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WIYN Observatory - Building on the Past, Looking to the Future Meeting-in-a-Meeting
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Organizer: Eileen Friel, Indiana University

WIYN Observatory - Building on the Past, Looking to the Future: Groundbreaking Science and Education
Monday, 3 June 2013: 10:00am-11:30am
The WIYN Observatory partners are holding a "meeting-in-a-meeting" to highlight some key scientific contributions of the WIYN Observatory, familiarize the astronomical community with current WIYN instrumentation and capabilities, including the newest WIYN instrument, the One Degree Imager (ODI), and provide a forum for discussion of partnership arrangements for 4-meter class telescopes like WIYN. This first session will begin with an overview of the history, performance, and capabilities of the WIYN 3.5-m and 0.9-m telescopes. This will be followed by a series of talks describing representative science results obtained with the WIYN Observatory facilities and instruments. Perhaps in large part because it is open to the astronomical community via telescope time granted by NOAO, WIYN has produced high-impact results in a wide array of research areas, from stellar astrophysics to observational cosmology. Observers who would like to learn about what WIYN offers, who are considering using WIYN for their science, and/or who are initiating potential projects with ODI or any of the other WIYN instruments, are encouraged to attend the session to speak with WIYN staff and other experienced observers from the WIYN partnership.
Confirmed Speakers:
Pat Knezek, NOAO/WIYN Observatory
Isak Wold, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Katherine Rhode, Indiana University
Jeffrey Kenney, Yale University
Ian Dell'Antonio, Brown University
Christian Johnson, UCLA
Aaron Geller, Northwestern University

WIYN Obsevatory - Building on the Past, Looking to the Future: pODI and Instrumentation
Monday, 3 June 2013: 2:00pm-3:30pm
The WIYN Observatory partners are holding a "meeting-in-a-meeting" to highlight some key scientific contributions of the WIYN Observatory, familiarize the astronomical community with current WIYN instrumentation and capabilities, including the newest WIYN instrument, the One Degree Imager (ODI), and provide a forum for discussion of partnership arrangements for 4-meter class telescopes like WIYN. This second session will focus on the characteristics and performance of ODI and other WIYN instrumentation. The first configuration of ODI, called pODI (partial ODI), consists of a central 24 arcmin by 24 arcmin array plus an additional four 8 arcmin by 8 arcmin arrays located at various radial distances to sample the full one degree field. ODI was designed to exploit WIYN's superior image quality; initial testing indicates that
ODI can achieve FWHM PSF values of 0.3-0.5 arcsec, even with static imaging. ODI's detectors also provide excellent blue sensitivity, with DQE in the U-band of ~80 percent. WIYN staff will describe ODI's performance metrics and capability and show initial science results obtained during the commissioning and shared-risk observing phases. The ODI Pipeline, Portal, and Archive (ODI-PPA) project, which will provide data reduction, some analysis tools, and archiving for ODI, will be introduced. The session will also feature information about and results from WIYN's other instruments: the Hydra multi-object spectrograph, the WIYN High-Resolution Infrared Camera (WHIRC), and integral field spectroscopy instruments on the 3.5meter and optical imagers on the 0.9meter, including a new monolithic half-degree imager. Observers who are considering using WIYN for their science, and/or initiating potential projects using pODI or any of the other WIYN instruments, are encouraged to attend the session to speak with WIYN staff and other experienced observers from the WIYN partnership.
Confirmed Speakers:
Todd Boroson, NOAO
Daniel Harbeck, WIYN Observatory
Jayadev Rajagopal, NOAO
Lori Allen, NOAO
Pat Knezek, NOAO/WIYN Observatory
Marsha Wolf, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Con Deliyannis, Indiana University

WIYN Observatory - Building on the Past, Looking to the Future: Partnerships
Tuesday, 4 June 2013: 10:00am-11:30am
As part of its "meeting-in-a-meeting" highlighting the scientific contributions and the new instrumentation available at WIYN, the Observatory partners are providing a forum for discussion of potential partnership arrangements for national 4-meter class telescopes. In this session, WIYN and other operators of 4-meter class telescopes will join in a panel discussion that features their plans for the future, possible strategies for broadening the user base from the community, and potential synergies and partnerships with existing and planned large survey projects and facilities. The intention of this session is to facilitate a conversation within the national community that explores potential future partnership arrangements to provide stable operational models for moderate aperture facilities that currently serve a large user base in the US.
Confirmed Speakers:
John Salzer, Indiana University
Jay (John) Gallagher, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Timothy Beers, NOAO
Buell Jannuzi, Steward Observatory
Suzanne Hawley, University of Washington
Steve Heathcote, NOAO