Undergraduate ALFALFA Workshop

January 13-14, 2008


Saturday, January 12

Arrival in Puerto Rico. Informal evening meal at cafeteria starting at 7 pm.

Sunday, January 13
All events at the Learning Center unless otherwise noted.




  8:00 am Breakfast  
  9:00 am Becky & Bob Kerr (NAIC) Welcome
  9:15 am Brian Overview of the Local Universe (PDF)
  9:45 am Sabrina Overview of the Arecibo Telescope
10:25 am Break  
10:40 am Lyle Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy (PDF)
11:20 am Martha Introduction to ALFA and ALFALFA (PDF file)
12:00 pm Lunch  
  1:00 pm Riccardo Overview of Extragalactic HI and ALFALFA Results
  1:45 pm Student Presentations Nathan Calabro (Union): The Development of Educational Outreach Materials for ALFALFA
Shawn Golley (St. Lawrence): Senior Research Summary: Cube 1143+13
Lisa Horne (George Mason): Optically vs. HI Detected Galaxies in the Same Patch of Sky
Jessica Kellar (Wesleyan): Hα Dots : The Nature of Isolated Extragalactic Emission Line Sources
Peter Shively (Colgate): Mapping the Galaxy Group Zwicky 1400 +0949 using the ALFALFA Survey
Arthur Sugden (Wesleyan): ALFALFA H-alpha: the Star-Formation-Rate Density of the Local Universe.
  3:00 pm Break  
  3:15 pm Brian & Sabrina Introduction to CIMA and Remote Observing
  3:45 pm Setup for Observing  
  4:00 - 5:15 pm Observing Demonstration Run  
  5:30 pm Dinner at Cafeteria  

Monday January 14
All events at the Learning Center unless otherwise noted.




00:30 - 07:00 am Observing Run One hour sessions led by ALFALFA observers
Sign up for your session on Sunday
  8:30 am Breakfast in Library  
  9:15am - 12:00 pm Tours of the Telescope Telescope Platform
12:00 pm Lunch  
  1:30 - 2:00 pm Bob Kerr (NAIC) Atmospheric Science at Arecibo
  2:00 - 2:30 pm Ellen Howell & Mike Nolan (NAIC) Radar Astronomy at Arecibo
  2:30 - 4:00 pm ALFALFA Data Reduction Demos and Hands-On Activities
  • Level I Reductions
    • Bandpass subtraction and calibration ("BPD")
    • Flagging RFI ("flagbb")
  • Level II Reductions ("grids")
    Brian's summary (PDF file)
  • N-Body Simulations
  • Digital Archive and Other Surveys (AGC, SDSS, etc.)
  4:00 -5:30 pm Discussion, Activities, Free Time
  • Students: ALFALFA activities and Free-Time
  • Faculty: Discussion of Grant Opportunities and Possible Team Projects
  5:30 pm Dinner at Cafeteria  

Tuesday, January 15

Depart (Breakfast available at Cafeteria for those scheduled for later shuttle)

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