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AAS Electronic Announcement #173 — June 2007

AAS Electronic Announcement #173 June 2007

[Mailed from aas.org on 12 June 2007]

CONTENTS:

1. RENEWING SMALL TELESCOPES FOR ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH

2. COMMITTEE ON THE FUTURE OF U.S. RADIO ASTRONOMY
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1. RENEWING SMALL TELESCOPES FOR ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH

The NSF Senior Review underscored the community's strong desire to maintain or increase access to small and mid-sized telescopes. NOAO and NSF are working to apply significant resources to realize this goal, but first, we need to understand what scientific capabilities are desired and how much of each. The ReSTAR (Renewing Small Telescopes for Astronomical Research) committee has been charged to answer those questions, and seeks your advice on ground-based optical and infrared facilities needed now and in the future.

The ReSTAR committee's website (http://www.noao.edu/system/restar/) offers background material, including its meeting notes, and a web form for your input. This input will guide the evolution of NOAO's program and the investment of NSF resources. Let us know what you need!

Thank you,

Todd Boroson, NOAO Director
Caty Pilachowski, Chair, ReSTAR committee
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2. COMMITTEE ON THE FUTURE OF U.S. RADIO ASTRONOMY

The Committee on the Future of U.S. Radio Astronomy was convened by Associated Universities, Inc., and charged with helping to develop a community-wide vision for the future of radio astronomy in preparation for the next Decadal Survey. The Committee invites the astronomical community to participate in this dialog.

Some initial contributions from community members were obtained at the first Committee meeting in Boulder, CO. There will be Town Hall meetings to provide further opportunities for input and feedback to the Committee in association with its second meeting taking place in Charlottesville, VA in conjunction with NRAOs 50th Anniversary Science Symposium. The Town Halls will be conducted at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville at two times to maximize opportunities to interactwith committee members:  Sunday, June 17th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Preston Room, and Wednesday, June 20th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Salons A/B. We will plan future opportunities to interact with the Committee. Astronomers are also urged to communicate directly with Committee members.

The Committee is comprised of members of the astronomy community with both a broad scientific perspective and knowledge of radio astronomy techniques. It is chaired by Dr. Dick McCray of the University of Colorado. The primary goal of the Committee is to determine radio astronomys role in answering fundamental questions in astronomy as an integral part of a broad scientific agenda. The committee will focus on the science questions expected to be most important over the next one to two decades, and to investigate how radio, millimeter and submillimeter (RMS) observations can best contribute. RMS observations will be considered within the context of multi-wavelength astronomy investigations by existing and planned major facilities. Its goal is to publish a white paper by the end of 2007, which will be relevant for the broad astronomy community and timely for the planning of the next Decadal Survey

More details on the membership of the Committee, its goals, background reports, and minutes of previous meetings can be found at the website: http://www.aui.edu/future_committee/.
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