|Chandra Electronic Bulletin No. 84|
******************************************************************************** | | | ccc XX XX OOO | Chandra | CC XX XX OO OO | CXC Electronic | CC XXX OO OO | Number 84 Bulletin | CC XX XX OO OO | June | CCC XX XX OOO | 2009 | | ******************************************************************************** Welcome to the Chandra X-ray Center's Electronic News Bulletin Number 84. CXC Web site: cxc.harvard.edu If you would like to unsubscribe from this alias, simply reply to this message to let us know. Please use this website to update your address or email: http://cxc.harvard.edu/cdo/udb/userdat.html Contents: 1. Chandra's First Decade of Discovery 2. CIAO Survey 3. ACIS Operations Position ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Item 1. Chandra's First Decade of Discovery ============================================ Registration is now open for Chandra's First Decade of Discovery at http://cxc.harvard.edu/symposium_2009/index.html. 22-25 September, 2009 Seaport Hotel Boston Massachusetts This will be the fifth symposium in a series highlighting unique imaging and spectroscopic results from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This event will celebrate key science results from the first ten years of operation of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The focus will be on results which have had the largest impact on Astrophysics, including: The Cosmic Evolution of AGN, AGN outflows, evolutionary processes in clusters of galaxies, source populations and diffuse emission from normal galaxies, physical processes at the Galactic center, high spatial and spectral studies of neutron star physics, supernova remnants and star forming regions. We will also cover recent results from the XMM-Newton, Suzaku, Swift, INTEGRAL, Fermi, RXTE and AGILE missions, as well as related theoretical results. The DEADLINE for submitting abstracts to be considered for an oral presentation is 10-July. Please submit your abstract on-line at http://cxc.harvard.edu/symposium_2009/abstracts.html (the deadline for abstracts for poster presentations is 21 August 2009). ** SYMPOSIUM WEB SITE The most current information on the Symposium can be found at http://cxc.harvard.edu/symposium_2009/index.html. In particular, news and announcements will be posted at http://cxc.harvard.edu/symposium_2009/announce.html. ** TRAVEL AND LODGING **UPDATED** A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of Chandra's First Decade of Discovery and of the Chandra Calibration Review at the Seaport Hotel, which is adjacent to the World Trade Center where the meetings will be held. Rooms can be reserved through the website at http://cxc.harvard.edu/symposium_2009/travel.html In addition, HotelsCombined (direct search: http://www.hotelscombined.com/Boston.htm) will give a 10% discount via cashback for room rentals at many area hotels (see http://www.hotelscombined.com/Conference_Support for details). Some may be at substantial savings over the Seaport rate. ** REGISTRATION Registration is open at http://cxc.harvard.edu/symposium_2009/registration.html. Registration fees are $475 ($300 for students, $225 for guests) on or before 4-September and $600 thereafter. There will be a $100 processing fee for all cancellations on or before 21-August, with no refunds thereafter. General and student registration includes two receptions, four breakfasts, three lunches, and two breaks per day, plus a lunchtime cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston. A guest registration fee includes both receptions, all breakfasts and lunches, and one cruise ticket; attendance at the talks and the breaks is not included. ** CHANDRA CALIBRATION REVIEW The Chandra Calibration Review will occur 21-September, the day before Chandra's First Decade of Discovery, also at the Seaport Boston. The purpose of the Calibration Review is to share the Chandra calibration teams' knowledge of the detectors and mirrors with the community, while encouraging participation and feedback in the process of calibrating the Observatory. While there is no registration fee for this review, attendees must register. Visit the CCR web site at http://cxc.harvard.edu/ccr/ for more information and to register. Abstracts for the CCR may be submitted at http://cxc.harvard.edu/ccr/present/abstract.html ** INVITED AND CONTRIBUTED TALKS AND POSTERS The Symposium will include invited talks plus oral and poster contributions. The number of slots for oral presentations is limited. However, we will highlight the Posters via long breaks, with coffee and refreshments in the Poster rooms. Also, there will be an opening reception Monday evening, and a Poster viewing session Tuesday evening, both with food and drinks. The (confirmed) invited speakers are as follows: Keynote speaker: Riccardo Giacconi (Johns Hopkins University) Carles Badenes - (Tel-Aviv University) Elizabeth Blanton (Boston University) Niel Brandt (Pennsylvania State University) Eric Feigelson (Pennsylvania State University) Victoria Kaspi (McGill University) Julia C. Lee (Harvard University) Sera Markoff (API, University of Amsterdam) Dave Pooley - (University of Wisconsin) Dan Schwartz - (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) Paola Testa - (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) Alexey Vikhlinin (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) Q. Daniel Wang - (University of Massachusetts) Martin C. Weisskopf (NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center) SOC Chairs Scott Wolk, Doug Swartz and Antonella Fruscione ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Item 2. CIAO Survey =================== Dear CIAO and Chandra users, To help us plan future improvements to CIAO and to assess our users' experiences with the system, we have prepared the following CIAO users survey. We would be very grateful if you could participate in it and forward it to anyone whom you know has used or will use CIAO. Follow the link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0eoo0CIvgC9tBha_2b_2fPSDIQ_3d_3d and thank you. The CIAO development team ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Item 3. ACIS Operations Position ================================== The CXC would like to call the attention of interested candidates to the availability of a position with the ACIS Operations Team within the Operations Science Support team of the CXC. The ACIS Operations Team is responsible for the health & safety of the ACIS instrument, generation of command loads for the instrument, verification of the correct instrument configuration for observations, and monitoring of the science performance of the instrument. Beyond a strong interest in hands-on participation in the operation of a major space observatory, qualifications include a solid background in physics, math, astronomy, and computing. Positions of this kind have often been an excellent learning opportunity for recent holders of bachelor's or master's degrees looking for several years' experience before continuing in graduate school, but have also been filled by persons with advanced degrees. If interested, please respond to the announcement which should be posted shortly at: http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/hr/postings/index.html or contact Paul Plucinsky (email@example.com) or Dan Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly. Paul Plucinsky for the ACIS Operations Team -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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