The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) continues its collaboration with the North American community in hosting a slew of ALMA Community Days events across the United States and Canada - over twenty events are planned between now and the ALMA Early Science Cycle 0 proposal deadline on 30 June 2011.

The ALMA Community Day(s) events are one to two day events organized and led by astronomers in their community with a focus on the Early Science capabilities of ALMA, mm/submm interferometry observing techniques, and tools required to design ALMA observing programs and submit proposals.

The NAASC staff works closely with the organizers to plan the events to best serve the needs of the local community to prepare them for observations with ALMA. Two or more NAASC staff, including postdoctoral fellows, travel to these events where they participate in a number of different ways from describing the overall project, Early Science capabilities and community support programs. The NAASC staff also describe, demonstrate and often lead hands-on tutorials of the ALMA Early Science user tools, including the ALMA Observing Preparation Tool for proposal generation and simdata, a tool within CASA, for simulating observations.

The North American ALMA Science Center is pleased to announce the 2011 community events days listed below.

Some of these events will include a hands-on tutorial component for training on ALMA proposal tools. Space for the hands-on workshops may be limited and local participants may be given a preference.

Registration will close three weeks prior to the date of an event. Registration for these up-coming 2011 Community Events Days is now officially open and available here.

March 7: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Contact: Tony Mroczowski / Kim Scott

March 11: Santa Fe, NM Contact: Kartik Sheth

March 15-16: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA Contact: John Carpenter / Eric Murphy / Carrie Bridge

March 18-19: National Research Council (NRC-CNRC), Toronto, Canada Contact: Gerald Schieven

April 18: Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD Contact: Rachel Osten

April 20: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Boston, MA, Contact: Sean Andrews

April 26-27: NRAO, Charlottesville, VA Contact: Kartik Sheth

May 2-3: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Contact: Jonathan Tan

May 8-10: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Contact: Cornelia Lang / Daryl Haggard / Tony Wong

May 9-10: NRAO, Charlottesville, VA Contact: Kartik Sheth

May 12-13: University of Arizona and NOAO, Tucson, AZ Contact: Joan Najita / Xiaohui Fan

May 23-24: AAS meeting, Boston, MA Contact: Kartik Sheth

May 27: Columbia University, NY Contact: Andrew Baker

-- LyndeleVonSchill - 2011-02-24
Topic revision: r1 - 2011-02-24, LyndeleVonSchill
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