FAST 2021 AO

The objective of the Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is to support the research projects of Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions that will contribute to the development of new scientific knowledge and space technologies, while making it possible for students to acquire hands-on experience in space-like missions.

Summary of key information

• Expected budget for this AO: $5.28 million
• Eligible recipients: Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions
• Type of transfer payments: grants
• Maximum amount per grant (three funding categories)
o Category A: $300,000
o Category B: $100,000
o Category C: $40,000
• Maximum duration of a project per grant:
o Category A and B: up to 3 years
o Category C: up to 1 year
• Estimated project start date: March 2022 onwards
• Application deadline: October 15, 2021

You can access the FAST 2021 AO by clicking here:
https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/funding-programs/funding-opportunities/ao/2021-fast.asp

For questions, contact asc.stedia-dstemu.csa@canada.ca

Virtual Gemini Science Meeting 2021

Gemini will be hosting a Virtual Science Meeting August 23-26 2021. It will be a combination of invited talks, observatory updates, hands-on training sessions and plenty of time for discussions, including chat rooms and possibility for one-on-one meetings with speakers. There will be a special focus on upcoming instrumentation. This meeting is meant to bridge the gap between the last Gemini Science meeting in 2018 and the next in-person meeting planned for August 2022 in Seoul Korea.

The meeting is free but you do need to register to receive the connection information. Registration will close August 15.

https://noirlab.edu/science/resources/meetings/gsm2021/registration

Join us for this Virtual meeting, coming soon on a screen near you!

For further information: Gemini team

Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory 2021-2022 Season Call For Proposals

Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory 2021-2022 Season Call For Proposals


The next deadline for proposals is 23:59 KST on 2021 August 10.
Proposals should be emailed as a single file in PDF format to:
traoprop@kasi.re.kr


The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) invites proposals for the Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory (TRAO) 14-meter telescope for the 2021 Fall – 2022 Spring season. Proposal candidates should submit up to three pages of scientific and technical justifications (including figures, tables, and references) in addition to their Proposal Cover Sheet in English using the latex templates (form here)

There are two categories of proposals for the 2021-2022 observing season.

  1. General Program (GP): single-year observing program with a telescope time of up to 300 hours
  2. Key Science Program (KSP): multi-year observing program with a telescope time of 400 hours per year, for up to three years

TRAO supports multi-beam spectroscopy observations (4 x 4 array: SEQUOIA-TRAO) at a frequency range of 85 – 115.6 GHz. The TRAO system supports single-sideband observations for position-switched or OTF observations. The backend has two spectral windows controlled independently, each window with 4096 channels in a 62.5 MHz bandwidth. In addition, a single-pixel wide-band (2 GHz) spectrometer is available. Proposal candidates should consult the TRAO Status Report for additional technical specifications: https://radio.kasi.re.kr/trao/status_report2020/

TRAO has a shared-risk remote observing mode available. However, inexperienced users are advised to do the observations on the site. Outside (non-KASI) PIs who intend to use the remote observing mode should specify local collaborators in the proposal. The local collaborators are responsible for handling on-site tasks during the remote observations, such as resetting the system in case of system failure, which happens occasionally.

Minho Choi
TRAO, KASI

Kamloops Statement (June 10, 2021)

The unmarked burial sites at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School represent a colonial atrocity. The 215 children whose remains were found were taken from their families in a systematic effort to eradicate their cultural identities. Thousands of others were forced into dozens of similar institutions and the school in Kamloops is unlikely to be the only site where bodies will be found. It is heinous in the extreme that defenceless and innocent children suffered emotional and physical violence, and the trauma of these events continues to be felt today.

Canada’s astronomical community joins with Canadians from all walks of life to stand in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nations, as well as with other communities and families who have lost their children at the hands of the Canadian government and religious institutions. Their pain and grief cannot be imagined by us, and we recognize that the recent confirmation of the Kamloops unmarked graves may be particularly distressing for Indigenous members of our Society.

As academics and educators, we must confront the fact that residential school atrocities were committed in the name of education and acknowledge the role that academia has played in perpetuating colonial structures.

