2016 Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School – 14 ~ 19 August

Dunlap Institute 2016 Summer School

INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

14 ~ 19 August 2016

The annual Dunlap Institute Summer School includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

Students will:

• Learn basic principles of radio, infrared, optical, x-ray and gamma-ray instrumentation
• Learn how detectors and spectrographs work
• Learn in lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions
• Work with students from around the world
• Learn about a career in instrumentation
• Learn from international leaders in the field of astronomical instrumentation
• Attend a professional development/mentoring session

Instructors include leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and from Canadian, U.S. and international institutions.

Registration fee (without waiver): $500.00

Travel subsidies and registration fee waivers available.
Applications and travel subsidy deadline: 15 April 2016

For full details and to apply: dunlap.utoronto.ca/summer-school

Victoria Kaspi wins the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal

It is with great pleasure that the Canadian Astronomical Society / Société Canadienne d’Astronomie recognizes and applauds the selection of Dr. Victoria M Kaspi of McGill University in Montreal, Canada to receive the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Victoria M. Kaspi is one of the world’s leading experts on neutron stars, the ancient remnants of the most massive stars in the Milky Way. The most massive stars end their lives as black holes. Less massive stars, however, leave behind celestial objects no bigger than the city of Montreal, yet so dense that just one teaspoon would weigh 100 million metric tonnes.

Dr Kaspi uses the largest and most powerful radio and X-ray telescopes in the world to study the physical behaviour of neutron stars, pulsars and magnetars (neutron stars with very strong magnetic fields). Her seminal research sheds light on how stars evolve, how they die and, ultimately, the very nature of matter under extreme conditions.
Dr Kaspi’s research group has had major impacts in the field of astrophysics, including unique tests confirming Einstein’s long-held theory of general relativity and discovering the fastest rotating star. Her team’s landmark discovery of powerful X-ray bursts from an enigmatic class of stars (a finding that essentially doubles the number of known magnetars in our galaxy) was published in Nature in 2013.

Dr Kaspi received her PhD from Princeton University in 1993. She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Hubble Fellowship, the Annie Jump Cannon Prize of the American Astronomical Society, and has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society of London, and the US National Academy of Sciences.

CASCA congratulates Dr. Kaspi for this well earned recognition of her outstanding contributions to cosmology and to Canadian scientific excellence.

Great Lakes Cosmology and Galaxies Workshop 2016, McMaster June 19-22

Name: James Wadsley
Email address: wadsley@mcmaster.ca
Affiliation: McMaster University

Dear Colleagues,

This is to announce the 2016 Great Lakes Cosmology and Galaxies workshop to be held at McMaster University, Ontario, June 19-22.   The workshop will mark the 11th Great Lakes Cosmology Meeting and the first time the meeting has been held in Canada.  Please forward this message to your group members and colleagues, particularly in the US Great Lakes region.

https://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/great_lakes2016

The meeting will begin with a half-day Python in Astro workshop Sunday, June 19th and 3 days of talks will follow.   A key goal is to provide opportunities for junior researchers (graduate students and postdocs) to give talks and network.  Sessions will also include talks by senior researchers.  We aim to keep the meeting affordable with a nominal registration fee and on campus accommodation available.  Travel support is available for graduate students coming longer distances.

Simon White (MPA, Garching) will deliver an Origins public talk on Tuesday evening, June 21st, entitled:
“All from Nothing: the structuring of our Universe”.

We strongly encourage you to register and indicate your interest in giving a talk or a poster ASAP.  The registration fee will be due after talk selection.
https://www.physics.mcmaster.ca/great_lakes2016/register/

A broad list of topics is listed on the site.  We also welcome suggestions with respect to the program and other enquiries at:
glc@physics.mcmaster.ca

Best Regards,

James Wadsley for the organizing committee