO computers.

Any and all users of ARO computing facility will be required to submitted the IP address of the computer from which they plan to access the ARO telescopes. This IP must be communicated to the ARO staff prior to your observing dates to allow time to include the IP in our system.

If you do not know your IP address then you can determine it by going to this web site:

http://ipinfodb.com/

Scroll down towards the bottom of the page and you will find your IP listed. This is the IP that the outside world knows you as and is the IP we need to include your computer in our trusted list.

Please email your IP, along with your name and affiliation to tfolkers@email.arizona.edu and jastier@email.arizona.edu.

We are sorry for any in-convenience this may cause but we are forced to take these measures to ensure the integrity of our systems.

Dr. Vladimir Strelnitski accepts the Presidential Award in Washington, DC February 11, 2010

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Dr. Vladimir Strelnitski, frequent user of the ARO’s 12m Radio telescope on Kitt Peak for the Maria Mitchell Association’s REU program was recently awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science. Here is the announcement.

On Wednesday, January 6th, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring was conferred upon 23 individuals and organizations. Among the awardees was the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, recognized for its exemplary 52 year-old undergraduate research program in astronomy. This program was founded by MMA’s Dr. Dorrit Hoffleit in 1957, and mentors capable young undergraduates, especially women. In 1991, after the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched its national Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the MMA became a permanent NSF/REU site in astronomy. It is now recognized as one of the best in the nation.

The honor of accepting the award went to MMA Director of Astronomy Dr. Vladimir Strelnitski. Dr. Strelnitski’s 12-year leadership and mentoring of the program brought it the highest national recognition. From Washington, Dr. Strelnitski shares his inspiring experience:  “The most important experience for me was the 4-day symposium on mentoring where the 23 mentors-awardees (for the last two years) exchanged their experiences in mentoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). They are all bright and dedicated people, a great pleasure to deal with.”

During the symposium, Dr. Strelnitski and the other awardees shared their ideas on how to improve science education and to better instill a respect for and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the nation’s youth. President Obama appeared to share these aspirations in the speech he gave the awardees on the morning of January 6th. “It was a good speech,” says Dr. Strelnitski. “This speech and our meetings with his science and education advisors left the impression that this administration is serious about the necessity to radically improve the education process in this country.”

In a July 2009 White House press release announcing the final selection of the award winners, President Obama expressed his admiration for these individuals and organizations. “There is no higher calling than furthering the educational advancement of our nation’s young people and encouraging and inspiring our next generation of leaders,” President Obama said. “These awards represent a heartfelt salute of appreciation to a remarkable group of individuals who have devoted their lives and careers to helping others and in doing so have helped us all.”

Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, congratulated the Association noting that, “It is more important than ever that American students be well grounded in science, math, and engineering in order for them to be able, whether as professionals or just as citizens, to understand and tackle the challenges that face our nation.  The great talent and commitment you have shown in mentoring — and in particular your success in helping students in demographic groups that are underrepresented in these important fields — are worthy of the highest recognition.”

ARIZONA RADIO OBSERVATORY: CALL FOR PROPOSALS January 29, 2010

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Proposals are being solicited for observing time for the period February 15, 2010 – June 15, 2010, at the Arizona Radio Observatory, for the Sub-Millimeter Telescope (SMT) and the Kitt Peak 12 Meter. The SMT currently supports a dual-polarization, ALMA Band-6 1 mm receiver, a dual-polarization 0.8 mm receiver, and a new ALMA Band-9 (602-720 GHz) dual-polarization receiver. The 12 m supports 2 mm and 3 mm (65-176 GHz) dual-polarization receivers. A new ALMA Band-3 receiver is now available at the 12 m for 85-116 GHz band (3 mm HI), also dual-polarization. Remote observing is available at both ARO telescopes.

For more details see: http://aro.as.arizona.edu.

Information about Remote Observing can be viewed at: http://aro.as.arizona.edu/remote/remote.htm.

For further information about remote observing and other operational questions, please contact Tom Folkers, Operations Manager: tfolkers@email.arizona.edu.

Proposals should consist of:

  1. A proposal Cover Sheet, obtainable at http://aro.as.arizona.edu/proposals.
  1. A brief scientific justification (no more than 2 pages).
  1. A source list with observing time requirements and justification.

Proposals will be reviewed by the ARO TAC. Scheduling of successful proposals will be done according to availability of the receivers requested.

Electronic submissions will be accepted in PDF formats.

Please submit your proposals by midnight MST February 15, 2010 to:

Marty Benson: mbenson@email.arizona.edu


Arizona Radio Observatory Enhances Teaching, Research for New Research Center January 15, 2009

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Researchers at Virginia, Harvard and Ohio universities are about to join University of Arizona scientists and students in using the Arizona Radio Observatory telescopes on Mount Graham and Kitt Peak to study the chemistry of deep space. Read More…