CASCA’s recently published Long Range Plan lays out specific actions that we as astronomers will take to address racism and inequity in our community, particularly the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples. As we take these first steps toward fulfilling the LRP vision for a more inclusive community, the news from Kamloops is a stark reminder of the ongoing trauma that underpins the inequities we are striving to address.

The CASCA Board

LRP2020 final report

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Matt Dobbs, Jeremy Heyl, Natasha Ivanova, David Lafrenière, Brenda Matthews and Alice Shapley, we are pleased to present the final report of the CASCA 2020 Long Range Plan for Canadian Astronomy (LRP2020). The unformatted version of the report is now available on the CASCA website. A professionally-designed version and a French translation are in progress and are expected to be available early in 2021.

We thank everyone who contributed to the LRP process by writing a white paper, attending a town hall, participating in consultations, or answering our many requests for information. We would especially like to recognize the very hard work of the LRP2020 panel members over the past twenty months.
The LRP2020 section on the CASCA website contains links to all of the submitted white papers and reports as well as a summary of the process. The designed and translated versions of the report will be available there once complete.

Pauline Barmby & Bryan Gaensler
LRP2020 Co-Chairs
chairs@lrp2020.groups.io

Optical Senior Lead (PC-04) /Optical Specialist (PC-03).

Name: Michael Maszkiewicz
Affiliation: Canadian Space Agency

An opportunity has been advertised for the following positions:

  • Optical Senior Lead (PC-04)
  • Optical Specialist (PC-03)

You can view the opportunities at the following web page:
https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?toggleLanguage=en&poster=1511878

Selection process number: 20-CSA-EA-8513
Closing date: December 4th, 2020


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The First Canada-Wide Diversity in Physics Survey

(Survey closes 23h59 EST on Monday, November 30)

To: Physicists in academia, industry and government within Canada
Students pursuing a physics degree at a Canadian institution

From: Canadian Association of Physicists;
Kevin Hewitt and Anastasia Smolina,
Co-editors PiC special issue – Inclusivity for Excellence in the Physics Community in Canada

Subject: Invitation to participate in the first annual CAP EDI survey (and be entered for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards)

PLEASE NOTE: First year undergraduate students who receive this message should only complete this survey if you are enrolled in a Physics programs/pursing a physics degree.

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Physics is a quantitative science which relies on measurements to understand the natural world and validate hypotheses. Its success is based on that commitment to measurement, and the same is true of our desire to create a more inclusive environment in the Physics community in Canada. There has never been a comprehensive survey of the diversity of the Physics community in Canada, whereas the US has been collecting these statistics for several decades.

The objective of the first annual CAP Diversity survey is to understand how identity, age, first-in-family status, field of study, province of residence, employment and educational outcomes, income, family and child care responsibilities, culture and climate, language, and citizenship influences participation in physics-related industrial workforce, government and academia. This study has been approved by Dalhousie Research Ethics Board on Oct. 27, 2020 (REB file # 2020-5261).

The raw data will be stored securely on the Canadian Association of Physicists Wufoo Canadian server, and will also be backed up on a secure Dalhousie server. Publication of the results in CAP’s Physics in Canada issues will follow strict guidelines, including reporting in aggregate form when the number of respondents in a given category is less than 5. While the Physics community in Canada may be among the last to conduct such a wide-ranging survey of the field, we hope the delay will be offset by the quality of the data.

Academic, industrial and government leaders could identify potential interventions to create a more vibrant and inclusive community for excellence, further advancing the field. We hope you will participate in the survey. As an added incentive, and to thank you for your time, you can choose to enter a draw for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards at the end of the survey.

Please follow the link below to participate in the survey

https://canadianassocofphys.wufoo.com/forms/xiji12z05iyyc4/

You should discuss any questions you have about this study with Kevin Hewitt and Anastasia Smolina. Please ask as many questions as you like before or after participating by contacting us via email or phone: 902-494-2315 or (Kevin Hewitt) and (Anastasia Smolina).

If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research, you may contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie University at (902) 494-3423, or email ethics@dal.ca (and reference REB file # 2020-5261).


