ANITA Google Hangout Lecture 2 – Friday 3pm (AEST) 23th August 2013

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

I’d like to announce the second in our ongoing Google Hangouts on Air lecture series.

  • Speaker: Aaron Robotham, ICRAR
  • Title: “An Introduction to R, AKA: The Basics”
  • Date: Friday 23th August 3pm (AEST)
  • Where: The internets

For those who don’t know, R is a very powerful statistical programming language. This lecture will be the first in a series of four, the latter going on to explore “Bayes Theory”, “Computational Bayes”, and “Applied Bayesian Astronomy”. This first lecture will not only be very useful in its own right, but set the groundwork for those upcoming.

As always, the Hangout will be recorded. More information and links can be found at http://anita.edu.au/lectures/.

Looking forward to “seeing” you there!

Darren Croton

ANITA Google Hangout Lecture 1 – Friday 3pm (AEST) 26th July 2013

This Friday at 3pm (AEST) ANITA will hold its first online lecture. All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.

http://anita.edu.au/lectures/damn-you-little-h-darren-croton/

The lecture will be held through Google Hangouts on Air.

  1. You’ll first need a Google account (e.g. gmail). Log in to it.
  2. If you’ve never done a Google Hangout before you’ll need to install a plugin for your browser. See https://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/hangoutplugin
  3. On Google+ search for “Anita Chapter” and head to our page.
  4. Alternatively, go directly to our Chapter page here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104967001091880466806/posts
  5. You’ll see a post for the Hangout on Air at around 3pm – hit play and enjoy!

Some hints for a better experience:

  • You can breakout the small video window on the Google+ page by opening it in YouTube. This gives you a much bigger view.
  • Post any comments/questions under the video in the comments box on the Google+ or YouTube page.
  • I don’t believe that comments are updated in real time; you may need to reload the page to see the latest.

I’ll be broadcasting video and slides. There’ll be time for questions throughout and at the end. If you have a question please post it as a comment and prefix it with “QUESTION: …” so it stands out. I’ll then try to answer it as best i can.

All lectures will be hosted on our ANITA YouTube page for later viewing. In the coming weeks we’ll set up the appropriate links from the ANITA homepage etc.

Finally, this is a bit of an experiment! Our trial ran fairly smoothly, but please bear with us. Any feedback on your experience will help make future lectures more valuable for all.

Darren Croton

ASA/ANITA Astroinformatics Summer School (2013) – registration now open

Registration is now open for the 3 day ASA/ANITA Astroinformatics Summer School, 18th-20th Feb. The school will cover techniques and resources for use in astrophysics. Topics covered will be similar to the last school, which included:

  • Unix and unix-like operating systems
  • Python
  • Virtual observatory tools
  • Databases and SQL
  • TOPCAT and PyRAF
  • MPI Programming and HPC

The summer school is open to all advanced undergraduate, honours and PhD students as well as active Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers within Australia and New Zealand. However, numbers are limited and so when allocating spaces priority will be given to students. There is a 110 AUD fee to attend the school for salaried researchers, which is waived for students.

The closing date for registration is 15th January 2013. For details and registration see the workshop website.
http://www.smp.uq.edu.au/anitaworkshop2013/

 

ANITA Annual Theory Workshop (2013) – registration now open

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Theory Workshop of the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA), which will be held on the 21st and 22nd of February 2013 at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. There is a 55 AUD registration fee for the workshop for Postdocs and Faculty, but there is no fee for students.

Professor Lawrence Krauss has been invited, and will be giving the opening address. All other talks will be contributed by the attendees, with 15-20 minutes given for each. Talks will be allotted by the organisers, with preference given to students and those that request talks early.

The closing date for registration is 15th January 2013. For details and registration see the workshop website
http://www.smp.uq.edu.au/anitaworkshop2013/

 

The 7th annual ANITA workshop announced

The 7th Annual Theory Workshop of the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA), will be held on the 21st and 22nd of February 2013 at the School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Website and registration will be available soon. Please save the date in your calendars!

 

ASA/ANITA Astroinformatics summer school

The ANITA meeting will be preceded by a 3 day astroinformatics summer school, from the 18th-20th Feb. (This is the inverse of the usual arrangement, where the school had previously followed the Workshop). The school with cover techniques and resources for use in astrophysics. Topics covered will be similar to the last school, which included:

  • Unix and unix-like operating systems
  • Python
  • Virtual observatory tools
  • Databases and SQL
  • TOPCAT and PyRAF
  • MPI Programming and HPC

The summer school is open to all advanced undergraduate, honours and PhD students as well as active Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers within Australia and New Zealand. However, numbers are limited and so when allocating spaces priority will be given to students. Registration and website will be available soon.

Looking foward to seeing you there.

On behalf of the SOC
(Tamara Davis, David Parkinson, Holger Baumgardt and Signe Reimer-Sorensen)
and the ANITA steering committee

 

Strategic Plan for Theoretical Astrophysics Released

It is with great pleasure that the steering committee announce the release of the ANITA Strategic Plan for Theoretical Astrophysics 2012-2015.

This Strategic Plan makes the following key recommendations to the astronomy theory community as we move towards the next Astronomy Decadal Plan.

  • Priority 1: The theory community should pursue the development of a named Theory Postdoctoral Fellowship program to attract the best and brightest young international theorists to Australian shores, and retain the best already in Australia.
  • Priority 2: The theory community should explore building a National Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics, which could be a virtual institute comprised of numerous distributed theory groups from around the nation, and sharing many common resources and funding.
  • Priority 3: The theory community should work to increase active linkages with the observational community on projects of common interest, especially those that enhance theory’s influence in priority areas of Australian science.

In addition, we also recommend the following:

  • ANITA should engage in the development of theory related student education to better equip pre- and current PhD students for the rigours of research.
  • ANITA should consider an early career researcher mentoring program for junior theorists and include this as part of its yearly mission.
  • ANITA should encourage interaction between local theory groups through the sharing of colloquium speakers, visitor and student exchanges, and joint organisation of local workshops.
  • Where appropriate, Australian theory should explore opportunities to form closer ties with our Asian counterparts given the growing importance of Asia to Australia’s broader national interests.
  • Australian theory groups should be encouraged to seek out international projects for collaboration, to build linkages and create long-term opportunities.
  • ANITA should work to raise awareness of gender and work/life balance issues, and coordinate with the Women in Astronomy Chapter of the ASA in this task.

The Strategic Plan can be downloaded here (34MB, or here for a lores version 1.7MB).

 

ASTAC call for proposals deadline extended to 5pm, Monday 18th June

See the following message from ASTAC:

ASTAC set a deadline of 8 June for the latest round of supercomputing proposals. However, the conjunction of this date with the ARC DP rejoinder round, which closes on 14 June with varying local deadlines, was unforeseen and a number of people have requested an extension of the ASTAC deadline. Since there is likely to be a significant overlap between DP and ASTAC applicants we are extending the ASTAC deadline to 5 pm, Monday 18 June.