The Office of Science and Academic Affairs (OSAA) oversees the NRAO Visitors Program. The program provides Ph.D. scientists and engineers in radio astronomy and related fields the opportunity to visit any of our sites at times other than while observing in order to interact with NRAO staff and carry out research programs, e.g., during sabbatical or summer leave from their home institutes. Information on this program can be found on the NRAO website.
During the period January to December 2008, the Observatory has welcomed the following scientists to our program:
- Jose Afonso (Lisbon) visited Socorro to work with Nissim Kanekar on a project to obtain a deep 325-MHz image of the Chandra Deep Field (South).
- Shuvra Battacharyya and Andrew Harris (University of Maryland) were awarded appointments at Green Bank to work with John Ford on digital processing for radio spectroscopy.
- Gabriella De Lucia (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics ) visited Socorro to work with Veronica Strazzullo and Maurilio Pannella this month on the comparison of her models of galaxy evolution including AGN feedback with our observations, especially for the work on the deep VLA survey in the SWIRE Lockman Hole field.
- Malcolm Gray (University of Manchester, U.K.) spent his sabbatical in Socorro working on theory and computational models associated with astrophysical masers.
- Amanda Kepley (University of Virginia) works in Charlottesville with Kelsey Johnson on leading observational efforts at radio and millimeter wavelengths to study extragalactic star formation.
- Dongliang Liu (National Astronomical Observatory of China) visited NRAO in Charlottesville and Green Bank to work with Scott Ransom to learn about pulsar data processing.
- Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin (West Virginia University) came to Green Bank to work on follow-up observations of rotating radio transients and new pulsars discovered in the 350-MHz drift-scan survey with the GBT.
- Glen Morrison (CFHT) visited Socorro to work with Frazer Owen on the multi-frequency follow-up to the SWIRE deep radio survey and on the deep Abell 851 and GOOS-N radio surveys.
- Stacey Palen (Weber State University) worked with Gustaaf van Moorsel on EVLA/CASA user documentation and a software audit.
- Patrick Palmer (University of Chicago) visited Socorro to work with Miller Goss on parallax and proper motion studies of excited state OH masers in DR21.
- Vernesa Smolcic (California Institute of Technology) visited Socorro to work with Chris Carilli on VLA data.