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NOVEMBER FAST TURNAROUND CALL for Both Gemini North and South

Dear Gemini Users,

Please be reminded of the Fast Turnaround proposal deadline at the end of this month, November 30th at 23:59 Hawaiian Standard Time. Gemini-South will be accepting Fast Turnaround proposals too this month! Successful proposals from this cycle will stay active in the queue from January 2021 until March 2021.

The FT program has been used to conduct pilot studies or stand-alone science projects, complete data sets, and follow up newly-discovered objects, although we welcome proposals for any kind of project with scientific value.

To access the Fast Turnaround proposal templates and get full details about the program, please see the latest FT Call for Proposals at:
https://www.gemini.edu/observing/phase-i/ft/ft-cfp

Good luck,

Stéphanie Côté,
for the Canadian Gemini Office,
Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre
National Research Council Canada
5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria BC V9E 2E7
Government of Canada


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DAO 2021 first quarter proposal deadline

The deadline for applications for time on the DAO 1.2-m and 1.8-m telescopes for the first quarter of 2021, 4 January through 31 March, is 1 December 2020.

Despite the DAO site being closed to most staff and visitors since mid-March because of COVID-19, both telescopes have continued to operate robotically throughout the pandemic. While the 1.2-m telescope has been available for robotic observations with its McKellar spectrograph for many years, the Plaskett 1.8-m Telescope is now also available for robotic imaging on a shared-risk basis.

The 1.2-m spectrograph can provide spectra with dispersions between 40.9 Å/mm and 2.4Å/mm with wavelength coverage determined by the 61.4 mm long SITe-4 CCD. Most 1.8-m imaging programs are currently carried out with SDSS filters but Johnson/Kron-Cousins filters are also available. The imaging FOV is 23.9’ x 10.6’ and the E2V-1 detector is normally binned by a factor of 2 for a scale of 0.6” per binned pixel.

If you are interested in applying for time please contact me (david.bohlender@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca) to obtain a LaTeX template for your proposal. Dmitry Monin (dmitry.monin@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca) and I can also provide more information about each telescope’s capabilities and limitations. For example, the 1.8-m telescope has a number of pointing restrictions required for safe robotic operation.

Thanks and stay safe!

David Bohlender
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David Bohlender, Research Officer
Canadian Astronomy Data Centre & Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
National Research Council of Canada
5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
Tel 250-363-0025 | Fax 250-363-0045 | david.bohlender@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Call for Proposals for GEMINI 2021A and SUBARU Exchange-time

The Gemini 2021A Call for Proposals has now been released, and Canadian specific information for Phase 1 can be found at:
https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/products-services/technical-advisory-services/gemini-canadian-specific-information-phase-i-2021a

The deadline is: Thursday October 1st, 2020, at 4pm (PDT)/ 7pm (EDT)

This semester Canada will have access to 224 hours on the North and 186 hours on the South. Please consider submitting programs with relaxed observing conditions, even if they will take longer to execute to get to the same S/N.

Exciting News for 2021A:

  • For GSAOI/GeMs, the new NGS2 Natural Guide Star system has been successfully commissioned. Much fainter guide stars can now be selected thus increasing considerably the sky coverage.
  • MAROON-X is now available at Gemini-North. It is a high-resolution (R=80000) optical radial velocity spectrometer.

For semester 2021A (1 February 2021 to 31 July 2021) the full instrument suite available on Gemini-North is: GMOS-N, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS. Altair will not be available for 2021A as it is still under repair. The Visitor instruments offered on Gemini-North are: GRACES, ALOPEKE, POLISH-2 and MAROON-X.

And on Gemini-South: GMOS-S, Flamingos-2, GSAOI + GeMs; and the Visitor instruments Zorro and IGRINS.

A guaranteed minimum of 5 classical nights will be available on Subaru. The instruments available are: AO188 (but no LGS-AO), FOCAS, HDS, IRCS, Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC), and SWIMS (a wide-field near-infrared imager and multi-object spectrograph) replacing MOIRCS. Note that the visitor instruments SCExAO including the VAMPIRES module, CHARIS and now IRD-Infrared Doppler are also available. You must request half nights or full nights, except for HSC now taking programs in queue mode.

Good luck!
Stéphanie Côté,
Canadian Gemini Office, NRC HAARC