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Date: Tuesday, August 02

 

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Astronomical Image Processing
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 8:30AM - 10:00AM
  Presider: David Klassen,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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Observational Astronomy: Adverse Conditions and Teachable Moments
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
  Author: Eddie J. Guerra, Rowan University
856 226-3430, guerra@rowan.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: This presentation describes the efforts to operate an observatory atop a science building, on the suburban Rowan University campus, in the northeastern portion of the country. An outline of adverse conditions arising due to the placement of the observatory will be presented. Imagng techniques and strategies to mitigate these conditions will be presented. A gallery of images produced by college students will be displayed. The Rowan University course "Observational Astronomy" will be detailed, including its audience of both science and non-science majors. Also, the prospects for research in photometry and outreach to high schools at this and similar sites will be discussed.
  Footnotes: None
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Chandra X-ray Astronomy Data Analysis in Educational Settings
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 9:00AM - 9:30AM
  Author: Terry A. Matilsky, Rutgers University
445-5500 ext. 3876, matilsky@physics.rutgers.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: How can we provide an authentic research experience to students who want to find out what science is REALLY about? We couple DS9 imaging software, a user friendly, fun-to-explore environment with a "virtual observatory" that allows analysis to be done remotely on UNIX-based computers, regardless of the platform employed by the user. All of NASA's archived satellite observations can be accessed by any interested student. Furthermore, by adapting VNC (Virtual Network Computer) software, we can enhance this flexibility enormously and allow instructors to view, comment on, and debug any analysis task in real-time, from anywhere in the world, and across all computing platforms. This makes these programs especially useful in distance learning environments.
  Footnotes: None
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An Undergraduate Astronomy Research Class to the High School Level
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 9:30AM - 9:40AM
  Author: Eric G. Hintz, Brigham Young University
801-422-4168, doctor@tardis.byu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Heather P. Jones
  Abstract: For over 10 years now we have taught an observational astronomy class at an advanced undergraduate level. This class teaches the methods of data acquisition, data processing, data analysis, and writing for publication, using optical data obtained on a CCD camera. The class is designed around teaching students the skills used for professional astronomical research, including the use of the IRAF reduction package developed at NOAO. The question then arises, can we train a younger group of students to perform full astronomical reductions? Over the last year we have begun development of a workshop for local high school teachers, or teachers from small colleges, to give them the tools to fully reduce astronomical data. We also had a local high school student come to us as an intern. He became our first test subject. We will report on our experiences.
  Footnotes: None
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Using Science Images to Make Pretty Pictures for the Classroom
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 9:40AM - 9:50AM
  Author: Michael D. Joner, Brigham Young University
801-422-6120, jonerm@forty-two.byu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Robert Gendler, David Laney
  Abstract: We have demonstrated that research images from the BYU West Mountain Observatory can often be combined to produce images that are suitable for classroom use. This process can usually be completed with little or no effort being made to secure additional image data after the completion of a research project. Results will be shown for images processed from frames obtained for science investigations and compared with images where the data were obtained specifically to produce an instructional image. We also present two amimations where the data frames are from nightly monitoring projects. Images can be previewed at the website in the abstract footnote.
  Footnotes: WMO Image Gallery - http://wmo.byu.edu/gallery/ Sponsored by: Eric G. Hintz
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MircoObservatory Image: Astronomical Image Processing for the Public (free software)
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 9:50AM - 10:00AM
  Author: Patricia A. Sievert, Northern Illinois University
8157531201, psievert@niu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: We teach families to use the free software, MicroObservatory Image, to process images that they request online from NASA's MicroObservatory. The software is freely available online and the learning curve is relatively easy, making it an ideal introduction to astronomical image processing for outreach. I'll present a quick overview of the program's features and locations for additional resources.
  Footnotes: www.niu.edu/stem
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