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50th Anniversary of the Arecibo Observatory

posted Oct 21, 2013, 2:15 PM by Abel Mendez   [ updated Oct 27, 2013, 7:20 PM ]

The Arecibo Observatory (AO) was inaugurated November 1, 1963. To recognize its 50th year of service to the scientific community, the AO is having a science symposium, 50 Years of Scientific Achievement and Future Directions at Arecibo Observatory, at the Angel Ramos Foundation Visitor Center. The event will be held Monday & Tuesday, October 28-29, 2013, beginning at 8:30 AM each day. Current and past users of the William E. Gordon telescope and other scientific equipment, as well as leaders of its Education and Outreach programs are invited.

Symposium Agenda

Day 1: Monday, October 28, 2013

07:30 AM    Breakfast
08:30 AM    Welcome and Key Note 1: Arecibo: A personal history and future directions  Rich Behnke
09:00 AM    Key Note 2: Evolution of the William E. Gordon 305 m — Don Campbell
09:30 AM    Key Note 3: From Appleton to Arecibo and Beyond — John Matthews
10:00 AM    Break
10:30 AM    Whistler wave interaction experiments at Arecibo Observatory — Min-Chang Lee
10:45 AM    Understanding Pulsars with Arecibo, Past, Present & Future — Joanna Rankin
11:00 AM    Arecibo Observatory: A Long Life with Very Long Baselines — Leonid Gurvits
11:15 AM    Exploration of Atmosphere and Geospace with LIDAR  Xinzhao Chu
11:30 AM    Key Note 4: Living and working with the Arecibo radio telescope — Alex Wolszczan
12:00 PM    50ish Years of SETI at Arecibo — Dan Wertheimer
12:15 PM    Arecibo-Mini-RF Bistatic Observations of the Moon — Ben Bussey (presented by Lynn Carter)
12:30 PM    LUNCH
01:15 PM    Key Note 5: My Love Affair with Arecibo— Carl Heiles
01:45 PM    Achieving electron temperature measurements using the plasma line of incoherent scatter — Mike Sulzer
02:00 PM    Zeeman Splitting in High-Latitude Molecular Clouds — Allison Smith
02:15 PM    The Arecibo Airglow Observatory or Photometer Shack - Which was it?  John Meriwether and Fred Herrero
02:30 PM    Searching for almost nothing in the 21cm line — Jay Lockman
02:45 PM    The ALFA Ultra Deep Survey — Wolfram Freudling
03:00 PM    Lower thermospheric wind estimates from dual-beam incoherent scatter radar measurements — Dave Hysell
03:15 PM    Break
03:45 PM    Key Note 6: Arecibo Observatory: Lab in the Sky Ionosphere Challenges - Then and Now — Herb Carlson
04:15 PM    From MM to MMXII - raising Arecibo's sensitivity to the next level — Ganesh Rajagopalan
04:30 PM    Penn State Software-Defined Radar Research at Arecibo: Initiatives and Challenges — Julio Urbina
04:45 PM    The New Arecibo HF Facility Dual Array Cassegrain Antenna — Jim Breakall
05:00 PM    Ammann & Whitney's History with the Telescope — Jim Gould
05:15 PM    Early Ionospheric Experiments at the Arecibo Observatory — A. J. Ferraro
05:30 PM    The Life and Times of the Mini-Gregorian — Loris Magnani
05:45 PM    ASAP Group Discussion on AO Future
06:30 PM    Dinner
                Key Note After Dinner — Sheldon Reynolds 

Day 2: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

07:30 AM    Breakfast
08:30 AM    Key Note 7: A Butterfly Fluttered Its Wings, And Lo! - A Great Observatory Emerged!- Frank Drake
09:00 AM    The Arecibo Remote Command Center — Rick Jenet
09:15 AM    Observing the full incoherent scatter spectrum with the Arecibo radar — Asti Bhatt
09:30 AM    A new era of tests of general relativity with Arecibo — Paulo Freire
09:45 AM    Accurate Arecibo Decimetre Flux Densities from the Solar System to the Edge of the Universe — Dave Jauncey
10:00 AM    From Dead to Habitable Exoplanets at Arecibo — Abel Méndez
10:15 AM    GoldenEye's view of the ISM in the Milky Way — Snezana Stanimirovic
10:30 AM    Break
11:00 AM    Key Note 8: Planetary Geology with the Arecibo radar: Impacts and Explosive Volcanism — Lynn Carter
11:30 AM    50 years of lunar observation — Tommy Thompson
11:45 AM    Near-Earth Asteroid Radar Extravaganza — Lance Benner
12:00 PM    Planetary Radar Observations at Arecibo: Current Work and Future Directions — Mike Nolan
12:15 PM    Radio Spectroscopy of Comets — Amy Lovell
12:30 PM    Reflections on Arecibo by a (Non-Radio) Astronomer — Jonathan Lunine
12:45 PM    Lunch
01:30 PM    Key Note 9: Reflections on Discovery of the First Binary Pulsar — Joe Taylor
02:00 PM    Measuring the rise and fall times of HF-induced irregularities at Arecibo in the 1980s — Anthea Coster
02:15 PM    The Arecibo Galactic Environments Survey — Robert Minchin
02:30 PM    Innovating Airglow - Facilitating the Aeronomy Ecosystem — John Noto
02:45 PM    The Crab Pulsar: Enigmas — Tim Hankins
03:00 PM    New, uniquely sensitive AO + DRAO images - gateway to another Arecibo future — Phil Kronberg
03:15 PM    Plans for an HF imaging Array in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico — Brett Isham
03:30 PM    Break
04:00 PM    A VLBI Resolution of the Pleiades Distance Controversy — Carl Melis
04:15 PM    The Magnificent Magnetic Mysterium Megamasers! — Tim Robishaw
04:30 PM    The ALFA Zone of Avoidance Survey — Travis McIntyre
04:45 PM    Arecibo and the renaissance of meteor aeronomy — Lars Dyrud
05:00 PM    Gravitational Waves at Arecibo — Andrea Lommen
05:15 PM    Boston University Aeronomy Research at the Arecibo Observatory — Steve Smith
05:30 PM    Key Note 10: Gas and Galaxies – Arecibo’s contributions over the past 50 years — Karen O'Neil
06:00 PM    Depart

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