The slides for talks presented at the community day are posted here.

For preparation of Cycle 2 ALMA proposals, the ALMA Cycle 1 Duplication checklist is posted here.

NRAO Community Day at UT Austin

NRAO and the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin will be hosting an NRAO Community Day on Friday, November 1 on the UT Austin Campus in the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building, Room 2.302 from 9:00am to 5:30pm. We welcome participation from our colleagues at other nearby UT campuses.

This full-day event will be run by NRAO staff and tailored to the need to the host institutions and participants, to the extent possible. NRAO is particularly interested in reaching new users without expertise in radio astronomy, but more experienced users will also benefit.

In the first part of the workshop, NRAO representatives will provide an overview of radio astronomy and interferometry; how it relates to different scientific themes; an overview of NRAO facilities (ALMA, JVLA, GBT, VLBA); and the NRAO observing tool. The morning session will be most useful for attendees with no previous radio experience. The second part of the workshop will focus on using the ALMA observing tool and ALMA proposal preparation for the ALMA Cycle 2 deadline on December 5, 2013.

Registration update: NRAO CDs typically involve 15 to 25 people and our main registration was concluded on Oct 24 (with 27 participants), but we are happy to accommodate more participants if there is interest. However, we may not be able to fold the requests of late registrants into the program agenda.

After the workshop, participants should have sufficient background to propose for time on NRAO facilities and to analyze data taken from these telescopes. This event is free and without registration fee. NRAO logo

Logistical information

Venue = Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building, Room 2.302
Date/Time = Friday November 1, 9:00am-5:30pm

Map of Venue

Parking Garages: The garages closest to venue are San Jacinto, Guadalupe, and Speedway (San Jacinto Garage recommended).

Internet: Wired and wireless web access will be available. UT staff and students can access the restricted.utexas.edu wireless network. Non-UT visitors will be provided with an ethernet cable and one 24hr passcard to access the campus AT&T wireless network. Tim Weinzirl will give external participant wireless cards and internet cable at 8:50 am before session starts.

Refreshments: A coffee break is scheduled for 10:30am. The lunch break is from 12:30-2:00pm. Lunch will not be provided but is available at several restaurants near the venue. Local list of eateries on/off campus

Items to do ahead of time

The ALMA Cycle 2 deadline is December 5, 2013, and it is timely that the afternoon session is focused on writing observing proposals for ALMA and using the ALMA observing tool. NRAO has requested that participants complete the tasks below ahead of time to ensure a smooth session. You might also gain more from the sessions if you come with specific questions on how to achieve your science goals.

  1. Please fill out this short survey BEFORE the workshop.
  2. Register at the ALMA Science Portal
  3. Read the Call for Proposals
  4. Download the ALMA Observing Tool (you will need this to prepare and submit a proposal)

    NOTE: Please use the WEBSTART button to download and start the tool. This will run a javascript and put the application on your machine. You can use the tool even when offline but can only retrieve and submit proposals when connected to the internet.

    If you have trouble installing the OT, please see the Troubleshooting page.

    If you have any other problems, please file a ticket on the ALMA Helpdesk (also accessible via the ALMA Science Portal after registration).

  5. Try and prepare a sample proposal BEFORE coming to the workshop so that we can best help you with any questions you may have.
  6. It might be useful to also look over the ALMA Primer (14.2Mb, under Documents tab on the left side of the ALMA portal) before you come to the workshop.


NRAO: Kartik Sheth, Alwyn Wooten, Tony Remijan, Jennifer Donovan Meyer, Kimberly Scott

UT Austin : Tim Weinzirl, Shardha Jogee, Neal Evans