ngVLA Update

By / par Erik Rosolowsky (U Alberta), Joan Wrobel (NRAO)
(Cassiopeia – Spring / printemps 2021)

Did you miss the live ngVLA Town Hall in December? If so, we invite you to access the online recording of the presentations and the question-and-answer session here). The event drew 154 participants from 17 countries. The ngVLA Project recognizes and appreciates the community’s continued interest.

The ngVLA Project thanks the presenters and attendees who made January’s AAS Special Session on “New Views of Galaxy Formation and Evolution” such a success. The six oral presentations were viewed by 160+ attendees and the 20 iPoster presentations motivated healthy Slack-channel dialogs. These presentations are available online.

The 4th proposal call for the ngVLA Community Studies Program closed in January. After external and internal review, seven scientific or technical studies were approved on topics spanning imaging transiting exoplanets to SETI to microarcsecond astrometry. The Program is a funding opportunity for the community to further develop the ngVLA’s most compelling science and technical questions.

Proposals for the final design and prototype of the ngVLA 18m antenna were submitted by vendors in December. The ngVLA Project has selected the winning proposal. A formal announcement is imminent.

The ngVLA Project and NRAO will sponsor May’s virtual CASCA2021, and look forward to this opportunity to interact with the Canadian community.

Recent hires by the ngVLA Project include Dr. Eric Jimenez-Andrade, who will start in August as a Research Associate; Mr. Joseph Carilli, who started in January as a Geographic Information Systems Technician; and Mr. Thomas Kusel, who started in October as a System Engineer.

All online content referenced above and more is available here.

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