From the Board of Visitors Executive Committee

November 2012

Randy Henry

BoV Chair's Message: Honoring David Lambert for a Decade of Leadership

November 25, 2012

Last August, McDonald Observatory Director David Lambert sent the following email, announcing his decision to retire as Director of McDonald Observatory, to the faculty, researchers, and staff of the Texas Astronomy Program, as well as to the members of the Board of Visitors Executive Committee: more..

David L. Lambert

Director's Report: HETDEX's Unique Texan View on Dark Energy

November 25, 2012

As BoV members, you have heard many times about dark energy from me and from Karl Gebhardt and Gary Hill, the leaders of our Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) team. The facts are so amazing, however, and HETDEX is so significant, that they bear repeating. HETDEX has met some recent challenges but remains the single most important experiment worldwide for solving the mystery of dark energy. more..

Honoring John Wildenthal in Houston

News from around the BoV and Texas Astronomy

November 25, 2012

This issue's news items include: Honoring the late Judge John Wildenthal; Texas astronomers and the HET in international news; Lawman Pasqua recognized; Kormendy named to prestigious post; BoV member Holzbach creates a hologram for GMT; BoV members Bill and Alice Wright create a new endowment to benefit Education and Outreach, and much more more..

Daniel Jaffe

Department Chair's Message: Recruiting the Best

November 25, 2012

I want to let the Board of Visitors know about an initiative with a high potential for impact on The University of Texas at Austin Department of Astronomy. Our goal is to make the UT Astronomy Department the top program at a U.S. public university and to play a leading role on the national and international stage. more..

Frank Bash and Bill Hobby during construction of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope

"The Texas Book Two" Features Essay by Frank Bash

November 25, 2012

Texas University Press's "The Texas Book Two," edited by David Dettmer, features 19 essays about history, personal reminiscences, and profiles related to The University of Texas at Austin. Among the essays is "McDonald Observatory: Bigger and Brighter," by former McDonald Observatory Director Frank Bash. more..

Photo by Joel Barna

Join Us for the February 2013 BoV meeting

November 25, 2012

We are looking forward to the chance to share the great work going on in the Texas Astronomy Program with BoV members at the next Board of Visitors Meeting, February 8-9, 2013, in Austin. more..

Photo by Carolyn Porter

Giant Magellan Telescope Celebration in Washington

November 25, 2012

On October 16, 2012, Dr. Eva J. Pell, Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution and General John R. Dailey, USMC (Ret.), Director of the National Air and Space Museum, hosted an evening celebration in Washington, D.C. in honor of the Giant Magellan Telescope. The University of Texas at Austin is a founding partner in the GMT, which will become operational in the next decade under dark southern-hemisphere skies in Chile. more..

James King

Thanks to All BoV Liquor Fund contributors

November 25, 2012

I want to thank all the Board of Visitors members and others who responded to my appeal in September and who have so generously given to the fund for the Board of Visitors Summer Meeting Liquor Fund. By the middle of November, some 59 gifts and pledges had come in — a real outpouring (pun intended). more..

James Lattimore

Please help Executive Committee with Thoughts about Membership Levels

November 25, 2012

Executive Committee members recognize just how unique the Board of BoV is. In particular, we are very grateful to those BoV members who have generously responded in the last several years to appeals from BoV Chairs David Chappell and Randy Henry by upgrading their membership status from Associate Member to Member. more..

LCOGTN 1-meter telescope

LCOGTN one-meter telescope dedicated, running automated observations

November 25, 2012

The first of a series of one-meter telescopes being built by the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGTN) was dedicated and is operating on Mount Fowlkes at McDonald Observatory. more..

Student Award Winners

November 25, 2012

Nine of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Astronomy's Graduate Students and eight Undergraduates have won awards funded by the Board of Visitors or other sources in 2012. more..

November 2012
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