AAS 241

Updated on January 10, 2023, 12:23 pm

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AAS 241 Meeting website. Also see NOIRLab websites for other meetingsOpen House

NOIRLab Events & Presentations

Monday 9 January 2023

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Splinter Session

Time-Domain Astronomy at NSF's NOIRLab (see below for more information)

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Splinter Session

DRAGONS for Data Reduction at the Gemini Observatory

11:00 am - 11:30 am Exhibit Theater

Introducing Rubin Observatory’s Education and Public Outreach Program

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Special Session

Citizen Science in the Era of Big Data

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Splinter Session

An Evening with the Maunakea Observatories

Tuesday 10 January 2023

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Splinter Session

Space as an Environment (AAS LPRISD Committee)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Special Session

How Should the AAS Address Climate Change?

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Exhibit Theater

Introducing Rubin Observatory’s Education and Public Outreach Program

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Town Hall

Vera C. Rubin Observatory Town Hall 

Wednesday 11 January 2023

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Splinter Session

The Role of Gemini Observations in the Era of JWST

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Splinter Session

Space as an Environment: Open House (AAS LPRISD Committee)

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Town Hall

NSF's NOIRLab Town Hall

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Splinter Session

NSF's NOIRLab and US-ELTP Joint Open House

Thursday 12 January 2023

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Exhibit Theater

Gemini Program Platform: An Early Look at Gemini’s Next Generation Observing System


NSF's NOIRLab and US-ELTP Joint Open House

Wednesday, 11 January at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Room 4C-4 (Link)

Join us to learn more about NSF's NOIRLab, the Thirty Meter Telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, and the US Extremely Large Telescope Program in our open house. Refreshments are provided courtesy of the Moore Foundation! 

The Open House will start with a few minutes for attendees to get refreshments and catch up. Then the NOIRLab part of the Open House will start. NOIRLab Director Pat McCarthy will give a welcome, then for about 15 minutes, we will hear updates from NOIRLab scientist Susan Ridgeway on recovery from the Contreras Fire at Kitt Peak in the summer, and about community engagement in Arizona, NOIRLab scientist Connie Walker will update us on satellite constellations, and International Gemini Observatory Chief Scientist Janice Lee will provide an update on exciting developments at Gemini Observatory. There will be time for questions at the end.

Following a short break for conversations and refreshments, we will hear from US-ELTP for about 20 minutes. NOIRLab Director, Pat McCarthy, will again provide a welcome, André-Nicolas Chené from NOIRLab will update us on data life cycle management, then GMT engineer Breann Sitarski will give a GMT construction update, and TMT Project Manager, Fengchuan Liu, will give an update on TMT construction progress and Hawai‘i Community Engagement. There will be time for questions at the end.

The Slack channel for the Open House is #splinter-nsfs-noirlab-and-us-extremely-large-telescope-program-joint-open-house. The session will only be in person, but Slack will be monitored for questions. We hope to see you there!

Don't forget to visit us in the Exhibit Hall: US-ELTP booth #505, NSF's NOIRLab booth inside the NSF Pavilion.

Time Domain Astronomy at NSF's NOIRLab

Monday 9:00am, Room 205 (Link)

See how the ANTARES event broker is already enabling science with the public ZTF stream and how it will handle the alerts from Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Monika Soraisam will present a live demonstration of ANTARES and Konstantin Malanchev will describe how we are deploying machine-learning tools in the broker. Bryan Miller will show how you can generate observations automatically for Gemini and SOAR, as well as other telescopes in the Astronomical Events Observation Network. Robert Nikutta will demonstrate how the tools, resources, and data archives of the NOIRLab's Astro Data Lab can be used for time-domain science. Finally, Dan Milisavljevic will present the Recommender Engine For Intelligent Transient Tracking (REFITT), an autonomous system downstream of ANTARES designed to guide observing agents to scientifically rich targets of interest and optimize survey light curve augmentation.

Exhibit Resources and Handouts

Useful links

Career Opportunities

Scientists: we have two open positions that will close just after AAS 241:

Scientist and Astronomer Track Positions

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

  • Check this page for current and potential future internship and postdoc opportunities at NSF's NOIRLab.
  • Please read about the wide range of career opportunities available at NOIRLab.
  • Read about different US-ELTP staff in their career profiles here.
  • Whether you are looking for a short term internship or for your next career step, check out our open job postings.

La Serena School for Data Science

The La Serena School for Data Science: Applied Tools for Data-driven Sciences is an intensive 10-day program of interdisciplinary lectures focused on applied tools for handling large datasets. Participants are introduced to statistical and computational techniques from the data science domain, such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, databases, image processing, and timeseries, to name a few.

Every year, the LSSDS receives over 200 applications from students from several countries to participate in this intensive school. The school typically accepts 32–36 applicants of multiple nationalities comprising  ~50 %  from US universities, with the remainder coming from Chilean institutions as well as other Latin American countries. Hosted annually in August at the AURA campus in La Serena, Chile, the school has gained popularity since it was launched in 2013.

The LSSDS offers a unique formative opportunity to introduce highly talented students to data science and big data in a diverse, international, and interdisciplinary environment guided by experts. The curriculum is crafted by the Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC) based partly on the content of the previous—and successful—schools and the feedback from former participants. The school has a hands-on focus and takes advantage of the vast astronomical datasets available, with lectures from international experts on several topics.  The school also offers “Group Projects,” where interdisciplinary and diverse groups of students apply the tools presented by solving various problems under the guidance of a professor. 

Students from different disciplines are encouraged to participate, including (but not limited to) astronomy, physics, computer science, statistics, mathematics, biology medical informatics. Students eligible for a scholarship that covers ALL costs include advanced undergraduates and early graduate students at any US or Chilean institution, Ecuadorian (CEDIA members) and Latin American institutions. Learn more: http://lssds.aura-astronomy.org/winter_school/.

Presentations involving NOIRLab staff