Florida ALMA Workshop, May 2nd & 3rd 2011


May 2nd and 3rd, 2011, from 9:00 AM -- 5:00 PM each day.


Reitz Union, Room 282
University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL 32611
(Follow the above link for directions and parking info.).

If you need hotel accommodation, we have reserved some rooms at the Holiday Inn (1250 W. University Ave. tel: 352 376 1661) for nights of May 1, 2, 3 (rate is $89 per night). Simply call the hotel before April 8th and ask for the Astronomy group to make the reservation. You can also make the booking online here. Email Jonathan Tan (jt @ astro.ufl.edu) if you are having problems.


The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has released its call for Early Science (ES) "Cycle 0" proposals (see Call for Proposals for details). To ensure that the North American community is prepared to participate fully during ALMA's ES phase, the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia is supporting a number of "Community Days" across the country, which will introduce ES capabilities and the software tools required to develop and submit ALMA ES proposals. We have agreed to host one such Community Day for astronomers in Florida and the surrounding region.


Provisional schedule:
Please contact Jonathan Tan (jt @ astro.ufl.edu) if you are interested in giving a science talk: we especially encourage talks about particular ALMA ES projects that you are thinking about.

The NRAO visiting team supporting this event includes Adam Leroy and Rachel Friesen.

The "hands-on" tutorial sessions will require the use of your laptop, although note that the ALMA software packages may not work with all operating systems (the registration page linked below has details).


Please register for this event at the main NRAO website, making sure to provide information about your laptop's operating system if you plan to attend any of the "hands-on" tutorial sessions. Important: registration for the "hands-on" sessions is limited to max. 40 persons.

Requirements for Participation:

Install and verify that the Observing Tool (OT) and Simdata (part of CASA) work on own laptop. Click here for instructions on installing the OT and Simdata.
Here is a link to the ALMA OST (which is a web-based, simplified version of Simdata).

Last update was on 28th March 2011.