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NVO Summer School Accepting Applications

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The 2008 NVO Summer School (to be held in Santa Fe, NM Sep 3-11) is now accepting applications at the NVOSS website

In this nine-day, hands-on program, participants will work with experienced NVO users and software specialists to become familiar with how to discover, access, visualize, and analyze data with the Virtual Observatory. Those attending will be introduced to VO tools and utilities by using them to accomplish a variety of research goals. Some of the research tasks that will be addressed include data mining, multiwavelength analysis, and temporal astronomy. In the latter part of the summer school, small teams will pursue their own VO-enabled projects.

Update: 06/17/08 Applications are now closed.

Lecture topics include:

  • Using the VO to Study Clusters of Galaxies
  • The Power of VOTables
  • Introduction to XML
  • A Universal View of Spectra
  • VOEvent: Rapid Reporting for Transients
  • Using IDL & IRAF with VO
  • Finding Services in the VO Registry
  • Google Mashups and Worldwide Telescope
  • Databases and SQL
  • Astronomy with Crossmateched Catalogs
  • VO for Mobile Devices
  • Web Services with Apache and CherryPy
  • Join the VO: Publishing and Serving Data

*** ONLINE APPLICATION FORM NOW OPEN - application deadline is June 15 ***

Anyone interested in learning how to use the VO for astronomical research is welcome to apply, and we encourage participation from astronomers at any stage of their career. Some course materials assume basic knowledge of Python or Java programming. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their acceptance by July 1. Participation is limited to 40 students.

Fees & Financial Assistance

A $500 registration fee will be required from all participants. However, a fee waiver may be requested in the event of financial hardship; these waivers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Upon acceptance to the program, fees must be paid by August 1. Accomodations are provided for all participants. In addition, a travel stipend of up to $400 and per-diem stipend of $225 are available for successful applicants from US institutions who can commit to attending the entire course and who do not have funds available to cover these expenses.

Faculty and Organizing Committee

Roy Williams, Caltech
Michael Fitzpatrick, NOAO
Dave De Young, NOAO
Matthew Graham, Caltech
Gretchen Greene, STScI
Robert Hanisch, STScI
Simon Krughoff, University of Washington
Thomas McGlynn, NASA GSFC
Chris Miller, NOAO
Ray Plante, NCSA/University of Illinois
Doug Tody, NRAO

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