Midwest ALMA Community Event


May 8-10, 2011


University of Iowa
Iowa Memorial Union
125 North Madison Street (Google Map)
Iowa City, IA 52242


The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has released its call for Early Science (ES) "Cycle 0" proposals with a submission deadline of June 30 (see this announcement for details). To ensure that the North American community is prepared to participate fully during ALMA's ES phase, the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA is supporting a number of "Community Days" across the country, which will introduce ES capabilities and the software tools required to develop and submit ALMA ES proposals.  In addition to providing such a "Community Day" for researchers in the Midwest, we hope this meeting can spur the development of an ALMA Users consortium in the Midwest region.  Student participation is especially encouraged.


The final program is available here.  An outline of the schedule is as follows:
  • Sun May 8, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Opening Night Reception
  • Mon May 9, 8:15 AM - 5:30 PM, Talks about ALMA & ALMA science; software demos; poster session
  • Tue May 10, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Hands-on Tutorials (Proposal Tool and CASA)
Talks will be given by NRAO staff and by members of the community, including contributed talks about ALMA-related science.  Tutorials will be led by NRAO staff, and attendance at tutorials may be limited.

Invited speakers include: Nuria Calvet (U. Michigan), Tom Megeath (U. Toledo), Evan Skillman (U. Minnesota)

Topics for Submitted Abstracts:

We encourage attendees to propose talks or posters on millimeter, sub-mm, radio, and multiwavelength astronomy. We anticipate a broad range of ALMA-related science will be presented, but here are a few ideas to get us started:
  • Recent results from CARMA, SMA, and other (sub)mm facilities
  • Results from Spitzer, Herschel and Planck that will impact ALMA science
  • Key science questions to be addressed by ALMA ES capabilities
  • Your cool science here!

How to Register:

Please follow these instructions carefully as registration involves two steps.
  1. You should complete the Community Days Registration Form hosted at NRAO in order to register for the hands-on tutorials.
  2. You should complete the Workshop Registration Form hosted at Illinois in order to register for the meeting and submit an abstract.
We strongly recommend completing both registration forms at the same time.  Otherwise we may need to hassle you to inquire about your intentions.

Registration is now closed (deadline was April 15).  Although registration is required, there will be no registration fee.

Travel Information:


Iowa House Hotel
Iowa Memorial Union
125 North Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone Reservations: 319-335-3513 (ask for the "Midwest ALMA Meeting" discounted rate)
Online Reservations (enter group code 1105MIDWES)

Requirements for Tutorials:

Install and verify that the Observing Tool (OT) works on your own laptop. Click here for instructions on installing the OT.

Install and verify that CASA works on your own laptop. Go to http://casa.nrao.edu/ and follow instructions under the "Obtaining CASA" section.

Organizing Committee

Cornelia Lang, U. of Iowa
Daryl Haggard, Northwestern U.
Tony Wong, U. of Illinois

Last update was on 3 May 2011. Website based on Andrew Baker's html here.